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North Carolina Agency Shows Incredible Years’ Impact on Families

Thompson Child and Family Focus is an agency in North Carolina currently using The Incredible Years programs to teach parenting classes within their community. “Thompson is a non-profit organization operating three distinct campuses, each providing comprehensive education, treatment, and care for children (birth to 18 years) in need.” (Thompson website, http://www.thompsoncff.org/)

Thompson has sent a number of group leaders to Seattle for Group Leader Training, and they also have staff who are “Certified” group leaders, meaning they have gone through our certification process to ensure they are implementing the program as it is intended, with fidelity (this is vital for evidence-based programs!). It is clear the commitment this agency shows to high quality standards pays off in the outcomes they see with their families.

Recently, we were sent a powerful video discussing the work they do and the impact of The Incredible Years parent classes on the community. Though they have a number of campuses, the video focuses on the work being done in the Grier Heights community, which is host to high crime rate and unemployment.

According to the video, many of the parents are single mothers, searching for a stable income, and are experiencing numerous stressors. Says group leader Shunta Daniels, “Regardless of whether you come from a high socio-economic class or a low socio-economic class – parents want the best for their children.” The parents attend the classes for 16 weeks and learn to build positive solid foundations with their children.

“The parenting class has been an experience – a wonderful experience – and not an experience that I expected. It’s been a learning experience, it’s been a growing experience – it gives you a greater respect for yourself and other people.” (Quote from parent in video.)

Be sure to watch video at the top of this page, and share with your friends! You can also view this on our website, in the testimonials section.

If you are a parent interested in attending an Incredible Years parent group, click here. 

If you are interested in implementing the Incredible Years programs through your agency, contact us!

 


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Parenting Program Researched as a Home Visit Intervention

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IMG_2323 - Version 2Renda Dionne (certified group leader) and her colleagues have completed a randomized control group study using the home based Incredible Years (IY) parent program (Basic Preschool) with American Indian families with children (ages 3-10 years). Their approach involved a motivational phase, which set a historical context for parents’ current difficulties, and an intervention phase, which linked the IY principles and skills within cultural traditions, beliefs and values.

The program was delivered in 11 home visits, each lasting approximately 90 minutes. The home visiting coaches used the IY collaborative approach (without modification) including watching video vignettes, role play practices and homework assignments. With every skill taught, culturally based stories were offered to create a stronger connection to the skill.

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The Incredible Years Parent Program being implemented as a Home Visit model

For example, child-directed play was linked to respect for others, praise was linked to honoring others, limit setting linked to historical trauma, and prevention to ceremony.  Preliminary evidence looks promising with significant improvements in observations of parenting and child behavior in the intervention condition compared with the delayed-intervention group.

The majority of participants reported high levels of satisfaction with the program.  Given that historically few American Indians have taken part in research studies, we are excited about these findings and the potential for implementing the program with the American Indian population. It is particularly innovative they way researchers integrated a cultural approach as an adjunct to the Incredible Years program.

Click here to read the article!
Dionne, R., Davis, B., Sheeber, L., and Madrigal, L. 2009. 
Initial Evaluation of a Cultural Approach to Implementation of Evidence-based Parenting Interventions in American Indian Communities  Journal of Community Psychology, V.37.7. 911-921. DOI: 10.1002/jcop.20336

Want to learn more about implementing the Incredible Years Programs as a Home Visiting Model? Click here!


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“Anos Incríveis” – Portuguese researchers at the University of Coimbra share their findings delivering the Incredible Years Parent and Teacher Programs

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Full group at Conference

Carolyn Webster-Stratton recently attended and presented at a conference, held at the University of Coimbra in Portugal, “Prevention and early intervention for behavioral disorders in preschool children: the effectiveness of parenting programs and school-based evidence.” Portuguese researchers at the University shared their findings delivering the Incredible Years Parent and Teacher Programs.

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The University of Coimbra is a public university, established in 1290. It is one of the oldest universities in continuous operation in the world and currently has around 20,000 students and hosts many international students. While there, Dr. Webster-Stratton felt she had been transported to Hogwarts, especially when she viewed the students’ robes and the gorgeous location.

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Carolyn and one of the university students

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Prior to being a University, this building was the Royal Palace (for four centuries!). The first of all the royal residences in Portugal, the Palace was inhabited by monarchs between the 12th and 15th centuries. In 2013, UNESCO added the university as a World Heritage site based on its architectural and artistic heritage.

While at the conference, Dr. Webster-Stratton had a chance to find out what was happening in the Psychology and Education departments at the University. She met a dynamic team of people who are delivering the Incredible Years programs with different populations.  She was impressed with their commitment to quality delivery of the programs as prevention programs as well as treatment programs for children with ADHD and conduct problems, and with their dedication to evaluating their results.


