Common Sense Parenting (CSP)

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Scientific Rating:
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About This Program

The information in this program outline is provided by the program representative and edited by the CEBC staff. Common Sense Parenting (CSP) has been rated by the CEBC in the area of: Parent Training Programs that Address Behavior Problems in Children and Adolescents.

Target Population: Parents and other caregivers of children ages 6 - 16 years

For parents/caregivers of children ages: 6 – 16

Brief Description

Common Sense ParentingSM (CSP) is a group-based class for parents comprised of 6 weekly, 2-hour sessions led by a credentialed trainer who focuses on teaching practical skills to increase children’s positive behavior, decrease negative behavior, and model appropriate alternative behavior. Each class is formatted to include a review of the prior session, instruction of the new skill, modeled examples, skill practice/feedback, and a summary.

Program Goals:

The goals of Common Sense Parenting (CSP) are:

  • Equip parents with a logical method for changing their children's behaviors through teaching positive behaviors, social skills, and methods to reduce stress in crisis situations
  • Provide parents with practical strategies for enhancing parent-child communication and building robust family relationships

Contact Information

Name: Ronald W. Thompson, PhD
Agency/Affiliation: Boys Town National Research Institution
Phone: (402) 498-1254
Fax: (402) 498-1315

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: May 2017

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: May 2017

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: July 2010