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ERIC Number: ED052821
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Pages: 7
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The Implications of Parent Effectiveness Training for Foster Parents.
Thompson, Jack M.; Patrick, Raymond
This paper describes the Parent Effectiveness Training (PET) Program and points out its specific implications for foster parents. The role of a foster parent is extremely difficult, and there is a need for training foster parents to become more effective which, in turn, will have positive effects upon foster children. The PET program, developed in 1962 by Dr. Thomas Gordon, consists of eight 3-hour training sessions and is limited to 25 participants. Through lectures, role-playing and practice, parents learn these communication skills: (1) active listening--the parent learns to reflect back what the child is trying to communicate about his problems in a way that facilitates the child's growth; (2) "I" messages--the parent learns to communicate personal feelings when the problem is his, rather than placing the blame on the child and (3) conflict resolution--working out conflicts so that both parent and child are actively engaged in reaching a satisfactory solution. The program also focuses on the problems of using power in the parent-child relationship, and on assessment and modification of parent values. (Author/AJ)
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Identifiers: Parent Effectiveness Training