Communities for Children Facilitating Partners Evidence-based programme profiles

Incredible Years


Incredible Years

Target audience

Infants (0-2 years)
Early childhood (3-5 years)
Middle childhood (6-12 years)

CfC Objective

Supporting Families and Parents
Early Learning and Care
School Transition and Engagement


Incredible Years

Delivery Setting

School-based; home-based; community-based


Group-based social learning model program for parents, teachers and children that reduces challenging behaviors in children and increases social and emotional learning and self-control skills. Develops parenting skills and increases parents' involvement in children's school experience. Parent groups are grouped according to age: 0-12 months, 1-3 years, 3-6 years and 6-12 years.

Delivered to

Parents experiencing stress and difficulty in managing children’s behaviours; children aged 0-12 with behavioural issues; teachers.

Delivered by

Trained group practitioners

Program Structure

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.


3 day training required. Training scheduled in Australia will be advertised on the Incredible Years website:
Agencies may also contact
to arrange to host an on-site training.


Costs vary and are listed on the Incredible Years order form:



Evaluation and effectiveness

The program has been assessed through multiple randomised controlled trials in the U.S., New Zealand, and Europe. The programs have been found to be effective in strengthening teacher and parent management skills, improving children’s social and emotional competence and school readiness, and reducing behaviour problems.

Menting, ATA., Orobio, de Castro, B., Matthys, W. (2013) Effectiveness of the Incredible Years parent training to modify disruptive prosocial child behaviour: A meta-analytic review. Clinical Psychology Review, 33, 901-913.