Parent Effectiveness Training (P.E.T.)

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About This Program

Target Population: Parents of children ages 0 to 18 with communication and behavior problems

For children/adolescents ages: 0 – 18

For parents/caregivers of children ages: 0 – 18

Brief Description

P.E.T.'s purpose is to offer parents a set of skills for developing and maintaining effective relationships with their children and others. Parents learn listening skills to help their children when they have problems, self-disclosure skills to help themselves when their children cause problems for them, and skills to resolve conflicts and problems so that both the parent and the child gets their needs met. Class time is devoted to learning the concepts through short lectures, roleplaying, practice in small groups and workbook exercises. Each parent receives a set of standardized participant materials which includes a copy of Dr. Thomas Gordon’s Parent Effectiveness Training (P.E.T.) book.

Program Goals:

The goals of Parent Effectiveness Training (P.E.T.) are:

  • Determine who “owns the problem” in a given situation
  • Identify the 12 Roadblocks to Communication
  • Distinguish between Roadblocks and Active Listening
  • Avoid the Roadblocks that cause most helping attempts to fail
  • Recognize when their child needs their help as a skilled listener
  • Use silence, acknowledgments, and door-openers to help their child with a problem
  • Actively listen to hear their child’s feelings
  • Actively listen to clarify information
  • Distinguish between Acceptable and Unacceptable Behavior
  • Determine what to do when a child’s behavior is interfering with the parent’s meeting their needs

Contact Information

Lance Johnson
Agency/Affiliation: Gordon Training International
Phone: (858) 481-8121 x300
Fax: (858) 481-8125

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: July 2017

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: June 2015

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: June 2013