KIPS Blog: Parenting Assessment in Practice & Research

Promoting Change: Parenting Assessment & Motivational Interviewing

Posted by Phil Gordon on Wed, May 15, 2013 @ 06:28 PM


While at the Smart Start Conference in North Carolina a couple of weeks ago, I attended a half-day session on Motivational Interviewing by Rachel Galanter of the Exchange Club’s Family Center in Durham North Carolina. The session got me thinking about the most frequently asked question we receive from users of the Keys to Interactive Parenting Scale (KIPS). That is, “Now that I have completed a parenting assessment, what do I do with the information?”  To address this question we developed a Feedback Workshop. Also, we have written a series of blog posts on the process of using the parenting assessment information with families (see Blogs 1,2,3,4,5,6,7, 8, 9, and 10).  Let’s explore how Motivational Interviewing could prove useful in addressing the question of what to do with parenting assessment information?

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Tags: parenting feedback, Parenting Assessment, assessing parenting, reflective questions, motivational interviewing

Parenting Assessment: Powerful Questions - Powerful Results

Posted by Phil Gordon on Thu, Jan 31, 2013 @ 11:32 AM

 Guest Contribution by:

Nancy Seibel,  Keys to Change 

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Powerful Questions

You know a powerful question when you hear one.  It captures your attention.  It makes you stop and think. Something new becomes clear to you as you consider the question.  Powerful questions can be quite simple.  Powerful questions avoid communicating judgment.  Instead they focus on what can be learned (Williams & Menendez, 2007).  Often, helping others is less about knowing the right thing and more about asking the right question (Hyatt, 2012).

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Tags: parenting feedback, Parenting Assessment, supervision;, reflective questions