The New Confident Parenting: A Skill-Building Program for Families of All Cultural Backgrounds

The 45 year old Center for the Improvement of Child Caring (CICC) is making available its New Confident Parenting Program for use worldwide. This cognitive behavioral skill-building effort, which was initially developed through research and demonstration grants from the National Institute of Mental Health, is designed for use with families from any cultural background and with children of different ages including with teenagers.

The original Confident Parenting Program was created in the 1970s for families of children 2 to 12. It taught several non-violent parenting skills such as effective praise, mild social disapproval, ignoring, time out and a special incentive system. It was developed within a child mental health clinic where it was used as an adjunctive treatment intervention with parents whose children had been referred for behavior problems. It was found to be highly effective in reducing problematic child behaviors and improving the quality of family life. When CICC adopted the program, it became successfully employed as part of a national model for training parenting instructors.

The New version was created for use in the current millennium. It covers more parenting skills, strategies and topics of contemporary interest, such as how to manage social media and technology. It is written by Dr. Kerby T. Alvy, CICC’s founder and director, and Dr. Camilla A. Clarke, one of CICC’s National Trainers of Instructors.

The new curriculum consists of 15 instructional units, which appear in the Parent’s Handbook. An instructor can teach all units as part of a parenting class or selected units. Thus, the program allows for classes of varying lengths.

The program is accompanied by a DVD where many of its parenting skills and strategies are exemplified, Yelling, Threatening, Putting Down: What To Do Instead. Included are the Effective Praising and Mild Social Disapproval skills and the “Thinking Parent’s Approach” and “Family Rules Are Like a Coin” strategies. Scenes where parents are about to yell, threaten or put down children are shown. The DVD is stopped to ask parents what they would do instead? Then the DVD is shown again with examples of very positive ways of managing child rearing challenges. The families depicted in the scenes are from different cultural backgrounds.

The Instructional Kit for the program includes a Parent’s Handbook, the Yelling DVD with its own Discussion Guide, 54 amusingly illustrated Family Rule Cards, 117 Instructional Charts and Drawings to use while teaching all or parts of the program and much more.

A professionally-led Parenting Instructor Training Workshop in this program can be arranged for any location. It provides training by one of CICC’s National Training Instructors, the Complete Instructor Kit, and Certification to conduct classes. If interested in bringing the workshop to your area, please complete and return a Workshop Application Form HERE.

CICC’s Effective Black Parenting Program Successfully Updated!!!

CICC, the 45-year-old Center for the Improvement of Child Caring, is proud to announce and publish the 2019 Updated Version of its National Model Program for Parents of African American Children, CICC’s Effective Black Parenting Program! This is the program’s first update since its 1996 edition.

THIS CURRENT UPDATING INCLUDES COVERAGE OF A WIDE RANGE OF NEW OR EXPANDED TOPICS AND ISSUES:

• The Impact of the Obama Presidency on Building the Pyramid of Success for Black Children, including the stirring Encouragement of Black Youth by Michelle Obama and the relationship between How Michelle was raised and what is taught in the Program.

• Protecting Children from Police Brutality through the Use of Family Rules About What To Do When Stopped by Law Enforcement Officers.

• An Expanded Awareness of the Impact of Slavery on African American Life in the USA as produced by Contemporary African American Scholars and Authorities.

• The American Academy of Pediatrics’ latest views on Spanking and Discipline.

• Contemporary African American Vernacular English: Description and Examples.

• Technological Innovations in How to Present Program Instructional Charts.

• New Handouts for Parents on such matters as What To Say When You Praise or Disapprove.

• Expanded Appreciation about Family Diversity in African American Communities.

• Clarification Regarding Diversity Among Children.

• Use of Ideas from the New Confidant Parenting Program.

• Use of the Internet to gain a fuller Appreciation of Parenting and Child Development.

• Latest Information on Drugs including Changes in Laws about Marijuana Usage.

• The Importance of Using All of the Program’s Technical Aides.

HOW THE UPDATED PROGRAM IS PRESENTED

These Updates are found in the 22 page Introduction and Acknowledgements Chapter at the beginning of the new Updated Version of the Instructor’s Manual. The updates relate to the sections in the 1996 Parent’s Handbook and are intended to be used with that Handbook, which is organized into the 15 Sessions of the Program.

Examples would be where the topics having to do with Barack and Michelle Obama and the topics regarding the Expanded Awareness of the Impact of Slavery, that the Instructor is to use,
are to be presented in the Handbook Sessions where they are most relevant. It is in these ways that the New Manual and the 1996 Parent’s Handbook are used in conjunction with each other. They complement each other.

