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When Your Young Client is Defiant

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Overview / Abstract:

When Your Young Client is Defiant is a 3-hour online continuing education (CE/CEU) course that provides practical strategies for managing challenging and defiant behavior in young clients.

Adults are often at a loss when it comes to handling defiance and power struggles. Some lecture the child on disrespectful behavior. Others ignore it, hoping it will go away. All parents find it a frustrating and annoying part of the parenting experience (the same may be said for many clinicians). For clinicians, we have only limited time with our young clients and we need to manage challenging and defiant behavior effectively.

This course will demonstrate specific techniques that clinicians can use to manage their clients’ challenging and defiant behavior. The skills needed will be discussed and illustrated in detail so that clinicians can work with caregivers to develop the necessary tools and have them available when misbehavior occurs.

The techniques that will be discussed are appropriate for all learning environments – home, classroom, playground, gym, and the therapy room. They can be used in group or individual therapy sessions, in private practice, and/or school-based settings. The techniques can be modified for each child’s developmental level, from toddler to teen.

Author’s note: It should be noted at the outset that the dynamics and techniques described in this course may not be adequate or even appropriate for children with more serious behavior conditions such as oppositional defiant disorder or conduct disorders. They will require more intense and specialized mental health interventions.

Course #31-13 | 2019 | 55 pages | 20 posttest questions


Dec 31, 2032


Audiologist , Counselor CE, Occupational Therapy CE, Psychology CE, Social Work CE, Speech Language Pathology CE





Credits / Hours



APA, ASWB, NBCC, AOTA,ASHA, Florida Boards of Social Work, Mental Health Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy, Psychology & School Psychology, Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, and Occupational Therapy Practice, Ohio Counselor, Social Worker & MFT Board, South Carolina Board of Professional Counselors & MFTs, Texas Board of Examiners of Marriage & Family Therapists, State Board of Social Worker Examiners

Presenters / Authors / Faculty

Adina Soclof, MS, CCC-SLP

Activity Specialities / Related Topics

Psychiatry / Mental Health, Counseling, Behavioral Medicine

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Professional Development Resources when your young client is defiant, behavioral health, developmental delays in children, childrens temperaments, conduct disorders

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