Beyond Behaviorism: Shifting the Lens When Assessing and Supporting Behaviors

Training Overview

The Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health (MACMH) will present a live webinar with Connie Persike, MS, CCC/SLP, Speech Pathologist and Educational Consultant at Supportable Solutions. Many professionals are working tirelessly to shift the behavioral paradigm away from the traditional behavioral approach and toward what current relational and neuroscience research has taught us. When we know better, we do better! Let’s use that information to redesign tools we frequently use in schools and community settings today – functional behavioral assessments and positive behavioral intervention plans. If you are struggling with these processes and if they do not align with your current philosophy and belief system, then this workshop is for you! Participants will get a deep dive into how to make these common processes more trauma-sensitive, neurodiversity-affirming, and aligned with current research. The intended audience is for administrators, occupational therapists, speech pathologists, educators, clinicians, community support members, parents, schools, psychologists, and social workers.

Three Learning Objectives

  • Participants will describe what a functional behavioral assessment is and when it is needed.
  • Participants will describe the brief history of the functional behavioral assessment and positive behavioral intervention plan.
  • Participants will describe at least 5 shifts to align functional behavioral assessments and behavior support plans with current knowledge and research.

About the Presenter

Connie Persike is a highly experienced Speech Language Pathologist and Educational Consultant. As founder of Supportable Solutions, she brings 20+ years of experience in educational settings to provide insight, guidance, coaching, and support to school districts, agencies, and families across Wisconsin — and throughout the country. Connie holds a certificate in instructional coaching, positive education, and applied educational neuroscience. She created an innovative process to assess behavior, which deviates from the traditional behaviorism approach and aligns with neuroscience while maintaining a trauma-sensitive and neurodiversity-affirming approach. Connie works from the guiding mission that Connection + Collaboration = Endless Possibilities.

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4 CEHs and includes 3 hours of clinical content.


Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health
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