Understanding and Managing Challenging Behaviour

This course will help you understand some of the underlying issues that may lead to students exhibiting challenging behaviours. It provides a model for managing students' challenging behaviour, along with specific, related strategies designed to support you in dealing with these behaviours in mainstream settings.

Topics covered

  • Resilience and risk factors in children
  • Understanding behavioural issues including developmental disorders such as: Autism, Asperger's, ADHD, Conduct Disorder
  • The impact of learning difficulties
  • Mental health issues such as anxiety
  • Peer and social issues
  • Defining challenging behavior and looking at labels
  • Functions of behavior- what is the challenging behavior communicating?
  • Functional Behavioral Assessment (Tool that help us understand the WHY of challenging behaviors)
  • Triggers
  • Positive replacement behaviours (Teaching replacement behaviors and more preferable responses)
  • Effective Classroom Management Practices
  • PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention Support) and Restorative Practices
  • Positive relationships
  • Positive Behaviour Support Plans
  • Inclusivity and Disability Standards
  • Anger de-escalation


Evening classes of two and a half hours per week over six weeks.

When and where 2020

Focus on primary students:
April 29
May 6, 13, 20, 27
June 3
(6 x Wednesday evenings)
5.30 – 8.00pm
Clayton campus

October 8, 15, 29
November 5, 12, 19
(6 x Thursday evenings)
5.30 – 8.00pm
Clayton campus

Focus on secondary students:
July 30
August 6, 13, 20, 27
September 3
(6 x Thursday evenings)
5.30 – 8.00pm
Clayton campus


$595 (GST free)


There are no prerequisites for this course.


  • Your presenter will identify a variety of practical tasks during the course.
  • Minimum class attendance is required.


This course references the following Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST): 1.5, 1.6, and 4.1 and 4.3.

You will receive a Certificate of Completion from the Faculty of Education, Monash University.