Why are they like this??

We hear this sentence all to often in our groups and counselling rooms, and if we're honest, we've said it ourselves about our own children.  Parenting is hard, and sometimes we loose sight of what the little people in our lives are actually feeling or going through.  Their behaviour is speaking to us, but are we hearing the message?

Behaviour Speaks

is an online, self paced course

aimed at parents and professionals, which focuses on understanding the unmet needs of your child or the children you work with. Using the latest evidenced based research, Behaviour Speaks helps you change the lens you look at your child with, impacting your relationship and the work you do.
This online course includes a case study and reflection exercises to help you go through the material in an experiential way.

Who is Arise?

Arise Family is an NGO based in Cape Town, South Africa. We believe that every child is created to be part of a thriving family. Our goal is to support families to thrive, however they are formed. In practice, this means we use strength-based and resilience building interventions as we work with children, parents and caregivers to strengthen and equip families so that they can be a place where children feel safe, loved, and find a sense of belonging. Behaviour Speaks helps equip others to help children do just that!
Arise Family has over 14 years’ experience in programme development, facilitation, family strengthening and adoption support. Our team consists of psychologists, social workers and play therapists; many of whom are adoptive parents. We bring our education, experience, and skills to provide evidence based and strength building resources to South Africa in ways that promote growth and resilience. Behaviour Speaks is a stepping stone into helping your family thrive!


What do others have to say?

“Behaviour Speaks was a great learning experience and I appreciate your efforts in organising and presenting the material in such a clear and concise manner. Your passion and enthusiasm were evident ... and I found your examples, the videos and insights incredibly helpful. I particularly enjoyed the ice-breaker, which really got be thinking about how some young people might be facing unfair circumstances and feel like their choices are limited. I feel confident to apply what I have learned from your workshop and am excited to incorporate these skills into my work.”

Zonke Hlongwane - Social Worker

What is Behaviour Speaks?

This short course is a recording of a live event has been adapted to a self-paced format. This allows you to watch the content at times convenient to you. We encourage you to go through the activities and case study as a way to make the work come alive.

By completing this course, you'll be able to:

  • Understanding the root causes of challenging behaviour.

  • Increase your knowledge about trauma-informed care.

  • Gain skills in evidence-based interventions for working with challenging behaviour in children.

  • Learn the importance of working from a collaborative & strength-based approach.

  • Develop cultural competence skills and an awareness of possible ethical and legal pitfalls.

  • Learn ways to enhance your own self-care & resilience.

Our Money-Back Guarantee

We’re so convinced that you will absolutely love our products, that we are willing to offer a 7 day risk-free money back guarantee.  If you are not satisfied with the digital product or e-course for any reason you can get a refund within 7 days of making a purchase.  We would ask that you kindly delete all copies of the downloads or digital products if you do request a refund.  Requesting a refund will also mean you lose access to the course platform and any future updates to the material.  If you request a refund and any physical product was shipped to you as part of the course, you will be required to ship the items in their original packaging and unused back to Arise Family before your refund will be arranged.  Any transaction fees associated with processing your credit card and the refund will be deducted from the amount of the course we refund to you.       

*We stand behind our guarantee. Before you make your purchase, please view our full policy.


The questions people ask before saying “Yes!” to Behaviour Speaks!

  • What's the time investment for doing the course?

    The single video can be viewed in under 2 hours. You can watch it all in one sitting or break it up into times convenient to you. You can access the course repeatedly and whenever suits you.

  • What's the time investment for the activities?

    The worksheets, activities and case study can all be downloaded and completed in your own time. We recommend setting aside 30 minutes to work through the activities. The learning really takes place through the interactive reflections and applications and are a vital part of the programme.

  • Can I learn at my own pace?

    Yes, the course is designed for you to go through it as fast or as slow as you would like. Just log in and pick up where you left off, repeat parts you’ve already watched or watch the entire video in one sitting. The choice is yours.

  • How long will I be able to access this course?

    You will be able to log in and access the Behaviour Speaks course for the lifetime of the course at Arise Family. There is no expiration date for your access, and you can return and re-do the course as often as you need to. In the future event of Arise Family ever retiring the course, you will be given appropriate notice and time to complete any outstanding lessons.

  • Is this course accredited?

    While all our facilitators are accredited professionals with their various professional governing bodies, the Behaviour Speaks course is not specifically accredited. The course is designed to provide you with introductory information that is relevant and up to date.

  • Will anyone be able to access information about me?

    All your details and information collected by Arise Family are kept confidential and records are maintained as governed by the POPI Act. Our privacy policy can be accessed on our site. If you are completing this course as part of your preparation and counselling with an accredited adoption agency and were provided a code by them to access the course, please know that your adoption social work team will be able to access details regarding your progress in the course and completion dates.