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Calm, Connected, and Effective: Responding Skilfullly to Childrens Difficult Behaviors

  • Lincoln 51 Marina Boulevard Pittsburg, CA, 94565 United States (map)


Children often act in ways that can leave caregivers feeling confused, exasperated, angry, disappointed, exhausted, helpless, and even ashamed and embarrassed. Are you parenting a child who frequently has tantrums, does not listen to directions, defies rules, argues with others, refuses to get up in the morning or go to bed at night, or avoids tasks like school work or chores? This training will help you to better understand your child’s most challenging behaviors and teach you concrete strategies for responding more calmly and effectively, while maintaining a positive connection between the two of you. Come learn new perspectives and parenting techniques, in an environment of communal support and encouragement!

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify two underlying causes of children’s oppositional, defiant and disruptive behavior.

  2. Define emotional regulation and explain how it relates to human behavior.

  3. Practice decoding what is being communicated through a child’s behavior.

  4. Establish a minimum of three personal strategies for preventing oppositional, defiant and disruptive behavior.

  5. Establish a minimum of three personal strategies for responding effectively to oppositional, defiant and disruptive behavior when it is already occurring.


Rebecca Kraus, LCSW has been providing holistic psychotherapy to children, teens, adults and families for over 13 years, in addition to offering clinical supervision and trainings to other mental health professionals. Rebecca specializes in working with individuals and families who have experienced trauma and attachment disruptions, and are coping with multiple life stressors. Rebecca’s work draws from her own life experiences, as well as the latest research on neuroscience, interpersonal relationships, mindfulness meditation, and mind/body health. Rebecca is thrilled to be involved in work that helps others develop more satisfying, connected, and empowered ways of being in the world.


If you have questions or need additional information please contact Minjon LeNoir, Training Director, at

Continuing Education

This course meets the qualifications for three (3) CEUs for LPCCs, LCSWs and MFTs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences and is provided by Lincoln under CAMFT's Continuing Education Provider Program (CEPA), #133478.

Training Registration Policy

Registration closes a week prior to the training and we cannot accept late registrations. Thank you for your understanding.

Training Cancellation Policy

If we cancel training or special event as a result of low registration, for example, registrants will be notified by email or phone one week prior to the training date and receive a full refund. Where courses are cancelled for reasons beyond our control, then registrants will be given shorter notice and will receive a full refund. If a registrant cannot attend training and contacts the Training Institute within 72 hours of the training or special event to cancel, a full refund will be issued. If a registrant contacts the Training Institute outside of the 72 hour period, a refund will not be issued.


In accordance with California Civil Code Section 54.1 any disabled person who may require accommodations to participate in our trainings or special events, please contact the Training Institute at 510-273-4700, x4132 at least 3 days in advance.


When a grievance arises pertaining to a Lincoln training, the complainant is expected to notify Minjon LeNoir, Director of Training, either by phone 510-273-4700, x4331, in writing, or in email, as soon as possible so that the nature of the concern may be addressed in a timely fashion in order to be resolved.