Communities for Children Facilitating Partners Evidence-based programme profiles

Parent Effectiveness Training (PET)


Parent Effectiveness Training (PET)

Target audience


CfC Objective

Supporting Families and Parents
Early Learning and Care


Effectiveness Training Institute of Australia

Delivery Setting



This educational program aims to improve family life by changing parental child-rearing attitudes and practices, and by changing children’s behaviour – primarily through altering communication styles.

Delivered to

Parents and carers of children aged 5-12 years.

Delivered by

Trained support workers

Program Structure

There are a series of eight three-hour sessions, which are conducted in groups and occur on a weekly basis. Group size is 12-15 people. Individual coaching sessions are also available.


Staff will need to complete training before delivering PET. The training is 60-80 hours, which can be delivered in a variety of ways, depending on the needs of the group.

There are no restrictions on who can become a PET instructor, but there is a preference for instructors to be parents themselves. Training is available in all States and Territories, except South Australia. If there is a group in South Australia who wish to be trained in PET, they can, however, make a request for a trainer to travel interstate.

Find out more:


Contact the organisation for pricing information.


Phone: (07) 3355 1214

Evaluation and effectiveness

Multiple studies document positive behavioural outcomes for families post-intervention. An extensive study (mixed method, control group) conducted across 6 sites in Australia found that parents participating in the course showed significantly higher scores than the control group in empathic listening, conflict resolution, appropriate assertiveness, and reduction in scores on parental stress (Wood, 2003).

Wood, C.D. (2003). How we talk to our children: An evaluation of Parent Effectiveness Training for emotional competence. University of Tasmania: unpublished doctoral study.

Full summary of the research can be found here: