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Book on Treating Problem Behaviors in Therapy

Treating Problem Behaviors

Treating Problem Behaviors

Book Learning Program

Based on the (included) book: Greenwald, R. (2009). Treating Problem Behaviors: A Trauma-Informed Approach. New York: Routledge.

Description: Treating Problem Behaviors teaches a clear rationale and a systematic approach to trauma-informed treatment for teens (and others) with problem behaviors – including anger, aggression, crime, school/work failure, domestic violence, child abuse, and substance abuse. The content and methods are research-supported and proven effective. The book takes the reader step by step through the treatment process, using scripted exercises to teach hands-on skills. An entire course of treatment is transcribed verbatim to illustrate the treatment approach.

Table of Contents:

Acknowledgments Introduction

  • Chapter 1: Trauma-Informed Treatment for Problem Behaviors
  • Chapter 2: Initial Interview
  • Chapter 3: History
  • Chapter 4: Motivation
  • Chapter 5: Treatment Contract
  • Chapter 6: Avoid High Risk
  • Chapter 7: Self Control Skills
  • Chapter 8: More Skills and Strategies
  • Chapter 9: Reduce Stress
  • Chapter 10: Trauma Resolution
  • Chapter 11: Anticipate Future Challenges
  • Chapter 12: Challenging Cases


  • Trauma-Informed Treatment Information and Resources
  • Reprint of Greenwald, R. (2002b). The role of trauma in conduct disorder. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, and Trauma, 6, 5-23.
  • Session Forms with scripts and room for notes


Learning Objectives: Participants will be able to:

  • Explain how past trauma or loss can lead to ongoing problem behaviors.
  • Engage resistant clients in treatment.
  • Develop and implement a comprehensive trauma-informed treatment plan.
  • Guide clients to become more stable and secure.
  • Teach clients how to control their anger, impulsive/acting-out behavior, and other problem behavior symptoms.
  • Help clients with low affect tolerance to work through their trauma/loss memories.
  • Help clients to anticipate and prepare for future challenges.

Completion Requirements

Attendees must read the book in its entirety. You will be provided with a log-in for our Moodle online training platform. Following completion of the book, you must complete an evaluation as well as get a passing score of at least 90% on a quiz to receive credit. You will be allowed one retake of the quiz.

Certificates will be available after training completion and be sent via provided email in PDF form and on your online Moodle training page within 5 business days of evaluation completion. If you have questions or concerns, please contact our training coordinator at

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