Becoming a Behavioural Detective: Understanding and Supporting Complex Behaviours

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Presented By: Kim Barthel, BMR, OTR, Mental Health Occupational Therapist

Course Description:

Based on Kim Barthel, OTR’s most prolific and well-attended workshop in her career, this online recorded series will provide a deeper understanding of why people do what they do. The focus will be on complex and challenging behaviour, and using clinical reasoning to look well beyond the surface actions we observe. From developmental disabilities to emotional/relational challenges, and from attachment strategies to the integrated neurobiology of sensory processing and cognitive influences, a holistic and integrated mindset is required. Participants will be invited to forevermore become behavioural detectives, using evidence-informed best practices to shape individualized interventions across the lifespan. By seeking to understand why people do the things we do, from a myriad of perspectives, we allow compassion into the equation. Fundamentally, the mindset of clinical curiosity and the science-based information in this workshop series supports practical intervention strategies that are relevant at home, at school, at work, and in all levels of relationships.

Learning outcomes:

  • Identify the neurobiology of “challenging” behaviour.
  • Describe the sensory contributions and interventions for complex behaviour.
  • Explain the impacts of developmental trauma and adaptive attachment patterns.
  • Recognize the life-long value of co-regulation through relationship.
  • Define challenges and interventions related to executive functions.
  • Recognize the dynamics surrounding self-harm and aggression.
  • Examine a mindset of curiosity that supports more healthy, respectful and connected relationships.

Recorded and Live Workshop for Purchase.

11.5 Total Hours.

Education Level: Intermediate.

Cost: $459 CAD.