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Assessment of Kids’Skills Report

Certificate for 5 credits

  • If you have acquired the online course Kids'Skills for Professionals for self-study and want a certificate for 5 credits, you need to pass the online tests of the course first and then apply the method in practice.
  • Once your collaboration with the child has reached the target, you should write a report about the process and then send it to Helena.
  • The assessment of your report together with online tests covers all together 5 credits. 
  • Here you can purchase the assessment of your report for € 75 (incl. VAT 24 %).

    The price of € 75 includes
  • assessment of your final report on a scale of 0 - 5 by Helsinki Brief Therapy Institute
  • after the final report has been accepted,  a certificate of the online course Kids'Skills for Professionals issued by Kids'Skills Academy and Helsinki Brief Therapy Institute will be emailed to the student

Send your report to Helena
 Kids'Skills Academy

​Contact: Helena Lehtimäki   helena.lehtimaki at oppimaa.fi

Ben Furman: Kids’Skills for Professionals for self-study (with option for 5 credits)

What is Kids’Skills?

Kids’Skills is a simple and practical method for helping children overcome all kinds of behavioral and emotional difficulties. It consists of 15-step and is founded on the principles of solution-focused psychology.

Even though Kids’Skills was originally designed as an approach to working with children in the age range of 4 to 12, the method is actually useful for children of all ages, even adults.

In this course you will not only learn the 15 steps of the method and how to use them in practice but also where the method comes from, what principles it is based on and how to apply it in diverse settings.

For whom?

This course offers online training for professionals working in the field of education and childcare or studying these professions. The training courses are of interest to teachers, kindergarten teachers, special education teachers, headmasters, counselors, therapists, etc.


Ben_with-blue-backgoundYour teacher is Dr Ben Furman

Dr Furman is a psychiatrist and internationally renowned trainer of solution-focused therapy and coaching.  Together with his colleagues he has developed Kids’ Skills, a method that helps children overcome problems by learning skills.

What you will learn?

In this course you will learn

  • The basics of the Kids’Skills method
  • The 15 steps of Kids’Skills
  • How to apply the method to help children overcome their problems and difficulties

    Kids’Skills for Professionals as self-study 99 €

    By purchasing this course for self-study you will get access to all course materials for three months introduced below – excluding coaching. You can study all lessons and take part in chat forum. Also, you can become familiar with tests and requirements for 5 study credits.

Kids’Skills for Professionals with Coaching 5 cr 99 € + 75 €

By purchasing this course for 99 € and coaching for 5 credits separately for 75 € here you will get the following

    • you study online about two months at your own speed
    • after the course you apply the method in practice for 2-3 months
    • then you write a report about the field work
    • you get  assistance by a certified Kids’Skills Coach online from start to end
    • 52 lessons on a playful and practical solution-focused method
    • 3 hours of video lectures with Dr Ben Furman
    • practical advice and exercises
    • chat discussions on interesting topics
    • supplementary reading
    • multiple choice tests and essay writing
    • guidance in writing a final report
    • assessment according to Finnish curriculum
    • Certificate of 5 academic credits issued by the Helsinki Brief Therapy Institute
    • 3 month access to all materials

Apply for certification of Kids’Skills Coach 

After you have completed the course and your final report has been approved  by Helsinki Brief Therapy Institute, you can apply for certification of Kids’Skills Coach. Please, find more information on certifications here.

Transferable academic credits

The course has been accepted to the curriculum of several institutions in higher education in Finland. Thus the academic credits may be eligible for transfer in other universities and educational institutions.

What is Kids’Skills Academy?

Kids’Skills Academy is an online training platform maintained jointly by Oppimaa Ltd. and Helsinki Brief Therapy Institute. The Academy is dedicated to spreading information about the Kids’Skills method and other solution-focused methods used in working with families and children.

Contact: Helena Lehtimäki, Producerhelena.lehtimaki at oppimaa.fi + 358 40 5629 441Oppimaa Ltd, Helsinki, Finland

© Oppimaa Ltd & Helsinki Brief Therapy Institute Ltd

Grand Opening

Little did I know what would happen when I phoned Ben Furman in summer 2015. I had been working as lecturer on media education at a Finnish university of applied sciences. Having started - as a journalist - to produce video-based online courses to my students with a terrific feedback,  I was convinced that this is the way to teach and learn.

That phone call started a process which now has reached one of the first great mile stones: the grand opening of Kids'Skills Academy online. More than 300 videos produced in Finnish and English. A lot of studying the Kids'Skills method and numerous hours of writing, editing, meetings and discussions about producing online courses. And having fun.

This is what I want to focus on now. And enjoy. I hope you will follow our path as well. All you need is a laptop or a mobile phone and a desire to learn something new.

Ben Furman: Kids’Skills for Parents (self-study)

Welcome to study Kids'Skills for Parents
with Dr Ben Furman

This course is aimed at parents, grandparents, teachers...
anyone who participates in raising children. 

Dr Furman is a psychiatrist and internationally renowned trainer of solution-focused therapy and coaching.  

Together with his colleagues he has developed Kids’Skills, a method that helps children overcome problems by learning skills with the support of their family and friends.

In this course you will learn:

How to praise children?

How to get children to listen?

How to collaborate with other adults?

How to apply Kids'Skills?

How to find alternative to punishment?

What you get?

  • 42 video lessons on parenting
  • practical advice and exercises
  • chat discussions on useful topics
  • multiple choice quiz
  • ​12 month access to all materials

Your producer is Helena Lehtimäki

For any practical question, please, contact Helena via Contact Course Teacher. You find the link at the top of the page.

Kids’Skills for Parents is produced by Kids’Skills Academy in Finland

© Oppimaa Ltd & Helsinki Brief Therapy Institute Ltd

Ben Furman: Let's start!