Skill Building Interventions for Youth and Families

Friday, May 20, 2022, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM-
$199 including CEUs
Skill Building Interventions for Youth and Families
Beth Greenberg, Ph.D.

When children engage in challenging behaviors at home or in school, there are associated disruptions to learning, social relationships and emotional well-being. Incentive-based or motivation-based systems that reinforce positive behaviors and discourage challenging behaviors are popular among parents, educators and mental health professionals, and can be very effective. However, those children who lack the skills needed to meet behavioral expectations often continue to struggle, regardless of the potential rewards or their level of motivation. The specific skill deficits are not always readily apparent, and, without further assessment, it is often unclear how situational expectations may be exceeding a child’s capabilities. This can prompt a frustrating cycle of interactions for children and adults, and can erode youth self-esteem over time.

This training provides an overview of different skill deficit models that can be used to understand and address challenging behaviors in youth. Through examination of our own underlying beliefs about why children and teens exhibit difficult behaviors, the training will explore a variety of assessment approaches for identifying skill deficits that contribute to these behaviors. We will discuss primary prevention models that can be used to promote skill development, as well as intervention strategies that can be used at home or in the classroom and engage children and adults in the problem-solving process. Case examples will be used throughout the day to apply the concepts being covered.

Following this training the participants will understand:

  • How to conceptualize challenging behaviors in terms of skill deficits.
  • Methods for assessment of skill deficits that may underlie challenging behaviors in youth.
  • Universal and individualized prevention strategies to foster social and emotional skill development in youth.
  • Intervention strategies to engage school personnel, parents and youth in addressing challenging behaviors


Dr. Beth Greenberg is a licensed clinical psychologist with expertise in the treatment of children, adolescents, and families. She completed her undergraduate degree in psychology at Brandeis University and obtained her master’s and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology at Yeshiva University in New York. Dr. Greenberg came to Worcester, Massachusetts in 1996 and began a long career at Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JF&CS), where she maintained her counseling practice and expanded her work with children and community-based mental health programming as the Director of School-Based Services. In 2014, Dr. Greenberg took her passion for community mental health and the training of mental health professionals into higher education. She worked as an Associate Professor of Psychology and Counseling and the Graduate Counseling Programs Coordinator at Becker College for 7 years, leading the college in the implementation of its first graduate program which included an on-site counseling training clinic. Dr. Greenberg currently serves as an Associate Professor and Core Faculty in the Counseling and Behavioral Health Department at William James College. She also maintains a private psychotherapy and consultation practice.

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