International expert to speak on parenting

May. 03, 2014 @ 06:13 PM

A new program at the Durham County Department of Public Health aims to help parents and is bringing in an international expert to gets them on the right track.
Matt Sanders, professor of clinical psychology and founder of the evidence-based Triple P – Positive Parenting Program – will visit Durham on Monday to present a seminar on “The Power of Positive Parenting” for parents with children between birth and 12 years old.
The free seminar, open to the public, will be from 6 to 8 p.m. at World Overcomers Christian Church at 2933 S. Miami Blvd. in Durham. Free child care and dinner will be provided.
Triple P seminars include simple strategies to help make raising children easier, and are presented in a relaxed setting that tackles some of the most common family concerns about parenting, health officials said. At the end of the seminar, participants will take home a tip sheet that summarizes the ideas presented.
Based in Brisbane, Australia, Sanders is director of the Parenting and Family Support Centre at the University of Queensland and is a visiting professor at Manchester University, the University of South Carolina, Glasgow Caledonian University and the University of Auckland.
Durham County was recently awarded a grant to offer the Triple P parenting education and to support families in the county. The initiative will host its first Triple P Level 3 primary care training in June.
The department’s goal is to have 20 accredited practitioners in a variety of community agencies by July. These practitioners will begin delivering Triple P to Durham families as more are trained over the next three years.
For information about the seminar or Triple P, call program coordinator Christian Barfield at 919-560-7753 or email cbarfield@dconc.gov