Pre-conference workshops

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Session Presenter
Session 1 (9am-10.30am)
A – Triple P System in Action Divna Haslam
B – Working with Foster Parents Claire Chandler
C – Flexible Delivery Trevor Mazzucchelli
D – Working with parents of Children with ASD Kate Sofronoff
Session 2 (11am-12.30pm)
A – Triple P Online Karen Turner & Susan Love
B – Working with Families of Bullied Children Karyn Healy
C – Triple P and Cultural Diversity Margaret Weston
D – Working with Parents of Children with Intellectual Impairment Kylie Gray
Session 3 (1.30-3pm)
A – Stay Positive Leanne Wilkinson & Lynnette Haas
B – Father Engagement Louise Keown & Tenille Frank
C – Triple P and Indigenous Parenting Jeff Nelson & Lauren Hodge
D – Working with Parents of Children with Chronic Illness Alina Morawska
Session 4: Triple P Masterclass (3.30-5pm)
Triple P and Complex Cases: Enhancing Outcomes with Vulnerable Families Matthew R. Sanders



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Session 1A: Triple P in Action: Applying the Triple P model flexibly but with fidelity

Dr Divna Haslam


This workshop gives a brief overview of the Triple P System of intervention with particular focus using innovative approaches to deliver programs flexibly contingent on population need. The workshop will be interactive and all participants will be invited to share their successes and failures in flexible delivery of evidence-based, manualised programs with the goal of collaborative learning. A series of case studies will be used to assist participants gain an understanding of the importance of balancing fidelity and flexibility to maximise parent engagement. Practical strategies will be shared including examples of working across different cultures, modalities and the use of technology within interventions.

Key objectives:

  • Knowledge of the Triple P elements required to maintain program fidelity.
  • Ability to tailor program delivery flexibly contingent on context.
  • Ideas on the use of innovations to maximise parental engagment.

Session 1B: Working with Foster Carers: Using training and support to improve the outcomes for children in out-of-home-care

Claire Chandler


Because of the complex needs of children-in-care, implementing parenting interventions with foster carers can be both challenging and highly rewarding. This workshop will discuss some of the difficulties encountered in working with this population, including resistance from participants, adapting strategies to suit complex behaviours, struggles in getting carers to attend training, and negotiating the many other stressors of the child protection system. Findings from a pilot study of Taking Care Triple P (tailored to suit foster carers) will be discussed, along with suggestions for the use of Triple P program with this group. Participants will also have the opportunity to share their own experiences working with foster carers.

Session 1C: Flexible Delivery of Triple P: Tailoring to the needs of families

Trevor Mazzucchelli


This workshop will explore issues related to the concept of “flexibility and fidelity.” How can Triple P be provided to meet the diverse needs of families, but in ways that do not move it beyond its evidence base? The aim of this workshop will be to provide participants with ideas to enhance intervention fidelity and effectiveness by considering what is at the core of Triple P, common obstacles, and introducing a framework to consider potential modifications to “standard” delivery.

Session 1D: Working with Parents of Children with ASD – Strategies that Work

Associate Professor Kate Sofronoff


Parents with a child with an autism spectrum disorder often believe that a parenting program must be developed specifically for the issues and challenges that they face with their child. A growing number of trials have demonstrated that Stepping Stones Triple P is very effective with these families across all levels of the program.

The workshop will introduce important strategies to use when working with parents of a child with ASD. We will discuss the challenges that are typically faced by parents and strategies to help overcome difficulties that may be faced by practitioners. The workshop will be interactive and aim to address the issues identified by participants. We will also use case studies as discussion points to illustrate different presenting problems. The purpose of the workshop is to increase the skills of practitioners who work with families with a child with ASD.

Session 2A: Incorporating internet service delivery in your clinical practice: The latest advances with Triple P Online

Dr Karen Turner, Deputy Director (Program Development) & Sabine Baker, MPsych (PhD Candidate)


Web‐based approaches to the provision of psychological interventions have the potential to increase program reach, and have much to offer in terms of flexibility and ease of access. The internet is now one of the preferred methods for parents seeking parenting advice and support. This workshop, designed for practitioners and researchers, will give an overview of different Triple P Online programs, from Level 3 Triple P brief problem specific modules, to a more intensive 8-module Level 4 Triple P intervention. These online programs include video demonstrations, interactive exercises and personalised feedback. They also include other optional components including downloadable worksheets, dynamic personalised workbooks covering program content and exercises, downloadable podcasts; and in Level 4, email summaries of session content, SMS summaries and reminders, and a personalised certificate of completion. Results from completed and ongoing randomised controlled trials of the online interventions will be presented, and participants will have the opportunity to explore the programs.

Key objectives:
Workshop participants will:

  1. Be introduced to a suite of Triple P Online programs.
  2. Discuss the use of new technologies to complement other modes of program delivery.
  3. Consider how online interventions can be used in their own service delivery settings and discuss practical implementation issues.
  4. Generate solutions to enhance parental engagement with online interventions.

