About Working Effectively with the Difficult, Defiant and Noncompliant Student (revised)

Working Effectively with the Difficult, Defiant and Noncompliant Student (revised)


Program Focus:

Do you have one or several students who are difficult, defiant and noncompliant? Do they cost you dearly in time lost and the effort it takes to deal with them? What are some proven “secrets” for realizing more success with this student? If you want to reduce classroom disruption and achieve a more productive learning environment, this valuable NEW program is for you!

Participant Benefits:

LEARN practical strategies for increasing your effectiveness with the defiant and noncompliant student
GAIN powerful methods for preventing defiant and noncompliant behavior before it starts
COLLECT dozens of proven ideas for promoting task compliance and achievement in the classroom.

Needs Addressed by this Program:

DDN3DCover.JPGThe difficult, defiant and noncompliant student not only keeps you off-task with his annoying and aggravating behaviors, he can negatively affect the entire “climate” in the classroom. Although this youngster has plenty of skill and ability to do well academically, his defiance and noncompliance create problems for everyone. Wasted time, wasted grades and wasted relationships take their toll quickly.


Intended Audience of this Program:

Classroom teachers, Special Education teachers, alternative education teachers, school counselors, administrators, behavior intervention specialists, instructional specialists, instructional assistants, program specialists, school psychologists and school social workers.

Program Objectives:

Through this training and materials, participants will be able to:

Match the Strategy to the Problem

FOCUS intervention on the correct problem (really) … AVOID the behavioral “fallout” that can accompany redirection of this student … EMPLOY the strategy of “soliciting good intentions.”

Erase the Student’s Next Defiant Episode

USE creative provocation to your advantage … DISPLACE one or more of the three elements that must be in place for defiant and noncompliant behavior to occur … PRACTICE the “when” of intervention

Empower Your Difficult Student for Compliance

Positively CHANGE the youngster’s perception of authority … DISCARD the type of teaching that doesn’t produce long-term results with this student … MASTER the “Magic Moment,” a brief but powerful relationship-building intervention .. Creatively BALANCE expectations …. ENCOURAGE the difficult student to interpret his own improvement

Confront Effectively, Not Perpetually

MASTER the “Aha!” approach to confrontation … MINIMIZE disagreements and excuses … HELP the difficult student to focus on his defiance and noncompliance, rather than the discomfort of the confrontation … Creatively ENLIST the student’s cooperation

Improve Achievement and On-task Behavior

PREVENT the misunderstanding of directions and tasks … BUILD compliance through the strategy of “adding to” … INITIATE and MAINTAIN task-directed focus and behavior … ENCOURAGE compliance using spontaneity and humor … STRUCTURE a forced-choice approach to task completion … MASTER nonverbal ways to redirect a defiant and noncompliant student to task

Address Issues of Programming and Discipline

EVALUATE the most pressing programming challenges of working with this student … UTILIZE one or both of two proven disciplinary interventions

Conference Effectively with Parents

DO two simple things that can significantly increase the effectiveness of a parent conference

Program Description:

James Sutton, nationally recognized educator, psychologist and author, will provide you with a wealth of practical strategies and proven interventions that will help you be more effective with even your most challenging student.

Dr. Sutton will focus on how teachers can defuse power struggles and implement noncoercive redirection of defiance and noncompliance in the classroom while building an improved and lasting relationship with the challenging student. When this happens, the opportunity for achievement is opened up for everyone, and the classroom becomes a more productive environment.

You’ll complete this outstanding program with practical strategies and valuable insights you can put to use immediately. You’ll also have a comprehensive, professionally published program Training Handbook that will be a valuable resource for many years to come.


Qualifications of the Presenter:

James D. Sutton, EdD

Texas Psychologist License #2-2790

Texas Licensed Specialist in School Psychology #6154

Texas Professional Counselor License #06979

Texas Education Agency Certifications–see vita

Texas Continuing Education Provider #206

Member: International Association of Continuing Education and Training

A Message from the Presenter:

Dear Colleague:

School is compliance-driven. Scores and achievement, and unyielding pressure to maintain them, have taken center stage. (And they won’t be leaving any time soon.)

Yes, school is compliance-driven, which means a student doesn’t have to be tearing apart the school to create serious concern. Defiance and noncompliance in the classroom today are plenty enough to handle.

In the midst of the challenges tossed our way by the defiant and noncompliant student, however, we often find a few folks who seem to work magic with this very same youngster. Refreshing; but what’s their secret? What are they doing (or sometimes not doing) that is making such a difference?

If success with difficult students leaves a trail (and I believe it does), we can follow it. In this fast-paced, information-intense program, Working Effectively with the Difficult, Defiant and Noncompliant Student (revised), I will tap into 30 years of study, a rich reservoir including my experiences in the schools, current trends and research, and the contributions of “best practice” ideas and interventions that have been shared by top educators across the country. In fact, we’ll cover some of the same ideas and strategies that made my book, 101 Ways to Make Your Classroom Special, a best-seller (for which I am deeply appreciative and still flabbergasted).

The bottom line is this: This “stuff” works, and you’ll get to take it with you!

James D. Sutton

P.S. While putting this program together, I gleaned through hundreds of pages of great ideas shared with me by fellow educators. They are solid GOLD! Even better, these perspectives, ideas and interventions are fully supportive of Response to Intervention and Positive Behavior Intervention and Support. Participate in this program expecting to have your cup filled.

Credit Hours Granted:

This program was developed to provide 6 clock hours of credit.

Program Agenda:

The program follows the agenda and format that are in the Training Handbook and the participant Training Guide.