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Tue, Nov 16


Virtual Training Session

Becoming a Behavioural Detective: Understanding and Supporting Complex Behaviour

This is a two half-day workshop : November 16th and 17th from 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM (both days)

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Becoming a Behavioural Detective: Understanding and Supporting Complex Behaviour
Becoming a Behavioural Detective: Understanding and Supporting Complex Behaviour

Time & Location

Nov 16, 2021, 10:30 a.m. EST – Nov 17, 2021, 2:30 p.m. EST

Virtual Training Session

About the Event

BECOMING A BEHAVIOURAL DETECTIVE: Understanding and Supporting Complex Behaviour

There is always a reason for the behaviour! Newly adapted from Kim Barthel, OTR’s most prolific and well-attended workshop - this live, online and interactive 6 hour workshop will provide a deeper understanding of adults with intellectual disabilities. The focus will be on complex and challenging behaviour, using clinical reasoning to look well beyond the surface actions we observe. From diagnosed challenges to emotional/relational issues, and from attachment strategies to the integrated neurobiology of sensory processing and cognitive influences, a holistic and integrated mindset is required. Participants will be invited to forevermore become behavioural detectives, using evidence-informed best practices to shape individualized interventions with the people they support. By seeking to understand why people do the things we do, from a myriad of perspectives, we allow compassion into the equation. Fundamentally, the mindset of clinical curiosity and the science-based information in this workshop series supports practical intervention strategies that are relevant in all settings, and in all levels of relationships with adults with intellectual disabilities.


  • Identify the neurobiology of  “challenging" behaviour
  • Describe the sensory contributions and interventions for complex behaviour
  • Explain the impacts of developmental trauma and adaptive attachment patterns
  • Recognize the life-long value of co-regulation through relationship
  • Define challenges and interventions related to executive functions
  • Recognize the dynamics surrounding self-harm and aggression
  • Examine a mindset of curiosity that supports more healthy, respectful and connected relationships


Kim Barthel is an award-winning occupational therapist, trans-disciplinary teacher and best-selling author who is actively supporting function and healing in many cultures. A pioneer in reinforcing the importance of relationship, Kim’s passionate interests include complex behaviour, attachment, sensory processing, movement, trauma-informed practice, mental health, leadership and learning. Kim’s mission is to support the conscious evolution of the human spirit.


This training has been tailored to ODSN's training needs. However, this training is also available to all professionals working with adults who have an intellectual or developmental disability in the National Capital and/or Eastern Ontario Region. 

*Please note  that participants who do not work in the field of intellectual/developmental disability and/or do not work in the National Capital and/or Eastern Ontario Region will not be sent a link to participate. 


This training event is held over two half-days for a total of 6 hours. 

Please mark your calendars for both days! 

Part 1: November 16th | 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM 

Part 2: November 17th | 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM 

A break for lunch will be held from 12 to 1 PM  each day. 


This online training event will take place via the Zoom platform. A meeting link will be sent to the participants a week before the event. Training materials will be sent via email the day before the event.


Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us and a member of our team will be in touch soon!

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