Behavioral Intervention Training

Mission Statement:

Stephanie Young Consultants is an agency that provides complete support services for people with developmental disabilities and their circles of support. Years of direct interaction with Administrators, Direct Support Professionals, Regional Centers, Service Coordinators, Clients and Family Members has given SYC the experience not only to serve client's needs but to enhance the lives of others. SYC recognizes the need for community and client support, education and trainings.

Introduction to Services:

Behavioral Intervention trainings will give providers and D.S.P. the skills and procedures to work efficiently with clients and family members. Our goal is to provide a fun and informative learning experience that will leave you feeling confident in your ability to serve your clients.

CEU Units:

Administrators need to complete 40 hours of Continuing Education Units every two years for their certificate renewal application. We provide approved California Department of Social Services Community Care Licensing courses to meet these requirements.

Trainings:

Addictions Affecting Individuals with Developmental Disabilities
Ten years ago, studies showed that the number of people with developmental disabilities who developed alcohol and drug additions was almost nil. Now they are considered this group at risk. The reasons are many and complex. With greater freedom and independence, in many cases, people with developmental disabilities can now get alcohol and drugs as easily as anyone else. This training will discuss different addictions, affects, population vulnerability, and possible outcomes. CCL Approved

Anger Management
This training will include identifying and managing anger as an emotion. We will go into detail concerning what is anger, the purpose, feelings associated with anger, empowerment, anger vs. aggression and resolution. This course is designed to train parents, group home staff and Direct Support Professionals in basic intervention and prevention techniques. We will review successful strategies to be proactive, reactive and systemic. Throughout the course, the instructors will assist the audience with crisis vignettes and discussion concerning real life crisis situations. CCL Approved

Antisocial Personality Disorder
This training includes the basic understand of what Antisocial Personality Disorder, what does it look like, what are the causes and what typed of treatments are available. We will also review the impact the disorder has on society and what happens if untreated. CCL Approved

Strategies for Socialization
This training addresses concerns regarding social interaction in the community and provides strategies to improve socialization from a behavioral perspective. The participant will learn to identify the barriers to successful social interaction and present information, ideas, and strategies on how to discuss these barriers. These strategies include: Establishing group settings, have a training plan, teaching Do's & Don'ts, training of social skills, communication etiquette, pro-social advocate, and punishment & reward. CCL Approved

Borderline, Boundaries and Beyond:
The purpose of this training is to assist Counselors in dealing with certain kinds of difficult casework, which may have to do with Borderline Personality or borderline type behavior. It is not about diagnosing all difficult people as having Borderline Personality Disorder. What is a Personality Disorder? " According to the DSM-IV, these are enduring patterns of behavior, thinking, feeling and interaction that occur in all life's contexts. " These are "ways of being." " These patterns are lifelong, inflexible, and maladaptive. " They are often more stressful to others than to the person themselves. CCL Approved

Bullying Behavior Part I - Understanding, Preventing & Reacting to Sticks and Stones
This training identifies the diverse ways that bullying occurs in our 21st Century. It focuses on understanding what constitutes as bullying, why bullying behavior still occurs, and how detrimental bullying can be to the victim. This training will provide ways to recognize if bullying is occurring, and strategies to prevent and react to bullying behavior through healthy coping skills and building confidence. CCL Approved

Bullying Behavior Part ll - Don't be Intimidated! Understanding & Negotiation with your Intimidator
This presentation will include a brief review of intimidating behaviors and then we will discuss how to confront and negotiate with someone that is intimating you, someone you care for, or others around you. A discussion about the special incidents that may result of a " bully" will also be included. CCL Approved

Coping with the Job
Every day we are experiencing stress and anxiety over our jobs. With the budget crisis you might be wondering if you still have a job! This training will discuss coping skills and approaches for working in a stressful environment. Learning to deal with uncertainty, changing your negative attitude and being optimistic are all positive constructive abilities one must acquire during these taxing times. Wear comfortable clothes in preparation for hands-on stress release activities that you will learn for yourself and for your clients. This training will teach you stress reduction techniques to make sure we do not project our fears and anxieties on to the consumers we serve.

