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April 10, 2017

The Scoop on P3 Classes: Positive Parenting Partnership

By Tampa Bay Parenting

Positive-Parenting-Classes-Champions-for-Children-TampaChampions for Children has recently expanded its commitment to providing a range of education and support services to families who want to strengthen their skills as parents. Last year, the agency launched its Positive Parenting Partnership (P3) program, which serves families with children or teens of any age. P3 is a Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood federally grant-funded initiative designed to strengthen families by focusing on three areas of emphasis: parenting, relationships and finances.  Using a public-health approach, the Positive Parenting Partnership program provides a range of evidence-based, scientifically evaluated services intended to enhance our entire community. The program is available to any parent or caregiver in Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk or Manatee counties free of cost.

What are the parenting education services?

The P3 program uses the Positive Parenting Program (or “Triple P”)—the most widely evaluated parenting program in the world—to help parents and caregivers achieve their goals with their children. The internationally recognized program arms parents with skills to build strong family relationships, teach children new skills, manage misbehavior and prevent problems happening in the first place. The core international base of the Triple P research and practice is Queensland, Australia.

Triple P is a system of interventions that can be highly individualized. Parents can opt for a brief consultation about just one area of concern such as toilet training, cooperation, developing a more positive relationship with your teen, or balancing work and home life. Parents may also take part in more comprehensive programs that hone multiple skills for multiple concerns. Specialized programs are available for parents of teens and children with developmental disabilities. Moreover, services may be delivered in groups or individually in a variety of locations. P3 currently has several Triple P initiatives under way at their offices in Temple Terrace as well as community locations such as the Children’s Board Family Resource Centers, local schools and the Glazer Children’s Museum.

What are the marriage and relationships services?

You might be surprised to learn that Florida cities have some of the highest divorce rates in the country. In fact the greater Tampa Bay area is home to more than 280,000 divorcees. This new P3 program at Champions for Children helps local families improve relationship stability and satisfaction.

P3 uses the Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program (PREP) to enrich partnerships with essential skills such as effective communication, working together as a team, solving problems, managing conflict and enhancing commitment and friendship. The Positive Parenting Partnership selected the PREP program, in part, because of lower divorce rates seen in couples that have participated in a PREP group and the reported higher satisfaction in their relationships. In addition to the programs offered for couples, P3 also offers PREP programs for those who are single but hoping to develop healthy partnerships in the future.

One of our proudest accomplishments has been recruiting the skilled multidisciplinary team of professionals providing these interventions to the greater Tampa Bay area. They come from backgrounds in psychology, school psychology, marriage and family counseling, mental health counseling, social work, applied behavior analysis and child development.

What are the financial health services?

P3 helps families to improve or plan for their financial health by connecting them to local services and supports such as tax preparation, financial wellness classes and career planning. Many offerings are provided through our agency’s partnership with United Way Suncoast. P3 also offers special financial services such as planning for your child’s college education and developing special needs trusts for parents who have a child with a developmental disability.

Getting connected

Parents or caregivers interested in exploring the P3 services can contact us 813-673-4646 ext. 5101 or by emailing [email protected]org You can also find us on the web at http://cfctb.org or by searching for Positive Parenting Partnership and Champions on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. We hope to hear from you.

These services are available to all eligible persons, regardless of race, gender, age disability or religion. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families. Funding for this project was provided by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families.

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