P703 - AEU/IEU CRT Conference: Working with Extreme Behaviour

  • 05 July 2017
  • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • the AEU Building
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AEU/IEU CRT Conference: Working with Extreme Behaviour

There are a number of students in the education system who exhibit behaviour that has moved beyond simple testing of limits and into extreme verbal and physical responses in the classroom. Managing the behaviour and re-engaging these students in learning requires a multi-level response - classroom, school, system and community level.

Working as a relief teacher, these students can add enormous pressure to a class. Handling outbursts and maintaining a safe space for learning is a vital part of a CRT's toolkit.

This conference presents a number of ways of looking at extreme behaviour including understanding what is happening for these students and examples of what to do when extreme behaviour threatens to dominate a class.


The conference comprises a keynote and two break-out workshops. During registration participants can choose their workshops.
               9.00   Welcome
   9.15   Keynote 1
  Bringing a Student Back From the Edge
   10.15   Union Info
   11.00   Morning Tea
   11.30   Workshop 1 (choose from)
  • Mental health and young people
  • Creating calm classrooms
  • Keeping your balance
  • Positive relationships in one lesson
  • Behaviour plans that work
   1.30   Lunch
   2.00   Workshop 2 (choose from)
  • Mental health and young people
  • Creating calm classrooms
  • Keeping your balance
  • Positive relationships in one lesson
  • Behaviour plans that work
     4.00  Close/Optional VIT Workshop 
    4.30   Full Close 

Session Descriptions

Bringing a Student Back from the Edge
Mick Butler

Preventing behaviour issues is always the best strategy - but what can you do when this fails and you have a student exhibiting extreme behaviour? What are the most important things to work towards in the moment of an incident? What elements of your 'in-the-moment reaction' best support prevention of a future incident?
In his keynote, Mick Butler will draw on his vast experience of working with students exhibiting extreme behaviour to present a framework for you to manage these incidents. 

Mental Health and Young People
Rob Mason

Behind a huge number of students there are invisible, diagnosed and undiagnosed, mental health issues. Understanding common mental health issues and their impact on classroom participation can help in dealing with incidents of extreme behaviour. This workshop aims to build an understanding of; common mental health issues in young people, crafting environments that support mentally ill students to succeed, creating a safe space when you don't know student backgrounds, how a mentally ill student may view the world and standard school responses to the challenge of mental illness.

Creating Calm Classrooms
Carmela Petterlin and Susan Mance

A calm classroom is a key tool in supporting students with extreme behaviour to successfully manage a school day. This workshop focuses on; What does a calm classroom look like? How can a calm classroom also have high expectations? How does a calm classroom support positive behaviour?  Where can I find resources about calm classrooms? How does a calm classroom respond to extreme behaviour?

Keeping your Balance
Kaye Dennis

Moments of extreme behaviour are moments of extreme emotion. Sticking to your planned, reasonable response to an incident is only possible when you can keep your emotions in-check. Maintaining an even emotional response communicates a level of control needed to deal with extreme behaviour. It also supports getting through the day and managing stress. This workshop looks at; monitoring your own reaction to extreme behaviours, checking your responses aren't causing escalation, taking time to calm yourself, when to seek support and building long-term well-being.

Positive Relationships in One Lesson
Mick Butler

One of the best drivers of pro-social classroom behaviour is a positive relationship between teachers and students. Working as a CRT can make building these relationship extremely difficult. This workshop will explore the benefits of positive relationships, tips for building relationships in one lesson, picking the students you need to focus on, where to draw professional boundaries in relationships and supporting positive relationships between students.

Behaviour Plans that Work
Laura Greaves

Typically, students with a history of extreme behaviour have a behaviour plan designed to guide the student and teacher's reaction to moments of high tension. Understanding and picking out the important parts of a behaviour plan when you're in a hurry is an important skill.
This workshop will explore; what a good behaviour plan looks like, getting the best out of a poorly written behaviour plan, being involved in constructing a behaviour plan and useful strategies for inclusion in a behaviour plan.

Standards covered

A 7 hour certificate of participation will be issued for all participants with the following professional standards listed:

1 Know students and how they learn

1.1.2 Physical, social and intellectual development and characteristics of students

1.2.2 Understand how students learn

1.3.2 Students with diverse linguistic, cultural, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds

1.5.2 Differentiate teaching to meet the specific learning needs of students across the full range of abilities

4 Create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments

4.1.2 Support student participation

4.2.2 Manage classroom activities

4.3.2 Manage challenging behaviour

4.4.2 Maintain student safety


AEU/IEU Members - $65
Non AEU/IEU members - $265


The TLN is supported by the AEU Victoria Branch and the IEU Victoria Tasmania Branch 










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