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Child, Youth and Family Services Centre for Addiction
and Mental Health

Incredible Years Parenting Program

The Incredible Years Parenting Program is a 15-week psycho-education program for parents of children ages 6 – 12. It is offered in group format through weekly, two-hour sessions. Groups are offered throughout the academic year - starting in the autumn and starting in spring – and are offered in the early evening (for parents whose children are enrolled in the companion child group, the Dinosaur Social Skills Program) and in daytime on-site at CAMH’s Child, Youth and Family Program. The Program has been well-researched and has been proven effective in achieving the goals set out for participants.

The primary goals of the program are to improve the parent’s skill and confidence at managing their child’s aggression and problem behaviour and to improve the parent – child relationship. The following is a selection of curriculum topics:

  • Parent-child play skills
  • Praise
  • Limit setting
  • Ignoring
  • Reward systems
  • Effective consequences


The Incredible Years Parenting Program has outcome research to indicate the following benefits of participation:

  • Reduced child aggression and disruptive behaviour
  • Reduced parent stress
  • Increased child positive behaviours and social skills
  • Increased parent confidence in parenting
  • Increased parent effectiveness in managing behaviour


For more information on the Incredible Years Parenting Program, visit the website of the Program’s developer, The Incredible Years (www.incredibleyears.com).

Parents can register for the Incredible Years Parenting Program by contacting group coordinator: MaryLynn Reddon-D’Arcy at 416 – 535 – 8501, extension 34371

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