Transforming Challenging Behaviors Training: The 5 P Process

The 5P Process is a framework for helping a child who is exhibiting challenging behaviors and emotional reactivity and transforming these behaviors into an opportunity to learn new skills. .

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The 5P Process is a framework for helping a child who is exhibiting challenging behaviors, distress and/or big emotional outbursts. When children engage in acts of aggression, destruction, disruption, or dangerous behaviors such as running away or harming themselves, it can be overwhelming, as our job as adults is to protect the children in our care, and to keep them safe and engaged. It can be easy to react strongly when a child has acted in an explosive or concerning way, and it may be difficult to know exactly what to do in the moment, especially if our own emotions have been triggered by the situation.

The 5P framework was created for just these moments; it is structured to offer a consistent step-wise process to help you to support children of all ages who are struggling with behaviors that result in suffering, harm, or disruption to self, others, and/or the environment. The steps of the 5P process are 1. Protect, be Present, Prepare; 2. Process Emotions; 3. Problem-solve; 4. Prosocial Practice; and 5. Praise Efforts.

We view challenging behaviors not simply as problems to be managed and extinguished, but as red flags that indicate a need for social emotional skill development, relationship building, patient supportive nurturing, and teaching. When children receive punishment or time outs as consequences for these behaviors, they are only told what not to do, instead of what to do. In addition, punishments and time outs often lead to experiences of shame, anger, sadness and embarrassment.

The 5P process can not only help guide you and the child through the tough times as they are happening, but also assist you in developing a plan to support the child to learn and build new skills to help them to address the underlying behavioral causes and prevent or mitigate recurrence in the future. The three hour course will offer you strategies for each of the 5 steps as well as a downloadable packet of materials.

In this course you will learn:

How to use a challenging behavior as an opportunity to build missing skills in a contextualized and meaningful way...

How to replace punishment with a formal 5-part process for building skills, prosocial behavior and social emotional learning...

How to mindfully and calmly respond to a child exhibiting challenging behaviors...

How to help prevent or reduce occurrence of challenging behaviors...


How to increase engagement and quality of life for children who are struggling with challenging behaviors.

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Dr. Monica Jackman is an occupational therapist and mother of four. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Health Science degree from the University of Florida and a Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Chatham University. Monica has authored research papers and book chapters on topics including mindful engagement, the mindful engagement support model, occupational therapy in mental health, and teaching mindfulness to children, has developed and implemented mindfulness-based training programs for caregivers, preschoolers, and school-aged children, and has published research papers on the effectiveness of mindfulness-based interventions. She is the author and creator of the OpenMind Preschool Program and co-author of the OpenMind Elementary Program. She has lectured nationally and internationally on mindfulness interventions for children and adults.