Students with exceptionalities—whether formally diagnosed or not—benefit from targeted interventions that increase safety, connection, and executive function. Discover how Conscious Discipline practices serve the needs of all children including those with disabilities. 

Every student is unique, even more so in a classroom serving children with varying exceptionalities. When you tap into your core wisdom, solutions become possible to address a variety of challenges. Explore key practices for adult composure and positive intent, and practical strategies for increasing student connection, cooperation, and self-regulation. 

This event will transform life in your classroom whether you are a specialist working solely with students with disabilities, or a classroom teacher with both neurotypical and neurodivergent students. Join Conscious Discipline Lead Instructor Elizabeth Montero-Cefalo and Certified Instructor Sarah Catherine Rhodes to create a culture of compassion and an environment that encourages social interactions, communication, and builds executive function through supportive adaptations and modifications. 

$699

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  • Location:
    • Denton, TX
  • Facilitators:
    • Elizabeth Montero-Cefalo
    • Sarah Catherine Rhodes

More Information About This Event

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    Schedule

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    Location

    Supporting Students with Disabilities: Conscious Discipline for Every Brain will be hosted at the:

    Embassy Suites by Hilton
    3100 Town Center Tr
    Denton, TX, 76201
    (940) 243-3799

    Special rate is available until February 13, 2024 – limited rooms are available so don’t delay booking!

    Use this link to reserve your room:

    Booking Link

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    Walk-ins are not preferred at our events. We will not allow entry if the event is sold out. If space allows, we will accommodate walk-ins as best we can. Full payment is required prior to entry into the event. The registration fee for walk-ins is the standard event registration cost plus a 20% administration fee.

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    • All cancellation requests must be received in writing via email to events.team@consciousdiscipline. A full refund minus $100 processing fee will be available up to 30 days prior to the event. Refunds are not provided 30 days or closer to the event. No shows to our events are not eligible for a refund.
    • Conscious Discipline reserves the right to substitute speakers at any event. In the unlikely event an event is cancelled, registrants will be refunded paid event tuition only. We will not reimburse registrants for flights or any other travel cost. It is the registrant's responsibility to cancel any and all travel reservations made for the event, including hotel reservations.

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    • Scholarship covers tuition fees and course materials for the designated workshop. Travel, accommodations, meals and any special discount packages are not covered. If you register for an event and you are selected to receive a scholarship, we will refund your registration fees.
    • Scholarship selections are non-transferable. If you are selected for one of these seats but are unable to attend the event, you must submit another application for a different event.
    • As a helper, your travel will be covered up to $500. You will be provided free registration, lodging and a daily per diem for meals during the days you are in attendance at the event.
    • Helper selections are non-transferable. If you are selected for one of these seats but are unable to attend the event, you must submit another application for a different event. 

    We do not offer any kind of discounts for our registration fees, but you are welcome to apply for a scholarship or helper seat.

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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. Have your order number available and ready for onsite registration. You are required to check in and have a name badge to enter the session.  By registering for a Conscious Discipline event, you are agreeing to the terms and conditions detailed below and includes a publicity photo release.

    Onsite Ticket Purchasing and Walk-Ins

    Walk-ins and onsite ticket purchasing is discouraged at our events.  We will not allow entry to any event that is sold out or has a wait list.  Payment in full is required prior to entry to the event.  The registration fee for walk-ins is the event registration price PLUS a 20% administration fee.

    Cancellations

    All cancellation requests must be received in writing via email to [email protected].com.  A full refund minus $100 processing fee will be available up to 30 days prior to the event.  Refunds are not provided 30 days or closer to the event. No shows to our events are not eligible for a refund.  Please reach out to [email protected].com for more information. In the unlikely event that one of our events is cancelled, registrants will be refunded paid event tuition only.  We will not reimburse registrants for flights or any other travel cost.  It is the registrants responsibility to cancel any and all travel reservations made for the event, including hotel reservations.  Conscious Discipline reserves the right to substitute speakers at any event.