TV local news interviews Carolyn and the two Portuguese researchers who brought the program to Portugal.
(some of this is in English and some in Portuguese language ~ take a look at the beautiful university)

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Carolyn with Maria João (L) and Maria Filomena (R)

Consultation Day:  Carolyn began her visit with a group leader consultation day that was co-led with  Maria Filomena and Maria João, two psychology professors completing their Incredible Years mentor training. There were 11 participants attending who showed 6 different DVDs of their parent group work.  These clinicians had previously delivered any where from 2 to 7, 14-week groups.  The day began with three psychiatrists presenting 2 DVDs of their work delivering the parent program in the psychiatry department at the Realidade Hospital in Porto. The next two psychologists presented their delivery of the IY parenting program with residential care workers. The remaining psychologists showed their group session DVDs with parents of children with ADHD and ODD. It was a packed agenda with participants having carefully determined their goals and segments of video they wanted to show for feedback. The group was very open to feedback and readily engaged in practices and shared ideas for helping support parents’ learning and confidence in their parenting approaches.

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Carolyn with two Doctoral students, Sara Leitao (left) and Mariana Pimente (right)

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Carolyn with Tatiana Homem (left) and Andreia Azevedo (right)

Conference Day: This was a truly amazing and packed day that started at 10 am and went overtime until 7:30 pm with most people staying until the conclusion.  There were approximately 180+ participants with 50 of these being parents who had participated in IY parent groups. Additionally there were at least as many teachers participating as well as psychologists. There was a great deal of excitement as people greeted each other.  In addition to Carolyn’s two presentations there were 8 other presentations of research that has been conducted with the Incredible Years parent and the teacher programs. All outcomes are looking very promising with improvements in parenting and teacher practices as well as reductions in children’s behavior problems.  Drop outs are low and satisfaction reports very positive.  Research with the families of children with ADHD has recently been accepted for publication.

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Carolyn with Vera Maria Silverio do Vale, who did her research with Teacher Classroom Management, and a teacher with a turtle shell

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Carolyn with two psychiatrists, João Guerra and Vânia Martins

It certainly appears that this very energetic and collaborative team have successfully transported the Incredible Years Programs to Portugal.  They have accomplished a great deal and even Wally Problem Solver and Dina Dinosaur have learned to speak Portuguese!

~Guest post written by Carolyn Webster-Stratton, Ph.D.


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Incredible Years® in West Bank, Palestine

Earlier this year, Dr. Webster-Stratton had the opportunity to travel to West Bank, in Palestine, to meet with and observe those implementing Incredible Years® Parent, Teacher and Child programs at the Holy Child Program.

We did a special newsletter spotlight series, providing a detailed account of the trip, which you can read here and here.

A little bit about the Holy Child Program:

The Holy Child Program (certified by the Palestinian Ministry of Education) is a service of the Bethlehem Holy Child Program Corporation. The beliefs and teachings of the Roman Catholic Church provide the framework within which the services are offered even though the majority of the children are Muslim. The goal of the school is to provide an alternative education for children who suffer from untreated, complex mental health issues and exposure to intergenerational trauma. It provides individualized programs for each child and seeks to highlight a rich cultural heritage as well as partnerships with local providers.

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The teachers have participated in the Teacher Classroom Management program, and now deliver the Child Program to the students at the school. Additionally, there are weekly parent groups for mothers in the area!

We are now very excited to announce this video, which was made to showcase the program in West Bank and highlight the excellent work they are doing there! Please see the video below and share with your colleagues!


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Continued website tutorial!

Hello Incredible Friends!

Before we get started, an exciting announcement: Incredible Years is now on Twitter! Follow us for up to date news and information!

Moving along…

We wanted to finish up the main portion of our website tutorial. We hope this has been useful as you all get used to the new website! As always, feel free to contact us at any time with questions about where things can be found on our website.

This last tutorial is going to explore the side bar section of the website. There are some very important things here! On almost every page you visit in the website, you will see a side bar on the right hand side. There will be three sections: “Learn More,” “Quick Menu,” and “Newsletter Sign up.”

Let’s start with the “Learn More” section. Depending on where you are in the website, the links here will change. These are very important links! They will lead to further information based on the section of the website you are looking at. For example, if you go to the orange tool bar and hover over “Programs” and then click “Parent Training Programs” you will be taken to the main page for parent programs. The “Learn More” section then has links to each of the different parent programs with specific information to each program. See the illustration below!

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The next two sections in the side bar, “Quick Menu” and “Newsletter Sign up” will be the same no matter what page you are on. The Quick Menu has links to common sections of the site, such as the Frequently Asked Questions and Workshop Schedule. The Newsletter Sign Up is just what is sounds like! If you have not yet had a chance to sign up for our monthly newsletter, you are welcome to use this Opt-In form to do so (you can unsubscribe at any time). Our newsletters contain information on upcoming trainings, new research, product information, and more!

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If you have a moment, please take this quick poll to let us know if these tutorials have been helpful! Thank you! Also, stay tuned for another exciting Guest Blog Post from Carolyn Webster-Stratton, regarding new research on using Incredible Years® Programs with mothers in the jail system.