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Educators/School-Aged

Behavior Services trainings are geared toward K-12 educators and administrators supporting students who exhibit challenging behaviors in the learning environment. Behaviors that hinder social relations, communications and learning can occur for a variety of reasons, making quick assessment and effective planning that much more important to the educational success of all learners. These 3-day trainings are offered through a collaborative relationship between the Center for Disabilities and the South Dakota Department of Education.

Each year, t
he Center for Disabilities conducts four separate courses in core topics by hosting a series of 3-day face-to-face (22.5 hours) training opportunities. Three graduate credits are offered for those participants who choose to also complete 22.5 additional hours of structured independent learning activities. Participants registered for USD credit will be provided with access to an online drop box that contains relevant course content, research based articles, forms and guidance to complete all required learning tasks. Each participant receiving graduate credit will be provided a verification form that must be completed, signed and submitted to CD staff. Certificates for 22.5 in-seat hours of continuing education units will be provided to all paid attendees on the final day of class.

Participants must register for all three days of training. Each day will last 7.5 hours for a total of 22.5 hours of seat time.

Each course will be offered on a credit/no credit basis. Attendees will have the option to take the course for 3 graduate credits through the University of South Dakota (Pass/No Pass) or for 22.5 total CEUs offered through the Center for Disabilities.

  1. Each of the topics are organized across three, day-long training sessions, happening on a 1 day per month basis, for 3 consecutive months. Each of the topics present a thorough presentation of critical school-based interventions that have been validated by research.
  2. Trainees for a given topic must register for all three days of training. Each day will last 7.5 hours for a total of 22.5 hours of seat time (1/2 of the required 45 hours for 3 credits of graduate credit).
  3. Training for a given topic will be available for credit/no credit basis. Trainees will have the option to take the course for 3 graduate credits (Satisfactory/Not Satisfactory) or for CEUs offered through the CD.
  4. Each topic will be presented in-person at each of three venues inclusive of Pierre, Sioux Falls and Rapid City.
  • Topic 1: Building Capacity to Meet the Needs of Student with Autism (September-December 2020)

Sioux Falls Registration
Pierre Registration
Rapid City Registration
Online Distance Learning Option

  • Topic 2: Moving Beyond Zero Tolerance: Finding What Works in School Discipline (September-December 2020)

Sioux Falls Registration
Pierre Registration
Rapid City Registration
Online Distance Learning Option

  • Topic 3: Supporting Student Mental Health through SEL Practices(March-May 2021)
  • Topic 4: (FBA to BSP) Planning and Implementing Comprehensive Positive Behavior Support Plans (March-May 2021)

Each of our courses will focus on effective teaching and preventative measures for challenging behaviors in the areas of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), School Discipline, Student Mental Health and Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) to Behavior Support Planning (BSP). Each course will be 3 total days in length with on-site trainings held in Pierre, Rapid City and Sioux Falls. An alternative distance learning option will also be offered online to anyone unable to attend in person. Graduate credits are available from USD and continuing education units are available through the Center for Disabilities. Cost is $30 for materials plus $120 for graduate credits (optional).