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Connecting with Hard to Reach Children

Do you find yourself struggling to connect with some of your students? Have you noticed that challenging behavior often persists, no matter what you try? This two-day workshop, Connecting with Hard to Reach Children, will give you fresh insight and new strategies on how to connect with hard to reach children, including those impacted by trauma and toxic stress. Master Instructor Elizabeth Montero-Cefalo will teach you to understand and respond to challenging behavior, fostering connection that leads to cooperation–and, ultimately, lasting behavioral changes.

Plus, this event takes place at a school that is successfully implementing Conscious Discipline, giving you the unique opportunity to see strategies and structures in action as you gain insight from a Master Instructor.


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  • Location:
    • Tallahassee, FL
  • Facilitators:
    • Elizabeth Montero-Cefalo

Here's What You'll Learn:

Big Idea

Disconnected children and children who have experienced trauma are often difficult to reach, presenting challenges in the classroom. Traditional discipline methods further alienate these children and make matters worse. Explore new, better strategies for connection and cooperation.

Who Should Attend

This workshop is designed to provide educators who teach children of any age with strategies to build relationships and improve behavior.

Your Facilitators

Master Instructor Elizabeth Montero-Cefalo, who has extensive experience in special education, will guide you through actionable strategies to connect with hard to reach children.

Workshop Materials

Information about workshop materials coming soon!

Transform chaos to connection and cooperation with hard to reach children

With some children, hurtful behaviors seem to continue no matter what. What can we do after we’ve tried everything? This workshop will integrate research about brain development with proven interventions and best practices designed to help these hurting, hurtful children. Consequences only work with connected children who already possess the required skills. For disconnected children with underdeveloped skills, consequences compound the problem. Learn simple alternative strategies to replace chaos with connection and cooperation for your most challenging children.


  • Understand why some children resist connection.
  • Discover how to build relationships with hard-to-reach children.
  • Learn why consequences often fail with chronically aggressive children, and how and why connection leads to lasting behavioral changes.
  • Explore the Conscious Discipline Brain State Model so you can better understand children’s behavior and which responses will be most helpful.
  • Equip yourself with immediately usable strategies to help children develop impulse control and increase cooperation.
  • Learn to adapt Conscious Discipline strategies like I Love You Rituals, Baby Doll Circle Time and noticing for all, especially children with trauma.
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More Information About This Event

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    Event Schedule

    Friday, February 7th, 2020

    • 7:15am – 8:15am Registration is Open
    • 8:15am – 12:00pm Morning Session including Break
    • 12:00pm – 1:30pm Lunch Break (Lunch on own)
    • 1:30pm – 4:00pm Afternoon Session including Break

    Saturday, February 8th, 2020

    • 8:00am Doors Open
    • 8:15am – 12:00pm Morning Session including Break
    • 12:00pm – 1:30pm Lunch Break (Lunch on own)
    • 1:30pm – 4:00pm Afternoon Session including Break
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    The Connecting with Hard to Reach Children Workshop will be hosted at the:

    School of Arts and Sciences at the Centre
    2415 N Monroe St
    Tallahassee, FL 32303

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    Workshop Flyer

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    Area Hotels

    Holiday Inn & Suites Tallahassee Conference Center N
    2725 Graves Rd
    Tallahassee, FL 32303

    Country Inn & Suites by Radisson Tallahassee Northwest I-10
    3096 N Monroe St
    Tallahassee, FL 32303

    Fairfield Inn by Marriott Tallahassee North/I-10
    3219 N Monroe St
    Tallahassee, FL 32303

    Area Restaurants

    • Chick-fil-a
    • Longhorn Steakhouse
    • Bojangles’ Famous Chicken n’ Biscuits
    • Sonny’s BBQ
    • Echalee Mexican Grill
    • Denny’s
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    Event Confirmation

    Seating is limited. Please make sure the contact information you provide when you register is truly the best way for us to reach you prior to the event. If you have not received your confirmation prior to start date, it is your responsibility to contact Conscious Discipline. We recommend that you do not purchase non-refundable airfare until you receive an email confirmation from Conscious Discipline. Conscious Discipline assumes no responsibility for travel arrangements made prior to written confirmation of your acceptance as an attendee.

