PRESENTATIONS

THE PERSON IS NOT THE PROBLEM. THE PROBLEM IS THE PROBLEM! Collaborative Approaches to Behavioral Support

Responding to students we most commonly label as non-compliant, disruptive, or resistant can be  frustrating, so it is understandable that teachers look for swift and efficient techniques to resolve the situations that arise. However, the majority of the current behavioral support programs locate the problem in the student and work from a “narrative of correction.” This perspective can inadvertently implant an “identity of inadequacy” and may make a difficult situation even worse. 

Drawing on the divergent fields of hostage negotiation and narrative therapy, Norman Kunc and Emma Van der Klift explore alternative ways of perceiving “difficult behavior.” They will show how adopting alternative narratives that take into account the interactive nature of the educational relationship can help to normalize these situations and open up more opportunities to build upon the student’s existing resilience and foster more collaborative and helpful ways of interacting with the student.

Type of Presentation: Workshop  
Length of  Session: 75 - 180 minutes  
Max. Audience Size: Unlimited 

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TALK TO ME: Education meets Hostage Negotiation
Hostage negotiators must quickly establish trust, build rapport, and foster collaboration in extreme crisis situations. The skills they use to help individuals de-escalate can be helpful for administrators and teachers who are interested in creating safe, collaborative classrooms and schools. After a year of conversations with hostage negotiators all over North America, Emma Van der Klift outlines what she’s learned and offers some of the skills and insights that hostage negotiators use.  These insights have proved helpful in reframing the narrative of classroom management and fostering less reactive and more responsive ways of working with students and colleagues. 

Type of Presentation: Workshop  
Length of  Session: 75 - 180 minutes  
Max. Audience Size: Unlimited 

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Education

Collaborative
Behavioural
Support

Friendship &
Benevolence

Rethinking
Disability