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Parenting Through Change (PTC)

PTC is one of a ‘family' of Oregon parent management training interventions (PMTO) based upon the principles of coercion theory (Gerald Patterson, 1982). Developed by Marion Forgatch, the program was originally designed as a preventive intervention to improve adjustment and stop the emergence of behavior problems among children of newly single and separating mothers (Forgatch & DeGarmo, 1999).  Recently, follow-up studies indicate that improvements associated with participation in the 14-week program were maintained over nine years following the intervention.

What are the benefits of participation?

PTC has been tested extensively over several decades and has benefited families in decreasing behavior problems in children and youth by teaching parents effective core positive parenting practices: limit-setting, monitoring, involvement, and encouragement.  Some of the short- and long-term benefits include:

• Increased parenting satisfaction 
• Increased child cooperation at home and school 
• Decreased child delinquent behaviors (e.g., hitting, arguing, stealing, lying) 
• Decreased parent and child sadness and anxiety 
• Decreased risk of juvenile incarceration

Who is PTC for?

• Parents with school-aged children (often between 6-12) 
• Parents who feel disconnected from their children or whose children 
are showing difficult behaviors 
• Parents who feel overwhelmed by life stresses and who may struggle 
meeting the demands of parenting   

Who provides PTC?

Licensed professionals or well-trained and supervised paraprofessionals who are involved in or have completed the 18-day training and receive continuous monitoring and supervision from the Implementation Sciences International, Incorporated (ISII).

How does Parenting Through Change work?

PTC provides specific tools related to 5 Core Positive Parenting Practices: Encouragement, Limit Setting, Monitoring, Problem-Solving, and Involvement.  PTC provides a mixture of education and support in a group-based format.  Groups run for 14 weeks and meet once per week for 1.5 hours.