    By registering for a Conscious Discipline event, you are agreeing to the terms and conditions detailed below and includes a publicity photo release.


    Cancellations must be received in writing via email to [email protected]. Refunds will be processed as follows: Up to 30 days before the start of the event: Full refund of tuition paid. 14-29 days before the start of the event: Refund of tuition paid less a $100 processing fee. Within 14 days of the start of the event: No refund. No-shows: No refund. Conscious Discipline reserves the right to substitute speakers at any event. In the unlikely event an institute is cancelled, registrants will be refunded paid institute tuition only.

    Registration Substitutions

    Attendees and Team Administrators may substitute another person for their seat up to 30 days before the start of the event. Within 30 days of the event, please contact [email protected] for assistance. It would be helpful to have your order number and the names and email addresses of your substitutions ready to share with our representative.

    Liability / Media Release

    I agree that no filming, video or live capture of any kind is allowed at this event. I hereby release, discharge, and hold harmless Conscious Discipline, its employees, independent contractors, administrators, agents, assignees and anyone who it may be claimed liable from injury or damage. This is a binding and voluntary release for all injury, accident or death for both person and property. I assume all risk for travel, attendance, and participation in the event.

    By registering and attending any Conscious Discipline event, I AGREE and indicate that I understand the terms and conditions stated here.

    I give permission for myself to be videotaped, audiotaped and photographed. I understand that Conscious Discipline (DBA of Loving Guidance, Inc.) of Oviedo, Florida will own the video / audiotapes or photographs (the “media”) and any works which may utilize the media, including the irrevocable right to edit, broadcast, print reproduce the works and to offer the works for sale to the public. This also includes the right to copyright and the right to license others to use the Media in connection with the works.

    I agree that the Content may be combined with other images, text, graphics, film, audio, audiovisual works; and may be cropped, altered or modified. I agree that I have no rights to the Content, and all rights to the Content belong to the Conscious Discipline and Assigns assigned by Conscious Discipline. I acknowledge and agree that I have no further right to additional consideration or accounting, and that I will make no further claim for any reason to Conscious Discipline and Assigns. I acknowledge and agree that this release is binding upon my heirs and assigns. I agree that this release is irrevocable, worldwide and perpetual, and will be governed by the laws (excluding the law of conflicts) of the state of Florida.

    Because Conscious Discipline is sensitive to the privacy of those appearing in the Media, there will be no credits given to myself in the Media or the works or derivative works utilizing the media in whole or in part. I also agree that I will not receive any payment for appearing in the Media, or the works or derivative works using the Media. I waive, on my own behalf, any rights or interest in and to the Media and any works utilizing the Media, and will have no claim of any kind against Conscious Discipline, it’s executors, licensees, successors or assignees based on the exercise of any rights granted here under or for the use of the Media, or works containing it.

    I further waive, on behalf of myself, the right to inspect and/or approve the products of Conscious Discipline that utilize the Media, including any works and written copy that may be created in connection therewith. I hereby warrant I am of full legal age, have full legal authority and am otherwise competent to sign this Release, and by registering and attending, I further warrant that I have read and understand all of these terms. Conscious Discipline also reserves the right to substitute speaker(s) at any event.

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    The Conscious Discipline event scholarship covers tuition fees and course materials for this workshop. Travel, accommodations, meals and any special discount packages are not covered. If you have registered for this event and you are selected to receive a scholarship, your registration fees will be refunded.

    If you are selected to receive a scholarship, you are required to stay at the host hotel and understand that you may be requested to write a very brief article of your experience that will likely be published in our online newsletter, announced in an email and/or posted on our website.

    Prior scholarship recipients are not eligible and the scholarship is not transferable.

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    Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

    Continuing Education Units (CEUs) information is coming soon!