Module: 1.3.3 The Role of the Staff in Behavior Guidance
To gain greater confidence in guiding behavior, staff must look at their personal actions and reactions to the behaviors of the children and youth with whom they work. This helps build social-emotional skills in both staff and children and youth.
This module was revised in 2016 to incorporate social-emotional learning and Quality Standards for Expanded Learning in California and revised in 2019 to incorporate language to support mental health and wellness.
In this training participants will:
- Deepen their understanding of what a young person’s behavior may mean and how that information can be used to strengthen their relationship & build trust
- Understand their personal reactions to challenging behaviors and how to better manage the stress and potential triggers
- Learn to use behavior guidance strategies at the appropriate time
Participants will consider how their own behavior and reactions influence and contribute to the behaviors of the children and youth they work with.
What’s My Temperature
Participants react to scenarios to reveal their personal behavior triggers when working with children and youth. Participants will also examine expected behaviors at different developmental stages, which will prepare staff to address appropriate implementation of behavior guidance strategies.
Behavior Guidance Continuum
Using the Behavior Guidance Continuum, participants review or are introduced to the strategies, give examples, and provide instances when they have used this strategy. Participants use scenarios to think through situations and their response. This activity gets participants thinking about how they can use these strategies alone or in tandem to help guide a child/youth’s behavior.
Length: 2 hours