Incredible Years Parent | Basic Training Programmes

Incredible Years Parent Programmes



There are many types of workshops and other supports available to support the workforce to become group leaders, and then to help them progress to accreditation and beyond. All the IY programmes should be delivered with fidelity to the programme, and these workshops will support that.

Parent Basic Training Workshop

The Incredible Years® parent programme is delivered to parents by two trained group leaders in weekly group sessions. Group leaders should have some experience and qualification in working with families and children prior to delivering this programme. Group leaders work together in group sessions to share and explore the programme content with parents using a collaborative model. This model involves developing a set of complex skills including taking a strength-based approach, celebrating parents’ expertise and ‘walking alongside’ families to explore both challenges and successes in their parenting role. This process enables families to consider new ways of enhancing their relationship with their children, build a more positive family atmosphere, reduce their children’s negative behaviours and increase their positive behaviours. 

The first step to deliver Incredible Years parenting groups is to attend a 3-day training, which is delivered by two accredited mentors. This provides group leaders with the skills required to facilitate Incredible Years groups to parents.

This workshop is intended for professionals who are working with families of young children (including those with significant behavioural difficulties) and who wish to deliver The Incredible Years® parenting programme.

This 3-day Incredible Years® Training Workshop will provide:

  • an outline of programme content. Incredible Years® is designed to promote positive parent-child relationships and to assist parents in managing children’s behaviour difficulties. Programme content covered in this training workshop includes: play, praise, academic, social and emotional coaching, positive reinforcement, limit setting, natural and logical consequences, problem-solving and effective communication skills.
  • opportunities to develop the basic facilitation skills required for delivering the Incredible Years® Parenting programme. Training will explore the group therapy processes involved in this programme, including working collaboratively with parents, exploring and teaching parenting methods and effective ways to engage with and support parents who are struggling.

The Incredible Years® book – A Troubleshooting Guide for Parents of Children 2-8 Years - will be supplied as well as a workbook for the workshop.

Training will enable group leaders to deliver:

  • The Incredible Years® Toddler Programme (1 – 3 years)
  • The Incredible Years® Pre-School Programme (3 - 6 years)
  • Note: An additional Update Day is required to deliver the School Age Programme (specifically focused for the older age group, 9 - 12 years) and the Baby Programme (0 - 12 months). This three-day training is a prerequisite for attending all Update Days.

There is an expectation that those who attend this training will go on to work towards accreditation in the programme. Information regarding accreditation will be provided at the workshop.

More information is available on the Incredible Years USA website.

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Consultation Days

A consultation day provides group leaders with an opportunity for peer review of their group delivery. The workshop is facilitated by a mentor and involves group leaders bringing a short recorded segment of their work for peer review.  

Attendance at a minimum of one consultation day is a requirement for accreditation. Whāraurau schedules consultation days regularly across the country.

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Fidelity Days

These workshops provide group leaders at all levels of experience with an opportunity to discuss issues and practise skills relating to programme delivery and fidelity. Adhering to fidelity when delivering the programme means that the group leader is using key collaborative skills, is covering the core programme content, and is being responsive to the needs of the group. This means there will be the greatest likelihood of positive outcomes for families/whānau.

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Peer Coaching

Every pair (dyad) delivering who is not yet accredited should be taking part in a coaching session with an accredited facilitator who is trained as a Peer Coach.  The purpose of the Peer Coach sessions is to assist group leaders to reflect on and improve their delivery of IY.  The aim is to move group leaders towards being accredited and to maintain fidelity for accredited facilitators.  It is important that both of the delivery team attend because there will be some aspects of the discussion that may require adjustments by both facilitators to solve the situation.

Peer coaches are experienced and accredited group leaders who have been trained to provide support and coaching to others in the delivery of The Incredible Years® programme. Peer coaches advocate for the importance of programme fidelity with group leaders. Using a collaborative approach, peer coaches explore with group leaders challenges they might be having in their parent group sessions. They discuss and practise possible solutions they might use.

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