Communities for Children Facilitating Partners Evidence-based programme profiles

Tuning in to Kids

Name

Tuning in to Kids

Target audience

Parents

CfC Objective

School transition and engagement

Organisation

University of Melbourne

Delivery Setting

Community-based

Description

A universal parenting program for parents of children aged 3 – 10 years old. It aims to promote the development of emotional competence and prevent behaviour problems in young children by improving parents’ own emotional competence and teaching them emotion coaching skills.

Delivered to

Parents of children aged 3-10 years old.

Delivered by

Social workers, psychologists, occupational therapists, teachers, early childhood professionals and others working with children and families.

Program Structure

Tuning in to Kids is delivered in 6 x 2-hour weekly sessions by facilitators following a structured manual. The manual includes a range of resources, including handouts for parents (also on USB), and a USB demonstrating parenting skills. It is also possible to adapt the delivery of this program.

Training

A 3 session, online professional development workshop is required to become a facilitator.

The workshop blends lecture-style and experiential learning modules and provides trainees with the concepts of Emotional Intelligence and Emotion Coaching, equipping them to deliver the Tuning in to Kids program.

Currently all training is being delivered online. It is hoped that face to face training will resume in the near future.

Online training is offered regularly throughout the year: http://www.tuningintokids.org.au/events/category/professionals-calendar/

An In-Service Model of training is also available for organisations who are looking to train larger groups of people. For this service, contact the Tuning in to Kids organisation.

Cost
  • 2-day training course and program manual: $913 per person
  • The cost for in-service training will depend on the size of the group and travel-related requirements. You can find out more by contacting the Tuning in to Kids organisation.
Contact

Contact person: Gabi Macdonald
Phone: 0421 864 545
Email: gabi.macdonald@unimelb.edu.au
Website: http://www.tuningintokids.org.au/events/category/professionals-calendar/

Evaluation and effectiveness

Tuning in to kids has undergone several studies and evaluations (including an RCT) for various intervention groups.
A full list and summary of the research is available here: http://www.tuningintokids.org.au/professionals/research/