Coping with Grief and Grieving:
The loss of a loved one or close friend is a very profound emotional experience. Even the loss of a neighbor, co-worker, or acquaintance can cause short-term emotional trauma and may have a longer lasting effect. Grief is the mental anguish that accompanies loss, and people with developmental disabilities (no matter how severe) do experience grief. This training will help indentify behavioral expressions, understand and acknowledge loss, communicate feelings and look for sources of support. CCL Approved

Crisis Intervention Prevention
This training provides practical information on how to define a crisis, assess for imminent danger, interact with someone in crisis, de-escalate a crisis situation and prevent new ones. This course is designed to train parents and Direct Support Professionals in basic crisis intervention and prevention techniques. These techniques would include: safety issues, setting boundaries, redirection, dropping demands, reflective listening, anger management, conflict resolution, returning to and establish routine, and utilizing community resources. Throughout the course, the instructors will assist the audience with crisis vignettes and discussion concerning real life crisis situations. CCL Approved

Dealing with Difficult People
This training will enable you to assist others, who are experiencing emotional distress, learn to listen compassionately, be supportive, and help problem solve. Many of the people we deal with are attempting to express their confusion, misery, helplessness or anxiety. In many instances this can across as anger. Anger that is directed at you! Trying to make sense of the numerous facts and issues contained in this type of communication is extremely difficult. That's why when another person bombards us with a multitude of thoughts, problems and emotions, we often respond by becoming anxious or disinterested. Dealing with Difficult People will enable you to assist your clients plus their supports who are experiencing emotional distress. You will learn to listen compassionately, be supportive, and help problem solve. CCL Approved

Hidden Talent
This training will discuss techniques and lessons on discovering hidden talents and skills form your client. Do they like to draw, paint, dance or cook? We can show you quick and easy lessons on how to engage your client in activities that will have them smiling. Making sure that fun can also be educational and meaningful. Parents and Providers will enjoy learning hand-on activities, skill development, and client aptitude levels.

Making the Right Decisions with Good Intentions, Part I
When supports lose sight of their professional boundaries even good intentions can turn into physical, sexual, verbal and fiduciary abuse. This training reviews the mistakes of others and together we learn how to establish safe and appropriate boundaries.

Making the Right Decisions with Good Intentions, Part II
How to avoid being abusive in a crisis. You will learn specific and appropriate crisis interventions. How to de-escalate a crisis situation without inadvertently reverting to abusive tactics. Everyone is welcome.

Non-Verbal Communication
Communication is always a challenge; it is even more challenging when someone is non-verbal. Just because someone is nonverbal, it doesn't mean that they cannot communicate with you. This training will briefly define what communication is and what it means to communicate. A model will be presented that shows the relationship between verbal and non-verbal communication with an in-depth discussion about body language, senses, and the environmental factors that are essential to non-verbal communication. Our training will conclude with a discussion on the prompting skills that can be used to facilitate communication with individuals who are non-verbal. This training is appropriate for all parents, families, service providers and educators.

Persistent and Repetitive Behavior
This training will describe what Persistent and Repetitive behavior looks like, it's origin, functions. We will review details concerning clients who are faced with this behavior, examples, and systems associated with this behavior. Discussion on strategies and structure will help support clients who are burned with these types of behavior. This course is designed to train parents, group home staff and Direct Support Professionals in basic intervention and prevention techniques. We will review successful strategies to be proactive, reactive and systemic. Throughout the course, the instructors will assist the audience with vignettes and discussion concerning real life situations. CCL Approved

Person- Centered Planning
Person-Centered Planning empowers people with disabilities by focusing on the desires and abilities of the individual. This training will focus on how to develop a team including the individual, family, friends, community members, service providers, and other professionals. We will teach the team how to develop appropriate goals and have reasonable expectations for progress. CCL Approved

Positively Interacting with Individuals with Developmental Disabilities
Come to this training and become more familiar with people with disabilities. Review and learn how to positively interact with your loved one, or the person that you are working with. We will discuss your expectations, what you should know, and what to look for when something just "is not right." Common scenarios will be presented and discussed. We will also give suggestions and help you to be more confident with your interactions. Group participation will be encouraged.

