ADHD / Oppositional Defiant Children

A 2 Day Workshop on Short Term Therapy Techniques with Oppositional and Defiant & ADHD Children & Adolescents, plus Techniques & Strategies to Help the Angry Child – Including The Marschak Interaction Method


ADHD Workshop Johannesburg:

  • 27th – 28th November 2021
  • Time: 8am to 4Pm


Johannesburg:131 Riverside Road, Sandton
031 201 0307 ( Durban Office )


R 3,000.00


  • A 30% non-refundable and non-transferable deposit is required in order to register for the workshop.  If the workshop is cancelled by the trainer due to insufficient numbers the deposit will be refunded.

About the workshop:

This workshop is designed to help the clinician distinguish the particular needs of the Oppositional and Defiant child from other disorders including childhood depression which can present many similar symptoms and behaviours. The workshop focuses on techniques to use with children, parents, and in consulting with teachers including:

  • Components of ADHD
  • Common Developmental Features
  • Prognosis
  • Assessment
  • Medication
  • Goals of Treatment
  • Techniques
  • Limit Setting
  • Communication
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Ego Boosting.

This practical workshop will be aimed at helping the therapist or counselor engage the reluctant adolescent in a working alliance without being pedantic or condescending.

Handling a child’s anger can be one of the most distressing, confusing and draining experiences tor teachers and parents alike.

Parents and teachers frequently turn to the counselor. Or other mental health professional for help in coping with and understanding angry children, but such professionals are rarely trained in specific techniques to help these difficult children and the people who care for them.

From a developmental point of view, ineffective responses to a child’s anger can lead to a poor self-image, a lack of social experiences, and the missing of many important childhood milestones. From a behavioural point of view, angry children are more likely to engage in anti-social and delinquent activities and aggressive acts.

Another disturbing aspect of a child’s uncontrolled anger is the angry feelings which may be stirred up in adults. There is a high correlation between angry children and abuse and violence in the home, suggesting that any treatment must take both intrapsychic and systemic factors into consideration.

This workshop will not only help mental health professionals use techniques and interventions more effectively, but will also re-energize them in their work with these difficult children.

What You Will Learn:

  • How to differentiate the causes of a child’s anger
  • How to choose techniques according to the specific diagnostic categories, including: Conduct Disorders, ADHD, and Oppositional Defiance Disorders.
  • How to treat children “without a conscience”
  • How to effectively involve parents and caretakers in treatment
  • How to consult with teachers for maximum therapeutic effect
  • How to run an “anger management” group
  • How to integrate play therapy, behavioural, cognitive, and systems interventions.
  • Identifying and using community resources –Activity and sports techniques
  • Ways to repair missed developmental tasks
  • Using interpretations successfully
  • 3 stages of play therapy with angry children
  • Family techniques that really work
  • Homework assignments for parents

Marschak Interaction Method:

The Marschak Interaction Method (MIM) is a structured technique for observing and assessing the relationship between two individuals. It consists of a series of simple tasks designed to elicit a range of behaviours in four dimensions.

The MIM evaluates the parent’s capacity to set limits and to provide an appropriately ordered environment (Structure), to engage the child in interaction while being attuned to the child’s state and reactions (Engagement), to meet the child’s efforts to achieve at a developmentally appropriate level (Challenge), At the same time it allows assessment of the child’s ability to respond to the parent’s effort.

In addition to allowing a close look at problem areas in the relationship, the MIM provides a unique opportunity for observing the strengths of both adult and child and of their relationship. It is, therefore, a valuable tool in planning for treatment and in determining how to help families, strengthen their relationships. The description of the relationship that results from this observation is a valuable aid in determining the appropriateness of custody arrangements, reunification, foster placement, and/or adoption.


I intend registering for the following:

ADHD / Oppositional Defiant Children

Payments Made Payable To:
Account No.: 251136620
Branch Code: 051001

  • Cancellations:
    • A 30% non-refundable and non-transferable deposit is required in order to register for the workshop.  If the workshop is cancelled by the trainer due to insufficient numbers the deposit will be refunded.
    • Cancellations:  30% cancellation fee 14 days prior to the workshop.  Thereafter no refunds.
    •  All registrations and payments must be in 7 days prior to all workshops.  All proof of payment must be faxed or e-mailed for acceptance of registration.


Hand-outs presented at each workshop.
Tea and coffee served. Lunch on your own unless otherwise advised.