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Session Descriptions: Day 1 AM Block: Cotter

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Introduction to Conscious Discipline and the School Family
August 8, 10:05-11:35am
Cheryl Cotter, Director of Training and Consultation, The Autism Project
Christine Johansen, Lead Trainer and Consultant, The Autism Project


  • Social/emotional learning, K-12, Teachers, Administrators
  • Audience cap: 26

Conscious Discipline (CD), developed by Dr. Becky Bailey, offers a relationship-based model of classroom management. The key is a sense of community developed though the “School Family” model. Participants will learn strategies to support their students' emotional and problem-solving skills across the day in a safe environment. CD is effective for all students and faculty across all grades and activities within a school.

Cheryl Cotter M.Ed is a special educator and educational consultant at The Autism Project. She is also the parent of an adolescent with Asperger Syndrome. She holds a Masters of Education and has completed advanced training in a variety of therapeutic interventions for individuals with autism. Cheryl oversees the curriculum development for all training and workshop presentations, and consults to classrooms, community organizations, and parent groups across the state. Cheryl completed Level II TEACCH training, attended multiple trainings on Social Thinking including a 3-day intensive mentor program at Michelle Garcia Winner’s clinic, Barry Prizant’s annual Autism Symposium and SCERTS training, Conscious Discipline Intensive Training, Ross Green’s Advanced Training on Collaborative Problem Solving model, and other related autism and social emotional training.

Christine Johansen, M.Ed is an educational consultant and trainer at The Autism Project. She has taught elementary and special education and holds a Masters of Education in Reading. Christine completed TEACCH Level 1 training and attended Conscious Discipline Intensive Training. Before working with The Autism Project Christine taught as a behavior support teacher for Newport Public Schools and a classroom teacher at the Bradley School. She began her teaching career in the New York City public school system.

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