The Role of a Behaviorist Specialist
This training will help administrators understand the role of a behavior specialist, learn ways to best use the services of your behaviorist and maximizing the relationship between the administrator and the behaviorist. This course is designed to train parents, group home staff and Direct Support Professionals in basic intervention and prevention techniques. We will review successful strategies to be proactive, reactive and systemic. Throughout the course, the instructors will assist the audience with crisis vignettes and discussion concerning real life crisis situations. CCL Approved

The Rules-Ready, Set, Go
This two hour training will enable you to understand, implement, and uphold rules and limits for individuals' safety, knowledge and structure. The purpose of this training is to encourage new ways of developing and setting limits. The course reiterates the importance of establishing boundaries/rules, the level of tolerance that is acceptable for these rules and how to maintain a consistency of the limits set. The goal is to teach self advocacy to individual through decision making skills, appropriate rules and self limits. CCL Approved

Schizophrenia Training
This training will include understanding, treatment and recovery of Schizophrenia. The training will go into detail about the diagnosis of the mental disorder, statistics, possible treatments with meds and psychosocial treatments, and on-going recovery. This course is designed to train parents, group home staff and Direct Support Professionals in basic intervention and prevention techniques. We will review successful strategies to be proactive, reactive and systemic. Throughout the course, the instructors will assist the audience with crisis vignettes and discussion concerning real life crisis situations. CCL Approved

Setting Limits
This six hour training will enable you to understand, implement, and uphold rules and limits for individuals' safety, knowledge and structure. The purpose of this training is to encourage new ways of developing and setting limits. The course focuses on the importance of establishing boundaries/rules and how to maintain consistency with the limits set. The goal is to teach self advocacy to individual through decision making skills, appropriate rules and self limits. CCL Approved

Sex Ed-Beyond the Birds and the Bees
In today's younger population, sexual trends and culture seems to be taking a turn for the worse. The trainings reviews what current trends are out there, what are the statistics behind them and what can parents, staff and administrators do to help. CCL Approved

Sexuality Training
While sexuality is a normal part of development for all humans, society often views sexuality of individuals with developmental disabilities a problem. As a result, these individuals' needs and rights are often ignored or denied. This training will enable you to assist parents, family members, Direct Support Professionals and educators on how to identify inappropriate behaviors and how to discuss the sexual topics with the individual they support. Part 1 will discuss modesty, personal boundaries, menstruation and masturbation. Part 2 will teach strategies related to sexual healthcare safety and sexual abuse prevention through the acts of vigilance and advocacy. CCL Approved

Strategies for Socialization
Socialization is very important to everyone. Being able to socialize with others has a multitude of positive benefits, not only for clients but for us as well. There are times that make it hard for those that we care about to socialize and benefit from this interaction. How can we help? What are the barriers that we may be facing? This Training presents information and ideas to understand what barriers to look for and how to address them. Concerns are addressed and strategies are provided to improve socialization from a behavioral perspective. CCL Approved

Successful Changes in Routine
During the upcoming holiday season many providers, consumers, and families have difficulty with changing routines, visiting and transitioning back into the home. This training will provide skills and planning for easy transitions that make the holiday enjoyable for all. Focusing on planning ahead, preparation time, engaging in anxiety reducing exercises, and other skills that can be utilized during this period. The holidays should be a time for happiness and appreciation, let's make that happen! CCL Approved

Suicide Prevention
This training provides a basic outline of how to respond to a potential suicidal situation based on the experiences of our Crisis Team. To help someone who is experiencing a crisis we will suggest basic guidelines. Research suggests that the majority of people who attempt suicide literally do something to let others know their intentions before they act. You will learn how to actively recognize the warning signs of depression and suicide risk; as well as some common suicide myths and misconceptions. CCL Approved

Understanding Behavior Plans
Are you confused or overwhelmed by looking over the client's behavior plans? This training will break down for you the time-lines required for behavior reports, who is involved, and how to read and understand a behavior report. Learn how the IPP is tied to the behavior plan, what the goals are, and how you can be a part of implementing the plan. We will explain antecedents, precursors, consequence analysis, function of behavior and proactive strategies and so much more. CCL Approved

Understand Autism
This two hour training will include helpful hints of interactions with Autism, understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder, identifying characteristics of autistic behaviors and dealing with an autistic client. This course is designed to train parents, group home staff and Direct Support Professionals in basic intervention and prevention techniques. We will review successful strategies to be proactive, reactive and systemic. Throughout the course, the instructors will assist the audience with crisis vignettes and discussion concerning real life crisis situations. CCL Approved