Incredible Years in the News
Carolyn Webster-Stratton's Book Reviewed
Despite rating behavioral problems among the most prevalent mental health concerns of students, teachers report feeling insufficiently trained to handle those concerns in the classroom. Carolyn Webster-Stratton's Incredible Teachers: Nurturing Children's Social, Emotional and Academic Competence (2012) is a useful resource that provides a clear and comprehensive "how-to" guide for teachers, of students ages three to eight-years-old, who wish to develop and strengthen their classroom management practices.
Read the independent review on the American Psychological Association's website.
A Journal for Carers and Professionals Working with Children and Young People in Powys
Ysgol Trefonnen has seen dramatic improvements in pupil behaviour resulting in a significant reduction in exclusions in the past 12 months. The school have taken on board the Webster Stratton Incredible Years techniques and worked with parents and pupils to strengthen a behaviour policy which promotes positive praise and reward. View the IY article (PDF)
Incredible Years, Wales
Judy Hutchings was awarded the Order of the British Empire last year. Here she is with her husband, Lewis, after receiving the award in February, 2011 in London. Congratulations Judy!
Many thousands of parents and children across Wales have benefited from these programmes.
De Utrolige Årene 1/14/2012 (The Incredible Years in the Norwegian News)
Carolyn Webster-Stratton står bak «De utrolige årene». Hun har skrevet en bok for foreldre med konkrete råd til en roligere hverdag i familien. I tillegg har hun utviklet et forebyggings- og behandlingsprogram for barn med atferdsproblemer i alderen 0 til 16 år. «De utrolige årene» retter seg mot foreldre, barn og ansatte i barnehage, skole og SFO. Det bygger på internasjonal forskning og viser til dokumentasjonskrav for effekt. «De utrolige årene» er anbefalt av Helsedirektoratet som tilnærming ved forebygging og behandling av barn og unge med atferdsproblemer. Professor Willy-Tore Mørch er leder av «De utrolige årene» i Norge. Les artikkelen (PDF)
Invest in Kids Receives SAMHSA Award
Congratulations to Invest in Kids, Denver, Colorado! Invest in Kids has received SAMHSA's Science to Service Award for their work disseminating Incredible Years programs throughout the state. Way to go!
The Incredible Years Parenting Programme, Northern Ireland 4/2011
Incredible Years Parenting Programme has shown evidence of effectiveness across diverse parenting populations. Barnardo’s Northern Ireland services have chosen to implement this programme. This briefing outlines progress at the end of the first year of implementation.
Parents are a major influence on children’s lives. Families are now under more pressure than ever before, facing an increasingly complex set of responsibilities and demands (Quinton, 2004). A parent’s ability to cope with these additional pressures can be influenced by a range of issues that may include family conflict, marriage breakdown, mental health and other potentially difficult life events. Providing families with the right kind of support at significant points in children’s lives can be crucial. Read the article about this implementation
Incredible Journey for One Skinner Pigeon! 1/25/2011
Carolyn Webster-Stratton featured in the online publication, Prevention Action. "In a way, the work is a synthesis of my origins on the East Coast, where the psycho-dynamic was pervasive, and my life here on the West Coast where there is a tradition of behaviorism. In the late 1970s barricades separated the two approaches. But I didn't see it like that. Of course we can learn effective behavioral strategies. But we have to recognize feelings and emotions." Read the article about Carolyn Webster-Stratton
Prevention Action is an online news publication reporting internationally on innovation and effectiveness among programs for improving children's health and development.
Incredible Years Trainer Receives Recognition 10/2010
Dr. Caroline White of Manchester has received a Recognition of Achievement by the city of Manchester, England for "Making a difference Through Service Excellence."
Positive Behaviour for Learning, New Zealand - 3/2010
Dr. Carolyn Webster-Stratton, founder of the Incredible Years Programmes for Parents and Teachers, is Professor and Director of the Parenting Clinic at the University of Washington.
Thirty years ago she founded the Incredible Years programmes. Since then Incredible Years programmes have been applied in more than twelve countries, including New Zealand.
The parent and teacher programmes are being delivered in New Zealand as part of the Positive Behaviour for Learning Action Plan – to 12,000 parents and 5,000 teachers by 2014.
Carolyn is visiting New Zealand from Seattle from 14-24 March 2010. She will be training Ministry of Education and NGO staff and Resource Teachers: Learning and Behaviour to become group leaders to deliver the classroom management programmes to New Zealand teachers. The Ministry of Education has slowly been building its delivery of the Incredible Years parent and teacher programmes over the past five years. Read more about this implementation
Promoting Early Childhood Mental Health through Evidence-based Practice - 12/09
In 2004, the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation introduced the Incredible Years programs to the community of Ramsey County, MN. This set of evidence-based programs is designed to teach positive interaction skills, social problem-solving strategies, anger management, and appropriate school behaviors to young children.
