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Monday | August 26, 2013 The Functional Behavioral Approach, An Overview

The Functional Behavioral Approach, An Overview

Coordinated System of Care is delighted to bring Matt Pierce to Louisiana to present an overview training of The Functional Behavioral Approach (FBA).   

Matt has many years of experience working with youth and families in a variety of settings and  is very knowledgeable about working with children involved with child welfare, juvenile justice, as well as the wraparound team process.  Most recently, Matt has been working with the FSO in Louisiana and was also here during the early days of CSoC implementation. FBA is aligned with CSoC values and strongly supports wraparound and the  CFT process.

One of the greatest challenges of the wraparound facilitator is moving the CFT members away from focusing on the youth's behaviors, to understanding the underlying need(s) the behavior is communicating. FBA offers a way of understanding behaviors from a needs perspective, informed by research on brain development and trauma. FBA conceptualizes 'big' behaviors as arising from skills deficit, rather than a lack of motivation. Matt is an engaging, passionate and energetic presenter.

There will be more information following regarding the exact location and venue. In the meantime, please mark your calendars for the training nearest you.

Schedule of Events:

  • August 26,  Shreveport :   Brentwood Hospital Auditorium, Auditorium,  1006 Highland Ave, Shreveport
  • August 27,  Monroe:  Baptist Children's Home, Rucker Austin Building, 7200 Desiard St. Monroe
  • August 28, Alexandria: Central Hospital Grounds, Education Building Room 127, Pineville
  • August 29,  New Orleans: Jefferson Parish East Bank Library, Jefferson Room,  4747 W. Napoleon Ave, Metarie
  • September 9, Baton Rouge, Location TBA

There are approximately 5 CUE's for social workers and psychologist available for this training.

Register here

About the Presenter:

Matt Pierce lives in Phoenix, Arizona, and is the owner of Learning Seeds LLC. Matt has been involved in a variety of different community development initiatives and has experience as a case manager, clinician, supervisor, agency director, and as a system clinical administrator. He has written a variety of curriculums and training materials on the facilitation of child and family teams, the theory and practical components of the functional behavioral approach, and how to deliver creative, individualized interventions to young people and families with complex needs. Matt has experience in training and coaching staff at all levels of a system of care. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Psychology at Mesa State College in Grand Junction, Colorado, and his Master Degree in Professional Counseling at the University of Phoenix. During his spare time, Matt enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons, playing golf, and watching sports.


Time: 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Contact Person: Connie Goodson
Contact Phone: 225 342 5236
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