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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.

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   
Kavita Baluja    IYT    Anna Dickson    IYT / IYT-A   
Marie Lawrence    IYT    Kim Thomson    IYT / IYT-A   
Neena Chawla    IYT    WAIARIKI   
Wendy Florence    IYT     Eva Corson    IYP   
CANTERBURY    Marjorie Douglas    IYP   
Anna Mowat    IYP    Dianne Lees    IYP / IYP-A   
Liz Munro    IYP    Erna Cullen     IYT   
Michelle Ramsay    IYP    Lisa Herewini    IYP   
Erin Sturman    IYP / IYT    Ruth Palliser    IYP / IYT   
Lee Taylor-Burt    IYP / IYT / IYT-A    WAIKATO   
Sheila Russell    IYP / IYT / IYT-A    Rae Blewman    IYP   
Lisa Christensen    IYT    Jan Kerr    IYP / IYT   
Lyn Grigor    IYT    Linda Terry    IYP / IYT   
HAWKES BAY    Sandra Pickering    IYT   
Suzanne Blair    IYT    Lisa Herewini    IYP   
Jens Andersen    IYT / IYP    Ruth Palliser    IYP IYT   
Michele Jones    IYT IYP    WELLINGTON   
Phillipa Adams    IYP    Lucy Gregory    IYP / IYP-A   
Brenda Holdaway IYT    Cathy Sheppard IYT 
Fiona Young    IYT    Lisa Addy IYT
OTAGO Janet Dixon IYT
Jo Williamson IYT Cassie Munson    IYP 
  Eileen Turner    IYP   
Melanie Martin    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.

Incredible Years guidance

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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.

Download the guidelines here

If you have any questions about this guidance, please contact [email protected]


Cover - Incredible Years Guidance - Physical Redirect April 2021


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Resources for Teacher Group Leaders

These include:

  • Teacher Classroom Management Programme Resources
  • Incredible Beginnings Programme Resources
  • Helping Pre-school Children with Autism Programme Resources
  • Hot Tips for Teacher Group Leaders
  • Forms & Extras for Teacher Group Leaders

Resources for Group Leaders Working Remotely

Some of these resources were developed for the parent programme, but can also be used for the teacher programme. These include:

  • Resources for families during COVID
  • Resources and videos for teachers working remotely with pre-schoolers
  • Implementing online tele-sessions the Incredible Years way
  • Editable handouts and evaluations for group leaders offering teacher programme remotely
  • Teacher programme editable buzz forms, record sheets, and behaviour plans
  • Teacher autism programme editable forms and record sheets

Certification/Accreditation for Teacher Classroom Management Programme

“A Certified Group Leader is someone who has been certified/accredited after demonstrating competency in facilitating groups using the IY standard materials, methods, processes and protocols.”

These resources include:

  • Teacher Classroom Management Accreditation Portfolio
  • Accreditation fee
  • Full description of the TCM accreditation process
  • Hot Tips for teacher group leaders
  • Teacher Classroom Coach accreditation