CRI's Newest Course 3- a Trauma-Informed Approach to Challenging Behavior

September 23rd- 26th, Community Resilience Initiative (CRI) will be holding a trauma-informed boot camp, in which participants can spend an exciting week learning our Course 1, Course 2, and/or Course 3 information. Many of you have already attended Course 1 and 2, and are eager to learn more strategies.


Course 3 describes training on topics that teach the knowledge and skills required by individuals who have more regular and intense contact with individuals who may be adversely affected by trauma and toxic stress. This may include staff in juvenile and adult court systems, homeless shelters, mental health clinics, and treatment centers. Topics in this category are intervention focused and are designed to develop a deeper understanding of the impact of trauma and toxic stress, while equipping practitioners with the insight and strategies to engage triggered individuals with confidence and compassion.

Based around the K.I.S.S. framework, Course 3 combines information built off of Course 1 and 2 to create a two-day training for trauma-practitioners, designed to guide you in mitigating disruptive behavior. Traditionally, challenging behavior been thought of as willful and goal oriented, thus leading to approaches that focus on motivating better behavior using reward and punishment programs. But these strategies are oftentimes failing.

Instead, CRI's Course 3 outlines the neuroscience behind challenging behavior, demonstrating that oftentimes it is not harmful intention, but a lack of crucial thinking skills that causes children to behave in disruptive ways. Instead of continuing systems of punishment, CRI's Course 3 focuses on helping to teach the skills individuals lack, while resolving the problems that tend to precipitate challenging behavior. It is about compassionate and effective strategies, combining knowledge and insight to inform our interventions.

Ultimately, participants will:

  • Learn why traditional behavior management doesn’t work with many challenging behaviors.
  • Learn that challenging behavior occurs when certain demands and expectations exceed an individual’s capacity to respond adaptively.
  • Learn what the research says about the link between challenging behavior and underdeveloped executive function skills.
  • Learn that how challenging behavior is viewed will guide the intervention.
  • Learn that interventions need to involve identifying the underdeveloped skill and solving the problems that trigger the challenging behavior.
  • Learn strategies to develop skills linked to challenging behavior.


View more information about the upcoming September Boot Camp here!

Check out CRI's newest product! Developing Super Powers: Using Resilience Strategies to Cope with Negative Experiences.


“To ensure all students learn and succeed at high levels will require a new social/emotional framework upon which schools must transform their collective behaviors and actions. Through a trauma-smart approach, it is essential for practitioners to incorporate the science and theory that CRI offers. The training and development WWPS has received continues to serve invaluable as we strive for improved outcomes for all.” — Wade Smith, Superintendent Walla Walla Public Schools


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