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


Online program: one 2-hour online class per week over six weeks, 6.00 - 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 2020

Focus on primary students:
October 15, 22, 29
November 5, 12, 19
(6 x Thursday evenings)
6.00 – 8.00pm AEDT
Online program


$595 (GST free)


There are no prerequisites for this course.


There is no assessment associated with this course.


This course references the following Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST): 1.1, 1.2, 1.5, 1.6, 3.3, 4.1, 4.3, 4.4, 6.2, 6.3 and 6.4.

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