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Triple P - Positive Parenting Program

Overview of Triple P

The Triple P-Positive Parenting Program is a multi-level, parenting and family support strategy.  Triple P aims to prevent behavioral, emotional and developmental problems in children by enhancing the knowledge, skills and confidence of parents.  The system was developed by Professor Matt Sanders and colleagues from the Parent and Family Support Center in the School of Psychology at the University of Queensland. 

Marin County communities have identified the need to provide evidence based interventions for children experiencing behavioral and emotional difficulties at school, in the community and at home. 

The overarching aims of Triple P are:

  • To promote the independence and health of families through the enhancement of parents’ knowledge, skills, and confidence.
  • To promote the development of non-violent, protective, and nurturing environments for children
  • To promote the development, growth, health and social competence of young children;
  • To reduce the incidence of child maltreatment, behavioral and emotional problems in childhood and adolescence delinquency and academic failure;
  • To enhance the competence, resourcefulness, and self-sufficiency of parenting in raising their children.

Through an extensive planning process pursuant to the Mental Health Services Act, Prevention and Early Intervention, Marin County Office of Education has been able to provide Triple P trainings to mental health and other professionals in Marin.

Triple P America:

Who is Triple P For?

  • Triple P is for a broad range of families, including:
  • Parents facing common everyday challenges raising children;
  • Parents of children at risk of developing behavioral or emotional problems;
  • Parents of children already showing behavioral or emotional problems;
  • Parents of children with developmental disabilities;
  • Parents at risk of child maltreatment.

As indicated, Triple P is designed to provide a continuum of evidence-based parent education and support services and has been shown to increase parenting effectiveness and reduce child abuse.  It is not biased and is culturally sensitive.  It is preventatively-oriented; empowering parents to recognize their role in the parenting process and identify those behaviors that they feel may need addressing and provide them with the steps to address the behavior.  Practioner and parent feedback to date about Triple P has been very positive.  Triple P is a multi-leveled system, which aims to tailor information, advice and provide support to the needs of families.  Please see the attached list of levels.

Level 3: Primary Care Triple P
Primary Care Teen Triple P

Primary Care interventions incorporate brief behavioral counseling as an early detection and brief intervention approach to managing identified problems. This level of intervention involves four 15-30 minute consultations with parents. Practical advice on managing a specific problem behavior is provided, assisted by the use of parenting tip sheets and video resources. Primary Care interventions may also incorporate active skills training procedures such as behavioral rehearsal. This involves modeling and then coaching parents in the implementation of specific parenting strategies or routines using rehearsal, constructive feedback and goal setting.

Level 4: Standard Triple P
Group Triple P

As in Level 3, this level of intervention combines the provision of information with active skills training and support. It also teaches parents to apply parenting skills to a broad range of target behaviors in both home and community settings with the target child and siblings. There are several different delivery formats available at this level of intervention.

Standard Triple P
This 10-session program incorporates sessions on causes of children’s behavior problems, strategies for encouraging children’s development and strategies for managing misbehavior. Active skills training methods used in the sessions include modeling, rehearsal, self-evaluation, and homework tasks. Several generalization enhancement strategies are incorporated into the program (e.g. training with sufficient exemplars, training loosely) to promote the transfer of parenting skills across settings, siblings and time. Home or clinic practice sessions are also conducted in which parents’ self-select goals to practice. They are then are observed interacting with their child and implementing parenting skills, and subsequently encouraged to self-evaluate their progress toward meeting their goals. Further sessions cover identifying high-risk situations and developing planned activities routines. Finally, maintenance and relapse issues are discussed. Sessions last about 60 minutes each (with the exception of practice sessions which should last about 40 minutes each).

Group Triple P
Group Triple P is an 8-session program, ideally conducted in groups of 10-12 parents. It employs an active skills training process to help parents acquire new knowledge and skills. The program consists of four 2-hour group sessions which provide opportunities for parents to learn through observation, discussion, practice and feedback. DVD segments are used to demonstrate positive parenting skills. These skills are then practiced in small groups. Parents receive constructive feedback about their use of skills in an emotionally supportive context. Between sessions, parents complete homework tasks to consolidate their learning from the group sessions.

Below please find the list of trained and accredited providers within Marin County currently serving families with Triple P.  Many are MediCal providers and/or accept various forms of insurance.  Please contact the agencies directly for rate information.

Triple P Accredited Agencies

​Agency ​Contact Number

APPLE FamilyWorks

Bolinas Coastal Health

Canal Alliance

Catholic Charities

Child Therapy Institute

Community Action Marin

Community Institute for Psychotherapy

Community Mental Health

Family Partnership

Family Service Agency

Homeward Bound

Jewish Family & Children Services

Marin County Office of Education

Marin Learning Center

Novato Youth Center

The Kids Place


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Sharepoint – Practioners only:
Interest in being trained or understanding more about Triple P? Please contact Laura Trahan: 415/499-587;

Raquel Rose
Assistant Superintendent,  Student Programs
Chris Spores
Laura Trahan
Program Manager