CICC's Effective Black Parenting Program (EBPP)
About This Program
Target Population: African-American families at risk for child maltreatment
For parents/caregivers of children ages: 0 – 17
EBPP is a parenting skill-building program created specifically for parents of African-American children. It was originally designed as a 15-session program to be used with small groups of parents. A one-day seminar version of the program for large numbers of parents has been created. EBPP is disseminated via instructor training workshops conducted nationwide.
The goals of the CICC's Effective Black Parenting Program (EBPP) are:
- Prevent and treat child abuse
- Prevent and treat child behavior disorders
- Promote cultural pride
- Reduce parental stress
- Prevent and treat child and parent substance abuse
- Improve child school behavior and performance
- Strengthen family cohesion
- Cope better with racism and prejudice
- Avoid cultural self-disparagement
- Teach tolerance
The essential components of the CICC's Effective Black Parenting Program (EBPP) include:
- Culturally Specific Parenting Strategies:
- Achievement Orientation to Parenting: The Pyramid of Success for Black Children
- Traditional Black Discipline vs. Modern Black Self-Discipline
- Pride in Blackness: Positive Communications about Heritage, Coping with Racism, Avoiding Black Self-Disparagement
- Finding Special Times for All of Our Children: Chit Chat Time
- General Parenting Strategies:
- Social Learning Ideas and Pinpointing and Counting Behavior
- The Thinking Parent's Approach
- Family Rules Are Like A Coin, and Family Rule Guidelines
- Get Home Safely Rules
- Children's Developing Abilities
- Children's Thinking Stages and the Development Swing between Belonging and Independence
- Basic Parenting Skills Taught in a Culturally Sensitive Manner, Using African-American Language Expressions and African Proverbs:
- Effective Praise
- Mild Social Disapproval
- Time Out
- Special Incentives
- Special Program Topics:
- Single Parenting
- Preventing Drug Abuse
- Group treatment with either weekly small group sessions or a one-time large group seminar
CICC's Effective Black Parenting Program (EBPP) directly provides services to parents/caregivers and addresses the following:
- Parents living in high-risk situations that can lead to child maltreatment
Weekly three-hour sessions or one-day 6.5 hours abbreviated seminar version
15 weeks total including a session for graduation and testifying or just one-day for the abbreviated seminar version
This program is typically conducted in a(n):
- Birth Family Home
- Community Agency
- Foster/Kinship Care
- Outpatient Clinic
CICC's Effective Black Parenting Program (EBPP) includes a homework component:
A variety of homework projects are required, including behavior change projects with targeted children, bringing in members of the extended black family to participate, using family rules, etc.
Resources Needed to Run Program
The typical resources for implementing the program are:
- The Parent Handbooks with program and skill descriptions
- Space for 8-12 parents with enough room break into dyads for skill practice
- Laptop computer
- DVD Player/monitor
- Dry erase board with pens and eraser.
The program is designed to be led by one instructor who presents the program, demonstrates and models the skills, and provides individual consultations to parents on their home behavior change projects.
Education and Training
Prerequisite/Minimum Provider Qualifications
Practitioners ranging from paraprofessional prevention specialists and parent involvement coordinators to children service workers with Bachelor's level degrees and Doctorate-level psychologists have been trained to deliver the program. It is best to have had prior training in behavior modification or behavior analysis as well as education and training in child development and group dynamics. In addition, exposure to Black Studies courses and materials is helpful. The majority of the instructors trained and certified in this program have been of African descent.
Education and Training Resources
There is a manual that describes how to implement this program , and there is training available for this program.
- Kerby Alvy, Training Coordinator
Center for the Improvement of Child Caring
phone: (818) 358-4858
Training is obtained:
People can attend regularly scheduled workshops in different cities or the workshop can be brought to a specific location on a contractual basis.
Number of days/hours:
Five 6.5 hour days
There are no pre-implementation materials to measure organizational or provider readiness for CICC's Effective Black Parenting Program (EBPP).
Formal Support for Implementation
There is formal support available for implementation of CICC's Effective Black Parenting Program (EBPP) as listed below:
There is a Getting Parents Into Program CD available.
There are no fidelity measures for CICC's Effective Black Parenting Program (EBPP).
Implementation Guides or Manuals
There are implementation guides or manuals for CICC's Effective Black Parenting Program (EBPP) as listed below:
- Multi-Component Instructor Kit including:
- Fully scripted Instructor Manual (over 300 pages)
- One Parent Handbook
- Power Point CD of Instructional Charts
- Promotional Video
- Promotional Flyer Master
- Getting Parents Into Program CD
- The Soulful Parent book of evaluative interviews with parents, instructors and trainers of instructors
The Kit is included in the price for instructors attending training workshops and also can be purchased separately from attending workshops.
Workshops and materials are available through the CICC website, www.ciccparenting.org.
Research on How to Implement the Program
Research has not been conducted on how to implement CICC's Effective Black Parenting Program (EBPP).
Relevant Published, Peer-Reviewed Research
This program is rated a "3 - Promising Research Evidence" on the Scientific Rating Scale based on the published, peer-reviewed research available. The practice must have at least one study utilizing some form of control (e.g., untreated group, placebo group, matched wait list study) establishing the practice's benefit over the placebo, or found it to be comparable to or better than an appropriate comparison practice. Please see the Scientific Rating Scale for more information.
Myers, H. F., Alvy, K. T., Arlington, A., Richardson, M. A., Marigna, M., Huff, R., ... & Newcomb, M. D. (1992). The impact of a parent training program on inner‐city African‐American families. Journal of Community Psychology, 20(2), 132-147.
Type of Study:
Pretest-Posttest with control group
Number of Participants: 173 families
- Age — Children: 6-8 years; Adults: Mean=33.5 years
- Race/Ethnicity — 100% African-American
- Gender — Children: Not specified; Adults: 93% Female
- Status — Participants were high-risk, low income, and lived in an inner city community.
Location/Institution: South Central Los Angeles, CA
Summary: (To include comparison groups, outcomes, measures, notable limitations)
This study tested the efficacy of the Effective Black Parenting Program (EBPP) on inner-city African-American parents and their children in regards to parenting practices, the quality of the parent-child relationship and child behavior problems and competencies. Measures include the Parental Acceptance Rejection Questionnaire for Mothers, the Parenting Practices Inventory, the Retrospective Family Relationships Questionnaire, and the Child Behavior Checklist. Results from Cohort I indicated that parents in the EBPP indicated significant improvements in parental rejection, in the quality of family relationships, and in child behavior outcomes than those in the control group. Additionally results from Cohort II indicated that parents in the EBPP reported using significantly more praise and less hitting and spanking as part of their parenting repertoire than control parents. At 1-year follow-up reductions in parental rejection and in hyperactive and withdrawn behavior in boys and sexual problem behaviors in girls and parent-child relationship were maintained. Limitations include lack of randomization of participants, reliance on self-reported measures and small sample size.
Length of postintervention follow-up: 1 year.
Alvy, K. T. (1994). Parent training today: A social necessity. Studio City, CA: Center for the Improvement of Child Caring.
Alvy, K. T., Harris, E., Ball, L. N., & Liggins, H. (2011). The soulful parent: Raising healthy, happy and successful African American children. Center for the Improvement of Child Caring, Studio City, California.
Child Welfare League of America (2006). Parenting education and support: A special issue of CWLA's Child Welfare Journal, Arlington, VA.
Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: November 2017
Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: April 2018
Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: December 2007