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Confident Parents: Thriving Kids
- What is Confident Parents: Thriving Kids?
- What can I expect from the program?
- How do I know if it's the right program for my family?
- How do I access the program?
Confident Parents: Thriving Kids is a family-focused coaching service effective in reducing mild to moderate behavioural problems and promoting healthy child development in children ages 3-12. The program is grounded in the Parent Management Training – Oregon Model developed by Implementation Sciences International Inc.
Confident Parents: Thriving Kids is delivered via telephone by trained coaches whose role is to empower parents and/or caregivers to serve as the primary change agent for their children. Parents learn effective family management practices that support social skills and cooperation in their child. These practices are proven to prevent, reduce and reverse the development of mild to moderate behaviour problems that create challenges at home, school and in social settings.
The program is offered at no cost to BC families, and coaches are available to meet with parents during day, evening and weekend hours to meet each family’s needs.
Confident Parents: Thriving Kids teaches parents key positive parenting practices through a 6, 10 or 14-week program depending on the behaviours presented. All of the sessions are held via telephone and parents are provided with an accompanying manual which they will work through with their Coach.
The intervention works incrementally, ensuring parents have sufficient time to practice and learn a skill before learning additional strategies. At the end of each weekly session, parents are assigned some homework to develop the new skill at home.
The program focuses on five key principles:
- Encouragement of positive behaviour.
- Systematic, mild consequences for negative behaviour.
- Monitoring of children’s activities, peers etc.
- Problem-solving to prevent problems and address day-to-day family living issues.
- Positive involvement in children’s interests, activities, and social development.
Supporting components of this model include giving good directions, observing and recording behaviour, identifying and regulating emotions, fostering communication through cooperation, and promoting school success. More information on the Parent Management Training – Oregon Model program can be found at www.isii.net.
It is important that you, as a parent or caregiver, discuss your child’s behaviour with your family doctor. For children with severe behaviour or attention problems, your family doctor may consider a referral to a mental health specialist. When symptoms are in the mild to moderate range, the Confident Parents: Thriving Kids program has achieved solid outcomes for families. Your doctor is an experienced resource to outline the different interventions available to you.
Entry in to the Confident Parents: Thriving Kids program requires a referral from a primary care practitioner such as a physician, pediatrician or nurse practitioner. Please speak to your family doctor or pediatrician who will work with you to determine if the program is appropriate for your child and make the necessary referral.
Once referred, families can expect Confident Parents: Thriving Kids staff to contact you within 3 to 5 business days to schedule an intake appointment by telephone.
Confident Parents: Thriving Kids is offered in partnership with Implementation Sciences International Inc. with funding provided by the Province of British Columbia.