Understanding and Managing Challenging Behaviour

This introductory course will help you understand some of the underlying issues that may lead to primary aged 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 behaviour and looking at labels
  • Functions of behaviour- what is the challenging behaviour communicating?
  • Functional Behaviour Assessment (Tool that help us understand the WHY of challenging behaviours)
  • Triggers
  • Positive replacement behaviours (Teaching replacement behaviours and more preferable responses)
  • Effective Classroom Management Practices
  • PBIS (Positive Behaviour Intervention Support) and Restorative Practices
  • Positive relationships
  • Positive Behaviour Support Plans
  • Inclusivity and Disability Standards
  • Anger de-escalation


Online program: one 2-hour online class per week over six weeks, 6.00pm - 8.00pm
You will require internet access and a laptop, computer or other device that will enable you to join a virtual classroom and access an online learning portal. Your chosen device requires a camera, microphone and sound.

When and where

6 X Wednesday evenings 
August 10, 17, 24, 31
September 7, 14
6.00pm - 8.00pm


$650 (ex. GST)


This program is designed for mainstream primary school teachers, pre-service teachers and other educators and support staff.


There is no assessment associated with this course.


This course references the following Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST): 1, 3, 4 and 6.

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