29 Feb

Our Next Course

Working with Challenging Behaviour in the Outdoors with Jon Cree, Feb 29th & March 1st, 2020

Information and Pricing

Working with Challenging Behaviour in the Outdoors with Jon Cree, Feb 29th & March 1st, 2020

Join Jon Cree in Spring 2020 in Co. Wicklow for a two-day training in “Working with Challenging Behaviour in the Outdoors”.

Suitable for all educators, forest school leaders and anyone working with children who would like to support their learning in the outdoors.

Course tutor: Jon Cree, an OCN Level 3 Forest School Leader trainer with over 40 years experience working in environmental ed and recent Chair of the Forest School Association UK.

Special offer: 10% Discount for Irish Forest School Association (IFSA) members.

‘Working with Challenging Behaviour in the Outdoors’ 2 Days full course days over the weekend of 29th Feb and 1st March inclusive.

Course fee: for 2 full days €200

IFSA members 10% discount

IFSA supports the development of quality Forest School in Ireland. To avail of 10% discount for IFSA Members please add the discount code IFSA10 when prompted and please supply your IFSA membership number in the field below (can be obtained from membership@irishforestschoolassociation.ie).

TO BOOK CLICK HERE (available soon)

Booking fees apply.


This two day course is aimed at educators working in the outdoors, especially useful to Forest School Leaders who feel they want to engage and work with students in the outdoors who may be reluctant learners (of any age).

This course will delve into what challenges educators and forest school leaders in the outdoors, it will look at causes and ways of dealing with real life scenarios. We will look at certain behavioural types and how to work with these – moving towards an “equal learning community”. The course will also look at de-escalation techniques, policies, support for this type of work and ways of motivating young people, all in the outdoor environment.

We will look at:
• ‘What challenges us as leaders in the outdoors’;
• ‘What do behaviours communicate’
• ‘What is challenging behaviour, theory on challenging behaviour’
• ‘Causes of certain behaviours—models for working with behaviour—the 3C’s’
• ‘Up-to-date neural research; triggers and causes for challenging behaviour,
• ‘What needs do the outdoors cater for’
• ‘Ways of working with ‘behaviours’ – interventions and de-escalation, real life’ scenarios’
• ‘Motivating our learners’
• ‘Looking after ourselves’
• ‘Policies and procedures relating to behaviour, safeguarding and health and safety’.

Course fee: €200 / IFSA members (use discount code IFSA10) €180  + booking fee

Course dates: Saturday 29th Feb to Sunday 1st March, 2020. From 9.30am to 5pm.

Course Location: The course is being held in Hollywood, West Wicklow in a privately owned woodland near Hollywood and Blessington, Co. Wicklow. We are about 45mins from the M50 at Tallaght or the Red Cow roundabout. You will receive a Google Maps link to the exact location once you book and a list of local accommodation options.


Here is what Laura Kennedy, a past pupil of this course wrote about the importance of this work in her brilliant blog post.

“What is the need that is not being met that is driving the behaviour?” Recognising that all behaviour is a form of communication, especially behaviours that challenge us, this question, once asked without judgement or blame, will help me to look at the behaviour in a new light and to engage with the child displaying it in a much more empathetic manner.”

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Once you book we will email you with more details. For more information email or call 086 3199515.



Course Details

  • Start Date: 2020-02-29
  • Start Time: 09:30
  • End Date: 2020-03-01
  • End Time: 05:30
  • Suitability:
  • Location:
  • Price: €200 or €180 IFSA + booking fee
  • Pricing Options:

    10% Discount For IFSA Member