Increasing social competence and reducing challenging behaviors
Ready to Learn Providence has trained over 350 family child-care providers and parents in The Incredible Years, thanks to funding from the R.I. Department of Health and the Providence Children and Youth Cabinet through their Health Equity Zone. We will announce upcoming sessions – offered in English and Spanish – both here and on the page titled Seminars and Trainings.
The Incredible Years increases the social competence of children, and reduces challenging and aggressive behaviors at home and in school. If left unchecked, these behaviors would put these children at greater risk in adulthood of unemployment, mental health problems, substance abuse, early pregnancy/fatherhood, criminal activity, higher rates of domestic violence and shortened life expectancy.
How the program works
Parents or teachers meet as a group with two trained facilitators and are given opportunities to collectively and individually develop new strategies for managing their children. The course includes role playing, homework, setting personal goals and feedback. Facilitators use video-taped scenarios to encourage group discussion, problem-solving and the sharing of ideas.
Our 25 facilitators and assistant facilitators – many of them R2LP staff members – received three days of intensive training in the program in early 2013. Stephanie Shepard of the Bradley Hospital Research Center conducted that training.
The Incredible Years programs were developed by Dr. Carolyn Webster-Stratton, a professor and the director of the Parenting Clinic at the University of Washington. They have been translated in many languages and are being used in more than 15 countries.
Evaluations that included randomized control group studies show that the program has turned around the behaviors of up to 80 percent of the children of participating parents and teachers.
“Of all the trainings I’ve taken, this is the one that has helped me the most — in my professional life as well as my personal.”
For more information on the R2LP classes, please call Tania Quezada at (401) 443-2911, or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org. (She is fluent in English and Spanish.)