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“The Importance of Belonging”

David Pitonyak


This Presentation was in Salem, on June 20, 2008


Chemeketa Community College in Salem, Oregon


Free ~ This has been approved for Foster Care training credits 2.5


David Pitonyak, Ph.D., is interested in positive approaches to difficult behaviors. He believes that difficult behaviors are “messages” which can tell us important things about a person and his or her surroundings.  Understanding the “meaning” of an individual’s difficult behaviors is the first step in supporting the person (and the person’s supporters) to change. http://www.dimagine.com/


Speaker Bio

The largest part of David’s work involves meeting individuals who are said to exhibit “difficult behaviors.”  Most of these individuals exhibit difficult behaviors because they are misunderstood and/or because they are living lives that don’t make sense.  Often they are lonely, or powerless, or without joy.  Often they are devalued by others, or they lack the kinds of educational experiences that most of us take for granted.  Too often their troubling behaviors are the result of an illness, or even a delayed response to traumatic events.  

Another part of David’s practice involves training. He provide’s workshops and seminars on a variety of topics, including supporting people with difficult behaviors and supporting the needs of a person’s friends, family, and caregivers.

In the recent past, he has provided consultation and training for individuals, families and professionals throughout the United States,  Canada, Puerto Rico, England, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.  He has worked with people in a variety of settings, including:  home and professionally-staffed residential settings, schools,  supported competitive job sites, sheltered workshops, and day activity programs.


Evaluation to complete after watching video


Part 1 of a 2 part video.  This training took place on June 20, 2008 at Chemeketa Community College and was broadcasted to multiple sites throughout Oregon.


“The Importance of Belonging”  Part 1


“The Importance of Belonging” Part 2

Survey Monkey Evalution   to complete after watching video.

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Posted on Jul 22, 2010