Dr. Sanders is available for interviews during his time in Toronto.
TORONTO, Nov. 28, 2018 /CNW/ - The Triple P Ontario Network will hold its Positive Parenting Matters Conference at the Courtyard Marriott Toronto Downtown from Nov 27-29. Developed by clinical psychologist and professor Matt Sanders and his colleagues at Australia's University of Queensland, Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) is an internationally recognized evidenced-based program designed to give parents the skills they need to raise confident, healthy children and teenagers, and to build stronger family relationships.
"No one seems to talk about the needs of parents when they are raising children," says Sanders. "There is real stigma about seeking parenting education, and only by talking about the benefits of an evidence-based parenting program can we change this stigma."
Over 30 years of research and more than 250 international trials, studies and published papers have demonstrated the effectiveness of the program across cultures, socio-economic groups and different family structures. Triple P has been translated into 17 languages and is available to families in 26 countries, including Canada. The positive parenting program was first offered 15 years ago in the Regions of Halton and York and in Simcoe County and today is available widely across the province through more than 500 organizations.
"Children who grow up with positive parenting are more likely to develop the skills they need to do well at school, build friendships, and feel good about themselves," says Sanders. "Similarly, parents who use positive parenting skills feel more confident and competent about managing day-to-day family life. They are also less stressed, less depressed and experience less conflict with their partners over parenting issues."
"Triple P has given me the confidence and strategies to be a more patient and understanding father to my kids," says Michael, father of two boys.
Triple P is designed to meet the unique needs of families: from support to set up better bedtime routines or manage occasional disobedience to help for families in crisis who need greater support. Triple P is now also available online, adding further flexibility and convenience for parents.
"I love the Triple P program and plan to do more group sessions. I have learned how to deal with misbehaviour and the value of spending brief, frequent time with my daughter," says Samantha, mother of a nine-year-old girl.
"Triple P doesn't tell people how to parent," says Sanders. "Rather, it gives parents simple and practical strategies they can adapt to suit their own values, beliefs and needs. The benefits can be dramatic and long-lasting."
"Parenting is the most difficult job any of us will ever do in our lives, and it's also the one we're least prepared for," says Sanders.
About Triple P
Triple P has won numerous international awards, including the Australian Heads of Government National Violence Prevention Award. Triple P Global Site – www.triplep.net
Professor Matt Sanders is available for interviews
Professor Sanders has been a consultant to the World Health Organization and the Council of Europe and to governments in the UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, Japan and Iran.
Kinark Child and Family Services is a leading provider of community-based services and supports for children and youth with complex needs and their families. Funded by the Government of Ontario, Kinark is the largest children's mental health organization in Ontario. Triple P is available to families as part of its suite of evidenced-based programs.
SOURCE Kinark Child and Family Services
For further information: Ashley Slater, [email protected], 905-474-9595 ext. 1349