Parenting through Change (PTC)

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Scientific Rating:
Well-Supported by Research Evidence
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Child Welfare System Relevance Level:
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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. Parenting through Change (PTC) has been rated by the CEBC in the area of: Parent Training Programs that Address Behavior Problems in Children and Adolescents.

Target Population: Parents of children ages 2-18 at risk for or presenting with behavior problems

For parents/caregivers of children ages: 2 – 18

Brief Description

PTC is a group parenting intervention that addresses child and adolescent behavior problems, including oppositional defiant and conduct problems and associated challenges such as attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms, delinquency, substance use, depression, academic problems, and deviant peer association. Weekly parent group sessions introduce a set of core parenting practices (e.g., skill encouragement, limit setting, monitoring, problem solving, and positive involvement) and supporting practices (e.g., active communication, emotion regulation, and academic promotion). Group facilitators use active teaching skills (e.g., role play and problem solving) to introduce and practice skills. Parent groups, which are designed for prevention and clinically referred samples, are available in 10, 12, and 14 session formats. The individual family session version of this intervention, Parent Management Training – Oregon Model (PMTO®) is also rated on the CEBC.

Program Goals:

The overall goals of Parenting Through Change (PTC) are:

  • Strengthen effective parenting practices
  • Reduce coercive family processes
  • Specific targets include the following:
    • Strengthen collaborative parenting
    • Enhance parental mental health
    • Prevent out-of-home placement
    • Reduce and prevent child/youth behavior problems (e.g., aggression, externalizing behavior, internalizing behavior, delinquency, drug use/abuse, deviant peer association)
    • Strengthen youngsters’ academic functioning
    • Increase youngsters’ prosocial skills (e.g. effective communication, interpersonal problem solving cooperation)
    • Promote prosocial peer relationships and activities

Contact Information

Anna Suski, BS
Agency/Affiliation: Implementation Sciences International, Inc.
Phone: (541) 485-2711

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: March 2016

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: February 2016

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: October 2017