Parenting with Love and Limits (PLL)

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About This Program

Target Population: Children and adolescents aged 10-18 who have severe emotional and behavioral problems (e.g., conduct disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder) and frequently co-occurring problems such as depression, alcohol or drug use, chronic truancy, destruction of property, domestic violence, or suicidal ideation; program also has been used with teenagers with less extreme behaviors and serves both youth in the community and returning home from an out-of-home placement

For children/adolescents ages: 10 – 18

For parents/caregivers of children ages: 10 – 18

Brief Description

PLL combines group therapy and family therapy to treat children and adolescents aged 10-18 who have severe emotional and behavioral problems (e.g., conduct disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder) and frequently co-occurring problems such as depression, alcohol or drug use, chronic truancy, destruction of property, domestic violence, or suicidal ideation. The program also has been used with teenagers with less extreme behaviors. PLL is also used to serve as an alternative to a residential placement for youth as well as with youth returning back from residential placement such as commitment programs, halfway houses, group homes, or foster homes. PLL teaches families how to reestablish adult authority through consistent limits while reclaiming a loving relationship.

PLL must consist of both of the following:

  • Six multifamily sessions, conducted by one clinician and one co-facilitator, that employ group discussions, videotapes, age-specific breakout sessions, and role-play.
  • Six to eight individual family intensive 1- to 2-hour therapy sessions in an outpatient or home-based setting to practice the skills learned in the group setting. The number of sessions can be increased up to 20 for youth with more severe problems such as involvement with the juvenile or criminal justice system. PLL’s integration of group sessions and family therapy is designed to help families apply skills and concepts to real-life situations and prevent relapse.

Program Goals:

The goals of Parenting with Love and Limits (PLL) are:

  • Treat children and adolescents who have severe emotional and behavioral problems
  • Teach families how to reestablish adult authority through consistent limits while reclaiming a loving relationship

Contact Information

John Burek
Agency/Affiliation: Parenting With Love and Limits, Inc.
Website: www.gopll.com
Email:
Phone: (800) 735-9525
Fax: (812) 727-2847

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: May 2016

Last CEBC Contact Date: February 2018

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: February 2018

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: December 2009