Education and Training for the SDQ
Professor Robert Goodman,
the inventor of the SDQ, estimates that there are a significant number of children and young people (5% or more)
with unrecognised serious mental health disorders. We perceive that the SDQ now needs to facilitate embedding
within organisations to expand assessment coverage and facilitate wide scale mental health screening.
We particularly identify “ordinary” schools as the most important focus for screening programmes;
we recognise, as well, the benefits of an organisational focus for social services, clinical practices and other
Since 2016, the SDQ has been developed beyond the decade-old paper questionnaire and scoring website model.
Longitudinal and self-entered assessment have been introduced as well as software tools for analysing cohorts
(e.g., classes, practice lists, special needs groups), much-enhanced data export and even interfaces with
organisation-wide patient, client and student management systems.
SDQ practitioners within organisations are likely to benefit from having a wider range of eduction and skills
beyond those required of early adopters. Requirements may involve, for example:
managing, justifying, promoting and organising SDQ assessment initiatives
training and succession within SDQ-adopting organisations
export, analysis and presentation of SDQ data in a complete organisational context
understanding of data protection and consent in the SDQ context
interfacing the SDQ to organisational computer systems
competence in using, supervising and training through the full range of SDQ software services (e.g., SDQscore, SDQplus, SDQblockchain, DAWBA)
therapeutic options beyond the SDQ and DAWBA.
Certification and accreditation
Recognised certification and accreditation is an important aspect of SDQ training.
We will advise, assist and formally certify organisations and individuals who establish appropriate training and
education programmes for the SDQ.
Organisations and individuals are invited to contact either Jake Smith and Janice Sidnell at
firstname.lastname@example.org or Marianna Smith at email@example.com to discuss involvement in the SDQ education and training initiative.