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December 4, 2019
8:00 am - 4:00 pm / Pacific Time
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Sheraton Cleveland Airport Hotel
5300 Riverside Dr.
Cleveland, OH 44135 United States
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(800) 844-8260
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Oppositional, Aggressive, Attention-Seeking & Uncooperative Children, Teens and Young Adults: High-Impact Strategies to Reduce Chronic Misbehavior


This seminar is for YOU if you work with young adults, teens or children who:

  • Debate and invite power struggles with parents or teachers
  • Display hostile, angry, revengeful, exploitative or predatory tendencies
  • Use silly immature tactics to gain attention and get noticed
  • Engage in property destruction, fire-setting, vandalism or animal cruelty
  • Have diagnoses such as ADHD, ODD, Bipolar Disorder, or Conduct Disorder
  • Act irresponsible, helpless, negligent or tardy
  • Snicker at charts-and-stars and other “behavior modification” attempts

Attend this seminar and learn a wealth of high-impact techniques that cut across diagnostic lines and apply universally, from early childhood to young adult. Using these techniques will enable you to accomplish quickly what can often be missed in months of regular talk therapies, counseling or behavior modification reward systems.

You’ll learn how to stop pre-delinquent clients’ manipulations such as victim playing, power struggling, denial, minimizing, defiance, evasive lying, excuse making, blaming, and justifying. You’ll learn key strategies for “reading” misbehavior to uncover its underlying needs and motivations. You can share these methods with teachers and parents to free them from “ignore-nag-yell-punish” cycles and senseless power struggles. Discover powerful techniques to divert and reduce hostility and revenge in oppositional, predatory, violent adolescents and young adults. You’ll be able to introduce presocial adaptive behaviors that develop conscience and satisfy their unmet needs that trigger misbehavior.

Learning Objectives

  • Use at least 5 clinical interventions to reduce attention-seeking misbehavior in clients.
  • Demonstrate at least 4 diagnostic interview strategies to address resistance within clients as evidenced by statements such as “I don’t care” and “I don’t know”.
  • Identify at least 6 clinical strategies to address hostility and aggressiveness to improve regulation.
  • Communicate the benefits of using encouragement to replace punishing or attacking in developing conscience.
  • Develop a plan for incorporating clinical methods to control anger and resist temptation.


Uncover Misbehavior’s Hidden Motives

  1. The 5 “needs” that drive all misbehavior
  2. 15 maladaptive ways teens guard against feeling hurt
  3. 14 keys to stop misbehavior

Use High-Impact Interviewing

  1. Respond effectively to “I don’t know”, “It’s not my fault”, and “I don’t care”
  2. 10 dynamite probes to unearth hidden motives
  3. Reduce defensiveness and build trust

Improve Social Skills and Self-control

  1. Bolster temptation resistance
  2. Sharpen decision-making and problem-solving
  3. Upgrade apology skills
  4. Impart healthy handling of anger

Resolve Attention-seeking and Power-displaying behavior

  1. Effective strategies for “You can’t make me!”
  2. 16 techniques for the bossy teen
  3. 10 tools for “notice me more”

Resolve Malicious Misbehavior

  1. Teach important insights about revenge
  2. Prevent bullying and threats
  3. Decrease vandalism
  4. 9 answers for the “look tough, act tough” teen teen

Resolve Irresponsible and Self-destructive Misbehavior

  1. 30 answers for “I can’t do it” cop-outs
  2. Rebuild self-confidence
  3. Strengthen stress coping skills

Adapt Your Intervention to Each Client

  1. Recognize the limitations of every approach
  2. The client’s unique perspective is pivotal
  3. Determine how the child perceives the world/people/self
  4. Interpret the child’s actions as an attempt to express autonomy and belonging

Help Teachers and Parents

  1. Stay out of “ignore-nag-yell-punish” cycles
  2. Develop conscience without punishing or attacking
  3. Refine empathy skills
  4. Sidestep power struggles
  5. Improve cooperation with chores and routines
  6. Reduce sibling rivalry and improve family dynamics


  • Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • Counselors
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Speech Language Pathologists
  • Educators
  • Probation Officers
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Other Helping Professionals that work with children


John F. Taylor, Ph.D. is a clinical specialist and a nationally-known author and speaker. Dr. Taylor has treated hundreds of children and adolescents who were displaying misbehavior at all levels of psychopathology.

The author and producer of over 200 professional journal articles, newspaper and journal columns, books, video DVDs, audio CDs and booklets, Dr. Taylor is perhaps best known for his landmark parent-teacher-counselor guidebook ”Helping Your ADD Child,” his best-selling “The Survival Guide for Kids with ADHD.” and his definitive parenting guidebook about oppositional and defiant children and teens “From Defiance to Cooperation.”

His publications for professionals have included numerous articles in professional journals, and books including “Diagnostic Interviewing of the Misbehaving Child,” “Understanding Misbehavior,” and “Anger Control Training for Children and Teens.” Dr. Taylor has been a psychology instructor at UT-Chattanooga and two community colleges. He has presented seminars to clinicians, therapists, teachers and parents nationwide.


FINANCIAL: John Taylor is compensated by PESI as an instructor.


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