Triple P comes to Ashe County

August 13, 2013

The Triple P – Positive Parenting Program ®, one of the world’s most effective parenting programs, is now available to parents here through a program offered by the Ashe County Partnership for Children.

“We are very excited for this opportunity to offer such a wonderful program to our community. It is designed to serve all families and reminds parents that everybody needs help sometime and it’s okay to ask,” said Kay Philipp, executive director of the AC Partnership for Children.

Triple P is being made available in Ashe County through a grant to the Appalachian District Health Department. It is being piloted in the High Country with plans to expand into other areas of North Carolina. ADHD has contracted with the Ashe County Partnership for Children to facilitate the presentation of the programs for families of Ashe County, said Philipp.

What is Triple P?

Triple P offers information, support and practical answers to common, everyday parenting concerns. It provides easy to use tips and new ideas that will help you, the parent, build confidence and new skills, said Philipp.

Triple P also works by giving parents the skills to raise confident, healthy children and teenagers, and to build stronger family relationships. It also helps parents manage misbehavior and prevent problems from occurring in the first place, said Philipp

Parenting is both rewarding and enjoyable but can also be exhausting and will present challenges. There is no one right way to be a parent - that is up to you. Only you know and can decide the behaviors, skills, and values you want to encourage in your child, said Philipp.

Triple P is also different because it is not “one size-fits-all.” It’s a system that offers increasing levels of support to meet parents’ different needs. This gives parents an option and they can choose anything from one-time public seminars or self-help books to more detailed group courses or individual sessions.

It is based on evidence from ongoing scientific research, with more than 90 trials and studies around the world showing it works – regardless of a family’s culture, country or situation.

The program is now used in more than 20 countries including the USA, England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Belgium, Sweden, Germany, Japan, Iran, Hong Kong, Singapore, the Netherlands, Curacao, Switzerland and Romania. Successes such as reduced conflict, positive parenting experiences, less stress, and better relationships from practitioners and parents are being reported all over the world.

Many local agencies will have staff trained in one or more levels of Triple P to make it very easy for families to access the program with someone that they know and with whom they are comfortable.

These agencies include the Health Department, Ashe Partnership for Children, the schools and child care centers, the Department of Social Services, Ashe Pediatrics, Parent to Parent Family Support Network, and Ashe Services for Aging.

“The strategies are simple and logical and really give parents the skills to be successful. It enhances the solid foundation of a good parent child relationship, so critical to raising children to be independent, respectful and ready for life’s challenges,” said Lynn Robinson, a certified Triple P practitioner with Ashe Services for Aging.

“Parenting is tough. It is for the most part rewarding and fun, but at times it is very hard. This program gives parents the tools they need to get through the hard times. There is not a family in Ashe County that would not benefit from some level of Triple P,” said Robinson.

For more information or to be connected with a Triple P practitioner call Missy Cruey at the Ashe County Partnership for Children at 982-4588.