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Social Emotional Training Level III: Intensive Individual Interventions

by Carol Weisheit and Anna Owen
November 29-30, 2012
Each day: Reg. 8:00 AM, 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Pershing Early Learning Center
2912 North University Avenue, Decatur, Illinois

Prerequisite(s) Required: Social Emotional Training Level I: Promoting Children's Success AND Social Emotional Training Level II: Teaching Strategies

Description: Participants will understand the difference between Positive Behavior Support (PBS) and traditional discipline approaches; define forms and function of communication and identify the behavioral mechanisms that contribute to viewing challenging behavior; use interview and observation data to determine the communicative function of challenging behavior and develop hypothesis; identify the steps of the process of PBS; describe and select strategies that may be used to prevent challenging behavior; identify replacement skills that may be taught to replace challenging behavior; identify how to respond in a way that does not maintain or reinforce challenging behavior; and develop a behavior support plan, as a team, for a child case study.

Presenter Bios: Carol Weisheit is an Early Childhood Resource Specialist with Illinois STARnet, a federal project funded through the Illinois State Board of Education. An Early Childhood Specialist since 2002, Carol provides technical assistance and support to teachers who work with children birth to age eight, focusing primarily on children with special needs. Carol also consults with agencies and programs on a variety of topics and is a HighScope certified teacher and trainer. Carol was the former state director of Illinois CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), served on the National CASA Curriculum Advisory Committee, and was a trainer for National CASA. Carol has directed child-care programs for low-income families, coordinated and taught in an at-risk pre-kindergarten program, and served as a parent educator providing home visits to families at-risk. Carol also served as a NAEYC validator, visiting programs all over the United States and abroad. She has a Bachelor's degree in Child Development and a Master's degree in Child and Family Studies. In her spare time, Carol is working on a book about the perils of praise. Her husband, Ralph, is a distinguished professor at Illinois State University in the Criminal Justice Department and their son, Ryan, is a budding jazz musician in New York City.

Anna Owen is an Early Childhood Resource Specialist with STARnet Regions I and III. Anna has been involved in the field of early childhood since 2003. She began her career as a Regional Training Coordinator for Child Care Resource and Referral. In that position, she coordinated and oversaw professional development opportunities for child care providers within 24 counties. Anna has also worked as a Parent Educator, providing home visits to families with children ages 0-5 years old, offering support and information about child development. In addition, she coordinated family education nights and parent/child activities for six preschool classrooms while spending time in each classroom weekly. After participating in a Graduate program through Western Illinois University, Anna received her Type 04 teaching certificate and began teaching for an Illinois state-funded preschool program in 2008. Anna has been with STARnet Regions I and III since November 2009. In her role as an Early Childhood Resource Specialist, she provides technical assistance and training to early childhood professionals and families. Throughout the years, she has served on several conference planning committees and has presented workshops on topics such as: Math, Science, Literacy, Social/Emotional Development, Conflict Resolution, Praise vs. Encouragement, Healthy Habits for Preschoolers, Transitioning Throughout the Day, Response to Intervention (RtI), Creative Curriculum and more.

This training will provide 12 contact hours for the following:

  • CPDUs (Continuing Professional Development Units) for teacher certification
  • CDA (Child Development Associate) credit in area(s) #3
  • CE credit for SLP, SW, LCPC, PT, and OT professionals
  • Gateways to Opportunity credit in area(s) A, B, D, E

Full attendance is required to receive a certificate.

In collaboration with: Decatur SD 61 / Pershing Early Learning Center

Registration form for this workshop.
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