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Understanding and improving children’s challenging behaviour

This practical day also looks at the causes of emotional problems in children, brain development and emotional wellbeing, the impact of difficult life experiences & trauma on development – and more

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Understanding and improving children's challenging behaviour (Live Online Workshop)

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  • Date: Tues 24th November 2020

  • Length 1 day (9.30am - 4.00pm)

  • Tutor: Miriam Chachamu

  • CPD Certificate 6 hours

  • Price: £145 per person

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Very inspiring – this will be really helpful in my work and help me improve the way I deal with a child or their parents to get more positive results

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Tutor: Miriam ChachamuLive Online on Tues 24th November 2020 – Join family therapist and best-selling author Miriam Chachamu for her inspiring workshop, you will have plenty of opportunities to ask questions and benefit from her extensive experience. All you need is a quiet place to watch, a computer or tablet and strong internet signal, the rest is easy: simply book your place as normal and we will email you details of how to join the Zoom workshop nearer the time.
NB The training will be recorded and made available for 2 weeks afterwards – in case anyone experiences technical difficulties on the day.

Why take this course

Are you living or working with children whose behaviour you sometimes find challenging? Do you feel like you have tried everything, and nothing works consistently? Maybe you are a psychotherapist working with adults who have concerns about their children and would like to be better placed to help?

Miriam Chachamu’s wide-reaching training day, which focuses mainly on children under the age of 11, offers an insight into children’s minds and gives you practical skills to communicate effectively with children and reduce emotional outbursts. You will also learn how children experience the world and what they really need from us to develop as mentally healthy individuals. Together with these psychological understandings, you will learn positive, practical communication skills that enable these needs to be met and help children become their best.

Using the insights and skills covered on this course, we can create an environment in which not only children but also the rest of the family, class or school can thrive.

Great new skills and helpful insights


What will you learn

  • New research about children’s brain development and emotional wellbeing
  • New insights into how children feel, think and understand our communication with them, which will increase cooperation and improve relationships – you may be surprised at what you find out!
  • How difficult life events can shape a child’s mind – and what we can do to help
  • A better understanding of difficult emotions, effective skills for dealing with them and preventing future emotional outbursts
  • How our attempts to help sometimes backfire and what we could do instead
  • How to prevent most temper tantrums and anger outbursts – and de-escalate the ones that do happen
  • How to develop positive relationships with children
  • The importance of meeting children’s innate emotional and psychological needs
  • Healthy and lasting ways to engender self-esteem in children
  • Practical skills for motivating children to be their best
  • How to help children both spot and learn from their mistakes
  • Typical obstacles that prevent children from learning and progressing – and how to remove them
  • Relaxation and self-regulation skills
  • How to know what is realistic to expect from each child
  • New language skills for improving outcomes
  • Tried and tested ways to prevent and manage difficult behaviour
  • How to create an environment in which not only the child but the whole family flourishes
  • The opportunity to discuss with a highly experienced tutor how you would bring all the new skills and knowledge together in a typical case history from your own practice
  • plus Course notes and CPD Certificate

Course Programme

The ‘Understanding and improving children’s challenging behaviour’ live online course starts at 9.15am and runs until 4.00pm.

Who is this course suitable for?

  • Teachers, social workers, therapists, and anyone else working with children who would like to gain a better understanding of their emotional needs, and have an insight into how children think and feel
  • Anyone who interacts with children and would like to learn new positive and effective skills to connect with them and to motivate them to become their best.
  • Therapists and parenting practitioners who are interested in empowering parents to become more confident and skilled in their parenting practices
  • Parents who wish to improve their relationships with their children, reduce friction and increase harmony in the home
  • Therapists and parenting practitioners who are interested in helping others develop positive relationships with their children or to communicate effectively with children and prevent emotional outbursts
  • Anyone else who would like to have a better understanding of the world from a child’s perspective and discover how they can use this understanding to improve children’s behaviour and wellbeing

Reviews for this course

4.8/5 (25 Reviews)
  1. Cognitive Hypnotherapist

    Lots of relevant points for me both as a therapist, mum and grandma.

  2. HG Therapist (Trainee)

    The course was brilliant.

  3. Relationship Counsellor

    Excellent interactive day and enthusiastic and skilled teacher/therapist.

  4. Hypnotherapist

    Practical, calm approach – applicable to adults too!

  5. Solitcitor

    Found the idea of descriptive listening particularly useful – I can see how this could diffuse a situation.

  6. Priest

    A useful day. The course leader was very engaging and flexible about responding to questions.

  7. K.S, GP

    I learnt a lot of good responses and approaches to children and the underlying principles behind these approaches.

  8. Mum of two under 5s!

    Thanks for a wonderfully helpful day, lots of light bulb moments for me. Very useful to understand a lot of children’s behaviour is a means of getting their needs met. Great to work with Miriam.

  9. Outreach Worker

    A really helpful day – I found the section on how children perceive what we say to them a real eye-opener and will now be much more careful with the language I use!

  10. Physiotherapist and HG Graduate

    All of it was useful, but the exercises we did really made me think! Very relevant to all the children in one’s life whether they are 8 or 80!

  11. Educator/Therapist

    As usual a great day with helpful and informative course materials that effectively back up the main ideas discussed and presented.

  12. Psychotherapist (HG)

    The demonstrations of reflective listening with children, looking at events from a child’s perspective and relating everything to a child’s needs – and not blaming – were particularly useful. A great day, thank you.

  13. HG Therapist / Reflexologist

    A really useful day. The demonstration was especially useful and interesting. I also liked the way Miriam provided examples to illustrate all the techniques/points she was making.

  14. Kim, Teacher

    Particularly useful was the understanding of why children act out and how we can help them. Miriam was absolutely superb – so knowledgeable and a great speaker. I feel I have learned many techniques and I hope we can book her to do some training at my school.

  15. Therapist

    I thought the day was very informative and fulfilling – thank you.

  16. Mother and Marketeer

    The explanations were very good and led on from one another in a constructive way – adding to the information and building knowledge. The tools and skills discussed are very useful. Miriam broke them down, used examples and role play so we could understand them thoroughly and their application. I thought it was a very well run training day – so much information to pack in.

  17. Teacher

    All elements skilfully woven together. Theory and practical approaches clearly connected. Material presented with authority and good nature.

  18. Health Visitor

    Many thanks – brilliant

  19. Headteacher

    A great day. Really helpful to understand the difference between perception and reality of an experience and how it can affect children and adults.

  20. Andrew, Psychotherapist

    All of it was useful – I learnt so much.

  21. Sophie, Medical secretary

    Really helpful exercise around stopping behaviour from getting out of control.

  22. Foster carer

    I’ve read Miriam’s excellent book but this brought it all to life more clearly for me. It was great to see some of the skills demonstrated and to practise ourselves. I also appreciated being able to talk to her about some of the behavioural problems I have to deal with.

  23. Probation Officer

    There was lots covered that I will use in my work – eg. how to praise appropriately; building resilience was also very useful. And how to de-escalate or avoid anger outbursts. This will be very helpful in working with young people or with those who have children.

  24. Housewife/Mother

    This has given me a wealth of information and skills – I particularly liked the anger mountain idea. Miriam really knows her subject.

  25. Nurse

    Thank you! Today has given me a much better insight into how kids behave and why – and I feel much more confident about dealing with the difficult situations I often have to face at work now.

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