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The Essential Guide to Parent Training
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$219.99 USD
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DVD Video - 4+ hours   Instructions
Multi-disc DVD recording with electronic manual and instructions.
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  1. Utilize strategies to motivate parents to engage in effective child behavior management techniques.
  2. Apply fundamental principles of behavioral psychology to help parents re-structure their approach to behavior management and improve outcomes.
  3. Differentiate between the three most common parenting styles; provide psychoeducation to parents regarding how this impacts the child’s behavior.
  4. Determine the role of the “negative attention cycle” as it relates to the child’s target behavior(s).
  5. Utilize reinforcement strategies including schedules, fading and contingency contracts to improve problematic behavior.
  6. Develop behavior management strategies with clients/families that are realistic, developmentally appropriate, and effective.
Getting Started: How to Develop a Successful Parenting Program
  • Who is a good candidate for parent training?
  • ”Selling” parents on the effectiveness of this program – and why they should commit to it!
  • The most common mistakes professionals make when teaching parenting skills
  • How to teach parenting principles in an accessible way
  • Limitations of the research and potential risks
Session 1: A Short Course in Behavioral Psychology
  • 8 parenting principles that drive the whole curriculum
  • Why parents should focus on behavior only
  • Basic tenets of behavioral psychology – and what it means for parents
  • Identify target behavior and establish baseline
  • Homework assignment #1
Session 2: Help Parents Discover Their Role in the Behavior
  • Helpful v. unhelpful parental qualities
  • Parenting styles: Authoritative, authoritarian, permissive-indulgent/neglectful
  • Strategies for teaching parents about themselves in non-shaming manner
  • Homework assignment #2
  • Case study: Young father with self-esteem on the floor
Session 3: The Negative Attention Cycle: Putting All the Energy in the Wrong Place
  • Which comes first – stopping the negative behavior or starting the positive?
  • Helping parents understand the power of reinforcement
  • Contingency contracting, schedules of reinforcement, fading
  • ”Islands of Competence”
  • Homework assignment #3
  • Case Study: Behave well on Tuesday for a reward on Saturday…?
Session 4: Develop Responsible Behavior at Any Age
  • Match appropriate behavior to developmental stage
  • Teach parents how to elicit behavior they want to see
  • ”If you must make your kid be responsible, they’re not!”
  • Homework assignment #4
  • Case Study: Mother who does her child’s homework
Session 5: Decrease Inappropriate and Undesirable Behavior
  • Logical/natural consequences for problematic behavior
  • Is the behavior dangerous or destructive? Principles of extinction
  • Punishment – types and effectiveness
  • Homework assignment #5
  • Case Study: Parent who forgot the misdeed but kept the consequence
Session 6: Put it All Together, Celebrate Success, Plan for the Future
  • How to debrief in a way that encourages ongoing success
  • Troubleshooting: What to do when…
    • Homework isn’t completed
    • Only one parent is on board
    • Behavior worsens
    • And more!
  • Tools and strategies for ongoing prevention
  • When it’s more than behavior: when and how to refer for mental health care


Larry Waldman, Ph.D., ABPP, is a semi-retired certified school psychologist and licensed clinical, forensic psychologist in Phoenix, Arizona, where he developed a successful private practice of 45 years, working with children, teens, parents, couples, and adults in a solution-focused manner. A sought-after speaker, Dr. Waldman has presented hundreds of professional seminars for psychologists, family therapists, counselors, social workers, school psychologists and school counselors; one of his signature programs is “Teaching Parents to Parent”. Dr. Waldman also provides community trainings on parenting, marriage, stress, depression and anxiety, wellness, grandparenting and psychotherapy.

Dr. Waldman was the past president of the Maricopa Psychological Society, the director of psychological services for Charter Psychiatric Hospital of Glendale and was an “Official Guide” (top expert) on Parenting for He is an adjunct graduate professor in the Counseling and Educational Psychology Departments for Ottawa University, and serves on the professional advisory board of Stepping Stones of Hope, a charitable organization serving children whom have lost a parent. Waldman is the co-chair of the Early Career Psychologist Committee with the Arizona Psychological Association (AzPA). An accomplished author, Dr. Waldman’s work has been featured in both local Phoenix media and national press including six books: Who’s Raising Whom? Coping with Your Adolescent; How Come I Love Him But Can’t Live with Him? The Graduate Course You Never Had; Too Busy Earning a Living to Make Your Fortune? and Overcoming Your Negotiaphobia: Negotiating Through Your Life, and the forthcoming Don’t Hate Your Ex More than You Love Your Kid. Dr. Waldman earned his BS in Education/Psychology from the University of Wisconsin; his MS in School Psychology was from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; his Ph.D. in Educational/School Psychology was earned at Arizona State University; and his Diplomate (ABPP) was received in 2003.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Larry Waldman is an adjunct graduate professor in the Counseling and Educational Psychology Departments for Ottawa University, and serves on the professional advisory board of Stepping Stones of Hope. He receives royalties from various publications. Dr. Waldman receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Larry Waldman is the co-chair of the Early Career Psychologists Committee with the Arizona Psychological Association (AzPA).
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**Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.

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  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Addictions Professionals
  • Educators
  • School Counselors
  • School Psychologists
  • Other Professionals Who Work with Children/Families