- by Carolyn Webster-Stratton
Lesley Stanley, MNZM, a clinical psychologist, has received the prestigious New Zealand Order of Merit in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, in 2018.
In 2003, she started as an Incredible Years parent group leader, becoming accredited as a group leader and then Mentor, so that she could train others. She was the first Mentor in the IY TCM program and is largely responsible for bringing the TCM program to New Zealand teachers. Lesley helped integrate both parent and teacher programs in schools and provided training, consultation, and support to many IY group leaders throughout the country. Today more than 20,000 parents and 13,000 teachers have accessed the programs.
Lesley retired in 2014 from the Ministry of Education, Special Education, where she had been the national Practice leader for Incredible Years and is now considered an Incredible Years Mentor Emeritus. In her retirement she continues to volunteer with support to IY parent programs, and is truly an incredible person who has been committed all her life to supporting families, teachers, and children. We are grateful to have had her on the IY team and happy to see her recognized for her great dissemination work.
Click here to read more about Lesley’s receipt of the Queen’s Birthday Honour.