Defiant, Manipulative & Attention-Seeking Students
How to Unlock their Potential and Survive the Process!


Situations with difficult students have a way of intensifying quickly. Before an educator realizes what is happening, an annoying situation can escalate into a full-blown crisis. Suddenly it is no longer the student’s problem, but the educator’s problem. Even well-seasoned, award-winning master educators can be rattled by certain types of students in specific situations.
This power-packed seminar will provide you with up-to-date insights and strategies for reaching and helping these students become masters of challenging moments with students. These skills complement and supplement Response to Intervention (RTI) and Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS).


You Will Learn to:
  • Identify the underlying causes of difficult behaviors in students
  • Implement do’s and dont’s to address specific behaviors
  • Integrate key strategies for migrating from an obedience-centered approach
  • Develop innovative ways to support positive behavior
  • Apply strategies for preventing the escalation of difficult behavior

COVID-19 Update

With the ongoing concerns about COVID-19 (the Coronavirus), we want you to know that the safety and health of participants in this seminar is our top priority. Given the actual statistics and CDC recommendations, we are planning to proceed with the seminar and want to see you there. We’re also taking precautions to make sure the seminar is as safe as we can make it.

We are asking our attendees and staff to avoid handshakes, to wash their hands and to use Clorox wipes and hand sanitizer.  These are all effective measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 – as well as colds, flu and other illnesses.

Video Clips

Avoiding Responsibility for Behavior

Classroom Behavior

Frustrated Teachers & Administrators

Defiant, Manipulative & Attention-Seeking Students Seminar
Seminar Dates & Locations

Virtual Seminar
Tuesday, June 16
10:00 am ET

Due to the ongoing concerns regarding COVID-19 this Seminar will be held as a Zoom Meeting.

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9:30-10:00 ET Attendee Login
10:00-12:00 ET The Paradigm Shift in School Discipline
  • Obedience-Based vs. Responsibility-Based
  • Essentials of a Successful Learning Environment
  • Why Many School Discipline Methods Fail
  • What Impacts Student Learning the Most
  • Developing Self-Regulation Skills
  • Keys 4 Conversation
12:00-12:15 ET Break
12:15-1:30 ET Insights, Tips & Strategies for Dealing with Difficult Students
  • Clear Expectations
  • Consistency
  • Benefits for Changing Behavior
  • Reponse-Ability
  • Emotional Control
  • Leadership in Challenging Moments
1:30-2:30 ET Lunch (on your own)
2:30-4:00 ET Becoming a Master of Challenging Moments with Students
  • Five Key Steps for Transferring Behavior Ownership to the Student
  • Employing “Guided Conversations” to Address Critical Moments with Students
  • Building Your Personal Guided Conversation
  • Relying on Foundations
  • Do’s and Don’ts for Establishing Student Responsibility
4:00-4:15 ET Break
4:15-5:00 ET Tying It All Together
  • Working with Four Types of Difficult Students
    • Defiant Students
    • Apathetic Students
    • Attention-Seeking Students
    • Manipulative Students
  • Roadmap to Responsibility
  • Closing the Six Common Exits
  • What Now?
5:00 ET Questions and Answers (Optional Attendance)


Credit Hours

Certificates of Completion for this seminar, which indicate 6 contact hours of Continuing Education, will be available at the end of the seminar upon completion of a course evaluation.

In many cases, depending on your Profession and Jurisdiction, this Certificate of Completion is sufficient for tracking your Continuing Education and Professional Development efforts.

We suggest that you contact your local Board or Governing Agency to see exactly what steps are necessary for approval in your particular discipline. Please note that Developmental Resources is also an approved Provider for the following National and Regional Accrediting Agencies.

Developmental Resources has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5602. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.

AccuTrain Corporation, #1053, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB)  through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. AccuTrain maintains responsibility for the program.  ASWB Approval Period: (8/13/2019 – 8/13/2022). Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 6 Clinical Social Work continuing education clock hours.

A Certificate of Completion for 6.0 contact hours is available upon completion of Seminar Evaluation.

Defiant, Manipulative & Attention-Seeking Students Seminar Pricing

Individual Registration

Groups 3-9

Groups 10+

Virtual Seminar Registration
$149 USD
$129 USD
$109 USD
Your registration fee includes refreshments and materials. It does not include meals, hotel accommodations or parking.
Register 30 days prior to Seminar date and save! Groups of 20+, call 1-800-251-6805 for special pricing
When 3 or more people register together from the same school district or agency, each participant is entitled to a $25 USD discount off their registration fee. To receive this discount, all participants in the group must register at the same time and have a single group representative as the contact person.
No refunds will be offered.

What Attendees have to Say

"I learned so many skills and intervention strategies to use in class. I gained so much I can immediately use. This is an awesome training!
Special Education Teacher
St. Louis, MO
"I can use these strategies in my classroom tomorrow! I'm so glad I was able to attend this seminar."
Elementary School Teacher
Omaha, NE
"The information on how the brain responds to "control" was extremely insightful and will help me better handle difficult moments with students. I learned so much today about student behavior - I wish I would have had this training years ago!"
Elementary School Teacher
Cincinnati, OH
"The presenter's personal stories and passion for the subject matter motived me. The topics covered were extremely relevant to the challenges I face each day in the classroom."
High School Teacher
Houston, TX
"This seminar covered so many challenging issues that I am dealing with right now. It's great to have a strategy to deal with challenging moments."
High School Principal
Philadelphia, PA
"I've been searching for ways to improve my effectiveness as a teacher to the boys in my classes and I've finally found some methods that will help me!"
High School Teacher
Jacksonville, FL

Seminar Presenters

Larry Thompson, M.Ed.

*In case of an emergency, another qualified presenter will substitute

Author of Roadmap to Responsibility and Give ’em Five, Larry Thomson, M.Ed., is often called upon to deliver keynote presentations for state and national education conferences because of his knowledge, humor and passion for assisting today’s students. He has helped thousands of educators and schools throughout North America break away from their traditional discipline models to a model that creates a responsible climate and responsible students. Larry has served in a wide variety of roles in education – from special education teacher to alternative and traditional high school principal. As creator of the Responsibility-Centered Discipline program, Larry understands that systems must be created that can be realistically implemented and sustained.

Eric Clark, M.Ed.

*In case of an emergency, another qualified presenter will substitute

Eric Clark, M. Ed., is a Certified Master Trainer for Responsibility-Centered Discipline and helped shape the implementation materials for the program. He most recently served as Head of School at a progressive private school in the Midwest. Previously he served as Principal in a public school setting, while also serving at the District Technology Integration Specialist. Eric began his education career teaching English Language Arts, Journalism and Media Communications. Between his other responsibilities, he also launched a thriving publishing company. As an administrator, he has successfully implemented the supportive, non-exclusionary principles of Responsibility-Centered Discipline with elementary, middle and high school faculty and students.

Brian Dinkins, Ed.S.

*In case of an emergency, another qualified presenter will substitute

Brian Dinkins is an RCD Certified Master Trainer and president of the National Institute for Child Empowerment, an organization that provides parents and students in disenfranchised communities with training, mentoring and advocacy to increase access to college and careers. Raised by a single mother in the inner city of Indianapolis, he didn’t perform well academically in high school.  But with the support of teachers, coaches and mentors, he earned a B.A. from Purdue, where he played football for the Big Ten Champion Boilermakers.  He is currently finishing his Doctorate in Educational Leadership at Ball State University. Brian has served as a teacher, coach and principal in urban settings at a traditional public school, two charter schools, and at a faith-based school. He currently teaches educational leadership on an adjunct basis at Marian University.

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