1st Edition

A Practitioner's Guide to Enhancing Parenting Skills Assessment, Analysis and Intervention

By Judy Hutchings, Margiad Williams Copyright 2019
    216 Pages
    by Routledge

    216 Pages
    by Routledge

    A Practitioner’s Guide to Enhancing Parenting Skills: Assessment, Analysis and Intervention offers a detailed and stepwise approach to problem behaviour analysis and management, based on the successful and evidence-based Enhancing Parenting Skills Programme (EPaS). This unique programme, based on 40 years of Professor Hutchings’ clinical work, draws on social learning theory (SLT) principles designed to support families of young children with behavioural challenges.

    In this book, Hutchings and Williams combine clear practical guidance with case examples and useful checklists to deliver SLT-based interventions tailored to the unique needs of individual families. The case analysis identifies the assets and skills in the home situation and the functions of problem behaviours before creating a set of achievable goals. The latter part of the manual includes examples of intervention strategies to address several common problems, including toileting, eating and night-time problems.

    This book is an invaluable tool for all practitioners working in Early Years including CAMHS primary care staff, social workers, clinical psychologists, health visitors and school nurses.

    Part I Background;  Chapter 1 Conduct problems and the risk factors for poor outcomes;  Chapter 2 Interventions;  Chapter 3 The EPaS programme, an early intervention for families at home;  Part II, The EPaS programme;  Chapter 4 Assessment session 1: setting up an effective working relationship with parents;  Chapter 5 Assessment session 1: initial information gathering;  Chapter 6 Assessment session 2: the typical day interview and parent record keeping;  Chapter 7 Assesment session 3: observing the parent–child interaction and other information sources;  Chapter 8 Developing a case analysis;  Chapter 9 Sample case analysis;  Chapter 10 The intervention plan;  Chapter 11 Teaching new behaviour;  Chapter 12 Concluding the EPaS intervention;  Part III Typical problems;  Chapter 13 A bedtime problem;  Chapter 14 A morning problem;  Chapter 15 A shopping trip;  Chapter 16 A toileting problem;  Chapter 17 An eating problem;  Chapter 18 Avoidance and anxiety-based problems; Appendix 1; Appendix 2; Appendix 3; Index


    Professor Judy Hutchings was an NHS Clinical Child Psychologist for 37 years, and since 1988 has also worked as a researcher in Bangor University, where she set up the Centre for Evidence Based Early Intervention. She introduced parenting programmes into treatment and preventive services and undertook research trials on services for children with behavioural problems, including developing the EPaS programme. In 2011, she was awarded an OBE for her work with children and families.

    Dr Margiad Williams’ PhD evaluated the Enhancing Parenting Skills (EPaS) programme in health visiting services across north Wales and Shropshire. She has studied/worked at the Centre for Evidence Based Early Intervention since 2009 evaluating programmes for parents, teachers and children.