Next 5-Week Course Starts Thursday Night June 23rd 2022 @ 7pm
Helping the Behaviorally Challenging Child (HBCC) is the only organization in Orange County focused exclusively on a system of care around Collaborative Problem Solving®. This exciting evidence-based approach helps with parenting, teaching and treating, children, teens, and young adults, with difficult-to-manage behaviors who are having trouble meeting the demands of home life, school and work expectations. Since 2007 HBCC in Orange County, California has been a leader in this innovative model that has proven its efficacy at all levels of caregiver support. Both locally and nationally since 2002 this approach has realized improved outcomes in treatment and ultimately has improved relationships between children and their parents, their teachers, families, caregivers and their employers.
Helping the Behaviorally Challenging Child (HBCC) is a California Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation that is composed of individuals who are committed to helping behaviorally challenging children, teens and young adults lead more productive and inclusive lives.
To transform children's lives by deepening the world's understanding of their behaviors, and promoting effective interventions that focus on connectedness, collaboration, and inclusion.
Debra Ann Afarian
Community Educator, Think:Kids CPS Certified Parent Coach
Debra Ann has been training, consulting, and supporting Collaborative Problem Solving®(CPS) in Orange County since 2007. She provides various programming to learn CPS. Including, but not limited to a 2-hour Overview, the 5-Week Parenting Course, a monthly Parent Support Group, and workshops to promote CPS whenever and where ever possible.
Debra Ann has provided her services to schools, residential treatment centers, educational programs, family homes, Wraparound social services, Sunday schools, day care, child care, after-school programs, foster care, and more. She is beginning a new journey to bring together "Parents and Teachers as Allies" incorporating CPS Behavior Goals into IEP Behavioral Intervention Plans and 504's.
HBCC hosts expert CPS Trainers to facilitate advanced 6-hour Overviews and 3-day Tier I Training's specifically geared for teachers and mental health service providers.
As a Think:Kids CPS Certified Parent Coach, Debra Ann Afarian, has worked to proactively expose parents, teachers and mental health professionals with the knowledge of this evidence-based, social-emotional, trauma-informed, inclusive approach called Collaborative Problem Solving®, for strengthening and improving the lives of all involved in the raising of complex children, teens and young adults and who present with concerning behavior challenges.
Adult/Child power struggles can leave both parties frustrated, with adults wondering how it could have gone differently. The 2-hour Introduction and 5-week course, are derived from the Collaborative Problem Solving® concepts outlined in the books:
by PhD's Dr. Ross W. Greene & Dr. J. Stuart Ablon
Trainings are designed for parents, caregivers, teachers, and mental health service providers to learn how to effectively support and teach lagging skills to children, teens, & young adults with complex behavioral challenges. Participants in the training's will receive exposure into the assessment of behaviors to answer the question “what’s getting in the way of this child/teen/young adult meeting the daily demands of life?” as well as Certificates of Completion.
Parents are welcome to any of the offerings listed.
Teachers, Mental Health Professionals and Service Providers are welcome to any of the offerings listed under CPS TRAININGS.
It is recommended that schools, clinicians and homes know the intervention components of Collaborative Problem Solving to help understand how to differentiate "unsolved problems" from "challenging behaviors". This way parents, teachers, professionals and caregivers learn immediately what to do about the children, teens and young adults difficult-to-manage behaviors through a new lens when rewards and consequences are not working to solve the unsolved problems.
CPS is an approach to understanding and helping children 3-25 years old with concerning and behavioral challenges who may or may not carry a psychiatric diagnoses such as, oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), pathological demand avoidance (PDA), conduct disorder (CD), attention-deficit/ hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), mood disorders (DMDD), pediatric bipolar disorder (PBP), post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), etc, or a developmental disability such as, autism spectrum disorder (ASD), down-syndrome, etc. Typically a child with concerning and challenging behaviors will have a diagnosis or a developmental disability; however, HBCC is not in the business of a diagnosis, HBCC is here to help understand challenging behaviors and help parents and teachers understand what has conventionally been done about them and what neuroscience has learned to do about them to build skills and break the cycle of stressors causing challenging behaviors.
CPS uses a structured problem solving process to help adults pursue their expectations while reducing challenging behavior and building helping relationships and thinking skills. Specifically, the CPS approach focuses on teaching the neurocognitive skills that challenging kids lack related to problem solving, flexibility, and frustration tolerance. Unlike traditional models of discipline, this approach avoids the use of power, control, and motivational procedures and instead focuses on teaching at-risk kids the skills they need to succeed. CPS provides a common philosophy, language and process with clear guideposts that can be used across settings. In addition, CPS operationalizes principles of trauma-informed care.
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