Responsibility-Centered Discipline: Defiant, Manipulative & Attention-Seeking Students
How to Unlock their Potential and Survive the Process!


Working with difficult, demanding, and disruptive students is not a new challenge for educators. However, there are current concerns being voiced regarding the changing nature and intensity of the behaviors of these students. Some educators are reporting increases in selfish, manipulative and hostile behaviors while others are noticing more students who are overly anxious and/or difficult to engage. Even well seasoned, award-winning master educators can sometimes have their “feathers ruffled” by certain students in certain situations.

This on-site training session is designed to assist all educators with identifying and addressing these and other issues that affect the academic and behavioral progress of the students with whom they work. This power-packed event will provide you with up-to-date insights and strategies for reaching and helping those young people who seem to evoke the strongest feelings of frustration, hurt, and sometimes discouragement in professional educators.

You Will Learn to:
  • Identify the underlying causes of difficult behaviors in students
  • Implement do’s and dont’s to address specific behaviors
  • Integrate key strategies for migrating from an obedience-centered approach
  • Develop innovative ways to support positive behavior
  • Apply strategies for preventing the escalation of difficult behavior

Video Clips

Avoiding Responsibility for Behavior

Classroom Behavior

Frustrated Teachers & Administrators

Defiant, Manipulative & Attention-Seeking Students
Seminar Dates & Locations

Virtual Seminar
Monday, January 25, 2021
9:30 am - 4:30 pm ET

Due to the ongoing concerns regarding COVID-19 this Seminar will be held as a Zoom Meeting.

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9:45 am ET / 6:45 am PT Attendee Login
10:00 am ET / 7:00 am PT The Paradigm Shift in School Discipline
  • Obedience-Based vs. Responsibility-Based
  • Essentials of a Successful Learning Environment
  • Why Many School Discipline Methods Fail
  • Developing Self-Regulation Skills
  • Keys 4 Conversation
11:30 am ET / 8:30 am PT Closing the Exits off the Road to Responsibility
  • Clear Expectations
  • Consistency
  • Benefits for Changing Behavior
  • Reponse-Ability
  • Emotional Control
  • Leadership in Challenging Moments
1:00 pm ET / 10:00 am PT Lunch (on your own)
1:30 pm ET / 10:30 pm PT Give ‘em Five™ Conversations
  • Five Key Steps for Transferring Behavior Ownership to the Student
  • Employing “Guided Conversations” to Address Critical Moments with Students
  • Building Your Personal Guided Conversation
  • Relying on Foundations
  • Do’s and Don’ts for Establishing Student Responsibility
3:00 pm ET / 12:00 pm PT Becoming a Master of Challenging Moments with Students
  • Working with Level 2 and Level 3 Students
  • Defiant Students
  • Apathetic Students
  • Attention-Seeking Students
  • Manipulative Students
  • Building an Individual Behavior Plan
  • What Now?
4:30 pm ET / 1:30 pm PT Questions and Answers (Optional Attendance)


Credit Hours

Certificates of Completion for this on-site training, which indicate 6 contact hours of Continuing Education, will be available at the end of the session upon completion of a course evaluation.

In many cases, depending on your Profession and Jurisdiction, this Certificate of Completion is sufficient for tracking your Continuing Education and Professional Development efforts.

We suggest that you contact your local Board or Governing Agency to see exactly what steps are necessary for approval in your particular discipline. Please note that Developmental Resources is also an approved Provider for the following:

Developmental Resources has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5602. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.


A Certificate of Completion for 6.0 contact hours is available upon completion of Training Evaluation.

Defiant, Manipulative & Attention-Seeking Students Seminar Pricing

Individual Registration

Groups 3-9

Groups 10+

Early Registration 
$149 USD
$129 USD
$109 USD
Standard Registration$189 USD$169 USD$149 USD
Register early and save! Groups of 20+, call 1-800-251-6805 for special pricing.
When 3 or more people register together from the same school district or agency, each participant is entitled to a $25 USD discount off their registration fee. To receive this discount, all participants in the group must register at the same time and have a single group representative as the contact person.
If you cannot attend the event on the scheduled date, or if the event is postponed for any reason, you may send a substitute, transfer to a different event or request a Voucher for a future event. Substitutions should be made in writing (please email and are welcome until the day of the event. Vouchers are valid for up to three years for future AccuTrain events and may be transferred to a colleague. 

What Attendees Have to Say

"I learned so many skills and intervention strategies to use in class. I gained so much I can immediately use. This is an awesome training!
Special Education Teacher
St. Louis, MO
"I can use these strategies in my classroom tomorrow! I'm so glad I was able to attend this seminar."
Elementary School Teacher
Omaha, NE
"The information on the the male and female brain as well as the chemical and structural differences between the two was extremely insightful and will help me be a better teacher!"
Elementary School Teacher
Cincinnati, OH
"The presenter's personal stories and passion for the subject matter motived me. The topics covered were extremely relevant to the challenges I face each day in the classroom."
High School Teacher
Houston, TX
"This seminar covered so many challenging issues that I am dealing with right now. It's great to have a strategy to deal with challenging moments."
High School Principal
Philadelphia, PA
"I've been searching for ways to improve my effectiveness as a teacher to the boys in my classes and I've finally found some methods that will help me!"
High School Teacher
Jacksonville, FL


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Larry Thompson, M.Ed.

*In case of an emergency, another qualified presenter will substitute

Author of Roadmap to Responsibility and Give ’em Five, Larry Thomson, M.Ed., is often called upon to deliver keynote presentations for state and national education conferences because of his knowledge, humor and passion for assisting today’s students. He has helped thousands of educators and schools throughout North America break away from their traditional discipline models to a model that creates a responsible climate and responsible students. Larry has served in a wide variety of roles in education – from special education teacher to alternative and traditional high school principal. As creator of the Responsibility-Centered Discipline program, Larry understands that systems must be created that can be realistically implemented and sustained.

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Brian Dinkins, Ed.S.

*In case of an emergency, another qualified presenter will substitute

Brian Dinkins is an RCD Certified Master Trainer and president of the National Institute for Child Empowerment, an organization that provides parents and students in disenfranchised communities with training, mentoring and advocacy to increase access to college and careers. Raised by a single mother in the inner city of Indianapolis, he didn’t perform well academically in high school.  But with the support of teachers, coaches and mentors, he earned a B.A. from Purdue, where he played football for the Big Ten Champion Boilermakers.  He is currently finishing his Doctorate in Educational Leadership at Ball State University. Brian has served as a teacher, coach and principal in urban settings at a traditional public school, two charter schools, and at a faith-based school. He currently teaches educational leadership on an adjunct basis at Marian University.

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