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Overcome challenging behaviour using practical techniques to build positive attitudes to learning

Written by Margaret and Colin Sutherland

Strategies for Changing Behaviour is a book designed to help you, as an adult who works with children and young people, to stop the damaging cycle of challenging behaviour. The book provides practical worksheet-based techniques that give you a step-by-step guide to dealing with the issues underlying behavioural problems. Working through them with young people will enable you to counter their negative attitudes and improve their behaviour.

This book will help you to:

  • build a relationship with the children and young people you work with, despite their behavioural problems
  • understand different approaches to people and their problems and thereby help you to personalise the work that you do with them
  • find solutions to particular problems easily – so that you can start tackling difficulties early on
  • manage and record the progress you make with each individual case.

Save time with the easy-to-use reference tool

The book is divided into nine parts, with each section detailing a particular approach. A simple reference tool allows you to identify a specific problem that you are dealing with and select the appropriate technique to address the situation. Helping you to find solutions to behavioural problems

Many of the strategies and techniques will be recognised by those familiar with modern psychotherapy, though an understanding of psychotherapy is not required. They are derived from a variety of sources including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Neurolinguistic Programming and Gestalt Therapy. A major strength of these therapies is that they focus on solutions rather than causes.

Personalise your approach for each young person

The structure of the book means that it is easy to use as each section is built around working through particular problems with specific techniques. The approach is worksheet based, which means that you have a clear guide through each strategy for when you begin using the book. Once you have become familiar with the techniques there is a great deal of scope for you to use the material in a flexible way, tailoring your approach to each young person that you are helping.

Introduction — directions on how to use the book effectively, an explanation of how the book is organised and background information about the techniques.

Section 1: 4 figures: How do my actions affect other people? 

Section 2: Brief Therapy: Overcoming problems

Section 3: ANTs: Blocking ‘Automatic Negative Thoughts’

Section 4: Primed for Action: How to have positive thoughts

Section 5: Time-Lining and Anchoring: Letting go of bad memories and looking to the future

Section 6: Chairs: Seeing other people’s point of view

Section 7: Dealing with anger: How do I calm myself down?

Section 8: You Choose: Making good choices

Section 9: Four Cs: Congruent, Choices, Consequences, Consider

About the authors

Margaret Sutherland PhD was head of special needs at an 11-16 comprehensive school and has a research background in psychology. Over the years, she has acquired extensive practical experience in counselling young people and of using procedures such as cognitive therapy and neuro-linguistic programming.

Colin Sutherland PhD was a principal lecturer at the University of Central Lancashire. For the last 10 years, he has worked as a psychotherapist using techniques of counselling, cognitive therapy, hypnosis and neuro-linguistic programming. This is the authors’ third jointly-written book for schools and colleges, the first being The Behaviour Management Toolkit and the second Strategies for Learning.

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