Positive Parenting Program

Triple P takes the guesswork out of parenting

Triple P – Positive Parenting Program is one of the most effective evidence-based parenting programs in the world, backed up by more than 30 years of ongoing research. Triple P gives parents simple and practical strategies to help them confidently manage their children’s behavior, prevent problems developing and build strong, healthy relationships. Triple P is currently used in 25 countries and has been shown to work across cultures, socio-economic groups and in all kinds of family structures.

Here is an explanation of some of the steps of the Positive Parenting Program:

Triple P – Positive Parenting Program isn't a single program, but rather a suite a system of interventions of increasing intensity for parents of children birth–16 years.

This system includes 5 basic levels of interventions and within each level, there is also a choice of delivery methods. This ensures Triple P is flexible enough to meet the needs of individual and specific communities. It is designed to give parents as much help as they need – but not too much – to prevent over-servicing and encourage self-sufficiency.

This is a "light touch" intervention providing brief one-off assistance to parents who are generally coping well but have one or two concerns with their child's behavior or development. It is available for parents of children from birth to 12 years and for parents of teenagers.

Delivered as:

  • Triple P Selected Seminar Series – An introduction to the strategies of positive parenting and Triple P. Parents attend any number of three 90-minute seminars (Power of Positive Parenting; Raising Confident, Competent Children; and Raising Resilient Children) or any of the three seminars in the Teen Triple P Seminar Series (Raising Responsible Teenagers; Raising Competent Teenagers; and Getting Teenagers Connected). Take-home tip sheets are given to all parents who attend Triple P seminars.
  • Brief Primary Care and Brief Primary Care Teen – Delivered opportunistically by a practitioner who provides regular support to parents of children or teenagers. A brief one-on-one consultation of 15–30 minutes targets a specific issue. If required, there can be a follow-up visit or phone call.

Targeted counseling for parents of a child with mild to moderate behavioral difficulties. It is available for parents of children from birth to 12 years and for parents of teenagers. Level 3 interventions deal with a specific problem behavior or issue.

Delivered as:

  • Primary Care Triple P – A brief face-to-face or telephone intervention with a primary care provider (from areas such as child and community health, education, allied health, child care etc.). Approximately four individual consultations of between 15 and 30 minutes or more (depending on the issue). Uses tip sheets and Positive Parenting Booklet to reinforce strategies. For parents of children birth to 12 years and Primary Care Teen Triple P for parents of adolescents to 16 years.

After attending this intervention parents can participate in:

  • Triple P Discussion Groups – Two-hour small group sessions, targeting a specific problem behavior or issue. Each discussion group can be taken as a stand-alone session or as part of a series. There are four topics for parents of children 0 –12 (Dealing with disobedience; Managing fighting and aggression; Developing good bedtime routines; and Hassle-free shopping with children) and four in Teen Triple P Discussion Groups for parents of 12 –16 year olds (Coping with teenagers' emotions; Reducing family conflict; Getting teenagers to cooperate; and Building teenagers' survival skills).

For parents of children with severe behavioral difficulties (or in the case of Group Triple P/Group Teen Triple P, for motivated parents interested in gaining a more in-depth understanding of Positive Parenting). It is available for parents of children from birth to 12 years and 12–16 years and covers Triple P's 17 core positive parenting skills that can be adapted to a wide range of parenting situations.

Delivered as:

  • Group Triple P/Group Teen Triple P – Groups of no more than 12 parents attend five sessions and are supported with three phone counseling/catch-up sessions at home. Uses DVDs and workbook to engage parents and reinforce strategies.
  • Standard Triple P/Standard Teen Triple P – For parents who need intensive support. Individual counseling delivered over ten (1 hour) sessions. Uses DVD, workbook

For those parents that are not able to commute or that are disable, we also offer this option: 

  • Self-directed Triple P – A ten week self-help program, based on a workbook. Parents who need additional support can receive weekly 15–30 minute telephone consultations.

For more information, please contact Sr. María Cruz Ortiz in the Office of Family Life Ministry at (713) 741-8711 or mortiz@archgh.org