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Becoming A Behavioral Detective: Understanding and Supporting Complex Behavior

June 27 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm



There is always a reason for the behavior! This one-day workshop will provide an understanding of the integrated neurobiology of sensory processing and emotional/relational problems that can relate to “challenging behavior”. Participants will be invited to forevermore become behavioral detectives, using clinical reasoning to look deeper than the surface actions we observe. By seeking to understand why people do the things they do, from a myriad of perspectives, we allow compassion into the equation. This alone changes the brain – and the mindset of clinical curiosity supports treatment strategies at home, at school, in the clinic or workplace, and in all levels of relationships.

This workshop invites participants to expand their focus away from “managing behavior” to a lens of self-understanding. Why am I triggered by this person’s behavior? How do I regulate my own nervous system in the presence of behaviors I experience as difficult? Through a blend of lecture, storytelling, video analysis and group discussions this day will be one to remember – both as professional development and personal empowerment.

DISCLAIMER: this is a paid advertisement and this course is not sponsored by or endorsed by the Idaho Occupational Therapy Association.

What will we learn?

Developmental disabilities and the neurobiology of dysregulation
To differentiate between sensory, emotional and cognitive contributions to behavior
The impact of developmental trauma on regulation and social engagement
Supporting challenging behavior through sensory and relationally-informed interventions
Self-awareness, self-regulation and self-care in our work

Open to anyone, including a wide range of therapists, educators, early-childhood and group home staff, social workers, counselors and parents/caregivers.

About Instructor Kim Barthel

Kim Barthel is an occupational therapist from Canada, a multi-disciplinary teacher, mentor, and best-selling author who is active in supporting people in many contexts globally. She is passionate about understanding neurobiology, complex behavior, movement, trauma-sensitive practice, sensory processing, attachment, and mental health. An advanced NDT (Neuro-Developmental Treatment) instructor and international speaker, Kim has 38+ years of practice in helping people to be their best selves.

COST: $250 USD
Contact Hours: 6 CEUS: 0.6

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June 27
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Moving to Higher Ground Zephyr
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