Parent Management Training - Oregon Model (PMTO®)

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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. Parent Management Training - Oregon Model (PMTO®) has been rated by the CEBC in the areas of: Disruptive Behavior Treatment (Child & Adolescent) and Parent Training Programs that Address Behavior Problems in Children and Adolescents.

Target Population: Parents of children 2-18 years of age with disruptive behaviors such as conduct disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, and anti-social behaviors

For parents/caregivers of children ages: 2 – 18

Brief Description

PMTO refers to a set of parent training interventions developed over forty years, originating with the theoretical work, basic research, and intervention development of Gerald Patterson and colleagues at Oregon Social Learning Center. PMTO can be used in family contexts including two biological parents, single-parent, re-partnered, grandparent-led, reunification, and foster families. PMTO can be used as a preventative program and a treatment program. It can be delivered in many formats, including parent groups, individual family treatment in agencies or home-based and via telephone/video conference delivery, books, audiotapes and video recordings. PMTO interventions have been tailored for specific youth clinical problems, such as externalizing and internalizing problems, school problems, antisocial behavior, conduct problems, deviant peer association, theft, delinquency, substance abuse, and child neglect and abuse. Individual parent or parent group interventions are appropriate for birth parents whose children have been removed because of maltreatment/neglect.

Program Goals:

The goals of the Parent Management Training - Oregon Model (PMTO®) are:

  • Improving parenting practices
  • Reducing family coercion
  • Reducing and preventing internalizing and externalizing behaviors in youth
  • Reducing and preventing substance use and abuse in youth
  • Reducing and preventing delinquency and police arrests in youth
  • Reducing and preventing out-of-home placements in youth
  • Reducing and preventing deviant peer association in youth
  • Increasing academic performance in youth
  • Increasing social competency in youth
  • Increasing peer relations in youth
  • Promoting reunification of families with youth in care

Contact Information

Name: Marion S. Forgatch, PhD
Agency/Affiliation: Implementation Sciences International, Inc. (ISII)
Phone: (541) 485-2711

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: September 2015

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: September 2015

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: October 2009