Friday, November 11, 2011

Parenting Skills with Group Triple P written by our Guest Psychologist Dr Nicole Arthur @ New Directions Psychology Jindalee Brisbane

What is Triple P?
Raising healthy and well-adjusted children who have the skills to cope with life can be stressful for most parents and at times overwhelming. Research suggests that “parenting”, whilst rewarding, is also one of the most difficult “jobs” in life.

So where do parents learn the necessary skills and knowledge to raise their children? What help is available for parents facing challenging behaviours, emotional ups and downs and developmental changes?

Triple P - Positive Parenting Program is a system of well-researched and validated parenting skills that aims to promote positive and caring relationships between parents and their children, to encourage desired behaviour in children and to help develop effective management strategies for dealing with undesired child behaviour problems.

Group Triple P is one method of delivery of the Triple P strategies. This mode of delivery has the advantages of allowing for normalisation of the parenting experience as well as providing the opportunity for support, friendship and constructive advice from other parents. It is a multi-session program that is ideally presented to groups of 10 -12 parents/families. The program allows for active involvement by parents and the chance to learn new knowledge and skills through observation, discussion, active practice and feedback.

Who can benefit from Triple P?
Whilst initially developed to assist parents of children with specific behavioural problems, research has identified the advantages of the program as a universal parenting support strategy. Parenting issues can range from day-to-day stress and relationship difficulties to more severe and repetitive emotional or behavioural problems.  Group Triple P provides a set of skills and strategies that can assist parents deal with these issues in a positive, consistent and decisive way, whilst at the same time encouraging a parenting environment that helps to encourage and promote the development of their children.

How does Triple P work?
Triple P helps you to:
·         Understand how your family works and to identify causes of children’s behaviour
·         Create a positive parenting relationship
·         Promote your child’s development
·         Encourage desired behaviour
·         Manage undesired behaviour

Whilst Triple P is very effective in improving child behaviour problems, much of its emphasis is on developing positive parenting attitudes, skills and behaviour. This allows for improved family relationships that will themselves encourage children to more desired behaviour and enable them to realise their full potential.

For more information on Group Triple P, contact us @ New Directions Psychology.
For those from another part of the world, contact Triple P International.

Dr Nicole Arthur
BHMS (Ed) B Arts (Psych)(Hons) D Psych Clin MAPS
Clinical Psychologist and Director

New Directions Psychology
Allsports Shopping Village
Suite 21/19 Kooringal Drive
Jindalee Brisbane Qld 4074
PH: 3376 1977 Fax: 3376 9973