How to Unpack the Meaning & Function of Pain-Based Behaviors

Presented by Dr. Debi Grebenik

February 1, 2019, 1:00pm-3:00pm
PFW- Walb Student Union
Room G08
2101 E Coliseum Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46805
(Parking available in P2  parking garage)


You know the feeling; you go to a training on trauma and get all fired up with the new knowledge and then a youth you are working with does something and you don’t have a clue how to respond. Come hear about how you can look at behaviors as language with responses that create healing opportunities and build relationship rather than compliance. Practical interventions will be discussed with examples given. Questions are invited. Come ready to engage, laugh, learn, and think.

Workshop Objectives:

1. Participants will be able to define pain-based behaviors.
2. Participants will be able to give an example of how to respond to lying and stealing.
3. Participants will be able to identify 3 interventions they could use when seeing pain-based behaviors.
4. Participants will be able to discuss the role self-awareness plays in behavioral interventions.


Debi Grebenik trains internationally and is known for her expertise in healing child trauma. She also trains on Vicarious Trauma within child welfare and judicial systems as well as for first responders and medical professionals. She is known for her engaging and enthusiastic presentations on healing for children, youth, families, teams, and systems. Her education includes a Masters’ Degree in Social Work; a Master’s Degree in Religious Education; a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Innovation from the University of Colorado. Debi is the Chief Learning Officer of Alia, a new nonprofit organization focused on innovations for people and systems impacted by childhood trauma. Previous to Alia, Debi served as the Executive Director of Maple Star Colorado, a child welfare agency providing foster care, domestic violence advocacy, human trafficking services, clinical services, autism supports, placement prevention, and other innovative programming.

Workshop fee –  $30.00. This workshop is limited to 40 participants.
Two (2) CEUs will be available to those who complete this training.
A copy of “The Whole Brain Child” by Daniel Siegel will be provided to participants.

This workshop is currently full. Please send an email to to be added to the wait-list.