Vulnerable and challenging - what works in changing student behaviour

This workshop makes the link between factors that promote resilience in young people and the development of pro-social behaviour. It explores how teachers can build learning environments that promote engagement and healthy relationships.  Although the emphasis is on the pro-active and the positive, the course also includes how to respond effectively when student behaviour is challenging.


09:30 Registration/Tea and Coffee
10:00 Workshop starts
12:30-13:00 Lunch
16:00 Workshop ends


This workshop is suitable for educational psychologists, teachers, behaviour support personnel and school leaders.

Learning outcomes and objectives

  • Have knowledge of the main research findings on risk and resilience
  • Have reflected on current conceptualisation of behaviour in school and been offered alternatives based in the evidence of effective practice
  • Become aware of the power of positive relationships and what this means in practice
  • Explored the value of a strengths and solutions approach and ways to promote a positive learning environment
  • Have developed emotionally literate strategies in dealing with challenging behaviour

Facilitator: Dr Sue Roffey CPsychol

Sue Roffey taught students with behavioural difficulty before becoming an educational psychologist in London and then an academic in Sydney. She has researched and written extensively on issues related to behaviour in school, the quality of relationships across the school system and the importance of connectedness for resilience. Sue worked in school counsellor training for several years and was involved in the Australian Federal Government scoping studies on student and school wellbeing and social and emotional learning. She is in demand internationally for professional development and consultancy. Sue’s aim in training is that participants are affirmed in their current good practice, learn something new, are entertained and engaged and have the opportunity to share with others.

Booking information


  • Concessions: £45 + VAT
  • DECP members: £65 + VAT
  • Society members: £90 + VAT 
  • Society non-members: £115 + VAT

Persons eligible for concessionary rates are student members of the Society, graduate members registered under Rule 15.ii, Rule 21 members, and members who are unemployed. For evidence of unemployment, we will require a copy of your job seekers allowance book.

How to book

Please note: online bookings will close 24 hours prior to the event. Please call +44 (0)116 2529512 for availability after this point.

To pay by cheque or request an invoice complete and return the registration form.

Please note that we are only able to accept invoice requests more than 6 weeks before the event date.

Thu, 24/05/2012 (All day)
Contact Information: 

BPS Learning Centre

Tel. +44(0)116 252 9925

BPS Learning Centre, Division of Educational and Child Psychology