Frequently Asked Questions


Q: Is it necessary for both parents to attend Triple P courses or sessions?

A: It is great if both parents can attend although this is not always necessary. Many single parents use Triple P successfully. But families with both parents attending will experience many benefits at home working as a team to change their child’s behaviour. You’ll probably communicate better about parenting, argue and disagree less and support each other more. Even if only one parent can attend, Triple P is still of great benefit.

Q: Can Triple P help foster parents, grandparents, and other caregivers?

A: The principles of Triple P apply to anyone who cares for children. Grandparents and other caregivers often attend Triple P programs.

Q: What Triple P option is best for me?

A: Your local Triple P practitioner can help you choose the program that is best suited to your needs.
Generally, if your child has minor behaviour problems Primary Care, and Group Triple P are of benefit. If your child has more serious behaviour problems or you are having serious problems coping at home, Standard, Enhanced and Pathways Triple P are more intensive programs that may suit your needs. Group is also useful for these parents.

Q: Can anyone run a Triple P program?

A: No. Practitioners running Triple P must have completed an approved training course and be an accredited provider. Always check the qualifications of the person running a parenting program. Here are some examples of practitioners in Manitoba who may help you get Triple P information. They can also help you find support if your family has a major parenting challenge:

  • teachers
  • health care workers
  • social services agency and community workers
  • family resource centre workers
  • child care providers

Q: How is it different than other parenting programs?

A: The program is based on self-regulation. The goals are for children to develop emotional self-regulation and for parents to become resourceful, independent problem-solvers. As families determine their own particular goals, the program is tailored to suit their goals. Practitioners consult and guide through active skills training. Parents decide what they wish to take on.

Q: How does it add to programs already in place?

A: The focus on prevention and the flexibility of Triple P’s delivery options make it a cost-effective program, offering only as much contact and assistance parents need. It also applies to a broad age range from birth to twelve years of age.

Q: Will it work with all communities/cultures?

A: Triple P has been well-received by many different socio-economic and cultural groups. All major validation studies have included high-risk, low-income families. Where mixed samples were used, socio-economic status and parent education levels have not predicted outcome.

Q: Does it require a high level of literacy?

A: The parent materials are designed for the reading level of an average 11-year-old. Where literacy is a major difficulty, the program uses DVD’s and behaviour rehearsal so that it can be delivered without reading material.

Q: Why do people seek help with parenting?

A: People seek help with parenting for a number of reasons and for a variety of problems, ranging from day-to-day stress and relationship difficulties to more severe
emotional and behaviour problems. Problems can include:

  • infant problems such as persistent crying or sleeping difficulties
  • toddler concerns such as tantrums, non-compliance, or mealtime difficulties
  • preschool difficulties such as aggression, fears, nightmares, or bed-wetting
  • primary schooler problems such as bullying, low self-esteem, or homework difficulties
  • problems specific to children with disabilities such as Attention Deficit Disorder, Asperger’s Syndrome or Downs Syndrome
  • assessment for learning difficulties or school adjustment problems
  • concerns with marital conflict or marriage separation
  • parental depression, anxiety, or stress