EPIC to Deliver Triple P: Positive Parenting Program

BUFFALO, NY – EPIC- Every Person Influences Children has been selected to deliver Triple P: Positive Parenting Program, beginning June 2020 in conjunction with their partners the Buffalo Urban League, the Margaret A. Stutzman Addiction Treatment Center, and Native American Community Services of Erie and Niagara Counties and funded by the New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS).
Triple P is a gentle parenting program designed to prevent and treat behavioral and emotional problems in children and teenagers. It aims to prevent problems in the family, school and community before they arise and to create family environments that encourage children to realize their potential. Triple P is delivered to parents of children from birth up to 12 years.
“The scope of Triple P aligns perfectly with EPIC’s mission,” says Christopher Banks, EPIC’s Director of Parenting and Youth Services. “As parents continue to navigate these unprecedented times, Triple P offers a fresh approach on how to deal with family issues as they arise.”
Research demonstrates that Triple P increases youth pro-social behavior and emotional wellbeing, reduces parental depression and family conflict, increases positive family interactions and reduces youth risky behaviors. While it is almost universally successful in improving behavioral problems, more than half of Triple P's 17 parenting strategies focus on developing positive relationships, attitudes and conduct.
“Our goal is to equip parents with the skills and confidence they need to be self-sufficient and to be able to manage family issues without ongoing support,” says Banks. “Because Triple P draws on social learning, we are taking care to implement it in a virtual model so it is still effective for our families.”
The Triple P content will tackle four main points: dealing with disobedience, managing fighting and aggression, developing good bedtime routines and hassle-free shopping with children. Within those discussion groups, parents will view examples and success stories, receive tips and tricks to handle each issue and receive an at-home workbook. The partnership was funded through OASAS. Their goals are to build a collaborative infrastructure between prevention providers and nontraditional community partners, as well as to provide effective parent-centered prevention services through training and implementation oversight.
“OASAS prevention programs play a significant role in providing the tools for youth, families and communities to make healthy choices when it comes to underage alcohol and substance use” OASAS Commissioner Arlene González-Sánchez said. “Under the leadership of Governor Cuomo, the expansion of this important and effective program will enable more young people and families to receive prevention resources that can help lead them towards a healthy life, free from addiction.”
More information can be found on EPIC's website or by contacting Program Coordinator Emily Przylucki at 716-332-4141.
EPIC- Every Person Influences Children is a non-profit agency with the mission of helping families, schools, and communities raise children to become responsible and successful adults. EPIC workshops and trainings carry out founder Robert Wilson’s vision by involving the entire community in helping children make responsible decisions, understand and respect authority, develop positive self-esteem, plan for the future, and succeed in life.
The Buffalo Urban League’s mission is to empower African Americans, other minorities, and disadvantaged individuals to secure economic self-reliance, parity, power, and civil rights. Funded by OCFS, BUL directly serves over 25,000 people through programs focused on child abuse prevention, foster care and foster care prevention, adoption, family reunification, parent education, family counseling, and health and wellness.
The Margaret A. Stutzman Addiction Treatment Center provides creative, quality services in a short-term residential inpatient rehabilitation program designed to meet the unique needs of alcoholism and substance abuse patients and their families. SATC is a trauma-informed, inpatient residential OASAS rehabilitation program where individualized treatment ensures person-centered care. SATC’s specialties include: pregnant and parenting women, trauma survivors, co-occurring mental health disorders, and addiction.
Native American Community Services of Erie & Niagara Counties is a non-profit organization founded in 1975 to provide quality health and social services to the off-reservation Native American population in Erie and Niagara Counties. In keeping with the “Tradition of Caring,” NACS has since grown into a full-scale human services agency committed to helping the entire community, regardless of race or background.