While undertaking research for his Doctorate, Dr. Resnick observed that virtually all the evidence-based and well researched parenting programmes such as the Triple P are based on Cognitive Behavioural Principles and Social Learning theory. In other words the aim of their program is to help parents deal with their child’s behavior. What makes the SCPP different from these parenting programmes is that it educates the parent regarding the importance of their role in guiding their child to adulthood and that the manner, or style in which they parent holds the key to the healthy development of their child, this includes learning and behaviour.
Most professionals are taught that childhood disorders have nothing to do with the quality of parenting that the child receives. In fact, from Dr. Resnick’s experience with the SCPP, parenting has everything to do with the manifestation of all childhood disorders. This is what makes SCPP so different and effective.
Another huge advantage is that it consists of only one general session and a follow-up session with the family when teenagers are involved. When there are children involved with extreme behavior disorders such as Attentiion Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD), Encopresis (soiling), enuresis (bed-wetting), school refusal and Selected Mutism amongst others, Dr. Resnick will mediates these sessions.
SmartChoiceParenting workshops are held on an ongoing basis and offer the following options:
‘SmartKidz’ geared at parents with children up to the age of 11. The SmartKidz workshop consists of one 4 hour session. During the first half of the session parents are given an insight and understanding regarding their role as the primary adult educator in the healthy development of the child.
The second half of the session provides parents with the tools which will equip them to ensure that they maintain their position as the main authority figure (not to be confused with authoritarian) in their child’s life. Parents implement the structures that they have learned and positive change should take place within a very short space of time.
Although not compulsory a second reinforcement session is recommended for parents who are experiencing difficulties in consistently ensuring that the structures of the programme remain intact and where issues that parents may still be struggling with are ironed out. Post workshop parents are encouraged to call Dr. Resnick via Skype or phone if they experience difficulties in implementing SCP. These calls are free for the first 5 minutes. The 2nd session is a feedback session where the mind-set is reinforced
‘SmartTeenz’ is for parents with teenage children. When communication breaks down between parents and their teen, a consequence is a breakdown in trust and respect. Parents need to understand that in order ensure that their teen will attend a family session, the teen must be prepared to cooperate rather than be forced to attend the session.
Dr. Resnick has had many years experience in dealing with teens and is also the step-parent of twin teenagers who he has co-parented with their mother since they were 3 years old using the SCP structures. This has ensured that they have been raised equipped with the skills to take on the challenges that life presents.
The ‘SmartTeenz’ programme includes an extra session which includes the teens and other children with their parents. This takes place one or two days after the first session. During this session, rules are negotiated and agreed to by the teenagers and includes all aspects of their lives, from going out, pocket money, schoolwork, cell phones etc. A 3rd session is recommended not less than 2 weeks after the family session. This is a reinforcement and interactive feedback session and includes the teenagers and other pre-teen children in the family.