Evaluating a self-directed, web-based training for an ADHD strength-based diagnostic interview

PI: Philippe Robaey

Study contact: [email protected]

Study contact full name: Benjamin Hudson

Research Area: Mental Health

Who to contact regarding participating: Benjamin Hudson

Lay Summary: ADHD is a complex condition with a high number of diagnostic criteria, overlapping symptoms, and often accompanies other disorders. Despite this, ADHD is commonly diagnosed in short assessments that generalize symptoms, and there is an over-reliance on poorly specific rating scales, scored by parents or teachers, that increase the risk of overdiagnosis and overtreatment. A lack of training in behavioural interviews, contributes to this issue. In addition, instructor-led trainings can be costly, time-consuming, and inaccessible due to restrictions on group numbers and time. To address these related problems, we have developed the Strength Based Interview for Behaviour (SIB-P) and two trainings: an instructor-led webinar-based training using roleplay, and a self-directed website with video simulation. The availability of accessible online self-directed training can greatly expand access to this tool. The wide use of a diagnostic tool that offers greater accuracy in ADHD diagnosis may change the way ADHD care is delivered. But to promote adoption of self-directed training, this project aims to prove that a self-directed training using video simulations to practice interviewing skills is not inferior to traditional instructor-led training.