I K.A.N. Presentations

Keith A. Neuber, M.S.

P.O. Box 516
121 West Elm
Alton, IL 62002-0516

If You're Not Having Fun, You're Doing It Wrong

Telephone 618-467-0630
Fax 618-467-0638
keith@ikan2.com

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MOTIVATIONAL AND MORALE ENHANCEMENT KEYNOTES
If You're Not Having Fun, You're Doing It Wrong
Even Work Can Be Fun
Reframing – Skills for Attitude Management
What's Right With Our Children Today

LIFE MANAGEMENT ISSUES
Attitude Restructuring
Success or Stress: The Art of Stress Management
The Art of Life Management

CHILDREN, ADOLESCENTS AND FAMILIES
Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD)
Clinical Issues of Childhood and Adolescence
Discipline and Effective Behavior Management
Personality Development
Understanding Family Dynamics
Youth in Crisis

HUMAN DYNAMICS AND BUSINESS MANAGEMENT
Challenges, Changes and Leadership
Communication Skills: Message Sent = Message Received
Effective Supervision
Teamwork

CLINICAL ISSUES AND COUNSELING
Brief Therapy
Breaking Through the Barriers of Anger and Resistance
Casework Strategies and Effective Behavior Management
Crisis Intervention
Family Counseling
Having Fun with Life Skills Programming
Systems Theory – Understanding Human Dynamics

MOTIVATIONAL AND MORALE ENHANCEMENT KEYNOTES

IF YOU'RE NOT HAVING FUN, YOU'RE DOING IT WRONG
     How's your attitude?  Take Keith's attitude assessment challenge and see how you are doing.  Then laugh yourself to a healthier more productive outlook on yourself and life.  This is Keith's most requested presentation which he delivers more than fifty times each year.  The presentation combines an insightful message for improving the quality of life with enough laughs to cause your sides to ache.  This message guarantees to leave you with a smile on your face, song in your heart and ready to meet the challenges of live with renewed enthusiasm.

     Target audience: Everyone

EVEN WORK CAN BE FUN
   
This workshop is for everyone who struggles with the thought of going to their workplace.  The emphasis is on identifying what the individual can do to enhance the quality of their work experience.  Techniques are offered to improve communication, increase productivity, handle interpersonal conflict, turn problems into opportunity and generally have a good time even under the most difficult of circumstances.  Individuals who really enjoy their job situation may even learn a few new ways to increase their work bliss.  Those who attend will never look at Monday the same way again.

     Target audiences: Business, Industry, Conferences, Schools

REFRAMING – SKILLS FOR ATTITUDE MANAGEMENT
    
Motivational presentation which focuses on attitude restructuring – the ability to take control of the only thing you have 100% control over in life – your attitude.  The presentation focuses on helping participants identify who or what controls their decision making, recognizing their functional and dysfunctional patterns of behavior, developing a strategy for change and making changes happen.  This presentation has participants laughing themselves to increased self-control and productive decision making.  ("The Power of Choice has also been used to title this presentation).

     Target audiences:  General public, business and industry, conferences, high schools

WHAT'S RIGHT WITH OUR CHILDREN TODAY!
    
That's no a "typo" in the title.  The more common questions is "What's wrong with our children today?"  People in our society have a tendency to focus on the negative.  This presentation will focus on the assets, strengths, contributions and potential of our young people.  The pre-teen and teenage years are times of great challenge in a world that doesn't provide clear, positive values.  This presentation will provide a framework for better understanding the actions and attitudes of today's young people.  Keith will also provide practical suggestions for what a community can do to positively influence the choices of youth so that the community can proudly say, "Look what's right with our children."

     Target audience: General public

LIFE MANAGEMENT ISSUES

ATTITUDE RESTRUCTURING
    
Attitude Restructuring is the ability to take any circumstance, no matter how traumatic, and turn it into a life productive experience.  The training emphasizes the concept that you cannot control the circumstances of your life but you always can adjust the way you look at them.  Participants examine what they value, how they experience life, what influences their decision making and techniques for restructuring everyday life experiences.  This presentation is generally completed in one to one and one-half hour.  It is the abbreviated version of Keith's marquee presentation entitled "The Art of Life Management."

     Target audience: Everyone

SUCCESS OR STRESS: THE ART OF STRESS MANAGEMENT
    
Stress kills!  No it doesn't.  Stress is a message our body sends that tells us we need to make some changes in the way that we are dealing with life.  This workshop will encourage participants to take control of stress and use it to benefit rather than detract from their life.  Participants will examine the symptoms and causes of stress.  Keith will provide practical suggestions for eliminating some stress and channeling other stress into productive energy.  Participants will leave relaxed, with a plan to improve the quality and productivity of their daily experience.

     Target audience: Adults and older adolescents.  Workshop is frequently requested medical service providers, human service agencies and business owners.

THE ART OF LIFE MANAGEMENT (Based on Keith's new book)
     This training will provide insight into why people do the things they do and what can be done to make positive changes that last.  The theoretical information has a common sense theme that translates directly into strategies that can be used to help you and others take control over daily life.  Participants will explore issues of power and control, structuring life for success, developing plans for change that work and taking charge of choices.  The applications relate to personal life, work life, relationships and enjoyment of life.  You will leave this training encouraged, equipped and ready to make a difference.

