Online Teacher Professional Development Courses

Welcome to our growing library of online teacher professional development courses regarding behavior management in children! With our over 40 years of combined experience we have developed several curated self-paced courses to help teachers, administrators, counselors and parents gain a deeper understanding of how a child’s emotional development and maturity works; and, more importantly, what educational professionals and parents can do to manage behavior more effectively in order to help children grow in a healing way.

What Our Online Professional Development Courses Cover

Our courses cover a variety of topics that are either directly related to managing child behavior or are connected to managing child behavior within a professional context. The aim with most of our class is to give educational professionals the knowledge, language, permission, encouragement and courage to develop tools, plans, protocols, and strategies that best serve the child or student in question regarding behavior. Whether it is during a team meeting to discuss a behavior improvement plan or sitting with a challenging student to establish and maintain boundaries, we hope that when you have completed our online courses you have the tools and strategies to make a positive change in your school.

Teacher Online Development Courses Available Now

We have a number of online courses available for viewing now, with several currently in development. Each course targets a very specific issue or set of issues designed to empower your understanding of underlying concepts and enhance your ability to take action in order to solve challenging behavior issues. Here is what is available at the moment:

Healing Discipline

Healing Discipline: Finding Joy in Working with Challenging Students

College Credit Available

Healing Discipline: Finding Joy in Working with Challenging Students

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This course specifically addresses the underlying psychological factors at play in children who have experienced disruptive attachment and trauma, attachment, entitlement and overprotection during the development process. Oftentimes, these experiences underscore inappropriate and/or out-of-control behavior in the classroom. Gaining an understanding of what happened to the child that caused the trauma and also how that trauma has impacted the student’s perspective of the world (i.e. institutions, care-giving adults, rules and structure, etc.) can inform the healing behavior management strategies in particularly challenging cases. We intend for participants to:

  • Learn and understand healthy versus unhealthy childhood development and its impact on child behavior
  • Learn and understand the several causes of severe behavior in children
  • Learn and understand how a caregiver’s personal history can impact the relationship with children and students
  • Learn and understand what good relationships looks like between students, teachers, and administrators and how this can improve behavior and compliance
  • Learn and understand common strategies for healing discipline for immediate use in the classroom

With a new understanding of why behavior presents in the way that it does. Your perspective of how a student is able to behave within his or her learning environment will evolve. As a result, we hope that you may find joy in working with challenging students.

Healing Discipline

Healing Discipline: Part 2, The Joy Continues

College Credit Available

Healing Discipline: Part 2, The Joy Continues

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This course is a follow-up to “Healing Discipline: Finding Joy in Working with Challenging Students.” It specifically looks at the internal disposition of teachers and administrators regarding self-care. It begs the “If I cannot take good care of myself, how can I take good care of someone else?” question. We believe that taking the time to evaluate one’s own position, influence, and agency in the teacher-student relationship helps to foster the most nurturing healing environment possible for students. We intend for participants to:

  • Develop greater confidence in your healing behavior management skills
  • Learn and understand advanced disciplinary techniques 
  • Gain more self-awareness in disciplinary situations
  • Identify, understand, and overcome personal “Road Blocks” that inhibit self-care
  • Learn how to set proper behavior boundaries with students
  • Learn how to develop specific Healing Discipline Behavior Plans
  • Learn and understand how to set and maintain expectations for difficult student, thereby holding these student accountable for their behavior
  • Learn how to be a better communicator within your school team, and a better advocate for student growth and development

The emphasis on self in this course exposes one of the most difficult parts of the journey to healing. However, when done properly, we have found that it leads to fantastic outcomes, therefore, the joy continues.

Healing Discipline

Healing Discipline in a Nut Shell: Causes of Shocking Misbehavior and What You Can Do

College Credit Available

Healing Discipline in a Nut Shell: Causes of Shocking Misbehavior and What You Can Do

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This development course is for those who are short on time and need quick tips and can be implemented immediately. It covers less of the “why” and more of the “what” and “how.” This course has fewer parts and gets right into identifying potential severe behavior, understanding potential causes for it, and addressing that behavior with simple disciplinary techniques in the classroom. Participants will:

  • Learn and understand various underlying causes of severe behavior
  • Learn and understand the Healing Environment system for healthy relationships with students
  • Learn simple techniques to manage disciplinary and behavior issues in the classroom

Even though you may be short on time, some of our techniques presented in this course can provide solutions to immediate behavior problems in the classroom. This course will provide a fantastic foundation to your overall understanding of behavior.

Healing Discipline

What is a Healing Environment?

College Credit Available

What is a Healing Environment?

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The Healing Environment system is the foundation of our behavioral management and disciplinary technique. It is the framework for a healthy and balanced teacher-student relationship and facilitates child healing particularly in students that have endured severe emotional and/or physical trauma, abuse, entitlement and overprotection. We find that these experiences can often be the source of behavior issues.

This course is our shortest course and simply answers the question “What is a Healing Environment?”

Generally speaking, without an understanding of what constitutes a Healing Environment, it may feel almost impossible to make progress with particularly challenging students.

