For Practitioners

What is Triple P?

The Triple P program is an effective, positive approach to raising children. It encourages positive, caring relationships between parents and their children. With positive parenting, healthy children develop through strong, nurturing relationships, good communication and positive attention.

Triple P was originally developed in Australia with international collaboration, and has been scientifically proven over 25 years by the University of Queensland Parent and Family Support Centre. The system’s research-based, results-driven approach is now widely used and a proven success in many countries around the world.

The Triple P training model assumes that parents will have different needs and require various levels of support. Triple P is based on a flexible system of increasing intensity: from offering general information for all parents, to mid-range guidance (tip sheets, parenting advice, workshops), to offering more advanced clinical help for parents who are experiencing significant behavioural issues with their children.

View the Triple P levels of support here.

The Triple P system is based on five main building blocks:

  • make a safe, interesting home
  • create a positive learning environment
  • give positive, consistent guidance
  • have realistic expectations
  • take care of yourself as a parent

What practitioners may be interested in Triple P training?

Because Triple P offers a variety of supports at various levels, it is highly flexible and suitable for many practitioners who are interested in offering services to their clients. For example, Triple P is suitable for practitioners who would like to review tip sheets with parents on a one-to-one basis and is also suitable for those who are interested in offering extensive group counselling for parents coping with severe child behaviours.

Over 700 practitioners in Manitoba are now trained in Triple P. See directory for a listing of organizations throughout the Province offering Triple P Services.

Here are some practitioners who may find Triple P training useful:

  • teachers
  • health care workers
  • social services agency and community workers
  • family resource centre workers
  • child care providers
  • doctors
  • nurses
  • psychologists and psychiatrists
  • family counselors

How do I choose the appropriate Triple P training for me?

The best course for you depends on several factors:

  • your professional background (family physician, general practitioner, nurse, psychologist, social worker)
  • types of families you work with (parents of teens, parents of a child with a disability)
  • method of work with parents (individual or group work)
  • complexity of family problems (mild or severe behavioral/emotional problems)
  • objectives of your organization or project (universal or targeted prevention/early intervention)
  • available funding

There are a number of tools available to help you with your choice:

  • Decision Tree – a flow chart that can help you determine the best training for your situation.
  • Triple P Provider Options Table – a more detailed description of the Triple P courses, including a breakdown of the courses, target populations and target practitioners.


Where can I get more information about Triple P? Where can I train in Triple P?

For more information about Triple P and to learn more about training options, contact:

Healthy Child Manitoba, at 945-2266 in Winnipeg; or toll free 1-888-848-0140.