Behavior Specialist Training 

Creating Positive Living Environments that Address Difficult Behaviors 

Behavioral Specialist Training for Child and Youth Care Practitioners

February 20, 2024
2:00-3:00 Eastern (1:00 Central, 11:00 Pacific)
One Class Hour
Creating positive living and learning environments, by creating a safe interpersonal relational culture, is a key goal for all direct care professionals. This workshop is a professional skills training that utilizes group process techniques and the workforce assets of the organization in a unified team approach to create a positive, safe, relational environment that addresses difficult youth behaviors.
Many programs desiring lively living and learning communities become bogged down with behavioral issues. Child and Youth Care Workers are typically responsible for meeting a young person’s emotional and other needs. With increased numbers of at-risk youth that are depressed, angry, violent and turning to delinquency, using drugs and engaging in gangs, a positive living-learning environment can be an effective intervention.
Learning how to proactively prevent behavioral disruptions and manage crisis while maintaining a safe, relational environment is the major skill-set presented in this training. Meeting the needs of challenging youth with techniques that encourage positive, responsibility-based outcomes is the primary focus. This training is geared for Child and Youth Professionals at all levels.
Learning Objectives:
  • Create positive living and learning environments using an interpersonal, ‘brain friendly’ relational culture.
  • Examine positive and problematic characteristics manifested by youth, differences between impulsive and aggressive youth, and appropriate interventions that foster resilience and responsible behavior.
  • Expand skills in using counseling and discipline management that encourages youth self-regulation and personal responsibility.
CYC Certification Competency Domains:  Professionalism, Cultural and Human Diversity, Applied Human Development, Relationship and Communication, Developmental Practice Methods 
1 Class Hours

Created by

Gene Cavaliere, MA, CYC-P

Lead Trainer, New England Training Associates
Former Executive Director, Lighthouse for Youth 
Former Residential Director, Harmony Hill School 

For the past 30+ years, he has been a leader in the field of child and youth care. Gene has worked directly with many troubled youth and families. He has mentored many new dedicated youth workers to become better prepared child and youth care professionals. 

Based with this experience he has presented at national, regional and local training events. He has trained staff extensively in all his employment settings. He has worked in group homes and residential facilities, as well as consulting with various programs, agencies and charter schools to improve services and training. Gene has also been involved with state regulatory tasks forces, board of directors and associations that advocated/influencing improved child and youth care services. This includes supporting NOCCWA  (National Organization for Child Care Worker Associations) in its development years and attending committee meetings. Other board membership include:  NEACC – New England Association of Child Care, RICORP – Rhode Island Council of Resource Providers, RIPSN – Rhode Island Parent Support Network, and - New England Training Associates.