Kim Barthel - There is Always a Reason for the Behavior: Is it Sensory or is it Behavior?

Nov 17, Friday – Nov 18, Saturday 8:30am – 5:00pm

There is Always a Reason for the Behavior: Is it Sensory or is it Behavior?

This Course is FULL - additional course date is March 23 - 24, 2018

November 17 - 18 , 2017, 8:30am - 5pm,


- Kim Barthel, BMR, OTR ,C/NDT

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Course Description:

Clinicians consulting with teachers and families are increasingly challenged by students with complex behavioral issues. As a result, therapists desire discriminating skills and tools to identify the basis of these complexities. Is the behavior a result of neuropsychological limitations in sensory processing or a manifestation of social and emotional experiences? Traditionally, models of intervention have isolated these two features, as separate contributions of functional performance, which, when viewed holistically, are integrated and overlapping aspects of human behavior.
This workshop will provide an understanding of the integrated neurobiology of sensory processing and emotional/behavioral problems resulting in “challenging behavior”. Through lecture, problem solving labs, and videotape analysis, you will learn where on the integrated sensory-emotional continuum, sensation and mental health concerns entwine. This understanding, in turn, will allow for easier treatment planning. Treatment strategies will be specific to the home and school environment based upon active analysis of identified behavioral concerns.
The workshop is based upon cutting edge research bridging translational research from the fields of neuro-science, occupational therapy, psychology and trauma psychiatry.

Course objectives:

At the completion of this seminar, participants will:

•   Describe the neurobiology of challenging behavior
•   Distinguish between sensory, emotional and cognitive components of behavior
•   Analyze various overlapping contributions to behavior problems
•   Integrate theories of intervention into a holistic approach to complex behaviors
•   Develop treatment techniques, relationship-building tools and dialoguing skills with complex students and their caregivers.

Day One
* There will be a 15 minute break each morning and each afternoon.
8:00 a.m.     Sign in and continental breakfast
8:30 a.m.     It’s All the Same Buckets of Chemical:  Arousal Theory
10:30 a.m.    Sensory Contributions to Challenging Behavior
12:00 p.m.    Lunch (on your own)
1:00 p.m.    Trauma, Sensory Processing and Defiant Behavior
3:15 p.m.    Attachment Theory and Sensory Processing
5:00 p.m.    Adjourn

Day Two
8:00 a.m.    Sign in and continental breakfast
8:30 a.m.    Self-Regulation and Behavioral and Attachment Intervention
10:30 a.m.    Co-Regulating Arousal with Sensory Strategies
12:00 p.m.    Lunch (on your own)
1:00 p.m.    Sensory Strategies Continued
3:00 p.m.    Dialoguing with Complex Clients
5:00 p.m.    Adjourn


Kim Barthel, BMR, OTR,  C/NDT is a world-renowned occupational therapist and teacher. Supporting multidisciplinary settings in many cultures internationally, Kim has a passion for helping figure out why people do the things they do. Some of her specialties are Neuro- Developmental Treatment, Sensory Processing, Attachment, Trauma, Neuroscience and how the science of relationship relates to learning. To empower personal reflection and healing with her friend Theo Fleury, she recently co-authored the national best-seller Conversations with a Rattlesnake. Kim’s mission is to support the conscious evolution of the human spirit..
Kim has a has a vast experience in working with children since 1984. She is an NDTA-OT Instructor, an author, consultant and owner of Labyrinth Therapies private practice. She has offered workshops and lectures to therapists in North America, Europe and Asia. Kim’s personal continuing education reveals a passion for connecting with children with special needs and using the most up to date research in developing her therapy process. Kim currently lives with her family in Victoria, BC.


Mary Bridge Good Samaritan Children’s Therapy Unit
402 15th Ave. SE
Puyallup, WA 98372
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Friday & Saturday, November 17 - 18, 2017
 8:30 am – 5 pm

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1.4 CEUs (14 Education Contact Hours)


Normajean Friend - Education Program Assistant

253.697.5225 [email protected]


Full refund of the course registration fee, less $75 administration fee, will be granted upon receipt of written request post marked 14 days prior to date of class. We reserve the right to cancel any course due to insufficient registration or extenuating circumstances. Please do not make non-refundable travel arrangements until you have called us and received confirmation that the course will be held. We are not responsible for any expenses incurred by participants if the course must be cancelled.

Location Details

402 15th AVE SE-
Puyallup, WA 98372

Contact Details

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