Communities for Children Facilitating Partners Evidence-based programme profiles

1-2-3 Magic and Emotion Coaching


1-2-3 Magic and Emotion Coaching

Target audience


CfC Objective

Supporting Families and Parents



Delivery Setting

School-based; community-based


The 1-2-3 Magic and Emotion Coaching program aims to help parents and carers manage difficult child behaviour with a focus on strategies and techniques that promote positive behaviour; encouragement in developing the child's ability to manage their emotional reactions; and relationship-building.

Delivered to

Parents and carers of children aged 2-12

Delivered by

Child practitioners, allied health professionals and early childhood educators.

Program Structure

Select from:

  • 3 x 2 hour group sessions (maximum 25 participants) conducted weekly; or
  • 3 x 2 hour one-to-one sessions conducted weekly.

Training is required and is typically provided in the form of a one day course. Various packages are avaiable to practitioners.

Participants who complete the training will be licensed for three years to run the program.


Please contact Parentshop for associated costs.


Phone: 1300 738 278

Evaluation and effectiveness

A single randomised controlled trial was undertaken, showing significant improvement in child behaviour post-implementation and significant improvements for carers and parents. The program appears to be beneficial as a prevention and early intervention program for preschoolers with externalising and/or internalising difficulties who were at high risk of maltreatment.

Porzig-Drummond, R., Stevenson, R., & Stevenson, C. (2014). The 1-2-3 Magic parenting program and its effect on child problem behaviors and dysfunctional parenting: a randomized controlled trial. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 58, 52-64.