Practical Strategies for Students with Mental Health Challenges: Reducing Anxiety and Defiant Behavior

Thursday, December 7, 2017
The registration period has closed for this event.

8:30 AM-2:00 PM

Registration will begin at 8:15.  Participants are not encouraged to arrive prior due to the high school start of the day.

Registration open through 12/7/2017 10:59 PM Central Time (US & Canada)

This advanced training geared to professionals consulting to teachers and student programs in schools focusing on building capacity within your school or district. Participants will discuss and walk away with strategies for reducing behavioral challenges that are fueled by mental health issues.

About 10 percent of kids in school –approximately 9-13 million students — struggle with mental health problems. Whether they’re running out of a class, not doing their homework, disrupting others, or quietly being defiant, their behavior is often misread and misdiagnosed. The frustration level teachers and parents face can be overwhelming, and traditional behavior plans are often ineffective and even unhelpful in addressing certain behaviors because they do not acknowledge the underlying causes. The training will provide empathetic, flexible, practical, and more importantly effective strategies for preventing inappropriate behavior from the start in the classroom, and dealing with it once it’s already happening.

Participants who register by 11.8.2017 will receive a copy of 'The Behavior Code Companion.' at the event. If you register after this date, you may need to pick up your copy at the CASE office.


Jessica Minahan is a licensed and board-certified behavior analyst (BCBA), author, special educator, and consultant to schools internationally.  Since 2000 she has worked with students who struggle with mental health issues and challenging behavior in public school systems.  She specializes in training staff and creating behavior intervention plans for students who demonstrate explosive and unsafe behavior. She also works with students who have emotional and behavioral disabilities, anxiety disorders, or high-functioning Autism. Her particular interest is to serve these students by combining behavioral interventions with a comprehensive knowledge of best practices for those with complex mental health profiles and learning needs.

Continuing Education Credits
Professional Development Credit: Hours - 5


Free of charge for CASE member districts and staff (Districts 15, 16, 41, 44, 87, 89, 93).
$140 for the training for all other registrants. Materials are included unless otherwise noted.

Glenbard South High School

23w200 Butterfield Road
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

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The Cooperative Association for Special Education (CASE) is a joint agreement between Marquardt School District 15, Queen Bee School District 16, Glen Ellyn School District 41, Lombard Elementary School District 44, Glenbard Township High School District 87, Community Consolidated School District 89 and Community Consolidated School District 93 in DuPage County. CASE provides varied supports so that each member district can offer a complete range of services to students with special needs between the ages of 3 and 22 years.