Frequently asked questions
VIG is a short, intensive, facilitative method, usually aimed at improving effective communication. Short video recordings help the person (client) seeking help to observe their own successful interactions. These recordings and discussions are made and led by trained video guiders.
You can watch a short film in English here.
The video recordings are made where the problematic situations normally happen, i.e. on the ground – at home, at school, at work. So they are based on what is actually happening.
Anyone aged 0-105 who works with people.
The video guider makes a recording of about 30 minutes of interaction between participants – this can be an adult-adult, adult-child communication situation. The video guider selects a few clips showing the best examples of communication and shows them to the client in the feedback session. The video guider and the client watch the scenes and discuss them in depth. The clients notice and observe what positive elements of communication they have and also reflect on how they can build on these in the future. This process is repeated until the goal is achieved. In feedback, the video guider combines reasoning and visual thinking, so working with both the principles of effective interaction and perception. The message is conveyed through multiple channels, so that words and images are combined in the VIG.
The VIG process lasts 2-3 months of once-weekly sessions. A feedback session usually takes place 5-6 days after the first video recording of the interview, followed by a further recording and discussion 3-5 times. Around 30 minutes of interaction is filmed in the family’s home, classroom or workplace and analyzed by the video guider at home in order to select the most appropriate details for the feedback session. It usually takes 1 hour to discuss the selected successful interaction scenes with the client in the feedback session. The number of feedback sessions depends largely on the needs of the client and the difficulty of solving the problem.
In our experience, 3-5 sessions are usually sufficient to achieve visible results, the desired change and the set goal. Of course, the consultations are repeated along the way and only continue if the client requests it.
By looking back at themselves on the recordings, people seeking help can become more aware of the effectiveness of their own communication skills. They discuss their own perspective on the situation with the video guider. They become more confident, their relationships, interactions and behavior improve greatly as they change their communication style.
We can learn from our mistakes, but if we repeatedly focus on the negative side of things, this will sooner or later become a criticism and damage the relationship between the video guider and the person seeking help. VIG focuses on developing successful interaction skills that we use to replace negative interactions. It focuses the client’s attention on developing an understanding and awareness of what works for them. They become aware of what they are doing well, as well as why it is good and for whom, and how what they are doing successfully affects their environment.
The effectiveness of the method has been and continues to be proven by a large body of research. For example, Fukkink’s (2008) meta-analysis of 29 studies shows that video feedback has a significantly more positive effect on parenting behavior, parenting attitudes and child development than other methods of helping.
Further research shows that VIG:
– positively reframes participants’ perceptions of themselves,
– changes interaction patterns,
– reduces participants’ stress levels,
– improves mutual understanding between people.
The recordings can be seen primarily by those who can see themselves in the recordings. In order to ensure professional development and high quality of service, recordings should be subject to regular professional consultation within a narrow professional circle. The participants in the consultation or supervision group are bound by confidentiality.
There may be other specific written agreements between the client and the video guider regarding the presentation of the recordings, e.g. presentation at a conference.
Apart from the above, anyone else may only view the recordings with the written permission of the adult who is shown in the recording.
The answer, of course, is not. We ask for written permission from all adults involved before the first recording is made. The consent of children is also important. During the first interview, the video guider will make sure you understand how this can be obtained.
Of course it changes somewhat. However, many small things happen just as well, the same way as if the camera were not present. These are mostly behavioral patterns of which the person is not aware. These provide sufficient information for VIG. Whatever behavior is shown on the video is what the person seeking help is capable of, and the effect of that behavior is seen, and if you are working with a real person seeking help, it is irrelevant that it might happen differently at other times. It is no barrier to effective video training if not everything is exactly the same at the time of the recording as at other times.
The recordings made in the family can be given to the adults or deleted after the VIG has finished. School recordings and other recordings will remain with the video guiders to protect the privacy of the people they show. If the client would like to keep the recordings, our staff will be happy to copy them or part of them onto the media tool they bring.
The Videotraining Association – Hungary is responsible for the dissemination of the VIG in Hungary, the quality of the service and the training of professionals. The Association’s staff can refer you to a video guider and can also tell you where to find a video guider nearest to where you live.
Videotraining Association – Hungary
VIG is a systemic process.
There are different ways of charging for the use of VIG:
- Training professionals (VIG candidates) work with the method as part of their training, and the video training support they receive is free of charge.
- The graduate VIG’s fee is charged per sequence (recording, analysis, feedback) for families and professionals in the helping professions (teachers, health, social workers).
- For teams and companies, the graduate video guider’s fee will be charged for the whole process.
The first meeting is free of charge for you. On this occasion, the video guider will help you to set a visual goal from the problem and inform you about the process. This is the time when you can decide whether or not you want to cooperate.