For Professionals

Behaviour Tonics offers training for parenting professionals to help parents manage difficult behaviour in children via the 1-2-3 Magic and Emotion Coaching program AND resolve teenage behaviour problems via the Engaging Adolescents program. These one day training courses are offered regularly around the state, OR ‘In House’ workshops can be booked by your organisation or group.

1-2-3 Magic and Emotion Coaching - Practitioner Training

Expected learning outcomes

  • The ability to conduct the 1-2-3 Magic & Emotion Coaching program, as either a three-meeting parent education course or in one-to-one sessions.
  • Knowledge of easy-to-use techniques that parents and carers can use to help children develop self-control and respond with flexibility to frustration.
Active PD points apply. 

What's included

  • A comprehensive training manual to teach parents 1-2-3 Magic & Emotion Coaching in a three meeting parent education course or in one-to-one sessions.
  • Digital practitioner materials including a slideshow for parent presentations (this excludes the 123 Magic DVDs).
  • Session-by-session guidelines for parent meetings.
  • A certificate of completion.
  • A licence to teach the program for three years.
  • Lunch and refreshments.

Lesson framework

  • An overview of discipline approaches in contemporary Australia.
  • Coverage of contemporary thinking in child development, particularly the differences between adult and children’s cognitive abilities.
  • Sorting behaviours: what’s involved and the implications for how parents will respond.
  • Common mistakes in addressing misbehaviour, particularly the problem with too much talk and too much emotion.
  • Choosing your strategy – the three choices: do nothing, emotion coach or use 123 Magic.
  • Processes of pattern-establishment and change: how negative reinforcement works, the characteristics of patterns, how to interrupt patterns and extinction bursts.
  • Response flexibility in parents and carers: knowing how to avoid getting ‘hooked’ by children’s negative emotions.
  • Using 123 Magic & Emotion Coaching: what it’s used for and what it’s not used for, how it’s done properly, how to implement it at home, how to avoid the two biggest mistakes of parenting.
  • Developing response flexibility in children: emotion coaching and cognitive strategies parents can teach children.

Evidence-Based Efficacy

Three recent research studies demonstrate the efficacy of the 123 Magic & Emotion Coaching program in significantly decreasing children’s behaviour problems.

1-2-3 Magic Research References

Below are a selection of 1-2-3 Magic research references:

  1. Rosemaria Flaherty, Rodney Cooper – Piloting a parenting skills program in an Australian rural child protection setting.Children Australia, Vol. 35, No. 3, 2010. This study investigated the effectiveness of a brief parenting skills intervention (using 1-2-3 Magic & Emotion Coaching) in a PANOC population. Contact:   03 9695 2200.
  2. Ms Pauline King (). Evaluation of the 1-2-3 Magic and Emotion Coaching Parenting Program Delivered in an Australian Community Setting Professional DoctorateSchool of Psychology,The University of Queensland. 2012.
  3. Renata Porzig-Drummond, Richard J. Stevenson, Caroline Stevenson – The 1-2-3 Magic parenting program and its effect on child problem behaviors and dysfunctional parenting: A randomized controlled trial. Elsevier, Behaviour Research and Therapy 58 (2014) 52-64.
  4. Susan J. Bradley, M.D., Darryle-Anne JADAA, M.A., Joel Brody, B.A., Sarah Landy, PH.D., Susan E. Tallett, M.D., William Watson, M.D., Barbara Shea, B.SC., and Derek Stephens, M.SC. Brief Psychoeducational Parenting Program: An Evaluation and 1-Year Follow-up Journal of the Americal Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 42:10, October 2003.
  5. Sharon M. Allen, Ray. H. Thompson, Jane Drapeaux – Successful Methods for Increasing and Improving Parent and Child Interactions. Paper Presented at the National Head Start Association 24th Annual Training Conference, May 25-31, 1997, Boston, Massachusetts
  6. Yeganeh Salehpour – 1-2-3 Magic Part I: Its effectiveness on parental function in child discipline with preschool children. Dissertation Abstracts International Section A: Humanities & Social Sciences. 57 (3-A), Sept 1996, 1009
  7. Patricia Kaliska – A comprehensive study identifying the most effective classroom management techniques and practices. Research paper submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Master of Science Degree with a major in education. Graduate Schoopl University of Wisconsin-Stout. August, 2002
  8. Steve Tutty, M.A., Harlan Gephart, M.D., F.A.A.P., Kathie Wurzbacher, M.Ed., C.M.H.C. – Enhancing behavioral and social skill functioning in children newly diagnosed with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder in a pediatric setting.
    Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, Vol.24, No.1, February, 2003
  9. Frank J. Elgar, Patrick J. McGrath – Self-administered psychosocial treatments for children and families. Journal of Clinical Psychology, Vol. 59 (3), 321-339, 2003
  10. John C. Norcross, John W. Santgrock, Linda F. Campbell, Thomas P. Smith, Robert Sommer, Edward L Zuckerman – Authoritative Guide to Self-Help Resources in mental Health. Guilford Press, New York, 2003, pgs. 136, 139

Engaging Adolescents Practitioner Training:
Resolving Teenage Behaviour Problems

What to expect

At the completion of this one-day training course you will have been provided with the knowledge to conduct a three-meeting parent education course or to teach the main tenets of the program in a one-to-one setting at your centre.

What's included?

  • A comprehensive manual to teach parents the Engaging Adolescents™ program in a few one-to-one sessions or in a three meeting parent program.
  • A CD slideshow parent presentation.
  • Session-by-session guidelines for parents meetings.
  • Lunch and am/pm refreshments are also provided.

At the end of the program you will receive:

  • A licence to teach the program for two years. At the end of two years you will need to renew your licence. In the past, this has included purchasing the newest edition of the materials (less than $50.00).  Some professionals find it helpful to re-train, if you wish to attend the courses again you are eligible for a refresher discount when you attend Engaging Adolescents again.
  • A certificate of completion.

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1-2-3 Magic & Emotion Coaching – for Practitioners

1 x 8.25 hour training session

From $471.90

1-2-3 Magic and Emotion Coaching Practitioner Training. One- day professional learning for community, health and education practitioners working with children and/or their families.

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Engaging Adolescents Practitioner Training

1 x 8.25 hour training session

From $471.90

Engaging Adolescents Practitioner Training. One- day professional learning for community, health and education practitioners working with teenagers and/or their families.

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