Hogrefe welcomes Griffiths III

Hogrefe was thrilled to welcome training delegates to the first Griffiths III new user course being hosted at Hogrefe House from 31 January - 1 February. Delegates, a mix of psychologists and paediatricians, enjoyed three days of training to enable them to use the child development assessment within their day-to-day practice.

Led by experienced trainers Dr Paula McAlinden and Dr Fiona Corr of ARICD, the course began by allowing delegates to familiarise themselves with the kit's equipment, manuals and forms - before going through each of the test items that make up the five Griffiths III subscales.

A highlight of the course was a series of live administration sessions with local children. With assistance from the course leaders, these sessions provided trainees with practical, hands-on experience of administering and scoring the test. The children were a variety of ages ranging from just 12 months to almost 6 years - allowing the full range of test items to be utilised, and thus illustrating the breadth of the assessment. The children themselves were clearly motivated by the assessment tasks, and appeared at ease and relaxed by equipment that was engaging but also often felt familiar to them.

In all, we hope that delegates had an enjoyable training experience at Hogrefe House. Together with ARICD, we would like to extend our thanks to parents and their children for their important contribution. We look forward to welcoming our next group of Griffiths III new user trainees to the course in April. If you would like to join us on an upcoming training session, either in Oxford or in other locations across the country, please email courses@aricd.ac.uk.

If you would like to train in the Griffiths III and have not used the Griffiths Scales before, you can get started now! Managed by ARICD, new user training is in two stages. First, there is an e-module to complete, information for which can be found here. This is then followed by a three-day training course. Dates and locations can be found on the ARICD website, with more to be added for 2017. If you have any questions about the training or how to book onto a course you can contact ARICD at courses@aricd.ac.uk.

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