How to Diffuse Upset Parents

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Course Description

This professional development course is designed for teachers who want to improve their communication skills when working with parents who may resist changing their behavior or beliefs. Participants will learn the basics of motivational interviewing, the rolling with resistance technique, and how to apply these skills to create more productive dialogues with parents.

Through interactive lectures, case studies, and role-playing exercises, participants will develop practical skills and strategies for engaging with parents, building rapport, and empowering them to take ownership of the change process. Participants will also learn how to use motivational interviewing techniques to promote positive outcomes for both the parent and the students.

Professional Practice Goals

  1. Understand the principles and techniques of motivational interviewing and the rolling with resistance technique
  2. Identify common sources of resistance in parent-teacher interactions and apply motivational interviewing techniques to address them
  3. Build rapport and trust with parents through active listening and empathy
  4. Develop practical strategies for using motivational interviewing techniques to promote positive outcomes for both the parent and the students

Material Included:

1 Video Lesson

Roleplaying Exercises

Meet Your Coach

Jen Jim is deeply committed to making mental wellness tools accessible to everyone who needs them. She believes that while it’s never too late to learn these tools, it’s especially important to introduce them to children so that the next generation can be equipped for positive change. Her passion for this work is palpable, and she brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the field. With a Master of Science degree in Education, 18 years of experience as a mental health therapist, and a background in teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in psychology as an adjunct, Jen is a dedicated and knowledgeable advocate for mental wellness education.

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