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Implementing Triple P-Positive Parenting Program®-Home Visiting (Triple P-Home Visiting)

Training to Support Implementation

Last Updated

May 2014

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Requirements for Program Certification

The program requires providers to participate in Triple P Provider training courses and receive accreditation demonstrating their competency with the program. The accreditation process has two steps: obtaining a passing score on a written exam and displaying competence in parent consultation skills, as scored by an accredited Triple P trainer through direct observation or video recording. Pre-accreditation workshops are required for certain interventions about two weeks before accreditation.

Accreditation occurs six to eight weeks after pre-service training; practitioners are encouraged to start delivering the intervention during this time. Accreditation workshops occur in two or four half-day workshops, depending on the level of intensity. Providers must attend at least 80 percent of the training course to be eligible for accreditation.

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Pre-Service Staff Training

Pre-service training consists of one- to four-day workshops with videos, group discussions, and rehearsals. Training length varies by level. Practitioners must be trained in Level 4 before they are trained in Enhanced or Pathways Triple P, or in core levels before training in specialized interventions, such as Stepping Stones. TPI recommends that supervisors also participate in Triple P training. Training courses include up to 20 participants and cover the theoretical foundations of behavioral family interventions. The courses also provide an overview of the development and prevalence of behavioral and emotional problems in children.

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In-Service Staff Training

In-service training is not required. TPI offers in-service support and technical assistance to organizations that purchase the pre-service training workshops (see Technical Assistance for more information).

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Training Materials

Each intervention within a level has its own set of training materials, given to practitioners as a facilitator’s kit at training. For Primary Care Triple P, for example, participants receive a practitioner’s manual and charts, a sample of the Triple P Tip Sheet Series, and an instructional DVD. Training materials for Standard, Enhanced, and Pathways Triple P also include a workbook and additional instructional DVDs targeted to the specific intervention.

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Qualified Trainers

All training courses are conducted by Triple P trainers in compliance with the quality assurance requirements established through the University of Queensland. Training is coordinated by TPI, which has a network of trainers in many countries. Triple P trainers have a minimum education of a master’s degree (or equivalent) in educational or clinical psychology.

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Technical Assistance

Consultation and technical assistance are offered to organizations that purchase Triple P provider training courses. Consultation and technical assistance include the following:

  • Pre-accreditation workshops (required for some Triple P levels);
  • Clinical support days, for practitioners to gather to discuss cases, solve problems, plan for future delivery, and receive feedback for professional development. This support is suitable for practitioners who have begun delivering services and who do not have opportunities for traditional or peer supervision (such as PASS) within their agency. These supports can also be delivered by telephone; and 
  • Workshops covering topics such as assessment, telephone support, program fidelity, and engaging hard-to-reach families. Workshops are half-a-day long and delivered as a pair, for a full day of workshop.

Providers also have access to PASS and the Triple P Provider Network. The Triple P Provider Network is a website with clinical tools and service delivery forms, promotional materials, a question and answer forum, Triple P news updates, and a monthly video blog in which the model developer answers questions about Triple P delivery.

Implementation consultants are available for management briefings before trainings. Briefings address fitting Triple P into existing workloads and programs, appropriate staffing, needed materials and resources, time and materials required for an in-house Triple P coordinator, and ongoing sustainability.

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Notes

The information contained on this page was last updated in May 2014. Recommended Further Reading lists the sources for this information. In addition, the information contained in this profile was reviewed for accuracy by the Triple P America office on May 9, 2014. HomVEE reserves the right to edit the profile for clarity and consistency.

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