Selected Triple P
The delivery of information in a series of brief one-off seminars to large groups of parents is becoming increasingly popular as a prevention/early intervention strategy within the Triple P System. These seminars arose from a need to have a less intensive form of group parent training than was provided by the Group Triple P format.
Selected Triple P as a group program is comprised of three introductory seminars designed for all interested parents. The program is particularly useful as a universal transition program for parents enrolling their children in childcare, kindergarten, preschool or school, although it can also be used as a booster program or refresher course for parents who have completed a higher level of intervention such as Group Triple P. It can also involve a brief (one to two-session) intervention providing early anticipatory developmental guidance to parents of children with mild behaviour difficulties or developmental issues.
The seminar series was designed as a flexible parent education resource that could serve a number of purposes. These include:
- To provide an introductory orientation session to parents and professionals that would provide a brief overview of the key concepts and strategies used in the Triple P-Positive Parenting Program
- As part of an engagement strategy, to encourage those parents who might benefit from participation in a more intensive group or individual Triple P intervention
- To provide a refresher or ‘booster’ session for parents who have already completed another level of intervention
Seminar 1, The Power of Positive Parenting, provides the building blocks for the program as it introduces parents to the five core principles of positive parenting-ensuring a safe, engaging environment for children, creating a positive learning environment, using assertive discipline, having realistic expectations, and taking care of yourself as a parent.
Seminar 2, Raising Confident, Competent Children, builds on the foundation seminar and shows parents how they can use positive parenting principles to teach children important values and skills, including encouraging respect, cooperation, getting on with others, learning to be independent, to develop healthy self-esteem and to become good problem solvers. These competencies enable children to do well both at school and beyond.
Seminar 3, Raising Resilient Children, focuses on helping children learn emotion regulation skills. Parents are often uncertain about how to respond to children’s expression of emotion in ways that help children learn to manage their feelings. This seminar deals with how to help children recognise and accept feelings, express their feeling appropriately, build positive feelings, deal with negative feelings, develop coping skills, and deal with upsetting or stressful life events.