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					                                  SNAP® User Training
                          The Child Development Institute Model

Possible Trainers:          Leena K. Augimeri, Ph.D. - Director, Centre for Children Committing Of-
                            fences CCCO and Program Development, Child Development Institute
                            Nicola Slater, N.N.E.B. (Manager, CCCO)
                            Monique Verpoort, B.S.W (SNAP® Project Leader, CCCO)

Training Designed for:      Professionals planning to use SNAP® with individuals,
                            in groups or in classroom settings.



Training Objective:
For participants to lead SNAP® Children’s Groups, classroom sessions and individual coaching
sessions with children according to the Child Development Institute’s SNAP® Group Manuals.

Presentation Style:
Training is didactic and interactive. Participants do role-plays, group practice exercises and pen
and paper tasks.

                                         Training Outline

           Day 1:    Introduction to the Development and Treatment of Childhood
                     Introduction to SNAP for Children
                     Demonstration of SNAP Children’s Group, Simulation Exercise

           Day 2:    SNAP Children’s Group Simulation Exercise
                     SNAP in the classroom and other settings
                     Conflict Mediation
                     SNAP Family Feud

                        DAY 1: Introduction to SNAP for Children

9:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Introductions, identification of key issues and learning styles, and review 2 day training
All participants will be asked to talk about who they are, their reasons for attending the training and
any thoughts they may have for implementing SNAP into their work.

9:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
The development and treatment of childhood aggression
A brief update on the latest research on the development of childhood aggression. Here the
causes/correlates of childhood aggression are highlighted relating participant’s responses to re-
search findings. The theoretical underpinnings of evidence-based interventions for young aggres-
sive children in the context of their families and schools, as well as for working with children indi-
vidually, are reviewed.
                                           15 minute break

11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Putting SNAP into action . . .
SNAP is a self-control and problem-solving technique that parents, teachers, day care providers
and mental health professionals can teach children. This trademarked procedure is a cognitive
behavioural strategy that children find easy and fun to learn. It helps children (and parents) regu-
late their angry feelings, and stop and think about a plan before they act.

                                12:30 to 1:00 p.m. LUNCH BREAK
                                    (Lunch will be provided)

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Continuation of Putting SNAP into action . . .
Participants learn in this hands-on session through role-playing and discussion how to model using
SNAP, how to introduce it to children, role-play it with them, and promote its use in real life situa-
tions. Participants learn how to identify triggers and manage and monitor behaviours using a
SNAP Learning Log and the Wheel of Self-Control and the Wheel of Plans.

                                          15 minute break

2:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
GROUP SIMULATION of SNAP Children’s Group Session 1: Joining In
One trainer and a volunteer participant model conducting the first SNAP children’s group session
while some participants role-play children in the group. The other participants take on observer
roles determining compliance to the treatment manual using the SNAP Children’s Group Integrity
Checklist, identifying strategies used to obtain group compliance, and identifying effective and inef-
fective plans.

Please complete feedback and evaluation form before you leave.

                       DAY 2: Continuation of SNAP for Children

9:15 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Question and answer time regarding the previous day’s training.

9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Reviewing the SNAP Children’s Group Manual
The rationale behind the group format, content and strategies, as well as each session, are re-
viewed in preparation for the subsequent experiential training segments. Participants are encour-
aged to review the manual.

                                          15 minute break
10:15 a.m. - 12 noon
GROUP SIMULATION of SNAP Children’s Group Session 2: Stop Stealing
Prior to this group simulation we will view the stopping stealing video.
Participants role-play a SNAP children’s group, which is led by one of the trainers and co-led by a
designated participant. Others assume the role of group observers tracking compliance to the
treatment manual using the SNAP Children’s Group Integrity Checklist, and identifying effective
and alternative group strategies.

12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Debrief and Role-play Designated Segments of Group
Participants have an opportunity to debrief the practice run session and do short role-plays of prob-
lematic elements. If time allows we will view video footage of actual children’s groups in ac-
                               12:30 to 1:00 p.m. LUNCH BREAK

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
SNAP in the classroom will be discussed including using the puppet. Participants will be asked to
consider and plan for role playing with children in a classroom setting. Group discussion outlining
how SNAP can be nurtured in the school setting, in the classroom, daily announcements, wall of
fame, assemblies, peer mentors, gotcha police etc…..

2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
“He took my ball and won’t give it back”
Conflict Mediation . . . promoting problem solving between two children using the language
The most frequent argument between two young children is over a disputed object. Participants
learn through instruction and role-play the seven steps of conflict mediation from interrupting the
conflict to reinforcing the entire problem-solving process.

2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Discussion/Training De-Briefing
Participants will have an opportunity to discuss the information covered during the 2-day training
module and create a list of any materials requested, concerns or items to be discussed in the
SNAP implementation planning meeting to be held by trainer and team leaders following the train-
ing this week.

3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
SNAP Family Feud
SNAP Family Feud is a fun filled, interactive game where participants engage in a competitive
team exercise requiring use of strategies and information they have learned over the course of the

Please complete feedback and evaluation form before you leave.

NOTE: During all simulation group exercises, participant observers will be shown how to
use the SNAP® Children’s Group Integrity Checklist
All participants have an opportunity to use the SNAP® Children’s Group Integrity Checklist. The
focus of this exercise is to ensure that all participants are well versed in the SNAP® children’s
group format and are able to identify compliance to the group manuals to ensure treatment fidelity.

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