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

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

Starts May 26, 2020

$670 Enroll

Full course description

Date and time

Wednesday 27 May 2020, 9.30 am to 3.30 pm


Independent Schools Victoria, 40 Rosslyn Street, West Melbourne


This learning event is right for you if you work with children in a primary school setting: whose behaviour places themselves at risk, who have ADHD or ASD and/or exhibit challenging behaviours,  or who suffer from chronic anxiety that can lead to school refusal or escalated behaviour.   


Primary school teachers often must manage children who persistently place themselves at risk e.g. by climbing onto roofs, running away from school or school outings or exhibiting unusual sexual behaviour. This behaviour not only places the child at risk but also exposes the school to duty of care issues.

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.

Key Takeaways                

  • ability to vary your 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’.