Managing Challenging Behavior with the Studio III Low Arousal Approach

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Managing Challenging Behavior with the Studio III Low Arousal Approach

Registration closes:
Oct 18, 2022 at 11:00 pm
Facilitator(s): Mark Linski
This is a multi-day event.
Day 1Oct 19, 2022 (4:00 pm to 6:00 pm MTN)
Day 2Oct 26, 2022 (4:00 pm to 6:00 pm MTN)
  • $40.00 (CAD)
Location: Virtual
Course code: 23-IE-065-CARC

Target Audience

Teachers, educational assistants, counsellors, parents

About this learning opportunity

This introductory session will provide staff with an understanding of the causes of challenging behaviour; the use of the “Low-arousal” approaches including interaction, defusion and distraction strategies; coping with challenging behaviours (including debriefing – why it is necessary and how to do it), managing versus changing behaviours, physical avoidance skills and with working within the law. Studio III is not a provider of generic intervention strategies as the majority of work is designed to promote the prevention and management of challenging behaviour in a totally non-violent, gentle and dignified way. 

Autism Awareness Centre/Studio III Canada can provide a certificated program which will assist staff in the development of a unique approach to managing challenging behavior with person-centred crisis management training.



This learning opportunity is being subsidized through funding from Alberta Education.

About the facilitator(s)

Mark Linski has a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Psychology, a Bachelor of Education, and a Masters of Education in Educational Administration, from Brandon University. He began teaching in inner city schools in 1993, with a high population of behaviourally challenged middle years students.  Over time, he began to expand to Educational Administration; where he served as Principal of a K-8 and At-Risk Youth Specialized school in the lower mainland. He spent several years teaching inmates in minimum and maximum security prisons in British Columbia before landing a position as a pre-K to 12, District Behaviour Consultant in a large school district in Central Alberta.  Mark has extensive experience and training in working with challenging children, youth and adults,  in addition to supporting their families and teachers in the education system.

Mark is a certified Master Trainer in Non-Violent Crisis Intervention (NVCI), NVCI Bullying, and NVCI Autism and Trauma. He offers training in Mental Health First Aid for the Canadian Mental Health Association, is a Facilitator for the Neufeld Institute; instructing Making Sense of Anxiety and Making Sense of Aggression. Mark’s most recent work involves supporting students on the Autism Spectrum with challenging behaviour in schools. This led to his training and certification in the Studio III Low Arousal program; which he highly recommends to all those working with behaviourally challenged children, youth, and adults.