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Working with parents/carers to reduce disruptive behaviour in secondary schools is a Course

Working with parents/carers to reduce disruptive behaviour in secondary schools

Aug 19 - Sep 3, 2021

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$790 Enrol

Full course description

Date and time

Friday 20 August 2021, 9.30 am to 3.30 pm

Delivery mode

In person - ISV, 40 Rosslyn St West Melbourne


This learning event is right for you if you are a secondary teacher who works with students who exhibit chronic behaviour problems,  have substance abuse problems or suffer from chronic anxiety that can lead to school refusal or escalated behaviour.


Teachers work with a range of students who can behave in a threatening or aggressive manner or are persistently non-compliant. They might come to school under the influence of drugs, attempt to sell drugs at school or are highly disruptive in class, for example.

This program assumes that preventative programs are more likely to be successful if parents/carers are involved both in the design and implementation of the program. The Parental Partnerships component for the program is designed to elicit such support. It identifies six different ‘parent’ types and suggests a different engagement strategy for each type.

The program also reviews traditional positive behaviour programs, but also includes more innovative programs such as Collaborative Problem Solving and a new program, called the Choice Model, which encourages students to identify when they are becoming dysregulated and then make more appropriate choices.

This learning event supports creating best practice toward meeting the following VRQA standard(s):

  • Care, Safety and Welfare of Students – Safe environment
  • Care, Safety and Welfare of Students – Child safety 
  • The minimum standards for schools offering a senior secondary course – Student welfare.

Key takeaways              

  • ability to vary parental engagement strategy depending on the parent’s situation and capabilities
  • ability to design innovative programs to reduce disruptive or non-compliant behaviour in addition to traditional positive behaviour programs.



Presenter information

Graeme Baird                 

Graeme is a psychologist who has been involved in the out of home care area for over thirty years. He developed Attend+, a program to assist the most marginalised young people in Australia to increase school attendance. These young people are often enmeshed in the youth justice, child protection and mental health systems, and education is the only path allows them to move forward and establish a stable school life. Graeme is the owner of McAlpine-B, a training company whose purpose is to ‘empower staff to empower their clients’.


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