For Professionals

Myths of Punishment

As the new year is beginning, many of us begin to think about what changes we can make in our lives.  Parenting is such an important job, and we often hope that we are being the best parents we can be. Punishment for misbehavior comes so naturally to us.  We barely even think about it [...]

Helping Clients with School Problem Behaviors

Clinicians working with families and children are often faced with the tall order of helping improve school problem behaviors.  It is a long school day with many factors and many different people involved. One way to tackle this seemingly impossible task is to use the very effective tool of simulation.  Simulation involves role-playing a scenario, [...]

By | 2017-07-26T16:59:54+00:00 September 1st, 2016|For Professionals|

Summer Review – Praise

Summer is a great time to brush up on your professional skills.  Let's review a key concept of Parent Management Training that you can use with all the parents you see.  Praise!!  When you teach parents to effectively praise their children for behaviors they would like to strengthen, be sure the following components are included. [...]

Use Shaping for Reducing Screen Time

A common concern of parents is that their child is engaging in too much video game or TV time.  Many families have televisions, computers, tablets, and video game systems in their homes to complicate the problem. When working with families to structure screen time, don't advise them to take all of it away, rather work [...]

Using Parent Management Training With Divorced Couples

In sessions, emphasize a team approach and how great it is that they are both attending sessions. Interrupt all arguing and blaming in session and prompt for only saying positive things about the other. Praise parents for remaining calm and saying positive things about each other in the session. Set up similar point charts in [...]

By | 2017-07-26T16:59:54+00:00 November 14th, 2015|For Professionals|

How to Help Your Clients with School Problem Behaviors

Tackling a problem behavior at school can be overwhelming for us as clinicians.  It is a long school day with many challenges and factors. The best way to work on school behaviors is to use a skill called shaping.  Shaping is the process of changing a difficult or complex behavior by breaking it up into steps.  [...]

By | 2017-08-09T16:47:09+00:00 September 14th, 2015|For Professionals|

Successful Family Compromise Sessions

When families have disagreements or children challenge the rules, compromise can be an effective tool.  Compromising involves discussing a problem between family members calmly.  We suggest that you choose an easy problem to discuss at first while the family is still learning this skill.  A more heated disagreement can be compromised later.  The therapist should [...]

By | 2017-08-09T16:52:21+00:00 June 14th, 2015|For Professionals|
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