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Strategies to

Teach & Counsel


Troubled Students

 Live Professional Development Workshop


Includes 10 Free Clock Hours & Optional $55-$60 College Credit &

A Workbook of K-12 Lesson Plans & Student Worksheets


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  Seattle, Washington  April 19-20, 2018 – Register Here

  Portland, Oregon: October 11-12, 2018 – Register Here


Questions or to Register: 1.800.545.5736


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Register for Seattle, WA

April 19-20, 2018


Register for Portland, OR

October 11-12, 2018


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Workshop Instructor

teacher workshop "Bam! Pow! Instructor hits you right between the eyes with lots of new approaches, ideas and information"

"Instructor stuffed full of immediately useful information"

"A captivating speaker"

"5 hours in L.A. gridlock.
Your information brought me back."


That's the type of comments that veteran instructor Ruth Herman Wells, M.S. inspires.

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K12 teacher professional developmentRuth is your trainer for the Breakthrough Strategies to Teach and Counsel Troubled Students Workshop. Ruth won't waste a second of your time. She packs every minute with the exact behavior and classroom management strategies you need. You're not going to believe how much useful information can be packed into a single behavior and classroom management workshop.

By the end of this workshop, you're going to feel like you have a mental health expert standing with you in your classroom or office, guiding you every step of the way. You're going to feel like you have the targeted, real-world behavior management interventions that weren't included in your professional training.

school inserviceRuth Herman Wells is one of the country's top experts on student behavior problems, group and classroom management, school violence, work refusal and children's mental health.

For nearly two decades, Ruth has trained thousands of youth professionals annually. She is a popular keynote speaker and featured presenter at national education, justice and mental health conference events.

In 2011, SpeakerWiki ranked Ruth as the #4 trainer for elementary education events, #8 for K-12 educational administrator events, and #9 for high school educators. She is a longtime, featured columnist for SEEN Magazine, and her popular behavior change posters have "starred" in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid movies, and on many U.S. and Canadian TV shows.

bullying posterRuth is the author of dozens of behavior and classroom management books and articles on children's social, emotional, family, and behavior problems. Ruth's work has been featured in The Orlando Sentinel, Monterey Herald, The Oregonian, Adolescence Magazine, The Corrections Compendium, and the Child Welfare Report. Her methods are designed to work when conventional approaches fail. Her most popular books include The Breakthrough Strategies to Teach and Counsel Troubled Youth series and The Quickest Kid Fixer-Uppers.

class managementWant even more extensive background information on our professional development instructor, Ruth Herman Wells, M.S? She lives up to her reviews. Click or scroll further down the page or click here to read what past inservice participants say about her, or click here to read their actual evaluation comments, emails and letters to Ruth. See Ruth for yourself on video. Click here to read more about Ruth's background as a child therapist, juvenile corrections program supervisor, adolescent day treatment program supervisor, and independent living program creator. You can also read more about Ruth's popular, problem-stopping Breakthrough Strategies to Teach and Counsel Troubled Youth behavior and classroom management workshop.

temper tamer bookRuth knows your students and your site. She cares about you and your students. She'll flood you with the newest and best solutions that exist to reach even your most unreachable youngsters. You bring the problems. Ruth will bring your answers.



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Workshop College Credit, Clock Hours, CEUs

Tuition is $55-$60 for 1 graduate or undergraduate credit from a regionally accredited university. You register upon arrival at the workshop for college credit.

The Breakthrough Strategies to Teach and Counsel Troubled Students Workshop includes a certificate for 10 clock hours without any additional charge.

10 clock hours are offered for many disciplines including MFTs, Psychologists, Social Workers, and the workshop is designed to meet the standards for Oregon Counselor hours. 10 Oregon Teacher Professional Development Units (PDUs) are offered, but by taking the course for credit, 20 PDUs may be earned. "Official" Washington State Teacher Clock Hours are offered, but these hours require a $20 additional fee mandated by the state. Click here to read extensive details on Washington State Teacher OSPI Clock Hours.

