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Each of us has a very specific behavioral strategy - like a recipe - for our behavioral successes (like turning in our homework or showing up on time). These successes don’t just “happen.” And we have specific recipes for our behavioral failures, too. When we understand our specific behavioral recipes, we then have the option to change outcomes by changing just one ingredient of that recipe.
This breakout provides an overview of Strategic Behavioral Inquiry - a curious and compassionate approach to eliciting our students’ and clients’ behavioral strategies. Dr. Nowell has shared this approach to thousands of breakout participants internationally. This Inquiry can be applied to clinical interviewing, parenting, counseling, and classroom management. With an ultimate goal of increasing that executive function we call “metacognition,” the approach we will review in this breakout affirms the unique interior experience of each student and client. And it boldly assumes that each of us has the ability to be in greater control of our mood, our choices, our mouths and hands, and our management of time! Implicit in the approach is the assumption that everyone is doing the best he or she can right now. Students do “better” when they have the skills and self-efficacy to do so, and when “worse” choices aren’t being rewarded. In this fast-paced interactive experience, we will apply the basic principles first to ourselves, asking of our successes and not-quite-successes: “How exactly did you do that?”