Workshop Addresses How to Manage Behavioral Disturbances

Notre Dame College’s Academic Support Center will host a workshop on behavioral disturbances led by Dr. Jay Berk, a licensed psychologist and expert in working with children, adolescents and families, for its 2012 North Eastern Ohio Education Association Day on Friday, Oct. 12.

Dr. Berk will address a full range of behavioral disturbances, from mild through severe, in order to identify the therapeutic techniques that have proven effective with disruptive behavior disorders. Attendees will review and discuss strategies that can be immediately applied across a variety of settings including home, social groups or classrooms. They will also examine the intersection of ODD with a variety of issues such as trauma, ADHD, learning disabilities, Asperger’s Syndrome, Bipolar Disorder, and depression, and discuss how these affect and alter treatment decisions.

Dr. Berk received a master’s degree in clinical counseling psychology from Cleveland State University and a doctorate in clinical psychology from Union Institute. He has provided training and workshops throughout the country at many universities and schools, and has served as a consultant to Mentor and Hudson schools. He also provides training for the Hawaii Department of Education and was a past consultant to the Screen Actors Guild and UNICEF.

Dr. Berk’s specialties include treating clients with stress and anxiety issues, learning disabilities, Attention Deficit Disorder, Asperger’s Syndrome, Tourette’s Syndrome, and severe emotional and behavioral disturbances. He is recognized for providing practical training where participants time and time again rank the presentation as one of the best they have attended for immediately applicable information that helps in the classroom setting.

“Dr. Berk’s workshop on managing oppositional and disruptive behaviors will be valuable to teachers, counselors and parents,” said Gretchen Walsh, director of Notre Dame College’s Academic Support Center. “Dr. Berk will give us real life interventions and practical tips for dealing with this type of behavior. He is an extremely engaging speaker who makes a lasting impression on his audience.”

The workshop will take place in Notre Dame College’s Regina Auditorium from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cost for the event, including lunch, is $30. Five continuing education unit (CEU) credits are available. Those interested in attending the program should register by Oct. 5 by filling out and mailing the registration form.

Notre Dame College is located at 4545 College Road in South Euclid. For further information contact Gretchen Walsh, director of the Academic Support Center, at 216.373.5185 or gwalsh@ndc.edu. For more information on Dr. Berk, visit his website at www.jayberkphd.com