The programs also strengthen parent-child relationships and help parents develop positive behavior guidance strategies. Read the article (PDF)
Irish Times - Learning How to be a Good Parent - 10/2009
A learning programme devised by Carolyn Webster-Stratton has help parents around the world to cope with the pressures of bringing up children. It's one of the most important jobs in the world, yet something that we have very little training for. This widely held view of parenting is complicated by the fact that if you do a good job, you make parenting look easy. Yet, if problems arise, the value of professional help with parenting becomes a lifeline for both children and parents alike. Read the article (PDF)
Ramsay County's Incredible Years Implementation - 9/25/2009
SAMHSA's Science and Service Awards recognize community-based organizations and coalitions that successfully have implemented one or more recognized evidence-based interventions. Read more about this implementation
Archways National Conference, Ireland - 9/21/2009
Carolyn Webster-Stratton will be the keynote speaker. The purpose of the conference is to promote the development of the Incredible Years programmes throughout Ireland. The conference will also provide an opportunity to showcase the results of the Incredible Years Parent Programme, Ireland Study (IYIS). View the announcement (PDF)
Incredible Years Programs in New Zealand - 2/24/2009
The Werry Centre is arranging for the training and support of parent group leaders in the Preschool BASIC and School Age BASIC Incredible Years parent programs. They are supporting and promoting the accreditation of group leaders by providing ongoing consultation days.
Carolyn Webster-Stratton visited the centre in February 2009 meeting with program managers to provide consultation, and introducing the updated training for the new school age program (ages 9-12) and the training for peer coaches.
Incredible Years Programs in Minnesota - 2/19/2009
First grade teachers are using The Incredible Years Program in their classrooms after completing the Incredible Years training program. They are using puppets to implement the validated curriculum.
Unique to this program are the teaching puppets
used to promote and provide an interactive learning environment. The
children readily identify with the puppets and accept them as members of
the class. The goal is to promote children's use of self-control
strategies such as effective problem solving.
Read the article (PDF)
Incredible Years Programs in Scotland - 11/13/2008
The Hospital Education Service provides education for children and young people attending or admitted to hospital. One of the main roles of this service is to ensure minimal disruption to children's education during these difficult times.
Here in Glasgow we were interested in collaborating with Professor Webster-Stratton to pilot both the prevention and treatment programmes locally and to evaluate their effectiveness with Scottish families. Read the article (PDF)
Incredible Years Logo Spotted in Norway! - 10/16/2008
The Incredible Years logo was etched on glass
signage for a children's school in Norway.
The glass also includes art done by the school children and the kids are all very excited to have their own fantasy art world included in the building.
The Incredible Years Intervention Programs - 12/10/2008
The book, "Early Intervention: Good parents, great kids, better citizens", is authored by two UK politicians advocating for a comprehensive approach to address social ills. Published in 2008, the authors' remedy is Early Intervention - which they argue is both cheaper, and more effective, than the current expensive and failed philosophy of Late Intervention.
They write, "...the Early Intervention approach in the USA, is much more influenced by the private and charitable sectors than in Europe. For example Colorado's Invest In Kids (IIK) initiative, which promotes the Nurse Family Partnership and the Incredible Years teaching programme is driven by a small dedicated group of corporate lawyers keen to make a difference." Read the book (PDF)
St. Vincent Family Centers - 12/1/2008
St. Vincent Family Centers has been awarded the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) 2008 Science and Service Award for Mental Health Promotion. St. Vincent Family Centers was recognized for its implementation of the evidence based, Incredible Years Program. Read the article (PDF) (website)
Ireland goes boldly on to the mountain - 5/19/2008
The Incredible Years was developed by Carolyn Webster-Stratton twenty years before most of today’s plethora of programs were dreamed up, and it is now among the most successful and widely applied in the world. Read the article
Kindergartners gladly accept puppet's guidance - 3/11/2008
Wally is a celebrity among kindergartners at Ben Franklin Elementary School. When he shows his tan-fabric face and brown, curly, yarn hair, kids call out to him and come running to give him a hug or a high five. Read the article
Prevention in Action - Targeting Early-Onset Conduct Disorder - 1/1/2008
The most compelling argument in favor of interventions targeting children with early-onset externalizing disorders is the research documenting what happens in the absence of such intervention. The wealth of research on the Incredible Years makes it a true public health prevention intervention. Read the article (PDF)
Putting Children First, The Irish Times - 11/27/2007
Earlier this month, the organization, Archways, was formally launched to deliver the Incredible Years programme in 11 locations throughout Ireland including greater Dublin, Louth, Galway, Offaly, Limerick and Cork. Read the article (PDF)
A Pragmatic Approach for Troubled Kids, The Wall Street Journal - 11/1/2005
With persistent concerns about using powerful psychiatric drugs on children, there is growing interest in counseling techniques for troubled kids that aim to change destructive behavior. Read the article
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