Workshops / Trainings
PACER hopes to be able to reschedule canceled workshops. In the meantime, we encourage you to view our archived workshops that are available to be watched anytime.
Archived Live Stream Events
- Planning an IEP team meeting when your child has mental health challenges
IEP team meetings can be challenging when a child has complex mental health needs. This workshop will provide parents and others with information to help prepare for a positive team meeting, use effective communication, how to navigate disagreements when they arise, and meeting, examples of positive supports and interventions to meet the child’s mental health needs in school.
- Anxiety and school success: Creating a plan that works
The most common emotional difficulty experienced by youth in school is anxiety. This workshop will help parents and others understand the role of 504 and special education when anxiety contributes to challenging behaviors in school by developing an understanding of behavior as communication, how these behaviors may be the result of a child’s anxiety, alternatives to consequences and punishment and effective interventions for support at school.
- Getting it right: mental health, special education
Children or teens with mental health needs often experience challenges at school. This workshop will address behaviors and barriers to educational progress, positive proactive supports and examples of ways to support your youth with an IEP.
- Supporting children and youth with trauma in school
When children who experience trauma have challenging behaviors at school, parents and school staff may struggle knowing how to help. This workshop will focus on helping parents and others better understand and respond to a child who has experienced trauma, and school-based strategies and interventions to help them succeed.
Featured Training: Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports
Research shows that when a school environment is positive and predictable, students feel safer, have better academic performance, higher test results and make better behavior choices. Schools also show a gain in instructional time, reduction in out of school suspensions and discipline referrals and show a decrease in referrals to Special Education.
Is it a curriculum?
No. PBIS is not a curriculum, but a process of planning and problem solving that includes direct teaching of social behaviors like academics. The basic PBIS approach is to use proactive, research-based strategies to teach clearly defined behavioral expectations. Most importantly, it establishes ongoing behavior supports that can be used by ALL students, staff, volunteers, parents and community members.
Can parents be involved?
Yes! Research shows that parent involvement in a child’s school experience greatly increases their chances for academic success, positive behavior, higher self-esteem, better attendance and greater motivation. Parents are key sources of information about their child, are their child’s first teachers, and have strengths and interests that can contribute to the educational process. When schools and families work together to support learning, children tend to succeed not just in school, but also throughout life. (National PTA, n.a.; Newman L. 2005; Henderson and Berla, 1997).