    Workshop Substitutions

    Attendees of Conscious Discipline events may substitute another person for their seat at no extra charge up to 30 days prior to the start of the event. Substitutions made after that time are subject to a $25 processing fee. For individual registrations, you will contact our Customer Care team to change the name on your ticket For team registrations, log into your account to access the team created for the event under My Account. Once there you can remove/cancel members and add new members. Substitutions must me made and confirmed prior to onsite arrival. PLEASE NOTE: Within 30 days of the event, a $25.00 administration fee will be incurred and invoiced after the event per substitution and you will need to call or email us to be able to substitute someone.

    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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    Scholarships

    The Conscious Discipline Institute Scholarship covers tuition fees and course materials for one Institute. Travel, accommodations, meals and any special discount packages are not covered. If you have registered for the 2024 Institute and you are selected to receive a scholarship, your registration fees will be refunded. Scholarship recipients may be asked to write a brief article and/or record a video testimony about your experience to be used for informational and promotional purposes. Prior scholarship recipients are not eligible. Scholarships are not transferable.

    Helper Positions

    Helpers are an essential part of our team. They contribute to the success of our workshops by sharing their wonderful gifts. To apply for a helper position, you must be a graduate of the Conscious Discipline Institute. Helpers are typically selected in the following order: Conscious Discipline Certified Instructors, Conscious Discipline Certified Instructors, Advanced Institute Graduates, Institute Graduates. Institutes often sell out before we select our helpers. If you would like to attend the institute at full tuition even if you are not selected as a helper, register separately before helpers are chosen by submitting the standard registration form and payment. If we select you as a helper, we will refund your tuition.
  • plus minus Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
    Continuing Education Units (CEUs) Attendees of the Conscious Discipline Institute are approved to earn four (4) CEUs through Concordia University Wisconsin (CUW) for full attendance and participation in all aspects of the Institute including small group work and breakout sessions. Attendees who wish to obtain CEUs must apply through CUW at www.cuw.edu/apply. The Institute course code is EDGP 5018.
  • plus minus Supporting Every Student: Improving Outcomes and Experiences in Inclusion and Self-Contained Classrooms

    By Jenny Shannon

    Now, more than ever, schools recognize students’ unique and varied needs, and are seeking to meet them effectively. The sheer number of IEPs, inclusion classrooms, diagnosed and undiagnosed concerns, and specific modifications is rapidly increasing, often leaving teachers playing catch-up.

    Diverse learners require flexible, responsive solutions, whether they are in self-contained or inclusion classrooms. Teachers who implement Conscious Discipline practices are uniquely empowered to reach and teach all students.

    “The methodology of Conscious Discipline is already an inclusive approach. When applied in both self-contained and inclusion classrooms, Conscious Discipline provides best practices for all children. It might look different depending on the age or needs of the child, but they are the same principles,” said Elizabeth Montero Cefalo, a long-time Conscious Discipline Certified Instructor.

    Professional Development Struggles to Keep Pace with Learners’ Needs

    In a typical American classroom, you’ll find an amalgamation of diverse learners. Students with physical and emotional disabilities, neurotypical and neurodivergent students (some without formal diagnosis or accommodations), and students with different learning styles are often expected to socialize and learn together— and the teacher is expected to make that learning magic happen even when faced with understaffing, budget cuts and achievement gaps. Traditional practices have operated under the assumption that students with exceptionalities need to be “fixed” by withholding the very things we all need at a core level: safety and belonging. We know now that nothing could be further from the truth.

    More than 60% of students with disabilities learn in general education classrooms, and a Diversity for Social Impact report reveals that these inclusive classrooms improve both graduation rates and standardized test scores. Exposure to students with unique needs and learning styles also opens new pathways for problem solving and critical thinking, and students in inclusive settings are 7% more likely to demonstrate empathy towards peers and report lower levels of anxiety and depression.

    While inclusion classrooms may increase achievement and wellbeing for students, the ability to equip teachers to handle these differences varies greatly from school to school and district to district. General education teachers often lack the support of prior professional development on the differentiated instruction, strategies and devices required by some students. This may be contributing to the ongoing crises in teacher stress, burnout, and retention. Plus, the nationwide teacher shortage means fewer opportunities for the one-on-one instruction, co-teaching, and pull-outs that are helpful to student success.

    Conscious Discipline seeks to overcome these challenges by providing evidence-based, trauma-responsive practices that enable adults and children alike to access higher centers of the brain where learning can happen for everyone. Essentially, the more regulated a teacher or a student becomes, the better the outcomes.

