Workshops & Speaking
Signe provides training nationwide for professionals, parents, and kids on topics related to bullying, assertive anger expression, crisis intervention, and child and adolescent mental and behavioral health. Please view the workshop descriptions below or visit Custom Workshops to arrange a training that meets your group’s specific needs.
Friendship & Other Weapons: Group Activities to Help Young Girls Cope with Bullying
Friendship & Other Weapons workshops are based on the book’s 12-session curriculum, written for parents and professionals living and working with elementary school-aged girls. Customized training provides information, strategies, and activity ideas for giving parents, professionals, and young girls the knowledge and skills to effectively manage bullying.
Interactive training, including Mother-Daughter workshops, school assemblies, and seminars for professionals, are about breaking the code of silence that governs conflict among girls in the early school years. By creating safe, open, and fun forums, participants of all ages can talk, listen, compare experiences, and gain new skills for confronting incidents of cruelty disguised as friendship.
How to Be Angry: An Assertive Anger Expression Skills Workshop
From the time they are toddlers, children are coaxed by adults to hide their feelings of anger behind a social smile. Worse yet, kids hear the explicit message, “Don’t be angry,” and are actively encouraged to deny this most basic of human emotions. When they act out—either through the tantrums of their earliest years or the rebellion of their teenage ones—they are chastened for all of the behaviors that adults do not want them to use.
How to Be Angry: An Assertive Anger Expression Group Guide for Kids and Teens flips this traditional approach. Rather that hammering away at all of the things kids should not do when it comes to expressing their anger, the skill-building workshops, based on the book, provide instruction for professionals, parents, and kids on how to be angry effectively, using assertive behaviors to confront and manage real-life situations.
Life Space Crisis Intervention Training & Certification
Turn crisis situations into learning opportunities for children and youth involved in self-defeating patterns of behavior. This non-physical intervention training gives professionals and parents a roadmap to help prevent conflict and de-escalate crisis situations. Training in the advanced skills of LSCI is offered through:
- Certification training
- Online training
- LSCI Skills for Parents
- LSCI Group Curriculum for Kids
The Angry Smile: Understanding & Changing Passive Aggressive Behavior
The Angry Smile training is designed for anyone who lives, works, or interacts with a passive aggressive person and wants to better understand and manage the often-troubling dynamics. The 1-day workshop takes an in-depth look at the roots of passive aggressive behavior in children, exploring masked anger at five distinct and increasingly pathological levels.
Response Ability Pathways (RAP) Training
Response Ability Pathways™ training– or simply RAP– provides essential strength-based strategies for all who deal with young persons in family, school, or community. Children and youth need supportive persons who respond to their needs rather than react to their problems. RAP provides these response abilities which enable one to guide young persons on pathways to responsibility.
RAP is an application of the Circle of Courage® model of positive youth development described by Larry Brendtro, Martin Brokenleg and Steve Van Bockern in their book Reclaiming Youth at Risk. According to Dr. Martin Brokenleg, RAP applies Circle of Courage principles to help all young people develop belonging, mastery, independence, and generosity.
RAP methods are grounded in research evidence on resilience, brain science, and positive psychology. This 2-day training offers practical methods for educators, counselors, social workers, psychologists, youth workers, and staff in treatment and juvenile justice settings, to provide positive behavior support and create climates of respect in schools and youth programs.
Signe offers modified versions of the above workshops and custom workshops upon request. Learn more about custom workshops.