Siskin Offers Training For Early Childhood Special Education Professsionals

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Twenty-one early intervention and early childhood special education professionals will be better equipped to help families of children with disabilities after a week-long training in Chattanooga focused on  conducting Routines-Based Interviews (RBI). 

The RBI is a semi-structured interview technique that helps early interventionists learn about activities that occur in a typical day for a child and family.

The information is used to identify a child’s abilities and a family’s challenges and set effective goals to improve the family’s quality of life. 

“In our sixth year of hosting the RBI Certification Institute, our team of coaches, trainers and volunteers bring invaluable experience and knowledge to the table,” said Robin McWilliam, Ph.D., director of Siskin Children’s Institute’s Center for Child and Family Research and founder of the RBI method. “We look forward to providing an intensive training to this year’s diverse group of participants.”

This year’s Routines-Based Interview Certification Institute welcomes training participants from fifteen states - Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, Florida, Maryland, Iowa, Tennessee, Illinois, Alabama, Rhode Island, Arkansas, Montana, Minnesota, Oregon and Missouri. 

Twenty-two local families are volunteering as interviewees to give the trainees hands-on experience in conducting an RBI. Seven previously certified RBI trainers from five states are serving as coaches to this year’s participants. 

To earn the certification, professionals are required to practice the RBI for several months after the week-long training. Additionally, the trainees must pass a written test in late August. Three months after the training, each professional submits a video of himself or herself conducting an RBI with a family as well as a list of the functional goals the family identified. Coaches then review the submitted items and determine if trainees meet the certification criteria. 


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