October 2018

Brief Parent Management Training for Child Disruptive Behaviors

Education, Youth, and Families, Health and Well-Being

Jointly provided by the Washington Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and Cardea

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About this Independent Study

Expiration Date: This activity was originally released on April 9, 2018 and was last reviewed/updated on January 21, 2020.

Evidence-based behavioral interventions are recommended as the first-line treatment for childhood disruptive behaviors, but are hard to access in the community. Parent Behavior Management Training is an intervention with strong research support that can be implemented by clinicians in a variety of settings to improve child and family functioning. This course provides an overview of parent management training techniques in a brief format that is ideal for the primary care setting.

Who Should Attend

Physicians, nurse practitioners, behavioral health specialists, behavioral health nurses and physician assistants, and social workers who work with children and parents.

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this activity, you will be able to:

  • Teach the rationale for parent behavior management training as a treatment for childhood disruptive behavior problems
  • Use techniques to help parents effectively manage challenging child behaviors
  • Address barriers to effective implementation of parent skills training


Erin Gonzalez, PhD is a PAL (Partnership Access Line) Program Consultant for Seattle Children’s Hospital. PAL supports primary care providers (doctors, nurse practitioners and physician assistants) with questions about mental health care such as diagnostic clarification, medication adjustment or treatment planning. Dr. Gonzalez is also an Assistant Professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.


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