Parent Training (PMT) is a form of behavioral therapy to treat behavior problems in children. The treatment is focused on the behavior patterns that have become automatic between the child and parent that are supporting the negative behavior. An entirely new way of interacting with your child is learned and practiced in sessions. You will gain confidence that you know how to handle any behavior problem that comes up and you will know that the way you are handling it is supported by 30 years of research. I am certified in the only evidenced based treatment for oppositional behavior or problem behavior related to other mental disorders such as Oppositional Defiant Disorder, ADD/ADHD and Bipolar Disorder. By the time you are finished with the training program you will be an expert too. You will learn how to manage your child's behavior without losing your cool and improve your relationship along the way. Aggression, tantrums, stealing, yelling and being disrespectful are only a few of the behaviors that are well suited for PMT treatment. If your child has been hospitalized for behavior problems you will benefit from PMT no matter what the underlying issues is.
Parent Management Training (PMT) - Ages 2-15 PMT has an incredible success rate in reducing unwanted behaviors in children (at home and at school) with 78% of families having an improvement in behavior in their child. If you are dealing with mild or severe behavior problems, I can help. PMT is a short term program that usually starts to show significant improvements in behavior in 6-8 sessions with a total of 12 sessions completing the training. I meet with the parents only and the parents implement the program with their child. The benefits are a reduction in unwanted behavior and an increase in positive behavior. I provide step by step guidance in how to implement the program with your child. This program has been developed over 30 years with the use of rigorous scientific research to back up the positive results. I am certified in the Kazdin Method of Parent Management Training that was developed at the Yale Parenting Center.
Why are some children oppositional or "difficult"? That is a good question and there is certainly not one answer. As some parents know, some kids just come that way and others have had experiences such as foster care, neglect, abuse or struggle with ADD/ADHD or a mental disorder that has predisposed them to aggressive or negative behaviors. Whatever the reason it is usually the case that traditional parenting is not effective with these children. As the behavior continues and usually escalates the relationship between parent and child begins to deteriorate as parents become more and more harsh in their punishment in an attempt to gain control. PMT is very helpful in repairing relationships between parents and their child because of the improvement in behavior in the home and school.
Treatment is available in my office in Decatur, Georgia and also in online meeting format. The typical length of the program is 12 training sessions and they cost 120.00 each. I have a generous sliding scale and you should never let financial concerns keep you from calling for help, we can usually work something out so that your family can get the help you need.