The Updated Instructor Manual and the 1996 Parent’s Handbooks are now available at the Shop/Books page of the CICC website, http://www.mcssl.com/store/ciccparenting/the-effective-black-parenting-program .

The Manual is 346 pages in length and costs $200.00. The Handbook is 152 pages long, plus an additional insert of 5 Handouts from the Updated Manual. The cost per Handbook is $35.00.

There is also a publication that just contains the Introduction and Acknowledgements Chapter from the Manual. This is available FREE of charge as a Digital Download on Shop/Books.

OTHER USES OF THE UPDATED INSTRUCTOR MANUAL

The Updated Instructor Manual is now part of the Complete Instructor’s Kit for the Program, which costs $485.00. The Updated Manual will be used in all Instructor Training Workshops that are taught from mid-2019 forward.

For Those Who Help Latino Parents: Training Workshop August 5-9, 2019

The Los Niños Bien Educados parenting skill-building program is designed specifically to assist parents of Latino children to be the best parents they can be. The program is considered to be a national model. It was developed by the 45 year old non-profit CICC, the Center for the Improvement of Child Caring, and is available in English or Spanish.

CICC will be conducting a five-day intensive training workshop to prepare more instructors to deliver classes in the program the week of August 5-9, 2019, 9am to 5pm each day.

For a full description of this unique parenting program, see below.

For a study that shows the importance of the program’s cultural content, click HERE.

The workshop will be led by Dr. Martha Lopez, the Senior National Trainer.

The workshop will be hosted by an organization that has been successfully using the program for more than a decade:

El Proyecto del Barrio
9140 Van Nuys Blvd.
Panorama City, California 91402

The enrollment fee is $1795 per person. The fee is for 5 days of professional training, including a complete Instructor Kit (valued at $415) to be used in running classes.

TO ENROLL IN THIS WORKSHOP, CLICK HERE

If it is not possible to attend this workshop, the Kit can be purchased separately. Click HERE for the Instructor’s Kit in English. Click HERE for the Instructor’s Kit in Spanish.


For prior News Shows of parental reactions to the Program Click HERE to go to the Videos/Photos page and scroll to Videos 7 and 8.

CICC – 45 Years and Still Helping Families

CICC has just reached its 45th Year of existence in 2019!

Here are some of its Current Happenings:

1) New exposure for Dr. Alvy’s PARENTING ERRORS guidebook, through festivals and conferences, nationally and internationally, as well as a new Social Media Campaign with Facebook and Instagram, to be launched within the next few weeks.

2) New Dr.Alvy website ( https://dralvy.org ). This new website contains all of his parenting education publications, with direct links to each.

3) New updated Instructor Manual for CICC’s Effective Black Parenting Program, with guidance from National Trainer-of-Instructor, Ida A. Collier, M.Ed.. The updated Manual is being carefully constructed to include new coverage of important topics such as: the Obama presidency, new professional acknowledgements of the impact of slavery on African American family life, the latest examples of African American Vernacular English program usage, new laws about marijuana, and the use of digital download versions of Instructional Charts.The Updated Manual will be available later in 2019.

Possible use of the program by national organizations such as the NAACP and with support from private foundations.

4) Additional Instructor Training Workshops are currently being planned. See Instructor Workshops page on CICC’s Website by clicking HERE to initiate a Workshop.

DR. ALVY @ LA TIMES FESTIVAL OF BOOKS – Saturday APRIL 13, 2019 – 1:30-2:30 PM & much more!

Once again, at the gala and prestigious LOS ANGELES TIMES FESTIVAL OF BOOKS, on Saturday, April 13, 2019, you will be able to meet Dr. Kerby Alvy and receive a complimentary signed copy of his new parenting guidebook, PARENTING ERRORS: How To Solve Them. Over 100,000 people attend this FREE Admission Event each year and celebrity authors discuss their books.

Dr. Alvy, CICC’s founder and executive director will be available to sign your free book from 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM at the AUTHOR SOLUTIONS Booth # 222 – The Book Signing booths are located in the Purple Zone near the intersection of W. 34th Street and N. Trousdale Parkway, across from Taper Hall.
For Festival of Books Travel, Parking, Map and Info, Click HERE

The Festival will be held at the:
University of Southern California
University Park Campus
3535 Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, California 90089

Be sure to get to the Booth early as only the first 75 visitors will receive a FREE book.

