Thursday, May 23, 2024

 Jessica Minahan: Helena and Dillon in June

Jessica Minahan, Ph.D., BCBA, LABA, is a licensed and board-certified behavior analyst, author, special educator, and consultant to schools internationally.  Since 2000 she has worked with students who struggle with mental health issues and challenging behavior in in public school systems.  She specializes in training staff and creating behavior intervention plans for students who demonstrate explosive and unsafe behavior.  She also works with students with emotional and behavioral disabilities, anxiety disorders, trauma histories, and autism. Her particular interest is to serve these students by combining behavioral interventions with a comprehensive knowledge of best practices for those with complex mental health profiles and learning needs. 

She is a blogger on The Huffington Post, the author of The Behavior Code: A Practical Guide to Understanding and Teaching the Most Challenging Students with Nancy Rappaport, and the author of The Behavior Code Companion: Strategies, Tools, and Interventions for Supporting Students with Anxiety-Related or Oppositional Behaviors.

Practical Trauma- Informed Strategies to Reduce Anxiety
With up to one in three children struggling with anxiety in this country, overwhelmed adults require a new approach as well as a practical and easy-to-implement toolkit of strategies that work. Anxiety has become ever-present in students of all ages. Several strategies will be shared and time will be spent developing FAIR plans. 

Location: East Helena High School

Date: Monday, June 10, 2024 8:00-4:00

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Behavioral and Educational Practices for Students with Mental Health Disabilities
About 10 percent of kids in school struggle with mental health problems. Whether they're running out of a class, not doing their homework, disrupting others, or quietly being defiant, their behavior is often misread and misdiagnosed.  Behavior plans are often ineffective, even unhelpful, in addressing certain behaviors because they do not acknowledge the underlying causes.  The training will provide guidance on developing FAIR behavior intervention plans as well as empathetic, flexible, practical, and more importantly effective strategies for preventing inappropriate behavior in the classroom.  

Location: University of Montana Western

Date: Tuesday, June 11, 2024 8:00-4:00

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