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Our free expert help is offered as a community service. This free expert guidance is offered only to youth professionals including principals, teachers, foster parents, guidance counselors, school counselors, mental health staff, psychologists, special educators, social workers and paraprofessionals. We regret that we can’t offer this free help service to parents, grad students, undergraduates and others outside of those currently working with children and youth who are struggling. We also regret that we can’t make any exceptions to this policy due to time constraints and the mandate of our mission.

We provide free expert help on problem students for topics like classroom management, mental health issues, trauma-informed teaching, ADD, ADHD, Asperger’s, truancy, bullying, poor motivation and defiance. Our free expert help is also available to respond to queries about our website, way cool posters, and our live inservice trainings, on-site conferences and online workshops. We can also help with checking on dates for an on-site presentation or help you find the right book to turnaround specific behavioral, emotional and social concerns.

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We care about you and your students. Here is the mission of our free expert help for problem students: We strive to make our Classroom Management Forum the best possible free expert help for difficult students. Our goal is to help you become better informed and better equipped to prevent or manage the problems you are seeing in your school, classroom, agency, foster home, treatment center, juvenile corrections program or Job Corps. We really can make working with difficult students less difficult. We can help. Just ask.


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Ruth Herman Wells, M.S.





free answers to questions about student disciplineDate:   2017-01-23
Name:   Judith Rasperty
Subject:   Teacher Help
Job Title:   K12 Teacher

Please explain how you can help teachers like me with out of control students in their classroom.

Reply written by Ruth Herman Wells, M.S., Director, Youth Change at 2017-01-23

We provide free Expert Help by email, plus we have live, online, streaming and on-site teacher workshops that help you more successfully manage your acting-out students. There is no fee for our free Expert Help, which you can access by emailing us. Just navigate to the Contact button on the top navigation bar and you’ll find our email address there. Probably the best help option is to attend or take a course from us rather than rely on a brief email interaction to solve persistent or serious problems. View our online professional development workshops or in-person general session workshops. Let us know if you have more questions. We’re here to help teachers, counselors, juvenile justice staff, and anyone who works with difficult or problem children or teens.



Date:   2017-01-31
Name:   Doris McNamara Chow
Subject:   Books for Temper Tantrums
Job Title:   Teacher

My students have a lot of temper tantrums. I need help to find something to teach them more appropriate behavior. Do you have something like that? Thanks.  

anger management book

Reply written by Ruth Herman Wells, M.S., Director, Youth Change at 2017-01-31

We do have a book that can help. It’s appropriate for teachers, but is also great for use by parents, counselors, psychologists, therapists, social workers  and juvenile justice staff. If you want to see how this Temper and Tantrum Tamers volume of lesson plans and student worksheets can help you train your students to have better anger management and self-control, that information is just a click away. Until you teach your students to have improved behavior, it will remain a struggle to get the type of self-control you need for instruction to be successful and without disruption. If you take the time to teach your students to better manage their anger and outbursts, it will pay off with fewer melt-downs that sap instruction time. All the lessons in the Temper and Tantrum Tamers book are designed to help you reach that goal– even with students who have long or serious histories of tantrums.



Date:   2016-02-01
Name:   Dagmar Svensen
Subject:  Help emotionally troubled student
Job Title:  Middle School Teacher

I have a middle school student who appears to be having great trouble with her emotions but I don’t know exactly how to help her.  So I’m looking for any and all ideas how to deal with the situation. I am pretty sure that her family situation is grim and that it is taking a toll on her. She is getting little from school as she seems completely consumed with her family’s crises and drama. Do you know how I should help?


help for teachers with problem studentsReply written by Ruth Herman Wells, M.S., Director, Youth Change at 2017-02-01

If you have a school counselor or social worker, I would start there. Always put her safety first by consulting a supervisor or principal first– or at the same time you turn to us for help. Given the distance, we can’t judge your situation with the precision of a mental health expert who can actually assess the child in person. So, in addition to those steps, our Breakthrough Strategies to Teach and Counsel Troubled Youth Workshop is a great option that will give you extensive training on how to cope with students’ mental health issues and serious family problems. We offer the course as a live workshop, on-site course and online training seminar. Hopefully one of those options will work for you. You can also do extensive research in our free Articles Help Library. The Library give you quick, free articles written by experts and geared to be fast-to-use and easy to understand. The help articles are always jargon-free and easy to absorb. The information is extensive, practical and ready to use. You will find dozens of articles on how to help students who are disturbed by serious family crises and commotion. Let us know if we can be of further help, and good luck.



