Parent Empowerment Program PEP
Parenting is one of the hardest jobs – 24/7, no sick time, no vacation time and no on-the-job training. The Parent Empowerment Program is designed to teach parents positive ways to discipline children and to problem-solve. These services are provided to parents who are referred by the Niagara County Department of Social Services and, most recently, to parents who are referred from Family & Children’s Care Management Program. The program provides In-Home Parenting and Supervised Visitation services. The Parent Empowerment Program uses an evidenced-based curriculum call Nurturing Parenting that not only teaches parents suitable discipline and parenting techniques, but also addresses important topics such as empathy and appropriate roles in the family. The primary goal of the Parent Empowerment Program is “to educate and empower parents to provide safer, more nurturing homes.”
PEP uses the Nurturing Parenting curriculum when working with families referred to the program The curriculum provides training modules that are family centered, culturally specific and designed to provide information, enhance skills and build parenting competencies that are specific to the age of the child. Each lesson identifies competencies parents need to learn in order for their parenting practices to improve. Families who complete the Nurturing Parenting Program make significant improvements in their parenting attitudes, knowledge and behavior.
The curriculum focuses on the following objectives:
- Building Self-Worth through Appropriate Expectations of Children’s Growth and Development
- Developing Empathy and Sense of Caring in Parents and Children
- Utilizing Positive, Non-violence Discipline Practices and Techniques
- Having Appropriate Family Role Expectations through Self-Awareness
- Empowering Adults and Children Through the Development of Personal Power
Working hand-in-hand the parenting worker and family determine where there are strengths and deficiencies within the family. A service plan is then tailor-made for the family, using the skill and competency lessons provided through the curriculum.
Family & Children’s Program staff members are trained in the Nurturing Parenting Program model, which is a proven, evidenced-based curriculum recognized by (SAMHSA) the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services administration and (NREPP) the National Registry of Evidence-Based Parenting Programs and Practices.