Diana Linforth-Howden has been confirmed as a Mentor of Incredible Years Parent Programme by Carolyn Webster Stratton, the creator of the programme.
Diana attended the Mentor Conference in Seattle this September and enjoyed meeting with some of the other Mentors from around the world.
The conference is a great chance to hear Carolyn Webster-Stratton present information about any new Programmes she has written and to hear research that has been carried out internationally on the various Incredible Years programmes. It is also wonderful opportunity to hear of the work of other Mentors and to present work for peer review and is a rich opportunity for learning.
New Zealand was well represented with three Mentors of Incredible Years Teacher programmes from the Ministry of Education, as well as three Incredible Years Parent Programme Mentors, two from Health and Diana as the only NGO Mentor in New Zealand.
The role of the Mentor is to provide training, support and peer coaching for facilitators delivering Incredible Years Programmes. This peer coaching is usually carried out in small groups of facilitators who show video of their delivery. This review of their work helps them to focus on what they are doing well and areas that can be improved and helps ensure fidelity of delivery.
Mentors can also support organisations that are starting out on delivery of Incredible Years Programmes and help them understand the range of activities required for successful delivery.
Diana is also contracted by Auckland University - Werry Workforce WHARAURAU to provide training to practitioners wishing to further their facilitation skills in delivering Incredible Years Parent Programme.
Research into Adverse Childhood Events (ACEs) and their immediate and long term effects on all aspects of health underpins the programmes Incredible Years provides.
Check out Nadine Burke Harris in a recent TED Talk:
Nadine Burke Harris: How childhood trauma affects health across a lifetime