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Becoming a Behavioural Detective:


Understanding & Supporting Challenging Behaviour

A two-day in-person workshop plus an optional third day
for those who want to dive deeper into holistic clinical reasoning.
Lotus in Bloom

Kim Barthel's most popular course around the world!

Live in person events in Melbourne.


2 day workshop (Part A)

17th &18th November 2023

Optional 3rd day workshop (Part B)

19th November 2023

As we become behavioural detectives, we develop an ever curious mind...  

We learn to consider the neurobiological processes that occur within the brain, body and mind, which influence a person’s development, mental health, behaviour and well-being.   We learn to dive deeper into analysing overlapping contributions of challenging behaviour, and invest more time into holistic theories of sensory intervention, attunement, co-regulation, relationship-building skills and self-care. 

Real-world examples and storytelling are woven throughout to make the content memorable and meaningful.  

''Past participants have shared that this course changed their clinical practice and their lives.'' 


Kim Barthel’s teaching style distils complex theories so they are accessible and engaging.


Kim returns to Melbourne in November 2023 to deliver this course in person.  A welcome break from online learning. 


Learn practical tools to strengthen your clinical reasoning and intervention planning. 


Transform the way you approach your work and launch your clinical reasoning and decision-making to a new level.

''Stay curious and compassionate.  Remember, there is always a reason for the behaviour...''



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Why this course is so popular around the world

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Benefits of an in-person workshop

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Part A  - Two day in person workshop

17th & 18th November 2023

Melbourne, CBD (venue details)

Becoming a Behavioural Detective: Understanding and Supporting Challenging Behaviour

9am to 4:30pm

Morning Tea provided

Afternoon Tea provided

There is always a reason for the behaviour!


This 2 day workshop will provide an understanding of the integrated neurobiology of sensory processing, self-regulation and relational challenges, that result in dysregulated behaviour. Participants will learn to be curious about behaviour and become lifelong behavioural detectives. Through adopting holistic clinical reasoning, participants will seek to understand why people do the things they do and develop their intervention planning skills.


With this knowledge, participants will strengthen their confidence in advocating for the people in their care and building empathetic understanding of, and compassion for, others.  

Part A - Workshop outline


Friday 17th November 2023

  • Behaviour is communication - there is always a reason for the behaviour! 

  • Exploring the neurobiology of behaviour, including understanding the role of different brain structures and neuro-transmitters 

  • Understanding arousal as the foundation of behaviour - exploring the impact of arousal on sensory, emotional and cognitive processes. 

  • OCD and anxiety 

  • Is it sensory or is it behaviour? Sensory processing challenges and how they influence behaviour

  • Exploring sensory interventions 


Saturday 18th November 2023

  • Sensory processing challenges and how they influence behaviour

  • Exploring sensory strategies 

  • Interoception

  • What does it mean to be trauma- sensitive? Understanding the impact of trauma on behaviour, sensory systems and relationships

  • Understanding attachment patterns and the impact on behaviour

  • Co-regulation and attunement

  • Understanding aggressive behaviour

  • Understanding self-harm 

  • Cognitive contributions to challenging behaviour

  • Trauma-sensitive and relational interventions

  • Putting the pieces together in assessment and intervention