    An Adult-First Approach to Addressing Every Student’s Needs

    The first step to addressing the needs of diverse learners might not be what you think. It doesn’t start with the student; it starts with the adults in the room. When Elizabeth visits classrooms to provide support and insight into Conscious Discipline implementation, she often encounters educators who feel overworked and overwhelmed. Addressing that dynamic is the first priority.

    “We lend our skills to children,” she says, “So we must first be regulated ourselves.”

    Elizabeth has simple advice for educators who feel burdened by expectations: “Celebrate the successful practices you’ve already put in place. You are doing more than you think you are!”

    Another important step is to expand our understanding of the root of common behaviors so we can begin to see all behavior as a form of communication. Conscious Discipline’s Brain State Model gives us a way to visualize the relationship between brain state and behavior. It helps us unhook from troublesome behaviors by viewing all behavior as a form of communication for us to decipher. This perspective enables us to remain or regain composure during difficult moments. Maintaining composure allows us to co-regulate with students and maintain access to our core problem-solving wisdom. Our regulated state invites students to respond with increased willingness, cooperation, and brain integration rather than opposition, withdrawal, or defiance.

    Creating A Culture of Equity and Belonging: Methods that Reach Every Student

    Conscious Discipline utilizes a wide variety of practices to support self-regulation and build connection because it’s impossible to learn from a survival or emotional state. The strategies may become more nuanced in a room full of students whose brains and bodies operate differently; however, the core principles remain the same regardless of the lens they’re practiced through.

    Starting with self-regulation practices and then prioritizing deeper connections by creating opportunities for intentional social interactions, facilitating guided play, modeling, and instructing executive functioning skills, and other Conscious Discipline practices creates a healthy classroom culture that fosters equity and belonging. Students who feel seen and heard are more likely to choose cooperative, helpful behaviors. They are also less likely to engage in disruptive behaviors.

    Additional smaller steps like including visuals in instruction, using social stories to assist with transitions, and introducing communication tools can assist in ensuring success for teachers and their students.

    If you are an educator interested looking for support and greater understanding of the many ways Conscious Discipline can benefit both you and your students, consider joining us for our two-day event, Supporting Students with Disabilities: Conscious Discipline for Every Brain on March 6th-7th  in Denton, TX.

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    Related Resources:
    Articles:

    Seven Powers: The Power of Attention

    Empowering Life-Long Regulation

    Empowering Lifelong Self-Regulation: How Conscious Discipline Transforms Students with ASD and Caregivers

    A Solution for Chronic Absenteeism- Kids Want to Stay with Conscious Discipline!

    Videos:

    Reclaim Your Power of Assertiveness

    Podcasts:

    Four Steps to Writing to Writing Effective RTI Plans that Meet Differentiated Needs

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Here's What You'll Learn:

Big Idea

Utilize Conscious Discipline practices to serve the needs of students with exceptionalities.  

Who Should Attend

This workshop is designed for teachers, counselors, behavioral specialists (RBT) and administrators of children of all ages.

Your Facilitators

Elizabeth Montero-Cefalo and Sarah Catherine Rhodes

Workshop Materials

All attendees will receive access to training materials to print in advance of the event or download digitally to follow along on a tablet or e-reader.

Welcome neurodiversity instead of wrangling it.

Join Elizabeth Montero-Cefalo and Sarah Catherine Rhodes for two intensive days designed to help you:  

  • Understand the basics of the Conscious Discipline Brain States Model for both neurotypical and neurodivergent learners. 
  • Design differentiated interventions to better manage common friction points including schedules, transitions, disruptions, and social engagement. 
  • Increase communication, decrease difficult behaviors, and reduce frustration by applying a Conscious Discipline lens to Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC).  
  • Cultivate peer interactions and connection opportunities, especially among resistant, reactive, and neurodivergent students. 
  • Foster peer interactions and increase opportunities for connection.  
  • Adapt I Love You Rituals and Conscious Discipline Structures (Safe Place, Wish Well Ritual, Greetings, Conflict Resolution Time Machine, Kindness Recorder, etc.) for students with varying exceptionalities. 
  • See challenging behaviors differently and learn how to maintain or regain composure during difficult moments.
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