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The Incredible Years programs are research‐based, proven effective for reducing children's aggression and behavior problems and increasing social competence in home and school settings.

Incredible Years Training for Parents:

  • The Basic Parent Training prevention model is a universal program for parents of children ages 3-6 years.  Over 16-20 weeks it emphasizes parenting skills known to promote children's social competence and reduce behavior problems such as; child lead play, effective praise, and limit setting.
  • The Advance Parent Training program consists of 9-11 additional sessions that build on the Basic program.  It emphasizes parent interpersonal skills such as: effective communication skills, anger management, problem-solving between adults, and ways to give and get support.

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Incredible Years Training for Children:

  • Dinosaur School Classroom Curriculum: For a variety of ages, these programs emphasize skills such as emotional literacy, empathy or perspective taking, friendship skills, anger management, interpersonal problem-solving, school rules and how to be successful at school. Dina Classroom Outcomes Summary 2012-2013
  • Small Group Dinosaur Treatment Curriculum: For preschool, kindergarten, and primary school children ages 4-8 years with behavior problems.  This program is designed to be implemented by counselors, therapists, or special education teachers to treat children with conduct problems, ADHD, and internalizing problems. It is delivered in 2-hour weekly small group sessions (6 children per group) for 18-22 weeks. 
    • Ideally it is offered in conjunction with the two-hour weekly parenting program group sessions so parents have an opportunity to foster their children’s learning in Dinosaur School in their interactions with them at home.
    • For more detail about implementing the two components together, see this one page fact sheet.
    • Small Group 2012-2013 Outcomes Data Summary New

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Frequently Asked Questions

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IYS Logic Models

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Readiness Tools

For communities that are considering implementation of the Incredible Years these tools can help guide the decision making and planning process

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PA Based Training and Materials (Registration Information)

In 2014, PCCD and the EPISCenter are collaborating with IYS providers to begin offering a more coordinated series of PA based Incredible Years trainings. There are two main goals for this collaboration:

1.  Decrease Training Costs: By ensuring that each training is fully utilized and avoiding travel to Seattle PCCD will be able to decrease the overall costs to providers for Incredible Years training.  Lower costs mean that our state prevention dollars are stretched to serve more families and youth.

2.  Enhance the Pennsylvania Incredible Years Learning Community:  By inviting providers across the state to come together for training we increase the opportunity for networking between providers.  Facilitators can share lessons learned and build relationships that will allow them to access each other throughout their implementation of the model.

3.  Centralized Materials Ordering Process

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Part of high quality implementation is assessing program impact and fidelity to the model.  Below are tools and resources provided by the EPISCenter to assist in collecting, analyzing, and communicating this data.

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More Resources

Find a variety of resources to support your implementation of the Incredible Years below.