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Founder Thomas F. Gordon, Ph.D.

 

 

Definition
 
The primary goal of parental education programs is to help parents understand child behavior and develop child-rearing skills.
 
Parent Effectiveness Training (PET)  use techniques such as active listening, I-messages, and no-lose problem solving, can be used by any person to interact more effectively with others.
 
Therapeutic Goal
There are three therapeutic goals to keep in mind in dealing with Parental Education.  Active listening deals with interacting, the following steps are involved in active listening: 1. the receiver of a message tries tuo understand what the sender's message means or what the sender is feeling;and (2) the receiver then puts this  understanding into her own words and returns this understanding for sender's verification. I-Messages are nonblaming messages that communicate only how the sender of the message believes the receiver is adversely affecting the sender.  No-Lose Problem Solving has two basic premises: (1) All people have the right to have their needs met and (2) what is in conflict is not needs but solutions to those needs.
 
Treatment Techniques
Collisions of values are common between parents and their children.  First the mother models the values she holds important.  Second, she acts as a consultant to her teen.  Third, a mother can reduce tensions by modifying her own values. 
 
The principles are applicable not only for parents and parent surrogates (such as teachers, principals, counselors, and youth leaders) but for anyone who wants to improve their interactions with others.
 
 
Thomas Barnett
 

Zastrow, Charles H. "The Practice of Social Work" Applications of Generalist and Advanced Content. Seventh Edition
 
 
 
 
Thomas Barnett