Due to COVID-19, professional learning opportunities may be cancelled. OPI staff will make every attempt to keep the OPI Learning Opportunities current and accurate. Please see https://covid19.mt.gov/ for additional details impacting events.

CPI Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Training Workshop

The Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Training program is a safe, non-harmful behavior management system designed to help human service providers give the best possible care, welfare, safety and security to disruptive, assaultive, and out-of-control individuals.

This 8-hour crisis prevention workshop, taught by our certified instructor Melissa Hanson, emphasizes early intervention and nonphysical methods for preventing or managing disruptive behavior. Your hands-on session will include the study and practice of crisis prevention methods, including restraint positions, transport techniques, and team strategies. Certification is valid for 18 months. 8 OPI renewal units available.

How to Enroll: Visit the registration website

Check & Connect Preparation and Implementation Training

Hosted by the Region III RESA, this training will provide education administrators and lead staff (decision-making stakeholders) with a thorough overview of Check & Connect and its background as well as information about how to prepare their site for implementing Check & Connect. Objectives for the session include aligning current school initiatives with Check & Connect and monitoring the person-environment fit.

Visit the Region III RESA’s website for more information and registration details.

Transitioning from MBI to MTSS

MBI is MTSS Behavior. Moving to a braided model approach with MTSS Behavior and Academics can be done successfully as proven by many Montana schools. This training will explore the systems work that has proved effective in MTSS and will guide MBI teams into next steps to braid behavior and academic systems.

Objectives: Training and team activities are designed to help the team refine and strengthen the systems and practices currently in place at the universal (benchmark) level for behavior and academics. The team will:

-Review the essential components of MTSS -Assess the level of MTSS implementation at your school

-Understand support systems that are available to support MTSS implementation

-Action Plan next steps for implementation

-Leave with their school’s current MTSS systems & practices documented in their own MTSS Handbook!

This course is for schools new to the MTSS process and MBI schools who are making the transition to MTSS, teams will leave with a MTSS Handbook. This course is for teams, a team could be two participants. Participants will need at least one laptop per team.

How to Enroll: Visit the registration website

STAR Training: Strategies for Teaching based on Autism Research

The instructional methods of discrete trial training, pivotal response training, teaching functional routines, and positive behavior interventions and supports form the instructional base of this comprehensive program.

How to Enroll: Visit STAR Training on the CSPD Region IV website

Positive Practices in Behavior Support

Nonaversive Behavioral Support and Basic Principles of Positive Programming

This day will provide an overview of a person-centered, multi-element model and describe positive programming and environmental change strategies for providing positive behavior supports to people with challenging behavior. We also investigate reinforcement and motivational strategies to promote rapid behavior change.

Comprehensive Functional Assessment and Advanced Support Strategies

Building on Day 1, this day will provide in-depth training in behavioral assessment, functional analysis of behavior and additional support strategies. You will learn how to determine the function of behavior by following the structure reported in the Behavior Assessment Guide. Also, you will learn to develop positive support plans based on the behavioral assessment and use some unique and advanced positive support strategies to change behavior, such as altering motivation, altering the antecedents and teaching that the challenging behavior may be OK at certain times.

Emergency Management and Reactive Strategies Within a Positive Practices Framework

When punishment is no longer used to manage behavior, people ask: “What do we do when the behavior occurs?” “What do we do in a crisis?” This day will provide an overview of emergency management and reactive strategies that when used as part of a complete support plan will reduce or eliminate the use of restraints or restrictive practices. This program does NOT teach “physical management or restraint strategies” but does teach strategies such as antecedent control, instructional control, active listening, stimulus change, counter-intuitive strategies, to name a few. You will also learn some strategies to recognize and meet the emotional needs of staff

Training offered by Thomas J. Willis, Ph.D. Dr. Willis is a cofounder of the Institute for Applied Behavior Analysis in Los Angeles, California. He is an internationally recognized authority and lecturer on the topics of behavioral assessment, positive behavioral support and staff management strategies for total quality assurance. He is an energetic and animated speaker who has provided training to thousands of professionals in half a dozen countries.

