Skill Building to Reduce Anxiety and Challenging Behavior 
in Students during Challenging Times
-Live Webinar-
Jessica Minahan, MEd, BCBA
Stuart Ablon, Ph.D
"An asynchronous option is available. The recording of this live event will be available for a limited time". Recording available on Nov. 17, 2020.
When: November 16, 2020, 12PM-3:15PM Eastern Standard Time

CE Hours: 3

Cost: $100

We find ourselves in a particularly stressful time in history. During a pandemic that profoundly impacts everyday life, the level of anxiety in children and teens’ has increased and the possibility of subsequent trauma has become greater. Without intervention, these students are at risk for poor performance, diminished learning, and social/behavior problems in school. Understanding the role anxiety plays in a student’s behavior is crucial and using preventive, trauma-sensitive strategies are key to successful intervention. Effective behavior interventions for these students must avoid the reward and punishment-based consequences from traditional behavior plans and focus instead on the use of preventive strategies that explicitly teach skills like problem-solving, flexibility, frustration tolerance, self-monitoring, and alternative responses. 

Dr. Stuart Ablon and Jessica Minahan will combine their expertise in the areas to help participants learn the best ways to build skills in students 1) Through naturalistic opportunities to problem solve and 2) By using an analytic and prescriptive skill-building technique.
Through the use of case studies, humorous stories, and examples of common challenging situations, participants will learn easy to implement preventive tools, strategies, and interventions for reducing anxiety, increasing self-regulation, flexibility, accurate thinking, and self-monitoring in students.

Learning Objectives:
Participants will be able to:

A. Identify why some common teacher practices and interventions may not always work for students with trauma histories and anxiety-related behavior 
B. Identify common underdeveloped skills that contribute to the behavior challenges of many students with social/emotional needs.
C. Enumerate strategies for reducing negative/unproductive thinking in students

Jessica Minahan, MEd, BCBA, is a licensed and board-certified behavior analyst,
special educator, as well as a consultant to schools internationally ( Jessica has over seventeen years of experience supporting students who exhibit challenging behavior in urban public school systems. She is the co-author of The Behavior Code: A Practical Guide to Understanding and Teaching the Most Challenging Students (Harvard Education Press, 2012) and author of The Behavior Code Companion: Strategies, Tools, and Interventions for Supporting Students with Anxiety-Related or Oppositional Behaviors (Harvard Education Press, 2014).

J. Stuart Ablon, Ph.D., is the Director of Think:Kids in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is also Associate Professor and the Thomas G. Stemberg Endowed Chair in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Ablon is author of the books Changeable: The Surprising Science Behind Helping Anyone Change, Treating Explosive Kids: The Collaborative Problem Solving Approach, and The School Discipline Fix. One of the world’s top-rated keynote speakers, Dr. Ablon trains parents, educators, and clinicians, and helps organizations throughout the world implement the Collaborative Problem Solving approach.

-Continuing Education Certificate for Licensed Professionals ONLY-
COST: $15.00
Continuing Education Approval for Licensed Mental Health Counselors/Social Workers/ School Psychologists/MFCCs/Art Therapists 

Chesapeake Beach Professional Seminars (CBPS) is approved by the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners to sponsor Category I continuing education programs. Social Work Boards in most states accept this approval status. 

Chesapeake Beach Professional Seminars (CBPS) has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5763. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. CBPS is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. 

Chesapeake Beach Professional Seminars (CBPS) is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists to offer professional development for school Psychologists, provider #1067. CBPS maintains responsibility for the program. 

The Maryland and Washington, DC Boards of Psychology Examiners Recognizes national Asspciation of School Psychologist approval status with CBPS and grants CE hours to clinical psychologists in Maryland and Washington, DC.


CBPS is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s Board of Social Work, Provider #0122; and the Board of Mental Health Practitioners, Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Provider #MHC-0009 and Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists, provider #MFT-0008.

Art Therapists (LCAT, ATR-BC) may obtain CE Hours based on our NBCC approval status.
NOTE: This training is also suitable for educators and administrators.

Continuing education certificate available for licensed mental health professionals for $15.00. Please check your state licensure board if you need to verify approval.