A large media contingent was present for the official launch of the Queensland Government and Triple P International’s Queensland-wide roll-out of the Triple P – Positive Parenting Program at Broncos Leagues Club last Wednesday.
Triple P founder and director of the University of Queensland’s Parenting and Family Support Centre, Professor Matt Sanders, pictured above with Queensland Government Communities Minister, Shannon Fentiman, officially launched the rollout with a seminar on the Power of Positive Parenting at Broncos Leagues Club for more than 100 parents and carers.
Later that night, it was standing room only for around 150 carers at the same venue. These seminars were followed by three more in the Logan district.
“We know parenting is hard work, and we are committed to making sure all Queensland mums, dads, grandparents and caregivers know they are not alone in raising the next generation of Queenslanders,” Ms Fentiman said.
Ms Fentiman said the Government was not in the business of telling Queensland families what to do.
“It’s about letting them know that it’s okay to ask for help,” she said.
Professor Sanders praised the Government for intervening early to help Queensland families before major problems develop down the track.
“Lots of programs focus on the pointy end, the difficult families who have already experiended major, major problems,” Professor Sanders said at the launch. “This is about the prevention of those problems.”
Earlier, in an interview with ABC Radio 612 that morning, Professor Sanders explained how Level 2 Triple P Seminars give parents a taste of other, more intensive forms of help available, should they need it.
“Doing a seminar is a bit of a taster: you come in, you’re given a chance to really pause and reflect on the parenting issues you’re confronting, and how you’re dealing with them,” Professor Sanders said.
“You decide whether or not what you’re doing is working. If it’s working, keep doing what you’re doing. It’s not about preaching to people that they must do differently.”
Professor Sanders said it was rewarding to see the work of so many researchers and students from the PFSC acknowledged by the Queensland Government’s support of the two-year trial. It was also gratifying to see the Government get behind this Queensland success story and become the first government to offer the full suite of Triple P programs, including Triple P Online, to families of children up to the age of 16.
Channel Seven Brisbane News also featured Professor Sanders in the studio, pictured at right, in its coverage of the event. That coverage is available here.
Minister Fentiman’s press release announcing the launch is available here.
Parents can find out how to participate in a Triple P session here.