- September 2023 | Incredible Years Event Descriptions
- April 2023 | Incredible Years Aotearoa Peer Coaches by region
- March 2023 | Incredible Years Aotearoa Native Bird Puppets - Introductory Video
- August 2022 | Incredible Years continues to thrive - New Announcement from Carolyn Webster-Stratton
- March 2022 | MOE's response to COVID-19
- April 2021 | Guidance for Incredible Years Teacher group leaders when showing vignettes that contain physical redirect
Incredible Years Event Descriptions | September 2023
Confused about Consultations?
Feeling mystified by Fidelity Days?
Wondering what is a Connect session?
The Whāraurau Parent and Teacher Team have received feedback that some Incredible Years workforce support events may be confusing, especially for those new to the programme. The following provides a basic guide to get you started. Feel free to contact us for any questions you may have.
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.
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.
Group leaders bring agenda items to an informal, small, online group meeting which is facilitated by a NZ mentor or peer coach. Topics are discussed, ideas shared, and connections are built in a relaxed, yet informative and supportive session.
Incredible Years Aotearoa Peer Coaches by region | April 2023
If you would like to arrange peer coaching, please feel free to contact one of the peer coaches listed below through your regional PB4L Advisor. If you dont know who your regional PB4L Advisor is; or their contact details, please email us.
|AUCKLAND||TARANAKI / WHANGANUI / MANAWATU|
|Jennifer Browne||IYP||Di Thomas||IYP|
|Joleen Millward||IYP||Elaine Nicholls||IYP|
|Julia Langford||IYP||Michelle Wood||IYP|
|Tania Anstiss||IYP / IYP-A||Adrienne Ansley||IYT|
|Tiama Solomona||IYP / IYT||Cary Hartley||IYT|
|Amanda Bell||IYT||Emma Henderson||IYT|
|Cynthia Bourne||IYT||Anna Dickson||IYT / IYT-A|
|Kavita Baluja||IYT||Kim Thomson||IYT / IYT-A|
|Marie Lawrence||IYT||Eva Corson||IYP|
|Neena Chawla||IYT||Marjorie Douglas||IYP|
|Susie Ikihele||IYT||Dianne Lees||IYP / IYP-A|
|Violet Highley||IYT||Erna Cullen||IYT|
|Wendy Florence||IYT||Lisa Herewini||IYP|
|CANTERBURY||Ruth Palliser||IYP / IYT|
|Michelle Ramsay||IYP||Rae Blewman||IYP|
|Erin Sturman||IYP / IYT||Jan Kerr||IYP / IYT|
|Lee Taylor-Burt||IYP / IYT / IYT-A||Linda Terry||IYP / IYT|
|Sheila Russell||IYP / IYT / IYT-A||Sandra Pickering||IYT|
|Lisa Christensen||IYT||Lisa Herewini||IYP|
|Lyn Grigor||IYT||Ruth Palliser||IYP / IYT|
|Tanya Amos||IYT||BJ (Billi-Jean) Smythe||IYT|
|HAWKES BAY||Andrea Duthie||IYT|
|Jens Andersen||IYT / IYP||Diana Linforth-Howden||IYP|
|Michele Jones||IYT / IYP||Lucy Gregory||IYP / IYP-A|
|NELSON / MARLBOROUGH / WEST COAST||Lisa Addy||IYT|
|Phillipa Adams||IYP||Janet Dixon||IYT|
|Brenda Holdaway||IYT||Kath Cooper||IYT|
|Fiona Young||IYT||Helen Deadman||IYT|
|TE TAI TOKERAU||Cathy Sheppard||IYT|
|Cassie Munson||IYP||Ray Hubac||IYP|
|Melanie Martin||IYT||Jo Williamson||IYT|
Incredible Years Aotearoa Native Bird Puppets - Introductory Video | March 2023
Akari Miyamoto and the Ministry of Education collaborated with talented sewer, Erin Devlin, from The Kiwi Puppet Company, in order to equip New Zealand group leaders with these full of character New Zealand puppet resources. We are excited to be able to release a fun and informative introductory video to the puppets by Lisa Herewini (IY Parent Mentor). Get to know the colourful characters and how they can be used in group delivery: Kiwi, Tūī, Kererū, Ruru, Takahē , Kea, and Pūkeko.
