Training, Peer Support, and Supervision of Group Leaders
The length of introductory training for parent group leaders is three days. These training workshops are offered regularly in Seattle, and certified Incredible Years trainers are also available to go on-site to train leaders if there are a minimum of 15 participants.
Training includes teaching regarding engaging families (for review see Webster-Stratton, 1998a) and demonstration of the collaborative process. A detailed description of our dissemination strategies is found in the following reference (Webster-Stratton & Taylor, 1998)
Consultation Follow-up Training for Group Leaders
Within a year of the initial training, agencies should arrange an on-site consultation follow-up training for one day by a certified trainer. This consultation involves review of leader videotapes of groups conducted and role plays of real group situations. Finally, during the same time period, leaders running groups should have at least two separate telephone consultations with the trainer. Additionally, at least one tape of a group session should be submitted for review prior to on-site consultation.
Follow-up on-site training should be provided annually for two years.
Peer Review and Supervision
It is highly recommended that leaders running groups meet regularly with other group leaders for peer supervision. These meetings provide opportunities for leaders to review videotapes of their sessions together and receive feedback on aspects of their groups that were problematic. A peer review evaluation form is included and a checklist for parent and child groups. This collaborative peer review can be very supportive for leaders and enhance the quality of the group process.
Eligibility for Certification as a Group Leader
After leaders have conducted two groups they are eligible for certification. We recommend that certified leaders attend the "consultancy" training workshops which focus on leaders bringing videotapes for review and feedback.
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