Oppositional Defiant Disorder Certification by The Hirose Institute

Hirose Institute Certification Course

Presented by Jay Berk, Ph.D.

Live Streaming January 25, February 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29, 2024


24 Hours | Pending CEU Approval


This online course will consist of 6, 4 hour sessions. The program will be streaming live on Thursday, January 25, February 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29, 2024 from 8:30am – 12:45pm (PT Vancouver) after purchase. Please adjust timing for your time zone.

Recorded footage and all course content (certificate, videos, quiz) will be available until March 7, 2024 Participants are encouraged to attend the live sessions to be able to interact and participate in group discussions/activities. Extensions cannot be granted under any circumstances. Please allow 1 – 3 business days after the session airs for recorded footage to become available.

Registration will close on January 24, 2024. 

Workshop Description:

This 6-week certification program will teach you solution focused techniques for working with oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) in children, adolescents, young adults, and their families. The course is designed so that course participants will feel confident in understanding the origins of oppositional defiant disorder as well as the reasons it continues, and effective interventions that can be used in a school, family, clinic, or in-home setting.

Your instructor Dr. Jay Berk will utilize both lecture and highly interactive exercises. Dr. Berk has over 40 years of experience working with children and adolescents, specializing in oppositional defiant disorder. You will come away from this course with a multitude of interventions that can be effective immediately in the short term, as well as those that may take longer, but can be sustained. The beginner through expert level professional will benefit from this program.

Session One:

  • Laying the foundation for understanding oppositional behaviour
  • Why it exists and how it is perpetuated
  • The power of oppositional behavior and its purpose
  • Settling realistic timelines and objectives for interventions
  • The benefits of early intervention

Session Two:

Diagnoses that often accompany oppositional defiant behavior

  • Understanding ADHD and ODD
  • Understanding Austism and ODD
  • Sensory issues and rigidity of the individual with autism
  • Understanding OCD and ODD
  • Understanding depression and oppositional defiant behavior.

Other factors that perpetuate oppositional defiant behavior

  • Reviewing comorbid diagnoses
  • Family dynamics, home environment and academic environment
  • Age
  • Additional factors

Session Three:

The impact of ODD on others

  • Parents, siblings, and peers
  • How to effectively unite adults

Understanding traditional course for oppositional defiant children and adolescents

  • Do they change on their own?
  • What is the longitudinal course?
  • Can oppositional defiant disorder be a strength?

Understanding the effectiveness of medication

  • Common medications and their dosages
  • Why medications over time often need to change

Session Four:

Intervention in the home setting

  • Preparing the adults
  • Preparing for the intervention
  • Delivering intervention
  • Challenges
  • Benefits

Dynamics of therapy with the client

  • Difficulty with engagement
  • Lack of self-awareness
  • Difficulties of a therapeutic setting

Challenges of long-term clients

  • Understanding the “peaks and valleys” of oppositional behavior.
  • Understanding the physical growth of a child
  • Life factors that may perpetuate these behaviors

How trauma can create oppositional behavior

  • Being aware of original trauma
  • Effectiveness of bringing trauma information into the therapy session
  • Gaining connection with the client

Extreme behaviors and challenges

  • How to deal with aggressive behavior effectively
  • What are the options in the community?
  • What options can be brought into the house?

Session 5:

Emotional regulation

  • Understanding “big deal, little deal”
  • Using visuals to reduce acting out behavior
  • Rehearsing effective behaviors ahead of time

Social issues accompanying oppositional behaviour

  • Lack of ability to see other people’s perspectives.
  • Social skills is an important intervention

What are the options if the child does not get better?

  • Supports you can bring into the home
  • Seeking placement options out of the home
  • Community based resources

Other factors that may create oppositional behavior

  • Considering further sensory issues
  • Medical precipitants

Personal challenges to dealing with a difficult population

  • Understanding the long-term goal
  • How to balance your caseload
  • How to look at small wins

Protecting other family members

  • How to consider therapy for the siblings
  • How to have an escape plan for the siblings
  • Building a healthy equation for the family that supports the other children

Session 6:

What to do if your initial interventions don’t work

  • How to consider other factors
  • Time considerations
  • Hidden challenges

Academic setting

  • How to prepare a classroom teacher
  • How to prepare a building
  • How to effectively utilize the staff you have

The importance of relationships

  • How to form that relationship
  • What strains that relationship?
  • Effectively negotiating boundaries

Transitioning into adulthood

  • How to negotiate and navigate the degrees of success
  • Lessons they may need to learn the hard way
  • Preparing the family for the struggles that may occur

Case studies

  • What are case studies that support successful intervention?
  • What are case studies that show long-term effectiveness?
  • What case studies show the interventions that provide success?

Getting creative with techniques

  • Understanding the “moving target”
  • Working along with the physician and forming a team
  • Working along with other professionals, how to coordinate successfully

Education and Clinical Professionals: K–12 Classroom Teachers, School Counsellors/Psychologists, Learning Assistance/ Resource Teachers, School Administrators, School Paraprofessionals including Special Education Assistants, Classroom Assistants and Childcare Workers. All other professionals who support students including but not limited to: Nurses, Social Workers, Psychologists, Clinical Counsellors, Family Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, Addiction Counsellors, Youth Workers, Mental Health Workers, Probation Officers, Police Officers, and Early Childhood Educators.

Parents, Caregiver, Foster Parents, Grandparents, and Extended Family raising a child.

Jay Berk, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist and an internationally recognized expert in the child/adolescent behavioural field who brings both a clinical and education perspective to his work with children, adolescents and their families. For over 25 years, Dr. Berk has been treating clients with ODD, ADHD, autism, anxiety and stress, depression, learning disabilities, Tourette’s Syndrome and individuals who have Autism Spectrum Disorder. He conducts 15 social skills/mental health groups for children and adolescents and works daily with school and community professionals, families and parents. Dr. Berk continually consults for several school districts. In his private practice, in Beachwood, Ohio, he provides therapy for children, adolescents, families, testing and evaluation, school consultation as well as designed and facilitates alternative educational program.

RegistrationEarly bird FeeRegular Fee
Individual Enrollment849.00N/A
Full-Time Student699.00N/A

All fees are in Canadian dollars ($CAD).

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