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Group Parent Education

Group Parent Education
Promoting Parent Learning and Support

  • Deborah Campbell - Early Childhood Family Education, Sauk Rapids - Rice School District, Visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, USA
  • Glen F Palm - St Cloud State University, USA

264 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
`For those working in group parent education I am sure it will a valuable resource and make its way onto the essential reading list of many courses' - Journal In-Service Education

This book is devoted to training parent educators and family counsellors and represents a unique and important contribution to the growing field of parent education and support programmes. The authors build upon the rich traditions of group parent education while incorporating contemporary theory and practice.

1. Group Parent Education: Rationale & Assumptions
2. The History & Evolution of Group Parent Education
3. Conceptual Frameworks Part I: Models for Understanding Group Dynamics
4. Conceptual Frameworks Part II: Models of Understanding the Role of Leader
5. Relationship Building: The Heart of Group Parent Education
6. Designing Educational Content for Group Parent Education
7. Facilitation Skills
8. Managing Difficult Moments in Parent Groups
9. Parent-Child Interaction Time: Laboratory for Learning
10. Leading Groups with Complex Issues
11. Professional Growth & Development for Parent Educators
Appendix A: Parent Group Leader Competencies: A Self-Assessment Checklist
Appendix B: Web Sites for Parent Educators

" . . . Provides a particularly good discussion on feminist perspective, male privilege, and gender-responsible leadership. This is a real highlight for this book and one that is missing from much of the current literature. I would recommend this book for family/parent education preparation courses and I look forward to using this text in the parent education course I teach!"

Kim Riordan
University of Minnesota, Duluth

"I see this book as a valuable work that will contribute to the field of parent education training in an effective manner. It is appropriately targeted to professional parent educators who would like to improve and refine their facilitation skills; potential parent educators; and university students being trained to become child/parent/family educators."

Roberta Magarrell
Brigham Young University

Deborah Campbell

Deborah Campbell (M.S., Parent Education & Counseling, St. Cloud State University) has been a licensed parent educator for 20 years and has facilitated parent education groups, including ones with teen parents and others with complex issues. She is Director of Early Childhood Family Programs for the Sauk Rapids - Rice, School District in Minnesota, where she supervises and mentors licensed parent educators and develops and oversees educational programs that serve families with young children. An adjunct professor in the Child & Family Studies Department at St. Cloud State, Deborah teaches classes addressing group process and... More About Author

Glen F. Palm

Glen Palm (Ph.D., Social & Educational Futures, University of Minnesota) is a Professor of Child & Family Studies at St. Cloud State University. He has been a licensed parent educator for 25 years and is a Certified Family Life Educator. He teaches courses in child development, parent education, and parent involvement in early education and has long supervised student teachers in the Parent Education licensure program. He is also a part-time parent educator and coordinates the Dad's Project in District 742 in St. Cloud. Glen's major research and practice interest has been parent education with fathers. He has written... More About Author

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