With decades of experience as a behavioral consultant and workshop leader, he has coauthored numerous articles and chapters on providing person-centered behavioral support to people with severe and challenging behavior including: The Behavior Assessment Guide, The Reinforcement Inventory, and Emergency Management Guidelines.

How to Enroll: Visit the registration website

Trauma Informed Teaching: Moving Students from Surviving to Thriving

This training explores the impact of ACE, Adverse Childhood Experiences, and poverty on the teaching and learning process and strategies for planning, instruction, classroom management and parent intervention to cope with those impacts.

Learning Objectives:
* Increased understanding of the scope and impact of trauma on children.
* Increased understanding of the effects of poverty on childhood trauma.
* Ability to identify the CDC descriptors for ACE, Adverse Childhood Experiences.
* Development of a schema for the developing brain, especially as it is impacted by adverse childhood experiences.
* Creation of a toolbox of strategies to address the impact of ACE and poverty.
* Improvement in the development of a school culture of equity and social justice.
* Enhanced pupil performance as learning is more personalized and behavior is improved.
* More lively dialogue and communication between leadership team and faculty.
* Development of parent support and trust as leaders demonstrate greater understanding of the needs of all families.
* A more focused, flexible, and functional leadership team equipped to meet the needs of children and families.

About the presenter: Dr. Linda Karges-Bone is a nationally recognized speaker, author, and consultant on the topics of creativity, differentiated instruction, and brain-body connections. She is a tenured professor of education at Charleston Southern University and earned her Ed.D. at the University of South Carolina in Curriculum and Instruction. Dr. Bone is the author of over 30 books in the fields of curriculum and assessment, including her most recent: “Brain Tips” and “Rich Brain, Poor Brain”. She has delivered keynotes and workshops in 38 states through her consulting firm, Education InSite, and is the creator of the radio program “Prayerful Parenting”, one minute messages of inspiration and research for over 25 years.

How to Enroll: Visit Trauma Informed Teaching: Moving Students from Surviving to Thriving on the Professional Learning website

OPI Summer Institute 2019

Please visit the Montana Behavioral Initiative Summer Institute website to register and learn more.

Join us in celebrating over 20 years of excellence! This year’s institute promises to be one of the best!

Featured Presentations:

  • K-12 School Security Guide
  • Youth Mental Health First Aid
  • Setting Up Positive Behavioral and Academic Supports in Early Childhood and K-12
  • Supporting the Whole Student : Considering Student’s Academic, Behavioral and Social Emotional Needs
  • Progress Monitoring
  • Family Engagement
  • Social Learning Networks
  • Creativity in the Classroom
  • Implementing Indian Education for All
  • Restorative Practices
  • Anxiety and the Impact on Student Learning
  • Current Teen Drug Trends
  • Understanding Statewide Assessment
  • Content area sessions in Literacy, Math, and Science!

Join us for special events!

  • June 17th, 8:30 – 11:30AM., Join us for the opening keynote Best Day, Best Play, Best Life with Monte Selby and Kevin Honeycutt.
  • June 17th, 4:30 – 5:30PM, It’s Movie Night with a special showing of the Arlee Warriors.
  • June 18th, 4:30-6PM, Best Practices Expo and Awards Recognition featuring hors d’oeuvres, networking, and showcasing Montana MBI schools with music by Monte Selby
  • June 19, 8:30 – 11:30AM, Keynote session When Less is More: How Simplifying MTSS Can Improve Outcomes & Your Budget with Tessie Rose Bailey

Effective Classroom Practices

Effective Classroom Practices provide crucial support for the universal Tier 1 system. It creates a foundation of primary interventions to integrate with classroom management and instructional practices. These evidence-based “Great 8” essential components of an effective classroom focus on preventing rather than responding. The effective practices promote academic and behavioral competence. Participants will build on their strengths to further develop an effective and efficient classroom.

How to Enroll: Visit Effective Classroom Practices on the Region 1 CPSD website

Check In Check Out

The Check-In/Check-Outbehavior intervention is a commonly used option for behavior supports within Tier 2. Tier 2 interventions provide additional support for students who need more support to meet their goals socially, emotionally, and/or academically.

Sidney MT Extension Agency
Jon Skinner and Shannon Toney Presenters