Children’s Friend and Family Services Trains Staff on Triple P-Positive Parenting Program

Children’s Friend and Family Services (Children’s Friend) has trained 40 clinicians on The Triple P – Positive Parenting Program, one of the most effective evidence-based parenting programs in the world, backed up by more than 30 years of ongoing research. Triple P gives parents simple and practical strategies to help them confidently manage their children’s behavior, prevent problems developing and build strong, healthy relationships.

“The evidence-based Positive Parenting Program, Triple P, is a wonderful way for parents to learn positive strategies to decrease stress and  deal with behavioral issues,” says Christin Brown, Salem Site Director and  Project Coordinator, Early Childhood Mental Health Initiative at Children’s Friend. “Our clinicians are achieving high success with Triple P helping to create harmony at home which translates into a more positive experience for children in the classroom and community.”

Mary Chao, an outpatient clinician at Children’s Friend’s Gloucester site, notes that Triple P is powerful because it “puts the parent in the driver’s seat.” She says that the program offers step-by-step strategies which empower parents and help them build confidence. Chao notes that the proactive program creates “a buffet of options allowing parents to pick what they want on the menu. The model is fundamental and flexible,” notes Chao.

Developed by clinical psychologist Professor Matt Sanders and his colleagues at Australia’s University of Queensland, Triple P has been proven to work with hundreds of thousands of families through ongoing research over 30 years. More than 230 published papers, international trials and studies have shown it works across cultures, socio-economic groups and in many different family structures.

“Children who grow up with positive parenting are more likely to develop the skills they need to do well at schoolwork, build friendships, and feel good about themselves,” says Professor Sanders.“ They are also much less likely to develop behavioral or emotional problems when they get older. Similarly, parents who use positive parenting skills feel more confident and competent about managing day-to-day family life. They are also less stressed, less depressed and have less conflict with their partners over parenting issues.”

Triple P is distinctive in that it is not a “one-size-fits-all” course. Rather, it is a system that offers increasing levels of support to meet parents’ different needs. Parents can choose anything from one-off public seminars or self-help books and DVDs to more intensive group courses or individual counseling sessions.

“Some parents may just need a light-touch of Triple P, a few ideas to help them set up a better bedtime routine or manage occasional disobedience,” says Professor Sanders. “But others may be in crisis and need greater support. So Triple P is based on the idea that we give parents just the right amount of help they need – enough, but not too much.”

“We are looking forward to helping more and more families using Triple P,” says Brown who notes that Triple P is covered by most health insurances. For more information, contact Brown at 978-744-7905, ext. 1516 .

Children’s Friend supports over 3,000 children and their families from Essex County each year with programs focusing on Mental Health Counseling, Wraparound Services, In Home Therapy, Therapeutic Mentoring, Juvenile Court Services, Teen Parenting Program, and Volunteer Youth Mentoring. Children’s Friend is one of the oldest and largest community-based counseling organizations for children and families. Offices are located in Salem, Lynn, Lawrence and Gloucester. Visit childrensfriend.net to learn more.