Parenting Course

Independent Study, Court Approved, Social Services Approved

"I have been using the communication tools at work as well as at home. This information is very solid."

Jason
Hawaii

"I never thought I needed a parenting course, but going through the custody process forced me to take one. Now I know I should never have fought that order. I have learned a lot from your course and I hope others who are not in custody fights take it sooner than later. "

Lila
Georgia

VALIDATION

WHAT IS ACCENT ON PARENTING; BUILDING 21ST CENTURY KIDS?

Now in its second edition, Accent On Parenting; Tools for Building 21st Century Kids is an independent study course for use by individuals or by agencies offering parenting courses.

In this new and expanded edition, you will find:

  1. pretest (CA code requirement)
  2. 130-page course that fulfills the CA Welfare and Institutions Code)
  3. glossary of terms for greater understanding of concepts
  4. index for finding text material easily
  5. 190-question open-book test that must be passed at 85% or higher
  6. certificate of completion equivalent to 60 hours, meaning 120-180 hours of study and testing time
  7. chapter-by-chapter self-assessment tools for self-reflection

IN WHAT LANGUAGES AND FORMATS IS ACCENT ON PARENTING AVAILABLE?

Available now in English and available by July 1st in Spanish. See order form for description of possibilities.

IN WHAT GROUPS CAN ACCENT ON PARENTING BE USED EFFECTIVELY?

WHO:
Independent learners
The ill
Geographically isolated
Problematic schedules that preclude classroom attendance
Pregnant minors
Independent living skills
Reunification
Divorce/custody
Co-parenting
WHERE:
At home, independently OR in conjunction with a discussion or study group

HAS ACCENT ON PARENTING BEEN TESTED AN VALIDATED?

The first edition of AOP began our methodical approach to verifying course content, testing methodology, and student learning. In 1999a test population of 75 diverse parents (½ mandated; ½ volunteer) spent approximately six weeks reading the workbook and taking the test. Nine case workers were trained to monitor participation. All participants took the examination and all case workers critiqued the process as well as the course content and construction. 68 parents passed the test at 85% or above; 5 parents passed the test at the 80-84% level; 2 parents failed on their first attempt. 1 of the 2 parents was identified to have a reading problem and a trained adult literacy volunteer worked with her to read the material more accurately. On the second test, this parent passed with a score of 88%. The other parent, a college student, scored 45% on the first test and 56% on the second test. In an interview with him, he admitted he thought he could "psych the test out" because he was used to taking tests in college. We did not allow this parent to try a third time.

The case workers were invaluable. First, 25 of them volunteered to take the course. At first they were skeptical that this was a valid method of instruction. However, after taking the course, they were able to confirm the content, structure, and testing methods. They also made excellent suggestions which were incorporated into the system. Some of their suggestions included additional information on sexual abuse, how cultural traditions may clash with a law, and the value of referring parents to someone of authority within 'the system" for clarification or guidance. It was also a group decision to set the passing score minimum at 85%, with two allowable attempts. If there are two failures, the client is referred to a case worker and locked out of further testing attempts.

No negative feedback about the course or the system of service has been received. On the contrary, much excitement seems to be generating because of its potential as a positive way to deliver parenting skills education for parents in a variety of circumstances where they may be better served than in the on-site classroom setting.

HAS ACCENT ON PARENTING BEEN EXAMINED BY/APPROVED BY ANY AGENCIES?

AOP was approved on September 19, 2001, by the Riverside County Department of Social Services, Child Protective Services Division, after a two year peer review that inlcuded the California Department of Social Services. In October, 2006, Commissioner Thomas Hudspeth decreed approval of AOP for any Superior Court purposes.

 

 

Accent On Parenting is a very effective self study tool AND it can also be used by counselors, caseworkers, or trainers in a classroom setting.