Seminar Detail

Behavior Management Skills for Classroom Success: Strategies for Mental Health Issues and Challenging Behaviors in the Schools

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Course Description:

It’s guaranteed .. this seminar will provide you with solutions to your students’ most challenging behaviors. You will leave with immediate tools for emotional regulation, successful strategies for out-of-control behaviors and long-term techniques to help these kids succeed both at school and at home. Let expert Scott Walls guide you through successful, clear evidence-based strategies and techniques for the most frustrating student behaviors including:

  • Non-compliance
  • Impulsive behavior
  • Truancy
  • Self-harm/suicide
  • Threats of harm to others
  • Highly disruptive behaviors
  • Bullying
  • Mental health disorders: ODD, ADHD, anxiety & depression
  • Aggressive behaviors
Scott Walls has worked with the most challenging kids in both school and clinical settings and is eager to share his knowledge and expertise with you! You will leave this seminar with tools to use tomorrow to turn your most challenging kids around and create a classroom climate that encourages school success!

  1. Explore common behavioral episodes that challenge educators, administrators, professionals and characterize how these differences inform your choice of intervention.
  2. Analyze clinical mental health disorders such as ODD, ADHD, anxiety and depression and address their impact on student behavior in the classroom.
  3. Implement school-based intervention strategies to enhance behavioral skills in in the classroom.
  4. Develop effective verbal skills that increase compliant behavior in the classroom, including praise, corrective measures and reciprocal reactions to student behavior problems.
  5. Assess components of behavioral escalation and recommend intervention strategies to address each stage.
  6. Utilize protective techniques for classroom design in order to create a climate of physical and emotional safety and success.
  7. Develop effective crisis interventions plans that address significant behavior concerns, including aggression, self-harm, and suicidal ideation.

Mental health and behavioral issues in the classroom
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder
  • ADHD
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Self harm/suicide
  • Bullying
  • Aggressive behaviors
  • Non compliance
Assessments: For cause, motivation and reinforcement
  • Functional Behavioral Assessment forms including:
    • Functional assessment/behavioral change plan
    • Individual student safety plan
    • Intervention plan
    • Parent, student and teacher interview forms
    • Intake forms
Setting the stage for success
  • The 3 Tiered Approach
  • The types of change
  • Defining the goal
  • Defining success
  • Understanding motivation
  • Addressing difficult adults
Safety plans and protective techniques
  • Safe room set up
  • Physical intervention – when and why
  • Use of environment – for safety
  • Proactive strategies
  • Behavioral plans
  • Motivational incentives
  • Incorporating the functions of the behavior
Reactive strategies for:
  • Aggression
  • Escape behaviors
  • Noncompliance and following directions
  • Refusal to do school work
Targeted techniques for:
  • Calming students
  • Environmental reaction plans
Crisis Intervention for:
  • Rage
  • Physical aggression
  • Self-harm/suicide
  • Harm to others
  • Specific case studies
Problem solving AFTER a behavioral crisis
  • Staff training
  • Through conversation
  • Using a premade template


Scott D. Walls, MA. LIPC, CCMHC, is a mental health counselor in private practice in Lincoln, NE, and has previously spent 15 years with the Lincoln Public Schools as a behavior specialist and psychotherapist. Scott has provided therapy and consultation services for hundreds of children, teens and families in the Lincoln area. In addition, Scott has provided numerous trainings for teachers, administrators and case management staff for various agencies. He is also the author of Oppositional, Defiant & Disruptive Children and Adolescents (PESI, 2016) and Behavior Management Skills Guide with Deb Rauner (PESI, 2015).

Scott co-founded a domestic violence group for female offenders and was a practicing therapist and case manager supervisor for a special project in Lincoln that offered treatment for torture and trauma survivors for refugees and immigrants. In addition to his duties as a therapist and consultant, Scott is the founder and owner of the Lincoln Karate Clinic, Inc. This karate school offers specialized karate lessons for children ages 4-7 and youth ages 8 and up. The karate school is well known for providing unique classes that incorporates Stranger Danger lessons, and Scott’s personally developed antibullying program entitled: “The 4 C’s of Bullying.”

Scott enjoys providing information to students and participants in a relaxed, learning environment and makes every attempt to give participants practical and down to earth, educational information.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Scott Walls maintains a private practice. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Scott Walls is a member of the National Board for Certified Counselors.
Credits listed below are for full attendance at the live event only. After attendance has been verified, pre-registered attendees will receive an email from PESI Customer Service with the subject line, “Evaluation and Certificate” within one week. This email will contain a link to complete the seminar evaluation and allow attendees to print, email or download a certificate of completion if in full attendance. For those in partial attendance (arrived late or left early), a letter of attendance is available through that link and an adjusted certificate of completion reflecting partial credit will be issued within 30 days (if your board allows). Please see “live seminar schedule” for full attendance start and end times. NOTE: Boards do not allow credit for breaks or lunch.

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Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.

The planning committee and staff who controlled the content of this activity have no relevant financial relationships to disclose. For speaker disclosures, please see speaker bios.

PESI, Inc. offers continuing education programs and products under the brand names PESI, PESI Healthcare, PESI Rehab and Psychotherapy Networker.

This intermediate activity consists of 6.25 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please save the course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.

Massachusetts Counselors: CE credit is available. This program has been approved for 6.25 Category 1 MaMHCA/MMCEP hours for re-licensure, in accordance with 262 CMR. Expires: 01-31-2019. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.

This course is designed to qualify toward your professional development requirement. The program is 6.25 clock hours in length.

Massachusetts School Personnel: This course may be applicable for 6.25 Professional Development Points toward your Professional Development Plan per the Massachusetts Department of Education recertification guidelines; check with your licensing authority for more information.

Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants
PESI, Inc. is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. Provider #: 3322. Full attendance at this course qualifies for 6.0 contact hours or .6 CEUs in the Category of Domain of OT and Occupational Therapy Process. Partial credit will be issued for partial attendance. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. Course Level: Intermediate.

Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants
This activity consists of 6.25 clock hours of instruction that is applicable for physical therapists. CE requirements for physical therapists vary per state/jurisdiction. Please retain the certificate of completion that you receive and use as proof of completion when required.

Speech-Language Pathologists

This course is offered for .6 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).

** Please note that Speech-Language Pathologists must complete the post-test and evaluation within two weeks of attending the live event if they would like their participation submitted to the ASHA CE Registry. Detailed instructions will be provided the day of the program under the Handouts section of the online program.

Social Workers
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Other Professions
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