ReImagining Behavior Management

Using TIC to Affirm Behaviors for Persons with Disabilities

This training will equip participants with the knowledge, understanding, and practical skills to approach, communicate, and support individuals with disabilities who have experienced trauma.

Shannon McFadden, MS, CPRP, CFRP

Thursday, October 5th, 2023
9:00am-1:00pm Eastern Time USA
Virtual Live via Zoom



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ReImagining Behavior Management is tailored for individuals working with persons with disabilities. What you will take away from this event includes the following:

  1. Deeper Understanding of Trauma: Participants will have a clear understanding of the three primary types of trauma and its effects, especially in relation to individuals with disabilities.
  2. Insights into Behavioral Communication: They will recognize that behavior, especially in those who may not communicate traditionally, is often a form of communication in itself, particularly post-trauma.
  3. Brain Function Knowledge: A grasp of how trauma affects specific areas of the brain, like the Amygdala and Hippocampus, will provide participants with a neurological perspective on behavior and reactions.
  4. Tailored Communication Strategies: By learning the impacts of trauma on communication, participants will be better equipped to adjust their approach and strategies when working with individuals with disabilities.
  5. Effective De-escalation Techniques: They’ll acquire tools and methods designed to calm heightened situations, helping to ensure safety and understanding.
  6. Empathy and Perspective: Through case studies and iceberg exercises, participants will develop a deeper empathy, understanding that observed behaviors (the tip of the iceberg) often have deeper roots.
  7. Enhanced Classroom Management Skills: For educators, the training will offer methods to manage and support a trauma-informed classroom environment, creating a setting where students with disabilities feel understood and safe.
  8. Practical Application: The iceberg exercises, case studies, and breakout sessions will allow participants to apply their learning in simulated real-world scenarios, ensuring they can translate knowledge into practice.
  9. Network and Peer Support: Engaging with other professionals in the field during the training will allow participants to expand their network, share experiences, and learn from one another.
  10. Professional Growth: By supplementing existing behavior management programs, participants will enhance their professional skill set, making them even more effective and valuable in their roles.
  11. Awareness of Socioemotional Developmental Phases: An understanding of how trauma intersects with socioemotional developmental phases will give participants a comprehensive view of behavioral triggers and needs.
  12. Confidence in Decision-Making: With the knowledge and tools from the training, participants will feel more confident in their decisions when navigating challenging behavioral situations.
  13. Resource Toolkit: Participants will leave with a variety of resources, tools, and strategies to implement in their professional settings, ensuring continuous learning and development.


Meet Your Instructor

Shannon McFadden, MS, CPRP, CFRP

Shannon has spent the majority of her professional career advocating for others. While a student at Spelman College, she worked as a Playtime Counselor, providing support for children living with autism and cerebral palsy. Upon graduation, Ms. McFadden worked with people diagnosed with mental health disorders and substance use disorders. While working with this population, she discovered that many of the clients experienced significant amounts of trauma.

As a Special Educator and Quality Enhancement Director for adults with special needs, Ms. McFadden saw that trauma was a glaring theme with a majority of the children and adults she encountered. In her research, she saw that persons living with intellectual and developmental disorders were not seen in the space of trauma informed care, specifically BIPOC youth that are forensically involved. As a result, her focus became educating professionals in the human services field on the intersectionality of race, age, disability, and trauma.

Shannon has her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from Spelman College, and her Masters of Science in Forensic Psychology, with a focus on Juvenile Justice Program Development, from Walden University. She resides with her daughter, her two dogs, and her pet snake.

A New Approach with Social Learning

For the first time ever, we’re experimenting with social learning. When you register for this course, you will be enrolled in a private group for this training, rather than a more traditional online course. Supplemental materials, pre and post training chat, various assignments, etc, will be found in the social channel for this group.

We’re making a transition to this method for all future training and you will be our beta testers for the first attempt. Thanks in advance for your patience as we navigate this exciting new direction.

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