The past three days have been the most amazing professionally I have ever experienced. There are no words to describe what it's like to not only train in another culture but also in another language. I learned so much about PCIT training in Germany, and I was able to put newly learned vocabulary into practice. PCIT is my passion, and I love being able to speak another language, so bringing the two together was simply amazing. I return to Germany in January for the second half of the PCIT training and am already excited about it! Wolfgang and his wife, Martine, are amazing trainers and hosts. I feel beyond fortunate to have this opportunity. Check out the photos below for some photos of me training, the workshop in progress, and me role-playing a behaviorally dysregulated child while Martine role-played the parent learning to ignore as Wolfgang coached her. So much fun!!!
I spent the rest of the day attending workshops on the use of PCIT with Autism, coaching for engagement with Autism, learning about pro's and con's of PCIT vs. use of stimulant medication as a first choice of treatment for ADHD, and reducing drop-out. The rest of the program looks amazing as well. I'm looking forward to learning more about the many facets of PCIT occurring around the world and networking with other professionals in the PCIT International community.
I've included with this post the convention program as well as the slides from my presentation:
I had an opportunity to visit Leopoldina Krankenhaus in Schweinfurt, Germany. I was warmly welcomed by the head psychiatrist and PCIT Master Trainer, Wolfgang Briegel, his wife Martine, and the rest of the PCIT team. It was a great experience to learn how PCIT is being implemented in another country. I was able to observe a session and code parent verbalizations (in German!), too! I was also able to practice my German--I haven't spoken the language in so long! I'm so bad at capturing stories through photographs. I realized as I was driving away that I really should have taken photos with the therapists and of the outside of the facilities. I'm sure I'll have another visit in the future--I'll be sure to do that next time! For now, check out their beautiful PCIT set-up:
Jessica Mattingly, Psy.D.