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Dr. John F. Taylor has authored numerous books and tapes, has developed innovative approaches, and comes highly recommended for his ability to portray practical techniques to assist professionals who work with individuals and families within these difficult topic areas.

  • psychologists and other mental health professionals
  • agencies
  • teachers
  • occupational therapists
  • speech and language therapists
  • school and rehabilitation counselors
  • human service professionals and related disciplines
  • parent educators

Oppositional, Aggressive, Attention-Seeking & Uncooperative Children, Teens and Young Adults: High-Impact Strategies to Reduce Chronic Misbehavior

Seminar Description

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

After attending a seminar a participant will be able to do the following:

  • 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.

Course Outline


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
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