The West Virginia University School of Social Work hosted an interactive parent and child workshop Thursday, October 17th.
The workshop was provided through a three-year, $476,000 Mental and Behavioral Health Education and Training grant from the U.S. Department of Health. It helped parents and therapists learn coaching skills when dealing with difficult children.
"Target populations are children and military personalities and that's the big push through this grant to train professionals in that area to work with families in West Virginia," Carrie Rishel, an Associate Professor at the West Virginia University School of Social Work.
The workshop tells parents and therapists how they can deal with behavioral issues or children that throw temper tantrums.
"A lot of parents are a little frustrated trying to use time out because children won't go to time out or stay in time out," said Cheryl McNell, a Professor at the WVU Department of Psychology and the presenter at the event. "And what we do is we actually train the children on how to stay in a time out chair so it can be effective."
McNell also said that another tip on dealing with difficult children is being very specific when disciplining them, and encouraging them.