Emotional and Behavioral Disorders for Educators

Emotional and Behavioral Disorders for Educators

This four-hour continuing education presentation will focus on Emotional and Behavioral Disorders or EBD and its relevance to educators. More specifically, the presentation will provide a general overview of EBD, how the term EBD came to be, and how educators can help provide support to children and adolescents identified as EBD.

One of the two most frequently cited referrals from classroom teachers to school psychologists and counselors is for students that display behavioral problems. It is rare to find a classroom where no student demonstrates any kind of behavioral problem. Most classrooms have at least one if not several students who demonstrate behavioral problems that are above and beyond the norm. In addition, often times, teachers do not have the skills or knowledge of how best to address the problem behaviors demonstrated by such children. In fact, in some states, teachers are not required to take courses in classroom or behavior management, therefore it is not uncommon that many teachers find dealing with problem behaviors a difficult endeavor.

With that said, educators can draw from the field of applied behavior analysis to learn the skills necessary to implement empirically sound classroom management procedures and how best to address the behavioral difficulties demonstrated by individual students. Many children who exhibit behaviors such as noncompliance, oppositional defiance, and disruptive behaviors are often at-risk for emotional and/or behavioral disorders. Therefore, it is of utmost importance that educators address behavioral problems at the first opportunity possible.

As previously stated, this presentation will identify some of the markers that indicate that a child may be at risk for EBD, how best to assess their behavioral problems, and how to intervene and meet their behavioral challenges. The continuing education module is four hours in length and will result in the viewer receiving four hours of continuing education credit. The four hour presentation is broken down into 18, roughly 10-minute segments numbered 1 through 18. The four hour presentation is broken down into smaller segments for ease of video streaming, for viewing convenience, and to not inconvenience the viewer should the viewer’s internet connection become unexpectedly interrupted. At the end of each short segment, there will be several content mastery questions that the viewer must pass at 80% or better to continue to the next segment. These content master questions are part of the way we ensure that viewers participate in the training, are a requirement from several of the approval boards, and are important to LeafWing For Professionals in achieving the goal of ensuring high quality training for professionals. Depending on your internet speed, we advise that when you click on the play button of the videos, that you press the pause button for 20-30 seconds to allow the video to buffer. This will help with playback.

Topic: Emotional and Behavioral Disorders for Educators

Approved by: BACB

Your Instructor

Dr. Al Restori
Dr. Al Restori

Dr. Alberto Restori received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Riverside in 1998. After completing his doctoral studies, Dr. Restori worked for the Long Beach Unified School District as a Lead Psychologist overseeing middles schools and alternative placement schools. Dr. Restori is a Licensed Educational Psychologist (LEP) in California and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). Dr. Restori is an Associate Professor and coordinator of the school psychology program at California State University, Northridge (CSUN). In addition to his position at CSUN, he is a consultant and Independent Evaluator for numerous school districts including Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). His research interests include Response-to-Intervention (RTI) for children experiencing both academic and behavioral challenges, functional assessment and positive behavior support for children at-risk for behavioral difficulties within the school setting, and risk/protective factors and intervention for youth gang involvement. His teaching interests include assessment and intervention of children at-risk for learning disabilities, assessment and intervention for children with behavioral challenges, and law and ethics for educational psychologists and behavior analysts. Dr. Restori is fluent in both English and Spanish.

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