Using Behavior Interventions to Build Self-Regulation

  • On-Demand Webinar
  • Recorded on Wednesday, February 13, 2019
  • 1.5 hour training
  • FREE for YIPA members
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Learners' Own Words

"Fantastic! Honored our time, based in experience and theory. Super helpful, even for a veteran!"

"Such an applicable and relevant training for those of us working with middle school youth. One of the most valuable trainings I have had."

"I can't wait to try the strategies I learned in this training."

Your Training Description

The ability to self-regulate is not innate, rather youth learn to understand their emotions and practice managing their behavior with guidance from the caring adults in their lives. Behavior management is a critical component of youth work, and effective interventions are not a one-size-fits-all approach. You can use behavior interventions with youth to help them learn how to self-regulate while also building a relationship, and that relationship will play a huge role in your interventions over time.

Your Learning Objectives

  • Incorporate behavior intervention strategies into the plan for helping youth learn to self-regulate
  • Develop a repertoire of behavior interventions that range from “ignoring” to “interfering”
  • Learn how to match the appropriate behavior intervention with the level of dysregulation and the temperament of the youth
  • Develop your personal style of behavior management as a youth worker and better understand the role your relationship plays in all behavior intervention
  • Be able to apply behavior intervention principles to groups, and understand the importance of managing behavior norms in a group setting

Your Trainer

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David Wilmes has over 30 years of experience in the field of early intervention with youth whose behavior puts them at risk for being criminalized, pathologized or ostracized from the critical community-based resources that promote healthy youth development.  Over that time period, he has authored numerous books, papers, curricula, and evaluation tools used by a wide range of professionals, parents, and other adults to help them increase their capacity to engage youth with challenging behaviors.

While Mr. Wilmes consults with and has worked with many treatment and correctional facilities, his most fundamental belief is that real growth and resilience primarily happens in the community and usually within the context of family, neighborhood, and school. Therefore, for the past decade he spends most of his professional energy working with schools, libraries, recreation centers, police departments, community activists/volunteers, tutoring and mentoring groups, and other community groups.

Mr. Wilmes received his undergraduate degree from Metro State University, and received his Master of Arts degree in Human Development from St. Mary’s University in Winona, MN.

Your Competency Focus Area


Each of YIPA’s trainings are designed around a broad framework of eight youth work competencies. The competency focus of this training is: BEHAVIORAL INTERVENTION.

Adopt a mindset and perspective to understand the connection between emotions and behaviors, effectively model managing your own emotions as you teach youth to manage theirs, and diffuse dysregulated behavior and help youth re-regulate.

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This training will count as 1.5 CE hours for most boards. Please contact your board directly with questions on submitting. You are encouraged to print or save this training information as a PDF for your records.