W-18: How to Deal with Difficult Discipline Problems: A Family System Approach Adapted to the School Setting

1:30PM – 4:30PM | Regency B

This workshop will familiarize the participants with the principles, assumptions and major tenets of the Brief Family Intervention model. This effective and easily applied approach is based on communication systems theory rather than behavior modification or any psychodynamically oriented approach.The basic premise of this model states that parents and teachers are very capable of getting their children/students to do what they want them to do. The workshop will present videos of actual cases and discuss techniques that are easily understood and very successful when applied to families and teachers experiencing problems with their children/students.

Participants will:

  1. Learn how to analyze teacher and parental belief systems that become excuses for allowing the child to continue to act inappropriately;
  2. Learn how to analyze actual communication patterns that are either effective or ineffective in stopping most inappropriate behavior;
  3. Learn how to use simple but very effective non-punishing back-up techniques to ensure student success;
  4. Gain an overview of how this information (steps1-3) is used in a powerful five step family counseling session in the school setting designed to help parents resolve more difficult school related discipline problems.

Michael R. Valentine, Ph.D., is a national and international lecturer, author, and consultant. For more than thirty years, Dr. Valentine served as teacher, counselor, and school psychologist with various unified school districts in California, where he worked at elementary, junior-high, senior-high, and continuation-high school levels. At the university level he was the Coordinator of the Adult Learning Disability program and a Lecturer/Assistant Professor in the Educational Psychology Department at California State University, Long Beach. He was a part-time associate professor at the California Graduate Institute and the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. He helped turn around many out of control inner-city schools. One of these schools went from being one of the worst schools in New York to a nationally recognized Blue Ribbon school of Excellence. He is the author of How to Deal with Discipline Problems in the Schools: A Practical Guide for Educators and How to Deal with Difficult Discipline Problems: A Family-Systems Approach.

Note: Workshop handouts will be placed online prior to the event. CASP will charge $10 per day for anyone requesting printed handouts.
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