Parents Plus have an established Quality Protocol that is designed to ensure an effective delivery of the Parents Plus Programmes post training. The Quality Protocol is described in detail at the facilitator training and centres on a series of practices and checklists to ensure facilitators are
- Establishing client centred goals with families
- Following the core evidence-based principles of the programmes
- Gaining session by session feedback from clients to ensure you are making progress
- Setting aside a weekly reflective space in supervision to review client progress and their own practice.
Parents Plus offer group and individual and group supervision as well as implementation support to agencies to ensure effective delivery of the programme. For more information, see: PP Quality Protocol and Facilitator Accreditation Process
The Parents Plus Programmes are primarily delivered as structured courses for small groups of parents, children and adolescents utilising DVD input, booklets, group exercises and homework. They can also be delivered individually to families who can’t attend groups.
During the weekly sessions, specific topics are introduced via DVD teaching examples. The DVD examples contain real and role-played scenes of parents and children interacting, backed up by professional and parent interviews and comments.
Learning is enhanced in each group by group discussion, role play, practice examples, homework and handouts. In the core programmes, each week one positive parenting idea (e.g. on play and communication, reading, helping children learn etc) and one positive discipline idea (on rules, routines, consequences discipline plans etc) is covered so as to meet the different needs of families.Within the content, there is balance between focusing on parenting needs (such as reducing self care etc) and also the specific needs of children.
There is also room in the course to include modules on specific challenges such as educational challenges, dealing with ADHD, or Anxiety and Depression, depending on the needs of the group.