The Incredible Years® is a series of interlocking, evidence-based programmes for parents, children, and teachers, supported by over 30 years of research.
The goal is to prevent and treat young children’s behaviour problems and promote their social, emotional and academic competence. The programmes are used worldwide in schools and mental health centers and have been shown to work across cultures and socioeconomic groups. The Incredible Years Series is a set of interlocking, comprehensive, and developmentally based programs targeting parents, teachers and children. The training programs that compose Incredible Years® Series are guided by developmental theory on the role of multiple interacting risk and protective factors in the development of conduct problems. The programs are designed to work jointly to promote emotional, social, and academic competence and to prevent, reduce, and treat behavioral and emotional problems in young children. View program previews here! In the parent, teacher and child training programs, trained facilitators use video vignettes to structure the content and stimulate group discussions, problem solving and trigger practices related to participants’ goals. Group Leaders are encouraged to become certified to promote ongoing fidelity to the program and as a means of receiving extensive feedback! Learn more with the Incredible Years Fact Sheet
Dr. Carolyn Webster-Stratton, Professor Emeritus at the University of Washington, is the founder of the Incredible Years® Series for Parents, Children, and Teachers. She is a licensed clinical psychologist and nurse practitioner. During her time at University of Washington, Dr. Webster-Stratton was Director of the UW Parenting Clinic. Thirty three years ago she began developing and researching the Incredible Years programs. She has conducted numerous randomized control group studies to evaluate the effectiveness of intervention programs for promoting social and emotional competence, school readiness skills and preventing conduct problems in high risk populations. She has also evaluated teacher, parent and child treatment programs for children diagnosed with Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Conduct Disorder and ADHD. The Incredible Years programs have been delivered in more than twenty four countries.