     Target audience: General public

CHILDREN, ADOLESCENTS AND FAMILIES

ATTENTION DEFICIT HYPERACTIVE DISORDER (ADHD)
     One of the most commonly discussed and least understood mental health issues of childhood is ADHD.  This workshop will provide participants with an understanding of ADHD and Oppositional Defiant Disorder (a different issue which is frequently misdiagnosed as ADHD).  The training will provide a description of the behavior which is important in identifying either of these disorders.  Participants will develop practical approaches to help children and families adjust to the challenges associated with Attention Deficit Hyperactive and Oppositional Defiant Disorders.

     Target audiences: Teachers, early childhood educators, counselors, parents, caseworkers

CLINICAL ISSUES OF CHILDHOOD AND ADOLESCENCE
   
This training is intended to enhance participants understanding of the three major groupings of mental health issues encountered when working with children adolescence and their families: anxiety/impulse control disorders: mood disorders: and conduct/aggressive disorders.  Participants will explore the variable which contribute to the onset of the disorder, learn to recognize the symptoms and diagnostic criteria associated with each disorder and develop skills to strategically intervene to improve the level of functioning for young people presenting the symptoms associated with each disorder.

     Target audiences: Counselors, social workers, youth service workers, individuals working in juvenile justice, school personnel and other related positions.

DISCIPLINE AND EFFECTIVE BEHAVIOR MANAGEMENT
    
This workshop focuses on understanding children's behavior from a Systems perspective.  Systems Theory provides a common sense framework that helps parents and providers recognize patterns associated with challenging behavior.  A strategic approach to behavior management will improve participants' ability to positively alter behavior such as temper tantrums, resistance to authority, defiance, underachievement and other challenging behavior.  The techniques will also help parents and providers develop children's confidence, self esteem and desire to achieve.

     Target audiences: Parents, Teachers, Childcare Providers, youth workers and all those who work with children.

PERSONALITY DEVELOPMENT
    
The theoretical basis for this presentation is derived from Erik Erikson's Epigenetic Principle.  Erikson provides a common sense understanding of issues of trust, self-control, self-esteem formation, personal motivation, identity development, and effectiveness in relationships.  Participants will develop an understanding of the elements which contribute to healthy personality development and those life situations which interfere with personality formation.  A variety of stage-appropriate interventions will be provided to enhance personality development.

     Target audience: Caseworkers, teachers, early childhood educators, parents, childcare workers

UNDERSTANDING FAMILY DYNAMICS
     The family plays a significant role in how each person thinks, acts, develops and perceives the world.  This training applies the four main characteristics of Systems Theory (power/control, structure, repeating patterns, and equilibrium) to help understand the family impact on individual development.  Participants will find application for their life and learn how to better understand and work with others.

     SPECIAL NOTE: An adaptation of this workshop is available for adopting families.

     Target audiences: General public, counselors, clergy, youth workers, teachers, medical service providers

YOUTH IN CRISIS
   
Young people face incredible stress as they deal with the challenges of adolescence. Combined with the typical pressures of education, peer pressure, dating, physical development, career planning, moral decline and a stressed adult population.  Participants will examine the dynamics of adolescence to develop an understanding for why young people respond the way they do and what can be done to help redirect their lives.  The focus is on empowerment: helping youth take control greater control over the quality of their decision making.  The practical intervention techniques will address issues such as runaway, anger management, sexuality, family conflict, self-esteem, substance use and suicidal ideation.

     Target audiences: Counselors, youth service workers, residential counselors, individuals working in juvenile justice, educators, parents, crisis counselors.

HUMAN DYNAMICS AND BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

CHALLENGES, CHANGES AND LEADERSHIP
     This presentation was originally designed for the employees of a division of state government undergoing extensive reorganization.  The presentation is currently used by organizations experiencing change or uncertainty.  The program concentrates on four themes. 1) Identify what can and cannot be controlled. 2) Focus on opportunities rather than obstacles. 3) Develop a strategy that will achieve the most given the circumstances. 4) Learn to frame life productively.  Participants report that they leave this training more aware, encouraged and equipped to improve the quality of their work and personal life.

     Target audience: Business/organizations experiencing transition

COMMUNICATION SKILLS: MESSAGE SENT = MESSAGE RECEIVED
     Communication is an activity that everyone does however only a few understand how the process of communication works.  Effective communication is defined as message sent equals message received.  Participants in this workshop will learn about the aspects of non-verbal communication, speaking skills, listening skills and written communication.  Participants will practice techniques to enhance effectiveness of their communication abilities.  Available with videotape role-play practice.

     Target situations: Business, management, interpersonal relationships, families

EFFECTIVE SUPERVISION
    
This workshop is designed for new as well as experienced supervisors.  Participants can expect to be actively involved in learning about the dynamics of the supervisor-supervisee relationship.  Some of the major focuses for the training are leadership, planning, communication, conflict management, motivational appraisal, challenging upward, time management, directing, moral enhancement and limit setting. 

