Course Description

This class delivers immediate answers to the most serious concerns that children and youth can present in school, at home and in the community. This course has hundreds of powerful, innovative, problem-solving interventions that can be used right away to prevent or manage children and adolescents’ school, emotional, social and behavioral problems. These more effective strategies are updated, practical ways to turnaround Pre-K to Grade 12 students who are unmotivated, aggressive, depressed, emotionally disturbed, misbehaved, and delinquent, have ADHD, are bullies, have Asperger’s, or are withdrawn. These methods are designed to work when conventional approaches fail.

Course Outline

  • Introduction: Participants identify their most serious and persistent student Coping, School and Social Skills problems. Participants will observe participants interacting with the instructor and will hear a letter from a troubled student. Displays of resource learning materials are also examined and the course outline presented.
  • Overview: Sample strategies from Coping, School and Social Skills segments are offered, and the workshop framework and context is provided.
  • Coping Skills: Participants will learn approximately 65 innovative, more effective Coping Skills strategies, and review the origins of emotional concerns in juveniles. A special focus is offered on bullying, school violence, defiance, family problems, diagnostic categories and common child and adolescent mental health issues.
  • School Skills: Participants will learn approximately 65 innovative, more effective School Skills strategies for problems like work refusal, tardiness, disruption, absenteeism, underperforming, poor motivation, poor attitudes, discouragement and special education students. Work refusal and motivation are extensively covered.
  • Social Skills: Participants will learn approximately 65 innovative, more effective Social Skills strategies for problems like peer conflict, hygiene issues, victimization, cliques, peer interaction, compliance with authority, community readiness, conversation skills and personal space and distance. A special focus is offered on serious misconduct and social dysfunction.
  • Wrap: Participants are assisted to organize and utilize the information presented
  • throughout the workshop.


This course can be taken for credit or clock hours. Credit is available under EDCO 5050 or EDSP 5050. Clock hours is available under CEU 0089.


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Section Title
Breakthrough Strategies to Teach and Counsel Youth
9:30AM to 4:00PM
Apr 18, 2019
8:30AM to 3:00PM
Apr 19, 2019
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
  • Off Campus
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
SPU Tuition non-credit $20.00
Reading List / Textbook

Breakthrough Strategies Course Workbook, 2016 plus related materials are provided

Youth Change Resource Displays (worksheets, activities, play therapy props, posters, projects, etc.)

Section Notes

Preregistration is required by visiting Youth Change. Once you have preregistered, you will be given a link to register for SPU credit or clock hours.

Additional $169 course fee payable to Youth Change Workshops when your preregister

Refund Policy: Withdrawal requests submitted online through SPU prior to the first day of class will receive a 100% refund of SPU Tuition. No refunds will be given once the course has begun, and no withdrawals will be accepted after the final session. Refunds of course fees are determined by Youth Change. Instructions on how to withdraw are located at: https://ce.spu.edu under Students/Withdrawal and Refund Policies.

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