Systematic Training for Effective Parenting (STEP)

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About This Program

Target Population: Parents of children - birth through adolescence

For parents/caregivers of children ages: 0 – 17

Brief Description

STEP (Systematic Training for Effective Parenting) is a multicomponent parenting education curriculum. The three STEP programs help parents learn effective ways to relate to their children from birth through adolescence by using parent education study groups. By identifying the purposes of children's behavior, STEP also helps parents learn how to encourage cooperative behavior in their children and how not to reinforce unacceptable behaviors. STEP also helps parents change dysfunctional and destructive relationships with their children by offering concrete alternatives to abusive and ineffective methods of discipline and control. STEP is offered in three separate programs covering early childhood, children ages seven through twelve, and teenagers. Each program contains a leader's resource guide, promotional tools, videos and parent handbooks.

Program Goals:

The goals of STEP (Systematic Training for Effective Parenting) are:

  • Increased ability to identify goals of misbehavior
  • Increased alternatives to misbehaviors
  • Increased encouragement skills
  • Increased skill in communication
  • Increased skill in cooperation (parental and child)
  • Increased skill in discipline
  • Increased skill in choosing parenting approach
  • Increase child self-esteem and confidence
  • Decreased inappropriate parental behaviors in disciplining children and teens

Contact Information

Stephanie Dinkmeyer
Agency/Affiliation: STEP Publishers, LLC
Phone: (800) 720-1286

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: November 2015

Last CEBC Contact Date: October 2017

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: June 2014

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: March 2006