Train your staff - population approach
Taking a population approach to parenting support means you are committed to making meaningful changes in family resilience, family functioning and emotional and behavioral outcomes for children – across your entire community, not just within a small, target group. With a population approach you will be offering parenting support to all families, including the large numbers that would otherwise not consider parenting help but who have children who may go on to develop social, emotional or behavioral problems if left unaddressed.
Triple P has been strategically designed to allow this kind of public-health population approach to parenting support.
With a population rollout, your organization will offer interventions from all levels (intensities) of Triple P, to ensure you offer a range of intensities to suit all parents' needs. You will also consider a range of different delivery types (one-on-one, seminars, groups and perhaps online) to cater to the many individual preferences of your parent community and practitioner base.
You will also, most likely, train a range of practitioners who have regular dealings with parents. These could include family workers, social workers, psychologists, doctors, nurses, school counsellors, teachers and clergy. These may come from within your own organization if, for example, you are a government authority. Or if you are creating a wider parenting support network, they may work independently or in other organizations throughout your community.
From football stars to remote indigenous communities – a snapshot of Triple P in Australia
Eighteen months into a state government-funded Triple P population rollout in Queensland, Australia, more than 50,000 parents had signed up for a course or session. See why (and how) the initiative has been so successful.