Healing Discipline

Underlying Causes of Severe Behavior and Emotional Problems: Why are we Seeing So Much Misbehavior

College Credit Available

Underlying Causes of Severe Behavior and Emotional Problems: Why are we Seeing So Much Misbehavior

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This course is designed to provide an understanding of the root causes of inappropriate and out-of-control behavior in the classroom. More specifically, you’ll learn about the different types of experiences (including trauma, attachment, entitlement and overprotection) that can interfere with stages of childhood development. You will also learn the ways in which these experiences impact growth, development, and maturity in a child, therefore causing deep-rooted emotional disturbances that manifest in particular behavior patterns.

Healing Discipline

Developing Strong Relationships with Your Students

College Credit Available

Developing Strong Relationships with Your Students

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This course focuses exclusively on how to develop deep, healthy connections with students. The teacher-student relationship is the foundation of any behavioral change. A child must first trust you and your intention before deciding to follow your leadership. Especially, if this child has experienced trauma or abuse in some form. You will learn concrete strategies for building strong, emotionally healthy relationships that can form the Healing Environment for behavioral change.

Healing Groups

Introduction to Boundaries: Whose Responsibility is it?

College Credit Available

Introduction to Boundaries: Whose Responsibility is it?

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Roles, responsibilities, tasks, and boundaries are the cornerstone to any healthy relationship. To be successful as professionals, we must understand what roles each of us play (for example, parents, students, teachers, administrators, etc.) when working with children and students. This course focuses on developing a concrete understanding and guidance on how to stay within these roles. Staying within our roles helps us hold the child accountable to their role, which gives children the best opportunities for learning, growth, and developing responsibility.

Healing Discipline

How to Set Boundaries and Structure with Students Who are Out of Control

College Credit Available

How to Set Boundaries and Structure with Students Who are Out of Control

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With out-of-control behavior, it’s hard to know what to do to get a student to follow instruction. One of the first goals or objectives with a student who exhibits extreme behavior is to help him or her develop emotional regulation and self-control. This is very hard to do. In this course, we walk you through the best ways to set boundaries to facilitate this learning. Emotional regulation and self control helps the child heal, mature, build trust and ultimately allows them to be successful in the school environment and the only way to have a relationship with the educator.

Healing Groups

The Five-Minute Plan (a structured time-out)?

College Credit Available

The Five-Minute Plan (a structured time-out)?

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The Five-Minute Plan is a plug-and-play reset behavior management tool that any teacher, parents, administrator or otherwise caregiver can use immediately. It works well with chronically misbehaving students that have not responded to typical classroom behavior management. It requires some focus and follow through from the supervising adult and helps the child develop cause and effect thinking and self-regulation in a positive way. For highly oppositional youth, this process can test your determination, but with practice, consistency and follow-through, behavioral change can be observed relatively quickly.

Healing Discipline

Adult Self-Control and Self-Care

College Credit Available

Adult Self-Control and Self-Care

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To examine any relationship completely, we must look at ourselves as a part of that relationship. Particularly with students, it is important to take a step back periodically and look at our personal, internal life and inspect how our personal challenges manifest in our relationships. Many times we might find that there are triggers for unpleasant feelings, belief systems that inhibit self-care, or difficulty being vulnerable in the face of disagreement. These are all factors that can affect team building and participation, which in turn, affects behavior management protocols, and ultimately successful outcomes. In this course, we walk you through the best ways to make changes and set goals for yourself so you can be successful in your school system.

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Healing Groups

Developing School Teams that Promote Student Healing

Developing School Teams that Promote Student Healing

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They say it takes a village to raise a child. This couldn’t be more accurate. In the context of the school, the village is the behavior team. When organizing several people behind a common objective, the streamlining of information, knowledge, and commitment can be emotionally taxing. In these particular situations, being a very good communicator is paramount, not just in what you say, but also how you say it, when you say it, to whom you say it, and why you are saying it. This is also challenging when there is dissent among peers and colleagues. In this course, we discuss the issues that come up in educational team settings, how to manage team disagreements, and how to manage team members who undermine the overall object of the team with individual and personal roadblocks to performance.

Continuing Professional Education and Development Hours

Our online courses qualify for continuing education and professional development credit hours. Our two main courses provide college credit! With our certificate of completion, our classes will contribute to your required hours in order to keep your license up-to-date. Once you complete your chosen course, we can verify the completion and provide you with the certificate for presentation to your respective state board. They are accredited through Northwest Nazarene University and are currently valid in the following states:

  • Arizona
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Idaho
  • Iowa
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Mexico
  • North Dakota
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

We are in the process of adding new states to the list. If your state was not listed please check with your state department of education and/or check back periodically as we update this list for time-to-time.

Contact Our Behavior Specialists about Online Continuing Education Courses

Depending on your situation, it may not be clear which course is appropriate for you to take. No problem! Our healing behavior specialists are standing by to hear about your situation and help you to make the right choice. Even if we determine that our program may not be helpful to your situation, we hope to point you in the right direction to get the help that you need. We are available via email at info@healingchildren.com or via phone at 1-888-311-1883.