For parents with children age 8 or older, behavioral parent training (BPT) aims to change the behavior of parents by teaching effective methods to improve their child’s behavior problems (such as aggression, hyperactivity, temper tantrums, and difficulty following directions). Treatment typically lasts several months with the goal of parents learning and properly utilizing positive reinforcements (such as praise and rewards) to increase their child’s appropriate behaviors, while setting proper limits and delivering appropriate consequences (such as removing attention or giving a time out) for inappropriate behaviors.
As a parent in behavioral parent training, you will learn evidence based techniques to improve the relationship with you child, such as:
- increasing effective commands
- improving the quality of your praising
- responding to negative behaviors in a calm and consistent manner
- removing the explosive element of getting into a power struggle
- choosing to ignore minor misbehaviors
- delivering non-punitive consequences for behaviors that cannot be ignored
Behavioral parent training can help parents to “get back on track” with a child who is not responding well to the parenting methods currently being used in the family and decrease fighting and tension to improve the overall quality of life in the home.