This online course will consist of 6, 4 hour sessions. The program will be streaming live on Thursday, January 25, February 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29, 2024 from 8:30am – 12:45pm (PT Vancouver) after purchase. Please adjust timing for your time zone.
Recorded footage and all course content (certificate, videos, quiz) will be available until March 7, 2024 Participants are encouraged to attend the live sessions to be able to interact and participate in group discussions/activities. Extensions cannot be granted under any circumstances. Please allow 1 – 3 business days after the session airs for recorded footage to become available.
Registration will close on January 24, 2024.
This 6-week certification program will teach you solution focused techniques for working with oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) in children, adolescents, young adults, and their families. The course is designed so that course participants will feel confident in understanding the origins of oppositional defiant disorder as well as the reasons it continues, and effective interventions that can be used in a school, family, clinic, or in-home setting.
Your instructor Dr. Jay Berk will utilize both lecture and highly interactive exercises. Dr. Berk has over 40 years of experience working with children and adolescents, specializing in oppositional defiant disorder. You will come away from this course with a multitude of interventions that can be effective immediately in the short term, as well as those that may take longer, but can be sustained. The beginner through expert level professional will benefit from this program.
- Laying the foundation for understanding oppositional behaviour
- Why it exists and how it is perpetuated
- The power of oppositional behavior and its purpose
- Settling realistic timelines and objectives for interventions
- The benefits of early intervention
Diagnoses that often accompany oppositional defiant behavior
- Understanding ADHD and ODD
- Understanding Austism and ODD
- Sensory issues and rigidity of the individual with autism
- Understanding OCD and ODD
- Understanding depression and oppositional defiant behavior.
Other factors that perpetuate oppositional defiant behavior
- Reviewing comorbid diagnoses
- Family dynamics, home environment and academic environment
- Additional factors
The impact of ODD on others
- Parents, siblings, and peers
- How to effectively unite adults
Understanding traditional course for oppositional defiant children and adolescents
- Do they change on their own?
- What is the longitudinal course?
- Can oppositional defiant disorder be a strength?
Understanding the effectiveness of medication
- Common medications and their dosages
- Why medications over time often need to change
Intervention in the home setting
- Preparing the adults
- Preparing for the intervention
- Delivering intervention
Dynamics of therapy with the client
- Difficulty with engagement
- Lack of self-awareness
- Difficulties of a therapeutic setting
Challenges of long-term clients
- Understanding the “peaks and valleys” of oppositional behavior.
- Understanding the physical growth of a child
- Life factors that may perpetuate these behaviors
How trauma can create oppositional behavior
- Being aware of original trauma
- Effectiveness of bringing trauma information into the therapy session
- Gaining connection with the client
Extreme behaviors and challenges
- How to deal with aggressive behavior effectively
- What are the options in the community?
- What options can be brought into the house?
- Understanding “big deal, little deal”
- Using visuals to reduce acting out behavior
- Rehearsing effective behaviors ahead of time
Social issues accompanying oppositional behaviour
- Lack of ability to see other people’s perspectives.
- Social skills is an important intervention
What are the options if the child does not get better?
- Supports you can bring into the home
- Seeking placement options out of the home
- Community based resources
Other factors that may create oppositional behavior
- Considering further sensory issues
- Medical precipitants
Personal challenges to dealing with a difficult population
- Understanding the long-term goal
- How to balance your caseload
- How to look at small wins
Protecting other family members
- How to consider therapy for the siblings
- How to have an escape plan for the siblings
- Building a healthy equation for the family that supports the other children
What to do if your initial interventions don’t work
- How to consider other factors
- Time considerations
- Hidden challenges
- How to prepare a classroom teacher
- How to prepare a building
- How to effectively utilize the staff you have
The importance of relationships
- How to form that relationship
- What strains that relationship?
- Effectively negotiating boundaries
Transitioning into adulthood
- How to negotiate and navigate the degrees of success
- Lessons they may need to learn the hard way
- Preparing the family for the struggles that may occur
- What are case studies that support successful intervention?
- What are case studies that show long-term effectiveness?
- What case studies show the interventions that provide success?
Getting creative with techniques
- Understanding the “moving target”
- Working along with the physician and forming a team
- Working along with other professionals, how to coordinate successfully
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, Police Officers, and Early Childhood Educators.
Parents, Caregiver, Foster Parents, Grandparents, and Extended Family raising a child.
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