Creating Truly Trauma-Informed, Brain-Based, Skill-Focused Functional Behavior Assessments & Behavior Support Plans That Improve Emotional, Behavioral & Academic Functioning
Attempts at making behavioral change through the use of traditional FBA’s (Functional Behavior Assessments) and BSPs (Behavior Support Plans) have long fallen short, and we know that children who have experienced trauma and toxic stress often need far different approaches than those that we’ve traditionally applied.
Learn how to create and implement FBA’s and Behavior Plans that fulfill the criteria for being trauma-informed, and will meet the needs of these children by incorporating evidence-based tools and practices such as the Collaborative Problem Solving Model (Think:Kids, MGH, Harvard), the neuroscience research of Dr. Bruce Perry of the Child Trauma Academy, and others.
What will I learn?
- Strategies for looking deeper, beyond what a child is trying to get or avoid, to assess the underlying skills that need to be built
- Comparisons of how brain-based, skill-focused FBAs & BSPs more effectively address the needs of children who have experienced trauma than traditional models
- Processes to assess and plan proactive regulation as part of a plan to help a child become more accessible for intervention
- Strategies for intervention components of the FBA and BSP to ensure that the brain can tolerate and grow from the experience
- Application of how to take the information learned and create successful and effective Behavior Support Plans
This workshop-style training is intended for educators, parents, mental health clinicians, and community partners.
Participants will experience a combination of didactic instruction, visuals, and examples, followed by hands-on creation of an FBA and BSP for a child that you live or work with.
This is an opportunity to not only learn about this model, but to network with others who desire to promote a compassionate and neurodevelopmentally supportive approach.
Rick Bowman, M.A., Clinical Psychology is a Certified CPS Trainer, and holds an Oregon K-12 Administrative license. His training and consultation background has included mental health and human service agencies, non-profits, and corporations, as well as speaking/consulting internationally in Russia, Cuba, and Jamaica.
Rick has been employed as a Clinical Psychologist, Community College Professor, Assistant Principal, Alternative School Director, Student Services Director, and non-profit Assistant Executive Director. His recent implementations of CPS have been:
- With children in a non-profit alternative middle school and high school setting in the David Douglas School District in Southeast Portland where students face significant barriers to their social, emotional and educational progress such as homelessness, severe poverty, drug & gang involvement, and disengagement from school.
- With teens in a Long Term Care and Treatment school for students in Level 5 residential foster care who have experienced significant trauma.
Doris Bowman, M.S.Ed
. is a Certified Trauma Practitioner of Education® (CTP-E), a certified special educator and certified administrator in the state of Oregon. She is a Think:Kids Certified CPS Trainer, and a Parent Coaching Institute Certified Parent Coach®. She has co-authored Going to Bed is Easy Now, and Going to School is Easy Now, the first two in a series of childrens books designed to support children with challenging behavior (www.easynowbooks.com
). She has a broad background in special education and behavior consultation with over 20 years experience working with and supporting children with challenging behaviors and their families.