We now have five online seminars available for staff training (see seminar descriptions below.) Access to the seminars is available under specific conditions. Please read the following details about using the seminars:

Usage Details:  Only special education directors can request access to the seminars and the seminar can only be accessed on one computer. The seminar must be reserved in advance.*  Seminars will be available in two-week time periods (1st-15th of the month, 16th - end of the month.) Only one seminar can be reserved per time period and only one user will have access to that seminar during the time period. OPI CEUs are available.*

Seminar #1:   Smart But Scattered: Executive Dysfunction at Home and at School (6 hours/CEUs)

Featuring Peg Dawson, Ed.D., NCSP, the leading expert in executive dysfunction assessment and intervention strategies, co-author of the best-selling books, Executive Skills in Children and Adolescents, 2nd Ed. and Smart but Scattered.


      • Describe the relationship between the executive skills and brain development/ function.
      • Explain how executive skills emerge throughout childhood and adolescence.
      • Summarize assessment tools used to identify executive dysfunction.
      • Identify how executive skills impact performance and daily living at home and school.
      • Utilize strategies to modify the environment to reduce the impact of weak executive skills.
      • Develop tools that improve specific executive skill deficits in the context of home or school performance expectations.
      • Design intervention strategies tailored to the needs of individual children and adolescent.

Seminar #2:  Theory of Mind Interventions to Develop Social-Emotional Skills: Improve Social & Academic Success from Infancy Through Adolescence (6 hours/CEUs)

Join Theory of Mind expert, Carol Westby, PhD, CCC-SLP, and discover the developmental stages of ToM from precursors in infancy through higher-level thinking in adolescence. You will learn how to identify the patterns of ToM deficits and ToM developmental levels to effectively match intervention strategies to the child’s specific needs. Through video examples, children’s books and movies and pictures you will learn to design and implement strategies to develop the social-emotional underpinnings of ToM.



      • Assess and describe the developmental stages of Theory of Mind (ToM) in infants/toddlers, children and adolescents with ASD, SCD, LD and hearing impairment.
      • Connect current research documenting neural bases for emotional understanding and ToM.
      • Analyze the types of difficulties making inferences exhibited by children and adolescents with ASD and SCD.
      • Design and implement activities to develop the social-emotional underpinnings of ToM.
      • Employ strategies to promote ToM in children and adolescents.
      • Use children’s literature to promote inference making and interpersonal and intrapersonal ToM.

Seminar #3:  High-Functioning Autism: Proven & Practical Interventions for Challenging Behaviors in Children, Adolescents & Young Adults (6 hours/CEUs)


​​Heather Dukes-Murray, PhD, is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist at Daily Behavioral Health. She specializes in assessing, diagnosing, and treating autism. Dr. Dukes-Murray conducts social skill groups for children and adolescents diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, social pragmatic communication disorder, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and anxiety disorders.


This intensive, full day seminar provides proven intervention strategies, essential treatment tools, and behavioral techniques to help you analyze behaviors and actions, identify consequences for behaviors, and teach new skills to children, adolescents and young adults with high-functioning autism (HFA). Walk away with practical intervention techniques for social success, behavior changes and overcoming challenging co-occurring behaviors that deliver success through adulthood.



Seminar # 4 - 10 Classroom Activities to Enhance Executive Function and Improve Task Completion  (2 hours/CEUs)


Lynne Kenney, Psy.D., is a Harvard-trained psychologist, mother of two, an international educator, author and pediatric psychologist in Scottsdale, AZ. Dr. Kenney’s works include the Social-Emotional Literacy program Bloom Your Room™Musical ThinkingBloom: 50 things to say, think and do with anxious, angry and over-the-top-kids (Kenney & Young, 2015) and 70 Play Activities For Better Thinking, Self-Regulation, Learning and Behavior (Kenney & Comizio, 2016).



    1. Describe the cognitive science behind learning and memory in a practical, activity-based manner.
    1. Explain how to become a “Cognitive Detective” to better see what executive functions might be road blocks to a specific student’s achievement.
    1. Model how to have “Cognitive Conversations” with students to help them move from feel distressed about their learning to feeling like empowered thinkers.
    1. Show how to fill your tool-box with 10 activities that will immediately transform your students’ learning.


Seminar #5 - Tantrums, Meltdowns & Showdowns: Emotional Regulation Strategies (2 hours/CEUs)


Susan P. Epstein, LCSW, author, speaker and child behavior expert brings passion and over 30 years of practiced psychotherapy together to share new materials and easy interventions to engage even the most resistant child. Susan is the author of the best selling book, Over 60 Techniques, Activities & Worksheets for Challenging Children & Adolescents (PESI Publishing & Media, 2011) and the newly released book 55 Creative Approaches for Challenging & Resistant Children & Adolescents (PESI Publishing & Media, 2014).



    • State the difference between a “stop behavior and a start behavior”
    • Summarize 10 essential skills for diffusing tantrums, meltdowns and shutdowns in children.
    • Implement 3 tools to develop trust and motivation, while avoiding the pitfalls of power struggles and disengagement.
    • Identify simple, easy interventions to engage even the most resistant behavior


*To Reserve A Seminar: 


1.  Send an email to Doug Doty (ddoty@mt.gov) with the following information: (Again, please note that the seminars are only available to Special  Education Directors)


Name of Seminar to be reserved.

Date(s) or time period during which the seminar will be viewed (Month + 1st-15th or 16th to end)

Special Education Director and District or Cooperative Name

2.  We will notify you if the seminar is available during the time period you request. If your reservation request is confirmed, one week before your time period begins we will send you information on how to access and view the seminar and handouts. We will also provide information on how OPI CEUs can be obtained for viewers.


Thank you for your interest,