San Diego Course #14 – The Behavior Code: Focus on Case Studies, Communication, and Resilience- Part 2



Friday- May 4, 2018     8:00am-4:00pm

Course #14 -The Behavior Code: Focus on Case Studies, Communication, and Resilience- Part 2 (day 2 of this 2-day course)  

by Nancy Rappaport, MD, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

About the Speaker

HiResNancyNancy Rappaport, MD is part-time Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and is a consulting Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at Harvard teaching affiliate Cambridge Health Alliance with a focus on servicing youths, families and staff in public schools. Her research, teaching, and clinical expertise focus on the collaboration between education and psychiatry. She has worked in school-based health centers in urban schools for over twenty years. Nancy recently received Cambridge Health Alliance’s 2013 Art of Healing Award. She is the author of In Her Wake: A Child Psychiatrist Explores the Mystery of Her Mother’s Suicide and The Behavior Code: A Practical Guide to Understanding and Teaching the Most Challenging Students, written with behavioral analyst Jessica Minahan. Dr. Rappaport has designed numerous courses for teachers on psychopharmacology, adolescent development, and instructional strategies for disruptive students. She has worked at the national level with the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. With several publications in peer-reviewed journals and multiple invited presentations, she is often called upon for her expertise at both the local and national level. She received the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry’s Sidney Berman Award for the School- Based Study and Treatment of Learning Disorders and Mental Illness in 2012. Disclosure: Financial – Dr. Rappaport receives compensation from the Department of Psychiatry, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Cambridge Health Alliance and she receives royalties from Harvard Education Press for her publication. Nonfinancial –There are no nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

Target Audience (who should attend): General Education Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Resource Room Teachers, Title 1 Teachers, School Psychologists, School Counselors, Principals, Administrators, Social Workers, Behavior Specialists and Professional Assistants

Target Age Range: Kindergarten through 12th Grade

Course Description: This course is a follow-up to “The Behavior Code: Understanding and Teaching the Most Challenging Students,” intended for participants who have already completed that course. This workshop will delve deeply into case studies using the Behavior Code approach to understanding and addressing challenging behavior. Dr. Rappaport will present some archetypal (representative) case scenarios of students that schools often struggle with, drawing from her 25 years of consulting to schools and working in a school-based health center. These may include: a kindergartner who is out of control, anxious, and aggressive; a student on the autism spectrum who requires accommodations and possibly an alternative placement; and a disengaged, apathetic 9th grader who refuses to generate any work. Participants will work in small groups to discuss the cases, allowing them to learn from each other’s rich experience, as well as from Dr. Rappaport. Later in the day, participants will work together to apply the Behavior Code approach to some of their own challenging students. In addition to working on case studies, Dr. Rappaport will present some strategies for working and communicating mindfully and effectively with families, how to remain resilient when working with challenging students, and the power of narrative. She will use role-play to model ways to engage reluctant students and difficult families, provide tips for nurturing resiliency in ourselves and our students, and share some examples of powerful student narratives.

This is day 2 of this 2-day course.

What You Will Learn

• Understand how schools’ communication with families around behavior challenges can be difficult and explain how to approach these situations in a mindful and effective way that can defuse potential conflict

• Expand their repertoire of approaches and questions that can effectively engage challenging students

• Use the Behavior Code approach to analyze a case and consider appropriate interventions

• Generate concrete strategies and accommodations for students with challenging behavior

• Name key factors to foster resilience to fuel a sustained commitment to working with challenging students

• Describe how creating a narrative can be healing and how to use this exercise with students