The National Center on Quality Teaching and Learning (NCQTL) recently released their 2015 Social Emotional Preschool Curriculum Consumer Report. This report serves as a guide for Head Start programs to assist them in selecting a social emotional curriculum for their classrooms. Seven different evidence-based programs were presented and evaluated against NCQTL’s twelve components of an effective social-emotional preschool curriculum. The Incredible Years® Classroom Dinosaur Curriculum is among the programs reviewed in the report, which highlights the positive impact of implementing IY in a classroom setting. Incredible Years NCQTL Report Access the full report here.

The idea of child-led play gave us a forum…to build up his confidence and self-esteem

These small books are designed for parents and teachers to use with children in small groups or one-on-one. Wally encounters difficult situations and learns lessons and children can suggest possible solutions. (Sold as set of four.) $25. Book One: Wally’s Detective Book for Solving Problems at School Book one consists of 28 difficult situations Wally encounters at school. Problem scenarios include: being left out by peers, being teased and bullied by other kids, being poked, feeling unpopular, losing at a game, forgetting to do homework, having trouble with writing, stealing, and not feeling liked by a teacher. The parent or teacher uses the book by reading the child a scenario and asking them for possible solutions. After discussing a few solutions, the adult and child act out the scenario with puppets. The adult and child may also look to the back of the book to see the solution Wally chose for the problem. Book Two: Wally’s Detective Book for Solving Continue Reading

Incredible Teachers book by Carolyn Webster-Stratton

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 this independent review on the American Psychological Association’s website.  

Ysgol Trefonnen school has seen dramatic improvements in pupil behaviour resulting in a significant reduction in exclusions in the past 12 months. The Wales school has implemented the Webster-Stratton Incredible Years program and worked with parents and pupils to strengthen a behaviour policy which promotes positive praise and reward. Ten teaching staff have completed the Incredible Years Teacher Classroom Management training program.

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.

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! Invest in Kids (IIK) is a non-profit agency whose mission is to improve the health and wellbeing of vulnerable children and families throughout Colorado. Working in partnership with local communities, IIK identifies, introduces, implements and ensures the success of research-based, proven programs. Invest in Kids identified The Incredible Years program in 2002 after an intensive international search for a program with significant and sustained evidence that would benefit children, their families and their teachers. The Incredible Years program was implemented statewide, in over 128 sites, serving over 6,507 children and 416 parents. Invest in Kids (IIK) is the sole source of Incredible Years training in the state and supports sites in implementing the program through intensive technical assistance and evaluation. See our Implementation Examples to view more.

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.    

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! Judy is an Incredible Years® parent trainer and mentor for other IY programs, and conducted numerous research studies with her students. Many thousands of parents and children across Wales have benefited from these programmes.

“My 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.” Prevention Action is an online news publication reporting internationally on innovation and effectiveness among programs for improving children’s health and development.

Dr. Caroline White of Manchester has received a Recognition of Achievement by the city of Manchester, England for “Making a difference Through Service Excellence.” Caroline is an IY trainer for parent programs and has trained thousands of group leaders and supported them with consultations. See more about her work in the Implementation Examples. Congratulations Caroline!

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 has made numerous visits to train parent group leaders, and in 2010 she trained 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. See more information about New Zealand Implementations

A learning programme devised by Carolyn Webster-Stratton has helped 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:  

SAMHSA’s Science and Service Awards recognize community-based organizations and coalitions that successfully have implemented one or more recognized evidence-based interventions. The Amherst H. Wilder Foundation is a nonprofit health and human services organization that combines direct service, research, and community development to address the needs of the most vulnerable people in greater Saint Paul. Wilder introduced Incredible Years to the community in 2004. Wilder implements the Teacher Classroom Management Program and the Dina Dinosaur Classroom Curriculum as a full-day early childhood care and education program. Wilder trains and mentors other providers, including Head Start, to assure program fidelity. Wilder also provides the Dina Small Group Therapy Program and the Preschool BASIC Parent Program. In Fall 2009, Wilder will coordinate local training in the new Parents and Babies and Parents and Toddlers programs, and will begin offering these new programs to community parents. See more about implementation examples

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).

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. Read more about Incredible Years in New Zealand on the Werry Centre website

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.

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.”

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.  

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.

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 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. A decade ago parenting programs were not in fashion. It was commonplace to talk about the effects of family breakdown or the problems of single mothers, but relatively few people were paying much serious attention to what parents did or to how parenting behaviors could be changed with children’s health and development in mind. Not so today: many jurisdictions are awash with programs, most of them of doubtful value. The Incredible Years is a case apart. It 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

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. Yes, Wally is a puppet, but a beloved puppet, who, with the help of Patti Miller from Olmsted County Child and Family Services, helps teach kids social/emotional behavior skills. Using Wally, other puppets, music and pictures, Miller and DeeDee Weidman, of Zumbro Valley Mental Health Center, are teaching Franklin kindergartners the Incredible Years curriculum. Through the curriculum, the kids learn how to deal with their emotions and find solutions to problems, said Susanne Griffin-Ziebart, the school’s principal. Read the article    

Earlier this November 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. A US programme aims to help the 12-14 percent of children in Ireland who have social, emotional or behavioural deficits. “There is a huge evidence here for the Incredible Years programme in the United States.”

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. These therapies are getting a push because they have been shown in numerous clinical trials over the past decade to be effective on kids with severe behavioral problems, where other approaches have often failed. The techniques take a pragmatic approach, often using a set curriculum to teach new behaviors, rather than ferreting out the underlying emotional problem as with traditional psychotherapy. In another departure from traditional talk therapies, much of the counseling is often directed at parents. Developed mostly in the past decade at academic centers, the therapies target kids with diagnoses like conduct disorder, oppositional defiant disorder or bipolar disorder, who are at risk of getting kicked out of school or breaking laws. By some estimates, there are 1.4 million to 4.2 million children who meet the criteria for conduct disorders alone Read Continue Reading