If your team hasn't picked up your pack yet, head along to an in-person fidelity or consultation day. Find your nearest one here. Whāraurau aims to ensure one set per team. Contact us if you have any queries or feedback.
Incredible Years continues to thrive - New Announcement from Carolyn Webster-Stratton | 12 August 2022
I am pleased to be emailing you with news that The Incredible Years Inc., has been acquired by Empower Community Care (Empower), the parent company of other leading companies working to bring evidence-based practices into the mainstream of services for communities, children and families. I will continue my role as Founder and IY Program and Clinical Developer, focusing primarily on updating programs and training new trainers, mentors and coaches, assuring fidelity program delivery and consulting with researchers in regard to IY program evaluations and giving presentations. I will report to Keller Strother at Empower going forward but Incredible Years will continue to operate independently as one of the evidence-based programs under the umbrella of Empower.
My first randomized control group trial study of the videotape modeling parent program was published in 1980. Subsequently, I completed 14 randomized RCTs with my research team at the University of Washington over a 30 year span. Then along with the support and collaboration with international researchers and clinical teams, together, we have established Incredible Years Inc. as a leader in the development and implementation of evidence-based practices for parents, teachers and children. Incredible Years has become known for innovative work in its training methods and processes for parent and teacher training in order to promote children’s social, emotional, language and school readiness skills and for reducing behavior problems. My continued goal is for Incredible Years Inc. to reach a wider audience with our evidence-based programs, in particular, with more vulnerable populations.
Empower Community Care (Empower), is the parent company of other leading organizations working to bring evidence-based practices into the mainstream of services for communities, children and families. The other organizations operating independently under the Empower umbrella are the Carey Group, Carey Publishing, Functional Family Therapy (FFT), Multisystemic Therapy® (MST®) and Orbis Partners. I believe that joining forces with Empower is a natural fit with our shared values, our focus on quality and outcomes, and the strong commitment to reach vulnerable populations with the best possible resources.
While Incredible Years and the other Empower organizations under its umbrella will continue to operate independently, we intend to build on the strong reputations established by each organization and to join forces to strengthen the underlying missions of Incredible Years Inc. and Empower.
Our staff and collaborators will remain with Incredible Years Inc. and are dedicated to continuing the work we do with your organizations. We are also terribly excited to announce that Kimberlee Shoecraft, who many of you in the IY community know well, will be joining Incredible Years as our Clinical Director in October. We also plan to add more staff as we move forward.
Thank you for your confidence and sustained commitment to delivering Incredible Years programs with fidelity over the years and for your efforts to build your own supportive infrastructure for IY group leaders within your organizations. I am excited about the opportunity that joining with Empower offers for expanding the reach of IY programs, to support you more fully and for the sustainability of IY into the future.
MOE's response to COVID-19 | March 2022
As we continue to respond to COVID-19, the Ministry of Education, the Incredible Years programme developer, Dr.Webster-Stratton, and New Zealand Incredible Years mentors have worked together to develop the following guidance for group leaders to support ongoing implementation under the COVID-19 Protection Framework.
Guidance for Incredible Years Teacher group leaders when showing vignettes that contain physical redirect | April 2021
This guidance is to help IYT group leaders to understand the changes to the Education and Training Act and inform delivery steps when showing vignettes that contain physical redirect.
Under the Education and Training Act 2020, physical restraint may only be used by teachers and authorised staff members when it is necessary to prevent imminent harm to the student or another person. Detailed information can be found in this guidance. An advisory group is working to develop new roles and guidelines on physical restraint to align with the changes introduced in the Education and Training Act 2020. Until the new rules and guidance are issued, schools should continue to follow the procedures set out in the existing rules, which can be found in the appendix in the IY guidance below. This guidance will be updated once new rules and guidance are issued.
If you have any questions about this guidance, please contact [email protected]