Children don’t always act with full cooperation and tell the truth to authority figures who attempt to interview them. Neither do their parents. This webinar provides a helpful guide for any mental health professional wishing to expand and upgrade diagnostic interviewing techniques. It offers a comprehensive array of high-impact strategies, many of which were developed by the presenter over a 40-year period of private practice as a family psychologist and therapist and are portrayed in his books and other resources. It focuses on how to obtain improved cooperation and openness when interviewing children (up to age 10), their siblings, and their parents.
Divided into seventeen coherent topic areas, this webinar portrays specific ways to establish emotional safety, provide the best interview setting, gain rapport, decrease initial defensiveness, and counteract any oppositional tendencies. Also featured are solid methods to maintain a positive interaction with the child, get beyond smokescreens like “I don’t know” and “I don’t care,” gather pertinent information rapidly and efficiently, and insightfully assess parent-child and sibling relationships. Also included are techniques to explore the child’s emotions and concerns, gain insight into the child’s unique perceptions, uncover the most relevant stress sources, and incorporate a unique set of especially powerful questions for keeping the child focused and cooperative.
There are also methods to help you uncover areas of strength and positive feelings, as well as clarifying anger issues the child might have. Additionally, there are strategies for interviewing family members, extracting key information from parents and siblings, and guidelines for sharing your impressions and diagnostic results with parents and professionals.
This massive assortment of strategies portrays virtually every step in a well done diagnostic interview, from greeting the child in your office to summarizing and sharing the results. It provides a unique opportunity to expand any counselor’s or therapist’s collection of diagnostic skills with powerful tools and techniques from a highly regarded master therapist.
After attending, participants will be able to:
- Cite at least four factors to control prior to starting a child diagnostic interview
- List at least three components of an ideal greeting of the child
- Explain when to use open-ended vs. closed-option questions
- State at least seven useful retorts for a child’s “I don’t know” answers
- Describe at least three tell-tale components of the child’s body language
- Cite at least five useful probes for stress sources impinging on the child
- List at least three common ways children mishandle their anger
- Cite two advantages and two risks of the family’s doing a Family Stress Diagram
About the Speaker
During his over 45-year career as a clinical family psychologist, John F. Taylor, Ph.D. has treated over 1600 children, adolescents and adults with ADHD and overlapping conditions. The father of four children with these symptoms, he has produced over 40 major works in this field, including landmark publications such as Helping Your ADD Child, From Defiance to Cooperation, and Nutrition & Neurochemistry: The ADD Link. He was selected to write the definitive article on ADHD for the Encyclopedia Americana and was among the first to advocate a multidimensional approach combining academic, psycho-social, physiological and sensory-motor interventions.
A popular consultant and trainer for school districts, he has produced major resources on each, including The ADHD Student At School (academic), Improving Social Skills (psycho-social), Dietary & Nutritional Treatment of ADHD (physiological), and Learn to Have Fun With Your Senses (sensory-motor). He is the author and developer of two ADHD clinical forms, the Hyperactivity Screening Checklist and the Medication Effectiveness Report. He earned his MA and PhD degrees in Psychology at Kent State University and has taught in three institutions of higher learning. His website is Parentology.guide.
CPD & CE credits available: 6
How do I receive these credits?
The participant must pass the multiple-choice test with a minimum score of 80%. There is a maximum of three attempts to achieve this.
The post-test is included in the price of the training.
Does my regulatory body accept the credits?
The CPD & CE credits awarded can be used towards your declaration to any governing regulatory body in your state or country, provided the content is relevant to your discipline.
Our trainings are accredited by:
– The CPD Group, London
– Australian Counselling Association
– Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association
– The National Board of Certified Counsellors (NBCC)