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43rd Annual Convention; Denver, CO; 2017

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B. F. Skinner Lecture Series Paper Session #378
CE Offered: PSY/BACB — 

The National Implementation and Evaluation of Parent Training in Norway

Monday, May 29, 2017
8:00 AM–8:50 AM
Convention Center Four Seasons Ballroom 4
Area: DEV; Domain: Applied Research
Instruction Level: Intermediate
CE Instructor: Sigmund Eldevik, Ph.D.
Chair: Sigmund Eldevik (Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences)
TERJE OGDEN (Norwegian Center for Child Behavioral Development)
Terje Ogden, Ph.D., is research director at the Norwegian Center for Child Behavioral Development in Oslo, a position he has held since 2003. He is also a professor at the Institute of Psychology, University of Oslo. He is the author of more than one hundred scientific publications, and has written several books and book chapters on the development of child conduct problems, and on the effectiveness and implementation of preventive and therapeutic interventions. He is trained as an educational psychologist and has a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Bergen on the topic of family-based treatment of serious behavior problems in children and youth. Most of his research centers on the development, evaluation and large scale implementation of interventions targeting children with antisocial and co-occurring problems. The evidence-based interventions aim to strengthen child and family relations, improve parenting skills in order to reduce family conflicts and coercion, promote inclusion and prevent placement out of home. Ogden has also contributed to the efforts of adapting programs to the needs of various groups of children and their families. Ogden is also the project leader of a longitudinal prospective study of the normative behavioral and social development of 1200 Norwegian children from 6 months to school age.

A Norwegian national implementation strategy aimed to test and conduct a large-scale implementation of The Oregon model of Parent Management Training (PMTO) based on Gerald Patterson's Social Interaction and Learning theory. The program targets children with antisocial behavior and co-occurring problems and their families. A randomized trial demonstrated the effectiveness of the program, and identified central moderators, mediators and predictors. Fidelity to the PMTO model was found to predict child behavioral outcomes better than parent-reported treatment alliance. Several parents seemed to manage with shorter interventions, and the "Early Interventions for Children at Risk" program was designed for implementation in the municipalities. In line with findings from a study of the normative development of aggression, this adapted program targets children from the age of 3 years on. In sum, findings confirmed that PMTO principles and components could be successfully transported from US to real-world settings in Norway with sustained positive outcomes and maintenance of competent adherence. PMTO has been tested with positive outcomes in both individual and group trainings and in high and low dosages of treatment. The Norwegian project may serve as an inspiration for the testing and scaling up of evidence-based parenting programs in other countries, particularly in Europe.

Target Audience:

Professionals interested in the effectiveness, implementation, and scaling up of parenting interventions for families with children with antisocial behaviour and co-occurring problem.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) describe the principles and components of a parenting intervention targeting antisocial behavior in children and the process of crossing national and language borders; (2) discuss how these interventions may be implemented and adapted through children's services in order to accommodate the needs of children and families with different characteristics and needs; (3) describe the process of scaling up program delivery with sustainability through continuous training of practitioners and quality assurance to maintain program fidelity.



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