Helping parents cope with challenging behavior
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094: Helping Parents Cope With Challenging Behavior

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In this week’s episode of First Time Mum’s Chat, I’m chatting with Sandra Kwesell who has a background helping parents cope with challenging behavior, working with children, youth and families in settings including day treatment, counselling, education and therapeutic settings.

Sandra’s life journey is the result of her brother’s mental health issues that ended in his suicide at the age of 18.

Sandra has developed her Pillars for Success parenting program helping parents cope with challenging behavior and to find solutions for other families that hers could not and in this episode you’ll hear Sandra talk about:-

  • The 3 core reasons for defiant and challenging behavior.
  • Words that she refers to as the ‘C’ word which when removed from their vocabulary is helping parents to remove the possibility of their child responding defensively or aggressively.
  • Why she uses outcomes instead of consequences and why this avoids taking you down a path that is likely to lead to negative interactions and negative outcomes.

And much more!

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About Sandra Kwesell

Sandra Kwesell

Sandra is a counselor, an educator, and a survivor of a family in which her older brother committed suicide. She has spent her career helping families faced with challenging behavior and the creation of the Pillars for Success parenting program is the result of a lifetime of study and research.

With degrees in Elementary Ed., Special Ed., and Counseling, Sandra has worked with children and families in just about every setting on Earth, ranging from preschools to youth prisons and everything in between. For 30 years, she successfully fostered children in her own home for whom other placements repeatedly failed due to the severity and complexity of their behaviors. 

Ultimately, Sandra combined everything she had researched and experienced and created a parenting program for families called the Pillars for Success. This program is research-based and evidence-informed. It is effective in every setting in which adults and children are present, and it has three important steps for helping parents that lead to building and rebuilding relationships: healing, understanding, and taking specific actions toward rebuilding.

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