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.

Creator & Author – Dr. Carolyn Webster-Stratton

Dr. Carolyn Webster-Stratton is Professor Emeritus at the University of Washington, Seattle. She is a licensed clinical psychologist and nurse-practitioner and over the past 30 years has conducted numerous randomised 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.

She has developed the Incredible Years Series which consists of separate training programs, intervention manuals and DVDs for use by trained therapists, teachers and group leaders to promote children’s social competence, emotional regulation and problem-solving skills and reduce their behavioural problems. The objectives of these interventions are to help parents and teachers provide young children (0-12 years) with a strong emotional, social and academic foundation so as to achieve the longer term goal of reducing the development of depression, school drop-out, violence, drug abuse and delinquency in later years.

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