Alternatives to Traditional School Discipline: The Multi-Tiered Behavioral Health Prevention Framework

Event Date: 
January 23, 2013 - 04:00pm to 05:30pm EST


In this second Supportive School Discipline Webinar Series event, experts provided information that school, district, residential facility, and court staff, law enforcement, and community stakeholders need to better understand how the use of discretionary discipline practices focused on prevention and early intervention can transform all schools into supportive learning environments for all students. Research has demonstrated that the most effective tool to address problem student behavior is to prevent it from occurring in the first place. Further, prevention and intervention efforts more closely tailored to address students’ specific behavior issues are more effective than blanket policies and practices.

Webinar presenters described the multi-tiered behavioral health prevention framework and discuss how schools in multiple settings have applied the framework to create more supportive discipline policies and practices. In additional, presenters shared experiences implementing multi-tiered preventative approaches to school discipline within public schools and secure care residential facilities, highlighting the impact on safety and overall student and staff performance and well-being.

Learning Objectives

As a result of participating in this session, participants were able to:

  • Understand the multi-tiered behavioral health prevention framework
  • Identify the positive impacts of such frameworks on safety, student engagement and achievement, and overall student and staff well-being
  • Plan how to apply the framework in multiple settings using examples from some jurisdictions


This Webinar is appropriate for school district superintendents and allied staff, community- and residential facility-based school administrators and support staff, school climate teams, student support personnel and teachers, school resource and security officers, probation/parole officers, law enforcement, judges and court administrators, and family members, youth, and community stakeholders.

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