Incredible Years® Training Progression. Click here to download full size PDF.
Please browse through the sections below for more detailed information regarding the certification process.
View the Certification Progression document for a description of each “level” of certification. This helpful table provides concise bullet points to give an overall understanding of the full certification process.Certification Training Progression
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:Recipes for Success Article
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 video for review and feedback.
Maintaining Fidelity after Accreditation/Certification
In order to assure that accredited group leaders continue to deliver the program with fidelity, we highly recommend the following:
-Accredited group leaders should lead at least one group every 18 months
-Accredited group leaders should participate in a fidelity check every 18 months: this could be a coaching session with an accredited Peer Coach, a video review of a group by a Mentor or Trainer from the Incredible Years office, an in-person consultation day, or Skype consultation calls with a certified Mentor.
Even expert group leaders benefit from on-going feedback and discussions about their work. Without fidelity checks, it is easy for group leaders to drift from the original model. Fidelity checks are also a chance for group leaders to hear about new materials or innovations to the programs.
Achieving Fidelity of IY Program Delivery Content, Dosage and Clinical Processes through Certification/Accreditation.
Read the ArticleAchieve Fidelity
PLEASE NOTE: if your DVD session is in another language, contact us about translation provisions. There is additional charge for translation services, or you may send a translated transcript of your session.
Download the “Tips for a Successful DVD Review”Tips for a Successful DVD Review
Next, please see the more specific DVD review tips for Parent, Small Group, Classroom, and Teacher group leaders.Tips for Preparing DVD for Review (Parent) Tips for Preparing DVD for Review (Teacher) Tips for Preparing DVD for Review (Classroom Dinosaur) Tips for Preparing DVD for Review (Small Group Dinosaur)
You may send a physical DVD to our office, OR you may upload the DVD session to Dropbox. Please see the guide below and contact us if you will be sending a session over Dropbox.Upload DVD to Dropbox
These articles contain tips for preparing for video consultation from Incredible Years (IY) Peers, IY Coaches, Mentors, and Trainers.Preparing for DVD Consultation (Parent Program) Preparing for DVD Consultation (Teacher Program) Preparing for DVD Consultation (Small Group Dina Program) Preparing for DVD Consultation (Classroom Dina Program)