Launching Incredible Years Programs in Your Organization*
(*The term "organization" is used to refer to mental health agency, school, child care center or hospital.)
The Incredible Years programs have been shown in research to strengthen parenting skills and teacher classroom management skills as well as increasing young children’s social competence and reducing behavior problems. It has been researched with teachers and parents of children ages 2-8 years. This page offers knowledge resources and current research about implementing programs to assist you with planning and launching your program.
"Choosing an evidence-based intervention is the foundation, but there are additional necessary tools that adept agencies/organizations must wield to successfully construct an intervention program. Select carefully trained clinicians and ensure they receive coordinated and accredited training, coaching, and supervision. Construct adequate scaffolding for the program by providing a supportive infrastructure, adequate resources and managerial support. Conduct regular process and outcome evaluations, assuring fidelity of program delivery. Building this stable scaffolding for your program will result in higher levels of clinician fidelity and longer term sustainability." -- Carolyn Webster-Stratton
Preparation for Launch
We are happy to help you implement one of the Incredible Years (IY) Parents, Teachers, or Children’s Training Program in your organization. In order to be sure you understand what is involved in delivering these programs with high quality and integrity, we have developed a questionnaire checklist for you to determine your agency’s readiness for using this program. In addition the articles below are extremely helpful.
Implementation Research: A Synthesis of the Literature
The results of this literature review and synthesis confirm that systematic implementation practices are essential to any national attempt to use the products of science--such as evidence-based programs--to improve the lives of its citizens. Consequently, a concerted national effort to improve the science and the practice of implementation must accompany support for the science of intervention.
Implementing Evidence-Based Practices: Six "Drivers" of Success
One of the biggest challenges for practitioners is implementing a new program or a new practice. This challenge is due, in large part, to a lack of information on strategies that promote effective and efficient program implementation. In most cases, implementation strategies have been limited to paper-based manuals that focus on describing interventions without providing complementary information on necessary implementation resources and activities. Because of this, they do not facilitate the real-world application of innovative, research-based practice.
Impact of Therapists' Skill on Effectiveness of Parenting Groups for Child Antisocial Behavior
Discovering what makes psychological therapies effective is important theoretically to understand mechanisms of change in human relationships and behavior, and important practically to enable the successful delivery of services.
Affirming Diversity: Multi-Cultural Collaboration to Deliver the Incredible Years Parent Programs
Abstract of an article by Carolyn Webster-Stratton
With the numbers of minority groups being served in community mental health settings increasing, there is a need to better understand how evidence based practices (EBPs) are being tailored to ensure cultural sensitivity and fit with these populations. While cultural adaptations have been made for specific cultural groups, the appeal of the more "generic" but culturally sensitive EBP is that it is cost effective and allows for more flexibility in program delivery because it can be used with heterogeneous cultural groups rather than single culture groups. Multicultural groups can also foster greater understanding among parents of differing cultural backgrounds and experiences leading to more tolerant and respectful communities. The challenge of this approach is to train therapists to provide the EBPs using culturally sensitive principles that are generalizeable across cultures. The Incredible Years (IY) Parenting program has shown promising effects in many random control group studies with diverse cultures in United States as well as in other countries. This paper reviews the “principles” embedded deeply in the IY program, which are designed to provide a culturally sensitive structure to the delivery of the program.
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