Chicago Parent Program

Scientific Rating:
Supported by Research Evidence
See scale of 1-5

Additional Implementation Resources

Since this program Chicago Parent Program was highly rated on the Scientific Rating Scale, program representatives were asked to provide additional implementation information.

Pre-Implementation Materials

There are pre-implementation materials to measure organizational or provider readiness for Chicago Parent Program as listed below:

A FAQ document is available on the Chicago Parent Program (CPP) website ( to assist organizations in assessing whether they have sufficient resources to implement the CPP with quality and whether the goals of the program are compatible with the needs of the agency. Organizations interested in implementing the CPP are encouraged to contact program developers to discuss organizational readiness and availability of resources for sustaining the CPP.

Formal Support for Implementation

There is formal support available for implementation of Chicago Parent Program as listed below:

In person or distance consultation is available for supporting implementation and technical assistance. CPP group leaders are encouraged to become certified. Group leaders interested in becoming certified are required to submit a minimum of 3 audio recorded group sessions for independent fidelity rating. Group leaders receive written detailed feedback and numeric ratings of their group leading skill and extent of adherence to program components. A mechanism for submitting digitally recorded sessions online and explanation of the certification process is described on the CPP website.

Fidelity Measures

There are fidelity measures for Chicago Parent Program as listed below:

The Chicago Parent Program Fidelity Checklist is used to assess group leader competence and adherence. Fidelity assessments are conducted by independent raters who have been trained and have demonstrated reliability. The Fidelity Checklist scales are available in the Chicago Parent Program Manual. A study testing the reliability and validity of the Fidelity Checklist was published in a peer-reviewed journal:

  • Breitenstein, S. M., Fogg, L., Garvey, C., Hill, C., Resnick, B., & Gross, D. (2010). Measuring implementation fidelity in a community-based parenting intervention. Nursing Research, 59, 158-165.

Implementation Guides or Manuals

There are implementation guides or manuals for Chicago Parent Program as listed below:

Manuals are required for implementation and are purchased as part of the CPP group leader training. Manuals are also available for purchase (in English or Spanish) on the CPP website.

Research on How to Implement the Program

Research has been conducted on how to implement Chicago Parent Program as listed below:

  • Breitenstein, S., Fogg, L., Ocampo, E., Acosta, D., & Gross, D. (2016). Parent use and efficacy of a self-administered, tablet-based parent training intervention. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 4(2), e36.
  • Breitenstein, S. & Gross, D. (2013). Web-based delivery of a preventive parent training intervention: A feasibility study. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing, 26, 149-157.
  • Breitenstein, S., Shane, L, Julion, W., & Gross, D. (2014). Developing the eCPP: Adapting an evidence-based parent training program for digital delivery in primary care. Worldviews on Evidence-based Nursing, 11(3), 168-176.
  • Gross, D., Belcher, H., Ofonedu, M., Breitenstein, S., Frick, K., & Budhathoki, C. (2014). Study protocol for a comparative effectiveness trial of two parent training programs in a fee-for-service mental health clinic: Can we improve mental health services to low-income families. Trials, 15(70). doi:10.1186/1745-6215-15-70