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Diagnostic Interviewing of Children/Webinar

September 25 @ 8:00 am - 12:45 pm



John C. Simoneaux, Ph.D.



  • Describe the diagnostic process, including referral questions, visual observation, collateral interviews, hypothesis formulation, differential diagnosis, and final diagnosis.
  • Explain the basics of establishing rapport with parents and children during the early stages of a diagnostic interview
  • Discuss an overview of major diagnostic considerations as they relate to cognitive factors, developmental level, trauma, etc.
  • Use proper techniques for communicating diagnostic concerns to the child, parents, teachers, physicians, and other professionals.



8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.  –  Login

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

  • Introduction – How to diagnose children
  • Clues from referral questions
  • Collaterals – they may lie, they will distort
  • Formulating and testing diagnostic hypotheses/differential diagnoses
  • Establishing rapport with parents and children
  • Major diagnostic considerations – narrowing it down
  • Overview of DSM-5 Disorders in children and adolescents

10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. – Break

10:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

  • Cognitive considerations and developmental level
  • Baseline behaviors
  • The effects of trauma
  • Common diagnostic errors
  • Properly communicating diagnostic decisions
  • Discussion of controversial considerations

12:45 p.m. Adjournment



Psychologist–Professional Training Resources, Inc.  is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for Psychologists.  “Professional Training Resources, Inc., maintains responsibility for this program and its content.”

Social Workers (NASW 4 clinical hours) –This program has been approved for 4 continuing education contact hours by the National Association of Social Workers, Louisiana Chapter, and may be applied toward the continuing education requirements for licensure renewal.

LPC’s (NBCC)–  “Professional Training Resources is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider #5829 and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.”

Substance Abuse Counselor (ADRA) — approved by the Addictive Disorder Regulatory Authority for 4 clock hours topic.

School Psychologist (NASP) –Professional Training Resources is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists to offer continuing education for school psychologists.  Professional Training Resources maintains responsibility for the program.

Rehabilitation Counselors  – All programs noted above have been pre-approved by the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC).

Other Professions –may seek approval for education credits through their respective boards.  Everyone in attendance will receive a certificate of attendance.


September 25
8:00 am - 12:45 pm


On Line
Pineville, LA 71360 United States


Professional Training Resources
(318) 443-0845


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