Session 2B: Working with Families of Bullied Children

Karyn Healy


Resilience Triple P is a program to enable the families of children who are bullied at school to make a positive impact on their child’s situation. We recently conducted a randomized controlled trial of Resilience Triple P with 111 families of chronically bullied children. Compared to an active control group, families who participated in Resilience Triple P achieved greater reductions in bullying, distress and depression of children over time. The children reported liking school more and their teachers reported they became better accepted by their peers. Resilience Triple P involves group sessions with the target children, their siblings and parents, and other group sessions involving parents only. Children who are bullied by peers are a diverse group, and present particular challenges and opportunities for facilitation. Parents of bullied children often come to the program upset and distressed by the unfair treatment of their child. They learn strategies to effectively support their child and to work with the school to address issues. In this workshop we will look at specific challenges and opportunities of working with families of children who are bullied. We will share practical strategies to overcome challenges and make positive changes, drawing from the stories of the 111 families involved in the Brisbane trial of Resilience Triple P.

Session 2C: Triple P and cultural diversity

Margaret Weston


This interactive workshop will look at what we mean by our own cultural identity and how we understand the cultural identity of those with whom we work. There will be a brief outline of how Triple P ensures that its key messages are effective and available for families from a wide range of cultural backgrounds; stories will also be told of the way in which the program has been delivered across culturally diverse populations, with a focus on indigenous communities. Participants in this workshop will be encouraged to share their ideas and experience and to work together to develop suggestions that may support future deliveries of Triple P in culturally different environments.

Session 2D: Working with parents of children with Intellectual Disability and developmental disorders other than ASD

Kylie Gray


This workshop aims to focus on engagement strategies with parents of children with an Intellectual Disability and specific developmental disorders. It is often the case that these parents can feel that there is no parenting programme that is suitable for their family and circumstances. We have developed resources to assist practitioners in using the Stepping Stones Triple P programme with parents of children with disorders such as Prader Willi syndrome, Williams syndrome, Fragile X, and Fetal Alcohol syndrome. The workshop will discuss strategies that are helpful with a range of specific developmental disorders and will use case studies to demonstrate the use of strategies from SSTP. The workshop will be interactive and address issues raised by the group.

Session 3A: Understanding Level 1 Universal Triple P

Leanne Wilkinson & Lynnette Haas


This workshop will explain Level 1 Universal Triple P and cover how Level 1 supports Triple P program implementation. We’ll deconstruct a communications strategy and discuss key areas including the role of advertising, public relations and social media in reaching population targets. We’ll then examine components of a specific communications campaign (Stay Positive) in print, electronic (radio/TV/web) and outdoor. Whether you’re a manager rolling out Triple P across a population, or an individual practitioner working in a small practice, this workshop will provide an understanding of the theory behind Universal Triple P and give practical examples of Level 1 in operation.

Session 3B: Engaging Fathers in Evidence-Based Parenting Programs

Louise Keown & Tenille Frank


Fathers generally have low participation rates in parenting programs and when they do take part program adherence is often problematic, with low attendance and high attrition. This interactive workshop will give participants the opportunity to examine questions such as:

  • How can we attract fathers to participate in parenting programs?
  • How do we engage different father groups?
  • How can we enhance program engagement and effectiveness for both fathers and mothers?

Session 3C: Working with Indigenous Families: Thriving as a practitioner and a community

Jeff Nelson & Lauren Hodge


This interactive workshop will look at strategies for thriving as a practitioner when delivering Triple P, especially for those who are working with or would like to work with indigenous families. The current research on Indigenous Triple P effectiveness will be touched on. Specific cases will be presented where Triple P was delivered flexibly for Indigenous families and program fidelity was maintained. Providing an environment for plenty of group discussion the workshop will focus on attendees sharing individual experiences. The goal of the workshop is for each person to gain ideas on how to make programs work long-term in their community.

Session 3D: Parenting Interventions for Childhood Chronic Illness

Alina Morawska


Childhood chronic illnesses are major threats to the health and development of children and well-being of families worldwide, and place an enormous burden on the affected individuals, their families, and the broader community. Childhood chronic illnesses are common and prevalence rates are on the rise, and the morbidity and quality of life outcomes for childhood chronic illnesses are well documented. Despite consistent evidence as to the extent and impact of childhood chronic illness, existing psychosocial approaches to help children with chronic health conditions and their families have been inadequate and have had limited success. This presentation will outline the links between chronic childhood illness, emotional and behavioural disorders and parenting, examine the evidence base for existing psychosocial interventions and provide an overview of the development of an evidence based parenting program for parents of children affected by chronic illness. Data from a randomized controlled trial of a brief, group-based parenting intervention for parents of children with asthma or eczema, will be used to illustrate recruitment and intervention delivery challenges.

Session 4: Triple P and Complex Cases: Enhancing Outcomes with Vulnerable Families

Matthew R. Sanders


This masterclass will examines how the Triple P system and specific programs within the system can be applied creatively to enhance clinical outcomes with a range of vulnerable and disadvantaged groups of parents and children. We will consider the broader social-ecological context within which parenting takes place and consider particular challenges associated with each stage of the consultation process including- the initial engagement of parents, the retention of parents, the tailoring of delivery in a way that is both culturally relevant and clinically effective and the within-session management of various types of “resistances”. The types of vulnerable families discussed will include parents living in financial hardship, parents living with a mental illness, parents with significant relationship problems, and parents of children with histories of antisocial behaviour. The challenges and possible solutions of using a self-regulation framework when parents appear to have limited self-regulatory capability will also be addressed.