     This workshop has been modified to focus specifically on individuals working in middle management.

     Target audience: Individuals working in a supervisory capacity

TEAMWORK
   
Teamwork is a concept that covers a broad range of life experiences from business management to organized sports to parent and child relationships.  This workshop addresses nine factors essential to anyone who finds themselves in a cooperative relationship.  The nine factors are leadership, goals/objectives, selecting a team, molding a team, structuring for success, communication, conflict management, productive appraisal and motivation. 

     This training is modified to address the specific needs of the participants.  Training programs range from half-day overviews to two-day intense workshops.

     Target audiences: Applicable to a wide range of audiences and situations

CLINICAL ISSUES AND COUNSELING

BRIEF THERAPY
    
Brief therapy focuses on helping individuals and families make structural changes in the way they approach daily living.  Success in brief therapy depends on identifying patterns of behavior which contribute to problem onset, helping the individual recognize the pattern and developing an intervention strategy that will productively alter the outcome.  Workshop includes case studies and experiential exercises.

     Target audience: Individuals working in counseling professions.

BREAKING THROUGH THE BARRIERS OF ANGER AND RESISTANCE
    
Encountering individuals who display anger and resistance is often an anxiety provoking, frustrating experience for the helping professional.  Resistance, anger, as well as other defense mechanisms provide a barrier to protect the individual from intra-personal and inter-personal vulnerabilities.  Workshop objectives: To provide theoretical information identifying the human dynamics, which contribute to the development of anger and resistance.  To enhance participants understanding of the role and function of anger, resistance and other defenses.  To enable participants to better understand how they experience and respond to anger and resistance.  To demonstrate methods for effectively diffusing anger, reduce the negative impact of anger and resistance, and convert negative emotions into productive energy for change.

     Target audience: Counseling professionals, youth workers, police, probation workers, detention staff, nurses, teachers, public service workers, and similar professions

CASEWORK STRATEGIES AND EFFECTIVE BEHAVIOR MANAGEMENT
     Developing and implementing an appropriate, targeted service plan can greatly enhance a professional's impact for helping an individual to change.  An effective plan begins with a clear understanding of the variables which contribute to the choices and actions of the individual.  With a working diagnosis in place, the intervener needs to assess the individual's capacity for change along with the assets and liabilities of the person's support system.  Intervention strategies are based on a logical consequences approach to behavior management which emphasizes the person's ownership of choice and outcome.  Change is sustained by using the strengths of the individual and their environment to alter the patterns of the person's daily living.

     Training includes case studies consistent with the work situation of training participants.  Role-play practice and videotape supervision may be used to enhance the training experience.

     Target audience: Human service professionals

CRISIS INTERVENTION
    
Any situation which is out of control can be considered a crisis.  In the human service profession, a crisis can range from violence to suicidal ideation.  This workshop emphasizes crisis avoidance through understanding crisis dynamics and identifying the antecedent conditions which escalate a situation to a crisis.  Participants will develop skills to manage the energy of a crisis.  Examples of skills include deflection, diffusion of anger, redirecting energy, conflict mediation, and reframing a situation.  Participants will also examine their intrapyschic response to high-energy situations to enhance their readiness to deal with personal and work related crises.

     Target audiences: Counselors, residential staff, police, probation officers, caseworkers, medical service providers

FAMILY COUNSELING
     The family provides significant information for understanding the attitudes and the actions of the individual.  This workshop begins with applications of family system dynamics to the diagnostic process.  A key is to identify functional and dysfunctional patterns, which will help the family recognize what they can do differently to improve their circumstance.  Participants will examine the components of the initial family interview, develop techniques for energizing families in change and become more comfortable in working with mulit-person units.  Workshop includes role-play demonstrations.  Use of videotape interviews and role-play practice is available for those seeking an exceptional learning experience.

     Target audience: Counselors, individuals who regularly work with families

HAVING FUN WITH LIFE SKILLS PROGRAMMING
    
When learning is fun, young people are more willing to participate and generally retain more of the information that is being taught.  This workshop combines the principles of group dynamics with games, which teach basic life skills such as communication, problem solving, reasoning, decision making, self-management, goal development and many others.  The workshop engages participants in a "learn by doing" approach, where participants play, plan, work in teams and process the skill development games.  The workshop includes an instructional guide with 30 different activities which participants can use when they leave the training.

     Target audience: Staff working in residential settings, teachers, youth workers, church workers

SYSTEMS THEORY – UNDERSTANDING HUMAN DYNAMICS
     The common sense principles of Systems Theory provide a framework for understanding the attitudes and actions of people.  This training explores four basic principles: 1) All systems have a power hierarchy which influences decision making: 2) All systems require structure (rules) for operation; 3) all systems have patterns which repeat; and all systems seek a state of equilibrium or balance which can be the energy for change.  The applications of these four principles are found in the training and professional interventions of Keith Neuber and I K.A.N. Presentations.

     NOTE:  This training is valuable as an entry-level workshop or in combination with a specific target application.

     Target audience: Adults

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