Understanding and Addressing Challenging Behaviors

This course will offer an in depth look at both understanding and addressing various types of challenging behaviors.  Emphasis will be placed on understanding challenging behaviors as prerequisite to and important component of intervention. The class will explore how to assess the cause of particular challenging behaviors and the ways in which assessment and intervention are integrally related.  Participants will practice devising interventions which are tied to their assessments, and they will come away with a wider repertoire of intervention options.

Specific topics:

  • Identifying lagging skills and understanding various pathways to challenging behaviors
  • The Collaborative Problem-Solving Model and its application in assessing challenging behaviors
  • Assessing student behaviors utilizing the Pathways and Collaborative Problem-Solving Models
  • Expanding our repertoire of intervention tools and techniques

Professionals will come away with a deeper conceptual framework as well as practical stress-reduction techniques to take back to their school.

Dr. Zina Rutkin, CKCC’s Director, holds a master’s degree in special education from Lesley College, a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Case Western Reserve University, and a certificate in Family Studies from Minuchin Center for the Family. Dr. Rutkin worked closely with the late Dr. Marcia Stern, CKCC’s founder, in the early program developmental stages of CKCC. Dr. Rutkin began her career as a special educator, and then became a clinical psychologist with a strong background in program evaluation as well as mental health.  She has served as a consultant to a variety of mental health organizations, social service agencies, and school settings throughout the New York area, and also as an adjunct professor at NYU. Dr. Rutkin has over thirty years experience working with, and on behalf of, children and families, with a particular eye toward the interface between education and mental health, and the development of foundational skills leading to success in learning and in life.

Date: 2 sessions on  Tuesdays, October 17 and November 21, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Tuition: $350
CEUs for NYS: 10
CEUs for NASW – CT: 10

Price Qty
Tuition $350.00 (USD)  


To register by phone or mail please click here
If you are an Ackerman alumni of the Externship or current Ackerman student, please contact the Training Department to register.

Damaly Ferreira
212 879-4900, ext 111
training@ackerman.org