Date:   2017-04-25
Name:   Bess Anderson-Rodriguez
Subject:   Do you have help for live course tuition?
Job Title:   Special Education Teacher

I have no budget but I want to take your training. I have heard that you really know lots of great ways to rein in students who are acting out dramatically and often. I want to attend your next session but money is the issue. Do you ever give any financial aid or help to teachers who have no money for your training courses?


free expert help for teachers and counselorsReply written by Ruth Herman Wells, M.S., Director, Youth Change at 2017-04-25 

Yes, we are here to help– whether or not you have a lot of money. We offer a few work-study scholarships for every live workshop that we sponsor. Here’s more information on our work-study workshop slots that should answer all your questions. Normally, it just takes a quick phone call to us at 503.982.4220 to check on availability, and to let us tell you about the slots. That’s all it takes and then you’re all set to attend the next workshop we offer. The work-study slots are half-price spots, making the tuition just $84. Hopefully that’s an amount that will fit your limited budget. I hope that fee reduction will help but don’t wait too long to call as the slots can get grabbed quickly.



Date:   2017-09-21
Name:   Barry Covenslip
Subject:  On-Site Training
Job Title:  High School Principal

I am needing to book an inservice workshop for a Friday during the school year in New York State. Do you travel to New York and are Friday sessions possible? We are looking for help to figure out how to better manage unruly students. They seem to be engaging in ever-worsening behaviors like disrespect, mouthing off, swearing at teachers, fighting, breaking rules and truancy. We are really looking to book someone as soon as possible to help us get these students back on track. I have had multiple requests from my teachers to bring in someone who can give practical, ready-to-use strategies. From what I’ve seen on your website, that sounds like you but I can’t tell if you travel to the east coast or not, or if you work with high schools or not. Thanks in advance for your help answering these questions that didn’t seem to be covered on your site.


Reply written by Ruth Herman Wells, M.S., Director, Youth Change at 2017-09-21

student conduct strategiesWe specialize in helping schools, agencies and programs more successfully manage students who act out in very pronounced and persistent ways. We have a huge range of strategies, including the silly poster shown at right. In addition to posters, we have lesson plans, worksheets and interventions that can be used on the spur of the moment. We offer both preventative methods as well as intervention strategies.

In your state, we have, for example, provided training to Lincoln Hall, a New York State juvenile correctional facility– so, yes, we come to New York, and yes, we do have powerful strategies to help you control difficult-to-manage students. The best thing would be for you to give us a call so we can tell you more about how we can help. We are available to provide training on a Friday but we can book up way ahead so do call as soon as you can. The quicker we can provide training to your faculty, the quicker you can turn around the acting-out. The longer you have the out-of-control behavior, the harder it is to turn around so hopefully we can talk soon. You can reach us at 503.982.4220. Find more information on on-site training here.



Date:   2017-11-02
Name:   Rose Mary Cox
Subject:  Fund Raiser
Job Title:  Middle School Assistant Principal

I am looking for a creative fund raiser and I found your site after a colleague in another district told me about you. She said that we could host your workshop as a fund raiser and keep all the fees we collect from people who want to attend. She said that her school ended up making money after paying your fee. They invited people from other districts and from our juvenile court, foster care and community mental health programs to attend and she said it worked really well. Here are my questions: Where can I get information on how to use your training as a fund raiser? Am I right that my staff would attend free but staff from other places would have to pay to sit in? What can we charge? Is there somewhere you can send me on your website to get details?


violence prevention ideasReply written by Ruth Herman Wells, M.S., Director, Youth Change at 2017-11-03

We do let people use our on-site workshops as fund raisers. You do have the facts right so far. Here’s more information on using the workshop as a fund raiser. Yes, your staff– or anyone you want– attends free. You charge only those you decide to charge. You can charge any amount you want but $170 for two day workshops is typical. $120 for one day inservice sessions is the typical fee. By the way, we can arrange college credit, clock hours, Washington State OSPI Teacher Hours and CEUs for you too. We can also supply a workshop flyer, mailing list and much more, all without any extra fees to you. Please give me a call at 503.982.4220 so we can talk about turning our great workshop into your great fund raiser. It’s a win-win proposition. Your staff get top quality training while you build your budget.



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