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COPEing with 3 to 12 Year Olds is a large group, community based, parenting program. COPE is designed to help all parents develop proven skills to strengthen their relationships with their children, increase cooperation, and solve problems.

What is Unique About COPE?
COPE is a cost-effective large group program. COPE sessions typically include groups of 15 to 25 parents working to together in a combination of small group and large group exercises.

COPE uses a coping modeling problem solving process. COPE leaders help groups of parents develop solutions to common problems. This helps parents develop skills which are culturally and developmentally relevant, strengthens problems solving skills, and builds parental confidence.

COPE is designed to be conducted in convenient community locations such as schools and recreation centers. When possible, child care is provided. This reduces barriers which may prevent parents from participating in parenting programs.

What Happens in COPE Sessions?
COPE uses readings, videotapes, small group problem solving discussions, demonstrations, practice exercises, and homework projects to help parents develop new skills. In small subgroups, parents review homework successes and share examples with the larger group. Parents watch videos depicting common problems, discuss solutions in small subgroups, and share these with the larger group. Leaders demonstrate the use of new skills in settings which are relevant to parents. In subgroups parents discuss the situations in which new strategies would be helpful and share suggestions with the larger group. Parents practice new skill, set homework goals, and monitor the use of new strategies.

What Skills do Parents Learn?
The Curriculum for COPEing with 3 to 12 Year Olds includes:

  • Strengthening Relationships
  • Encouraging Positive Behaviour
  • Balancing Attention Between Siblings
  • Reducing Conflict
  • Managing Transitions Successfully
  • Special Incentives
  • Collaborative Planning
  • Special Incentives II
  • Consequences for Serious Problems
  • Problem Solving
  • Collaborative Planning II