Full Course Description
Beyond Behaviors: Effective Neuroscience-based Tools to Transform Childhood Behaviors featuring Dr. Mona Delahooke
- Determine treatment strategies/techniques based on each individual’s emotional/ sensory/motor profile and neuroception of safety in social-emotional development.
- Distinguish the difference between intentional misbehaviour and stress responses.
- Integrate mind and body-based techniques for the treatment of mental health, behavioural and developmental challenges.
- Employ the 3-step process of personalized attunement to help children become calm and emotionally regulated.
- Argue the importance of a cross-disciplinary approach to supporting social-emotional development.
- Investigate the critical importance of the “therapeutic use of self” when working with children.
Module 1: Why Our Current Behavioural Approaches Miss the Mark & Fail our Kids
- What really causes children to lose emotional or behavioural control?
- Moving from a “fixed” mindset to a “Neurodevelopmental” mindset
- Three main reasons current treatment protocols fall short
- Reframing behaviours based on context and as “adaptations”
- The problems with time-out, isolation, “attention-seeking behaviour” and “willful disobedience”
- Intentional mis-behaviour or unintentional stress response?
- Utilizing a developmental roadmap
Module 2: A New Way of Understanding Behavioural Problems
- The “Developmental Iceberg”
- 4 Causes of Behavioural Problems
- Utilizing the polyvagal concept of “neuroception” to understand and change behaviours
- Developing neurodevelopmentally-informed treatment plans
Module 3: Underneath & Beyond Behaviours: Learning the Language of a Child’s Nervous System
- Two branches & Three pathways of the autonomic nervous system
- Creating co-regulation with kids
- The therapeutic use of self
- The Green, Red, & Blue Pathways of a child’s nervous system
Module 4: The Six Key Processes of Social & Emotional Development & DIR Therapy
- Assessment of processes
- Identifying feelings of vulnerability behind mis-behaviours
- Crossing the “Expectation” Gap
- Using the Six Neurodevelopmental Processes in treatment
- The DIR model of Therapy
Module 5: Nervous-System Based Techniques for Behavioural Change, Part 1
- Six “C’s” in the developmental process
- Practising personalized attunement
- “IDEA” model
- Sensory Over-Responsive Checklist
- Sensory Under-Responsive Checklist
- Clinical Examples
- Tracking a Child’s Stress Load
- Basics of Play
Module 6: Nervous-System Based Techniques for Behavioural Change, Part 2
- Neurodiversity, Trauma, & ASD Examples
- De-escalation strategies
- Developing a child’s own strategies
- Recognizing & naming autonomic states
- Clinical examples
- Addressing “disruptive” behaviours
- Interpreting behaviours in neurodiverse individuals
- Trauma & behavioural problems
- Racism & its impacts on children
- Analyze benefits, risks and limitations of a neuro-biologically informed treatment of behavioural disorders in children
Oppositional Defiance or Faulty Neuroception: Disruptive Behaviors through the Lens of the Polyvagal Theory
- Categorize specific behaviours as they relate to each of the three basic pathways of the autonomic nervous system (ANS).
- Utilize neuroception-informed interventions, including physiological co-regulation and interpersonal engagement, to treat oppositional behaviour.
- Appraise the efficacy of integrating the Polyvagal Theory into “behaviour management” programs.
Behaviour Challenges: Intentional Choice or Stress Response?
- What the Polyvagal Theory brings to the “behaviour management” table
- The autonomic nervous system (ANS)
- Neuroception: How children’s brains perceive safety and stress (and what that means for behaviour)
- Is ODD a behaviour disorder, or a nervous system looking for relational safety?
Clinical Strategies for Building Relational Safety and Security
- Getting started: Matching a given behaviour to corresponding ANS pathway
- Discerning between an intentional behaviour and a stress response
- Co-regulation, warmth and interpersonal engagement
- How to reach the “unreachable” kids and teens
- What about behaviour contracts and incentive plans?