Frequently Asked Questions
I’m not really having any big problems with my child’s behaviors, but I still want to learn how to be more effective in my parenting style. Will this course help?
In my subtle and humble opinion, ABSOLUTELY! Think about parent education in the same way you might think about “continuing education” services for professionals. Even the most highly accomplished professionals recognize that there is always room for growth and improvement. Parenting for Success! offers this same kind of personal growth opportunity for anyone and everyone engaged in the most important (and difficult) jobs you will ever have…raising and teaching children!
Why is Parenting For Success! - Part 2 only available as part of the bundled package?
The Parenting For Success! series is considered a sequential curriculum...which is a fancy way of saying that each lesson continues to build and expand on the previous information. This means that the core principles discussed in Part 1 provide the critical foundation for the functional tools discussed in Part 2.
Is there a way I can sign up for just this course without taking Part 1 first?
In the same way that starting a book in the middle may leave you feeling lost or unsatisfied with the overall story...well, the same could be said about starting this course mid-stream. HOWEVER, we also recognize that some of you may already have enough context for "how the story begins" as a result of previous trainings, professional background, etc. If this applies to you, please feel free to email me at [email protected] and I would be happy to talk with you about making Part 2 available as a stand-alone course.
Sometimes I feel like my spouse and I are on very different pages when it comes to how we parent. Would you recommend that we take this course together?
Many families (including grandparents and other caregivers) have shared that going through this course together helped provide them with a common philosophy, language and child/family goals that helped decrease conflict and move them toward being on the same page. Some have also suggested that family members who were previously resistant to seeking direct services for behavioral concerns responded favorably to the less-intensive format of an education-based service like Parenting for Success!
We were referred to a behavior specialist for help with my child’s behaviors. Is this course a replacement for seeing a specialist?
First and foremost, if you have ANY concerns whatsoever about behaviors that could pose an immediate risk of danger to anyone, immediately call 911, visit the nearest hospital emergency department, and/or contact a local provider for immediate clinical care.
If there are no immediate concerns for safety but your child’s behaviors have resulted in a referral to a behavior specialist then this course may be a good place to start while waiting for your first appointment.
Why would I take his course if I’m already planning to see a therapist regarding my child’s behaviors?
Parenting for Success! offers a comprehensive overview of the research-based practices that most behavioral therapists use when working with families to develop specific interventions. Many families have reported that the information they learned in this course allowed them “hit the ground running,” making the earlier stages of therapy notably more efficient.
Can you explain a little more about how Parenting for Success can help make other behavior therapies more efficient?
My clinical approach has always followed the “teach a person to fish” philosophy, which is to say that the treatment focus emphasizes independent problem-solving skills. An effective way to accomplish this is to spend an average of 5 sessions teaching a functional model that will help you be more self-sufficient addressing future behavior challenges. Parenting for Success! can save valuable time and money by teaching these principles without ever having to step into an office! It also allows parents to start applying many of the techniques and see positive change before their first behavior therapy session. Because the wheels of change are already moving in the right direction, many families end up requiring fewer treatment sessions…and some families have even found that the newly acquired problem solving strategies have allowed them to postpone behavior support therapy indefinitely.
Do you recommend therapy or coaching as part of your parent education programs?
Parenting for Success! is not intended to replace the clinical expertise and advice that is part of a prescribed therapeutic relationship with a licensed or certified professional. All Behavior Compass Academy© courses are education-based programs designed to provide a framework and strategies to help navigate life's challenges. While they in no way replace direct clinical services, these courses can positively supplement the formal treatment process. For families who feel that additional, more tailored clinical support might be beneficial, I encourage them to seek and engage in formal therapeutic services.
Can I share the information from this course with my/our therapist or behavior coach?
Yes! Please feel free to share the course summary contained in the Parenting for Success! workbook or have them contact me directly for additional course information. I'm always happy to consult with other providers in support of your ongoing parenting journey!
How long will I be able to access the courses after purchase?
This depends on the course package you purchase, but ranges from one year to lifetime access.