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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.

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, 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. 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).

Community Supports/Adults/Transition-Aged

These events are targeted toward self-advocates, parents and professionals who support adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The focus of these programs is to address challenging behaviors from a proactive standpoint and improve quality of life. Individualized coaching is provided across a variety of training areas and programs. These events are offered through a collaborative relationship with the South Dakota Department of Human Services Division of Developmental Disabilities.

Effective Supervision of Positive Behavior Support Services

Intended for community support providers and the Department of Human Services, this course consists of live video conferencing sessions, required review of online resources and on-site technical assistance and coaching to assist implementation of various projects. Each student will participate for at least 21 weeks.

Self-Paced Course on Applied Behavior Analysis for Community Support Providers Direct Service Personnel

This course consists of nine online recorded modules, required review of online resources and on-site technical assistance and coaching to assist implementation of four projects. These nine modules reflect 18 topics and parallel the competencies and skills of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board Registered Behavior Technician’s Task List. Each trainee will participate for at least 27 weeks, with three weeks to complete each online module and associated activities.

Effective Crisis Prevention and Management Systems by Community Service Providers

This course involves in-person training on critical co-occurring mental health needs and interventions for the populations commonly served by community support providers. This training includes:

  • Mental Health First Aid: You are more likely to encounter someone in an emotional or mental crisis than someone having a heart attack. Learn how to help someone in need by getting certified in Mental Health First Aid, an eight-hour training.
  • Youth Mental Health First Aid: Similar to traditional Mental Health First Aid, this training focuses on helping those under the age of 18 experiencing an emotional of mental crisis.
  • ASIST: Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is a two-day interactive workshop in suicide first aid. ASIST teaches participants to recognize when someone may have thoughts of suicide and work with them to create a plan that will support their immediate safety.
  • Mental Health Summit: More details and dates to be announced.

View Crisis Prevention and Management Webinars