All college credit and clock hour policies are dictated by various boards and government bodies and are subject to change at any time so this information can change. Check with your board or government regulator to confirm this information reflects current rules.

College credit and hours can also be earned from our online Breakthrough Strategies to Teach and Counsel Troubled Students Workshop.

If you are attending our Seattle conference and want to sign up ahead for 1 college graduate credit or 10 Washington State Teacher Clock Hours, you can prior to the workshop, opt to  register online for optional university credit and clock hours once you have signed up with us to attend the conference. This option is for Seattle workshops only; registration for credit and clock hours are completed differently for conferences in other cities.

More extensive information on the college credit and clock hours options offered at this workshop can be found here.

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Workshop Reviews

"I just can't wait to share your ideas with our staff. I really loved the way you tailored the interventions to the type of student. It was refreshing to finally get to attend a workshop where the presenter actually presented and didn't fill the workshop with 'touchy feely' activities with little relevance."
Sally McAfee, Coordinator of Alternative Education, Corvallis, OR

"We were desperate and there is now hope."
Sandra Carpenter, Teacher, Lancaster High School, Lancaster, OH

"Incredibly useful. Inspiring."
Caryn Curry, Counselor, Lincoln Elementary School, East Chicago, IN

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"I attended a workshop several years ago…5, 6 or 7 years…I don't quite remember. But I remember the impact that workshop made on me like it was yesterday. I remember you handing out little strips of paper, giving each participant about 15 pieces of paper, with a wide range of problems young people face every day. Some were simply life situations, grandmother's death, argument with best friend. But some were so horrific…being molested, being hungry with no food in the future, being beaten. I realized that day that I never know what a kid may be facing everyday. So thank you again for that lesson that I have kept with me every day in working with my kids."
Cathy Harper, Mother Lode Job Training, Sonora, CA.

"Fantastically practical!"
John Taracko, Ohio Dept of Youth Justice Services, Columbus, OH

"10 on a scale of 1 to 10. I have been working with pre-school children, Headstart and High School students as a tutor. This session was very beneficial for me and the other academic instructors. I wouldn't change anything. It was great."
Elisa Mendoza, Coolidge High School District, Coolidge, AZ

"I didn't realize how much useful information could be crammed into 2 days."
Charles Groemer, Teacher, Bloomington, IN

"Because there has been such a huge change in students today vs. students from the 70's, 80's and 90's, much more of this information needs to be available to all educators."
Rose Hansen, Teacher, Mesa AZ Public Schools Alternative Ed

"Excellent! These techniques will work with even the most difficult students."
Chris Adams, Teacher, Lockhart, TX Schools

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workshop participants and conference and keynote event sponsors

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teachers professional developmentWho in the World Has Attended this Workshop?

Cincinnati Public Schools, Victoria TX Job Training Program, Portland OR Public Schools, Division of Children and Families (IN), Houston (TX) ISD, Atterbury (IN) Job Corps, River Oak Treatment Center (CA),Davis (CA) Unified School District, Sacramento CA Schools, Great Seal Family Center, (OH), Orange County FL Public Schools, California Youth Authority, Oregon Youth Authority, Ohio Dept. Justice Services, Multnomah County OR Juvenile Court, WA ESD 112 , Monterey Co CA Mental Health, Sacramento CA Office of Education, Pulaski VA Police Dept. Juv. Services, Tongue Point Job Corps, Boise ID Public Schools….and schools, alternative schools, special education coops, agencies, foster homes, juvenile courts, job corps, mental health centers, day treatment centers and residential programs all over North America and around the world.


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  Learn about all of our live, online and on-site workshops by watching a brief video.


We wrote the book on problem students. And we teach the class.

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Breakthrough Strategies to Teach & Counsel Troubled Students
Professional Development Workshop
With 10 Free Clock Hours or CEUs & Optional $55 College Credit
for Teachers, Principals, Juvenile Justice Workers, K-12 Educators, Mental Health and Youth Professionals