Dacia's Programs for Transforming Behavior






Training for Educators

Workshops for

Better Relationships 

   As an educator, you need micro strategies to increase academic time and reduce your suspension and explusion rates, and those are the exact skills that you and your staff will learn by attending my professional development workshops.  I accomplish this by providing your school or association with an engaging, interactive, reseach-based professional development workshop.  At these workshops, partipants will learn the solid, psycholgical behavior managment principles that will help to reduce classroom misbehavior.  Workshops range anywhere from 2 hours in length to a multiple day series. 


When you hire me to facilitate a professional development workshop for you, you get more than just a one day event, you receive an entire package!!  

  • Pre-training survey to determine the exact needs of your staff.

  • An on site, interactive workshop that includes the most current research.

  • Table topic discussions, and role play activities to give participants an experience they will remember, and keep them engaged with their learning.

  • Participants will develop and commit to a specific plan of action to implement the strategies they just learned.


But it doesn't stop there!  After the training you may enroll in my monthly membership Coaching Forum. 

  • Participants will have the opportunity to participate in a post training conference call as well as several "reminder" audio and video training modules which are designed to further integrate and transfer the new knowledge learned in to practice.

  • Reminder sessions give you the opportunity to hone your skills, ask questions regarding the correct implementation of the strategy and to discuss the nuances of their situation with colleagues.


Below are the curriculum descriptions, learning objectives and anticipated participant outcomes for the most popular seminars that I offer.  


Workshops on reducing disruptive classroom behavior

1.  The 4 Archetypes of Misbehavior: Targeted Strategies for Parents,           Educators & Counselors

2.   Youth at Risk: Decreasing Angry, Aggressive Student Behavior.

3.   Strategies to Counter Bullying Behavior

4.  Surviving Change: Making the Most of Diversity.



  1. The 4 Archetypes of Misbehavior: Targeted Strategies for Parents, Educators & Counselors

The 4 Archetypes of Misbehavior hale from Adlerian theory whichsuggests that all behavior is goal oriented. This workshop looks at the goals of misbehavior, using archetypes that participants will easily understand.The workshop will be interactive, engaging and informative. Participants will walk away with a solid understanding of the motivation behind misbehavior and specific tools on how to reduce disruptive behavior.  Participants will learn the motivation for the 4 different types of misbehavior and how to intervene with each type.


The 4 Archetypes of Misbehavior are:

  • Attention Seeking

  • Power

  • Revenge

  • Inadequacy


Each of these behaviors presents a specific and unique challenge to participants.  This workshop will explain the motivation of each behavior, mistakes to avoid, and what works in reducing this behavior. Participants will have an opportunity to role play each of the strategies and customize them to fit their particular situation.


Learning Objectives:  Participants will:

  • Learn identifying characteristics of each goal of misbehavior.  How to tell the difference between each misbehavior.

  • Learn specific and targeted strategies for each motivation of misbehavior.

  • Learn the motivation behind each misbehavior

  • Learn mistakes to avoid.  Sixty percent of adult:student confrontations are exaserbated by the adult.  Particpants will learn what NOT to do for each motivation of misbehavior.

  • Learn strategies to reduce each type of misbehavior



2. Youth at Risk: Decreasing Angry, Aggressive Student Behavior.


     Dacia uses her book Why Are So Many Students So Angry? to teach participants evidence based practical strategies to reduce disruptive behavior at home or in the classroom. A pressing issue today is maladaptive angry and aggressive behavior. Many of our youth have angry and aggressive behavior because they have been exposed to violence in their communities and their homes. That exposure increases the likelihood of PTSD symptoms and stress in youth, which shows up as maladaptive and defiant behavior.


Educators and parents/foster parents who work with  or are raising youth need culturally relevant and practical tools to work with this population.



Learning Objectives

Participants will learn more about:

  • Today’s students and the impact of technology on them.

  • How community violence affects youth causing PTSD-like symptoms.

  • How community violence translates into externalizing behavior (i.e. anger issues, bullying) or internalizing behavior (self-mutilation, depression).

  •  How participants working with youth can use this knowledge to understand students’ perspective and provide strategies to reduce disruptive behavior and increase learning.




3. Strategies to Counter Bullying Behavior


Bullying behavior is a problem for everyone. Bullying behavior causes students to feel unsafe at school, and to suffer academically; it causes teachers and administrators concern for student safety and school liability; and bullying causes concern for parents who want their child to in a safe school environment.  No one wins when bullying occurs. In this workshop, participants will learn practical strategies to deal with bullying youth using CBT strategies that can be easily implemented.


Learning Objectives

Participants of this workshop will:

  • Learn the most recent data on bullying behavior: what it looks like, where it occurs, why it happens and it’s potential long term effects

  • Recognize the red flags and early warning signs of bullying behavior

  • Learn the four (4) motivations for bullying behavior and CBT strategies that target each motivation.

  • Learn at least three (3) strategies that they can immediately use to prevent and/or decrease bullying behavior in their schools.



4. Surviving Change: Making the Most of Diversity.


The face of America is changing. By the year 2050, America’s majority will be people of color. You can resist this change, or make the most of it. The goal of this workshop is to help participants make the most of this change by
giving them practical, hands on strategies to facilitate, understand and enhance relationships. Participants will learn the RESPECTFUL model, developed by Michael D’Andrea & Judy Daniels. This model uses RESPECTFUL as an acronym, taking each letter to explore diversity from a broader perspective.


For example, R = religious/spiritual; E = ethnicity; S= socio-economic, P = Psychological Maturity, etc.


Participants will learn the RESPECTFUL model and apply it to their current situation in an effort to improve relationships and understanding between groups. Interactive activities, case studies and table topic discussions will help participants to enhance their knowledge of diversity while enjoying this engaging workshop.


Learning Objectives
By the end of this workshop, participants will

  • Learn each letter of the RESPECTFUL Model, what each letter means for them and how each aspect influences their personal perspective.

  • Explore their own personal biases and how those biases affect their perspective and their relationships.

  • Select and explore an aspect of diversity of their choice in order to create a plan of action to build bridges with others

  • Have a deeper understanding of people who are different from themselves in order to enhance understanding and cooperation.





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   Do you need strategies to increase the peace, reduce your stress and improve communication between you and others at your work, at home and in your significant relationships?  Then you need to bring this workshop to your church or small group meeting!


Featured Workshop:  Toxic Relationships:  What are they?  Are you in one?   How to get out!


    All relationships can be difficult at times, but when the difficulty lasts too long, you may be looking at a different situation, a toxic situation, and you want to stop it before things get out of hand, but how?


  This workshop is perfect for your women's minstry meeting or any group that wants to empower women.  In this worksop I will share with you the differences between an unhealthy relationship and a healthy one.  The workshop can be customized to your group and can cover one or more of the various kinds of toxic relationships, such as:


  • The toxic parent 

  • The toxic sibling,

  • The toxic significant other

  • The toxic boss

  • The toxic employee. 


    We will discuss communication styles and I will give you strategies on how to deal with the toxic person in your life.  


Interested?  Then take the next step and starting improving your relationships NOW!!!!



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Dacia accepts many major insurance plans.










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