Rarely a day goes by that I don't read about the arrest of a teacher, classroom aide, direct support employee, or parent for abusing either their child or a child in their care.  In most cases training for these care givers is marginal and in a number of cases there is no training at all.  A 20 hour basic behavior course does little to prepare direct care providers how to go against years of experience in a "fight or flight" world.  

Working in an environment of mandatory reporting places all providers at risk.  Failing to report a suspected abuse poses a significant risk to the observer.  H3's Behavior Based Avoiding the Abuse Triangle provides skills and knowledge necessary to significantly reduce letting your personal behaviors get in the way of your therapy or teaching. 

Target Audience


Foster Parents

Special Needs Parents

At Risk Parents

Special Needs Educators

Special Needs Direct Care Staff  


Every person who is the object of abuse or neglect has three pieces of the triangle that must come together for the abuse or neglect to occur. Most parents, direct care providers, and special needs educators and aides who find themselves facing criminal charges or arrest for abuse or neglect did not wake up the morning of the abuse and decide to go hurt a child.  In the cited case above the three Threshold employees who were arrested were experienced and had been through the required training programs.  Unskilled or inexperienced employees must always be considered "at risk" until they have sufficient experience to effectively manage the setting events and "at risk" client behavior.

Factors related to the abuse can always be summed up with the Triangle of Abuse. All three factors must coincide for abuse to occur.  This is the Danger Zone.

This workshop looks at each of these elements and then provides alternative skills and behavioral understanding to step back and realize that abuse will not occur if the three sides of the triangle do not come together.  We will dissect this case and apply a behavior based leadership model to see what could have been done to prevent these three employees from losing control and allegedly assaulting these clients.  Click here for more information.