Promoting Long-Term Success for Children and Youth With Oppositional, Defiant, and Explosive Behaviours

New! Filmed Summer 2020

Presented by Caroline Buzanko, Ph.D., R. Psych

On-Demand | Available Now


6 Hours  |  Pre-approved for 6 CEUs


This is an On Demand course. Participants can watch, pause, and re-watch the sessions at their convenience.

All course content (quiz, certificate, videos) will be available until June 1, 2021. Extensions cannot be granted under any circumstances. 

Registration will close on May 1, 2021.

All children engage in oppositional, defiant, and emotional outbursts from time to time. Though frustrating, defiance and arguing are an important part of development for all kids. However, these behaviours become a problem when they happen frequently, when they are excessive, and when they begin to impair a child or youth’s functioning at home, at school, or relationships.

With alarmingly high prevalence rates, behavioural disorders represent the most common group of mental disorders in children and youth. These behaviours are often accompanied by other serious mental health disorders and can lead to serious problems over the long-term. Further, these behaviours have extremely deleterious effects on kids’ interactions with their parents, teachers, and peers and cause substantial strain on the child, family, and community.

Early intervention and treatment are critical to support their social, emotional, and behavioural well-being and reduce future risk. Therefore, parents and professionals alike must understand the nature of these behaviours and be familiar with the most effective interventions for these behaviours. This webinar is therefore vital for anyone working with children or youth with behavioural concerns.

In this workshop, clinicians, educators, and families will learn about best practices to effectively work with children and youth and manage behavioural disturbances across all contexts. Participants will develop a comprehensive understanding about the unique needs children and youth have and their behaviours. The gaps and limitations in current behavioural approaches are addressed. Practical, effective strategies that can be immediately individualized and applied to address the unique behavioural needs of children across contexts are reviewed.

Laying the Foundations: Understanding Behaviours

  • Normal vs. atypical behaviours
    • Developmental sequence of behaviours
  • Reshaping our understanding of behaviours
    • Self-regulation
    • Role of emotions
    • Stress behaviour vs. misbehaviour
  • Etiology and underlying processes of behaviours
  • Conceptualization and functions of behaviours
    • Beyond the ABC’s of behaviours
  • Individualized discovery process to understand behaviours
  • Types of behaviour change
  • Foundations for positive behaviours
  • Pyramid for intervention


Effective Behaviour Interventions

  • What does not work
  • Proactive strategies
    • Teaching
    • Behavioural momentum
    • Neutralizing routines
    • Mood induction
  • Reactive strategies & effective discipline
  • What to do when crisis hits


Beyond Behaviour Management: Keys to Success

  • Building connection
  • Promoting teacher and peer connections
  • Family cohesion and compatibility
  • Effective communication patterns & positive parent practices
  • Handling adult misbehaviour
  • Therapeutic supports and interventions for children and youth
    • Relapse prevention
  • Medications
  • Comorbidities & what to do
  • ADHD
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Learning/Language disorders
  • Attachment disorders
  • Autism
  • Describe behavioural disorders, underlying difficulties, and related issues
  • Explain how adults may inadvertently be making behaviours worse
  • Implement effective strategies to discover the purpose of behaviours
  • Design a step-by-step individualized intervention approach to address the specific needs of children and their families
  • Identify the associated comorbidities, how they complicate treatment, and how to address them
  • Discuss how to sustain positive and adaptive behaviours long-term

Education and Clinical Professionals: K–12 Classroom Teachers, School Counsellors/Psychologists, Learning Assistance/ Resource Teachers, School Administrators, School Paraprofessionals including Special Education Assistants, Classroom Assistants and Childcare Workers. All other professionals who support students including but not limited to: Nurses, Social Workers, Psychologists, Clinical Counsellors, Family Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, Addiction Counsellors, Youth Workers, Mental Health Workers, Probation Officers, and Early Childhood Educators.

Parents, Caregiver, Foster Parents, Grandparents, and Extended Family raising a child.

Caroline Buzanko, Ph.D., R. Psych. is a licensed psychologist and clinical director of Koru Family Psychology. She has worked with children with neurodevelopmental disorders and their families for over 20 years, with a focus on maximizing connection, confidence, learning success, and resilience. In her clinical work, she specializes in the assessment and treatment of ADHD, ASD, learning difficulties, anxiety, and behavioural disorders. Through her specialized assessments, she helps parents and teachers understand kids’ strengths, areas of challenge, what makes learning easy, and how to best support them. She also offers therapeutic interventions to support children, teens, and their families.

Dr. Buzanko is a sought-out speaker who has been featured in various media platforms as an expert on child and teen development. She has developed training programs and workshops for parents, medical doctors, allied mental health professionals, and school professionals on topics related to ADHD, behaviour management, anxiety, autism, and learning difficulties. Her research interests focus on positive child and youth development and resiliency, as well as parent-child relationships, disruptive disorders of childhood, treatment of childhood disorders. All of her research to date has directed informed clinical practice, including the development of the Amazing Sibs! support program for siblings of children with autism and informing clinical practice as it relates to the assessment and diagnosis of ADHD.

RegistrationEarly bird FeeRegular Fee
Individual Enrollment$249.00N/A
Full-Time Student$199.00N/A

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