This course guides you through training and supporting parents to learn the movements of QST, adapting the treatment to their child, and giving the treatment every day. You will learn what kind of results are possible with the QST intervention, and what you can do to get the best results for the child. During the course you will gain experience with a single family, while learning principles that will apply to many different families. You will also share experiences with other students in the Discussion Forum.
Prior to working with your parent, you will thoroughly study and practice QST, and pass a practical exam given by your instructor virtually, using a telecommunications application, such as Skype, Zoom, Google Meets, WhatsApp, etc.
After receiving their training from you, parents will need to pass their practical exam and then begin the daily QST treatment, and you will provide coaching/treatment visits twice a week. All training and coaching sessions with parents can be delivered either virtually or in-person. You will write up each visit, making note of parents’ response to whether the treatment was given daily, and if not, why not, changes in the child, how well the parent gave the treatment, and coaching suggestions you made. It is equally important that you also engage in a self-reflection process in which you consider how well you empowered and encouraged the parent, where the parent needs more help, what you didn’t understand, and what new information you want to seek before the next visit.
For you to succeed in this course, you must complete the assignments on time and stay on schedule with the twice a week parent visits. The first 4 weeks involve extensive coursework, including reading, assignments, quizzes, practical testing and discussion forums. Successful students are independent learners with high motivation, strong organizational skills, and the ability to self-monitor progress relative to multiple course requirements over several months. If you fall behind in this course, the instructor may require you to drop the course.
Being a competent QST Trainer requires having good non-verbal as well as verbal communication skills. You will be learning new information about body language in response to QST. You will be cultivating visual skills – noticing physical responses that you see, wondering what they mean, and how they can best be responded to. Please take advantage of the opportunities to ask questions. The more you understand children’s responses to QST, the better you will be at coaching parents, and the more progress children will make.
Please set up the telecommunications account that you, your supervisor and your family will use during this course prior to beginning the class.