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Free choice subjectUnderstanding and improving
children's difficult behaviour


A one-day course with tutor: Miriam Chachamu
Best-selling author of "How to calm a challenging child"


This course is currently available
as in-house training only

What you will gain from attending:

  • A clear understanding of why things can go wrong and what to do
    about them
  • New insights into how children feel, think and understand our communication with them which will increase cooperation and improve relationships – you may be surprised at what you find out!
  • How to de-escalate anger outburts – and prevent them
  • The importance of children’s innate emotional and psychological needs
  • How these can be met healthily without alienating the child
  • A range of tried and tested skills for preventing, as well as managing, difficult behaviour
  • Healthy and lasting ways to engender self-esteem in children
  • A better understanding of difficult emotions and effective skills for dealing with them
  • Practical skills for motivating children to be their best
  • How to help children both spot and learn from their mistakes, without you pointing them out
  • Why individual needs are more important than things being 'equal'
  • Relaxation skills
  • Typical obstacles that prevent children from learning and progressing – and how to remove them
  • How to set realistic goals for each child
  • New language skills for improving outcomes
  • How to create an environment in which not only the child but the whole family flourishes
  • The opportunity to discuss with a highly experienced tutor how you would bring all the new skills and knowledge together in a typical case history from your own practice
  • Tips on how to transfer these new skills to parents and carers, including those considered 'hard-to-reach'
  • Course notes and much more...

Why this course is important

If society is to successfully reduce the levels of anti-social behaviour, family breakdowns, mental illness and addictions, all our children need to be raised in environments where their innate psychological needs are met.

For children to be able to flourish and behave well, they need to feel secure, be given and receive appropriate attention, be able to delay gratification, take increasing levels of responsibility for their own behaviour, be stretched, develop a sense of autonomy and, of course, have fun!

For all this to happen they also need to be emotionally well connected to their family, peers, school and the wider community; and be given a sense of status that reflects their effort and achievements.

Miriam Chachamu’s wide-reaching training day, which focuses mainly on pre-eleven year-old children, clarifies how this can be done and gives you practical tools for meeting these needs and managing and preventing challenging behaviour.

It also shows how we can create an environment in which not only children but also the rest of the family can thrive and be better equipped to fulfil their potential.

 

Who should attend?

  • Teachers, social workers, therapists, and anyone else working with children who would like to gain a better understanding of their emotional needs, and have an insight into how children think and feel
  • Anyone who interacts with children and would like to learn new positive and effective skills to connect with them and to motivate them to become their best.
  • Therapists and parenting practitioners who are interested in empowering parents to become more confident and skilled in their parenting practices.
  • Parents who wish to improve their relationships with their children, reduce friction and increase harmony in the home.
  • Anyone else who would like to have a better understanding of the world from a child’s perspective and discover how they can use this understanding to improve children’s behaviour and wellbeing

Course Programme

The 'Understanding and improving children's difficult behaviour' course starts at 9.30am and runs until 4.00pm.

The day's agenda

Registration: 8.30am to 9.30am (Tea or coffee served until 9.25am)

9.30am – The causes of emotional problems in children

  • The fundamentals: our innate needs and resources
  • Why a parent’s emotional wellbeing is as important as their child’s
  • How children think, feel and understand our communication
  • How parents, teachers and health professionals typically try to meet children’s needs and how these well-meaning attempts are often perceived negatively by children
  • Treating children according to their individual needs, rather than ‘equally’
  • Understanding children’s perspective and identifying their unmet needs (exercise)

11.00am — Discussion over tea/coffee

11.30am – Positive behaviour management skills

  • How to communicate with children so they want to improve their behaviour, academic, social and life skills
  • Effective ways for getting children to correct their mistakes without having to point them out
  • Typical obstacles to children’s learning/progress and how to
    remove them
  • The principles and practicalities behind building children’s self-esteem (exercise).
  • How to know what is realistic to expect of a child, and how to set realistic goals to help children on the road to continued progress and improvement

1.00pm — Lunch (included)

1.45pm – Achieving cooperation: at home and in the classroom

  • Preventing problems from arising
  • How to ask questions that make children think about their behaviour and motivate them to do the right thing
  • Difficult emotions: what are they and how to prevent them from escalating
  • Why conversations between adults and children often go wrong, and how to avoid this
  • The common causes of difficult behaviour and what to do about them
  • Anger management and relaxation skills
  • Helping children learn from their mistakes

2.45pm — Discussion over tea/coffee

3.00pm – Transferring new ideas and skills to parents

  • Helping all adults caring for children to feel appreciated in their role so that they are open to new skills and ideas
  • Connecting with hard-to-reach parents
  • Using stories, therapeutic language and metaphor to create positive and lasting change
  • Bringing it all together – how to use all the new ideas and skills in a typical case from your own practice (exercise)

4.00pm — Day ends


This course is currently available
as in-house training only

Understanding and improving children's
difficult behaviour