PARENTING ERRORS: How To Solve Them provides a comprehensive appreciation of parental responsibilities and a unique approach to solving common errors. This practical guidebook has received excellent reviews. Visit the book’s website www.parentingerrors.com to read the reviews, see excerpts, book video, Television Interview with Dr. Alvy and more.

The book can also be purchased on the CICC website right now by clicking HERE

This highly practical parenting guidebook will also be showcased at other National and International Book & Library events:

2019 Association of College and Research Libraries Conference, April 10-12, 2019, Cleveland , Ohio
2019 National Education Association Expo, July 2-3, 2019, Houston, Texas
2019 American Association of School Libraries Conference, November 14-16, 2019, Louisville, Kentucky
2019 London Book Festival, April 10-12, 2019, London, UK
2019 Book Expo America, May 30-June 2, 2019, New York, New York
2019 Beijing International Book Faire, August 23-25, 2019, Beijing, China
2019 Frankfurt International Book Faire, October 16-20, 2019, Frankfurt, Germany

A Program to Help Latino Parents

The Los Niños Bien Educados parenting skill-building program is designed specifically to assist parents of Latino children to be the best parents they can be. The program is considered to be a national model. It was developed by the 44 year old non-profit CICC, the Center for the Improvement of Child Caring, and is available in English or Spanish.

CICC will be conducting a five-day intensive training workshop to prepare more instructors to deliver classes in the program the week of April 29 – May 3, 2019, 9am to 5pm each day.

For a full description of this unique parenting program, see below.

For a study that shows the importance of the program’s cultural content, click HERE.

The workshop will be led by Dr. Martha Lopez, the Senior National Trainer.

The workshop will be hosted by an organization that has been successfully using the program for more than a decade:

El Proyecto del Barrio
9140 Van Nuys Blvd.
Panorama City, California 91402

The enrollment fee is $1795 per person. The fee is for 5 days of professional training, including a complete Instructor Kit (valued at $415) to be used in running classes.

TO ENROLL IN THIS WORKSHOP, CLICK HERE

If it is not possible to attend this workshop, the Kit can be purchased separately. Click HERE for the Instructor’s Kit in English. Click HERE for the Instructor’s Kit in Spanish.


For prior News Shows of parental reactions to the Program Click HERE to go to the Videos/Photos page and scroll to Videos 7 and 8.

Los Angeles County Expands Its Efforts to Help Parents of African American Children

The Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, the nation’s largest public child welfare organization, is building its capacity to assist more parents of African American children to be as effective and sensitive as possible in raising their children. It is doing this by training 55 additional staff members from throughout the County to deliver classes in the Center for the Improvement of Child Caring’s Effective Black Parenting Program.

The Department is responsible for preventing and treating child abuse. Parents of African American children are grossly over represented among those who are reported for child abuse. Supporting the widespread availability of CICC’s national model program is consistent with the Department’s official mandate.

The Department first supported the use of this parenting skill-building program in the late 1970s when the program first became available. It used the program as part of its Black Family Investment Project in the South Los Angeles region. The program proved to be very successful. Research showed that families, who had an opportunity to take classes in what the program teaches, were significantly less likely to be reported again for abuse. Those families became closer together and made extensive use of the positive skills and strategies taught in the program. The Department also won an award for providing culturally appropriate services.

Two years ago when the Department again focused on assisting parents of African American children, it trained 40 staff from more regions in the County to deliver classes in the program. Those classes were so helpful that the Department decided to train staff from more regions to be able to deliver such classes.

The additional 55 are being trained through instructor workshops during the month of March 2019. These workshops are being coordinated by Rochelle Frankling, Supervising Children’s Social Worker, from the Palmdale office (SPA 1) and Danita Henderson, Child Welfare Director, Shields for Families (SPA 6).

Later this year the trained staff members will be making classes available to parents who are current clients of the Department. Some regions are planning to make their classes available to parents who are not Department clients.

Descriptions of what CICC’s Effective Black Parenting Program teaches during its 15 sessions and descriptions of the program’s development and effectiveness, are available on a new website that is devoted to the program, www.africanamericanparenting.org.

Pediatricians More Strongly Oppose Corporal Punishment

In a new policy statement, published in the Journal of Pediatrics the first week of November 2018, the American Academy of Pediatrics once again urges parents and other child caring persons against using corporal punishment in disciplining children.  Their policy statement recommends that adults caring for children use “healthy forms of discipline”—such as positive reinforcement of appropriate behavior, setting limits and setting expectations – and not use spanking, hitting, slapping, threatening, insulting, humiliating or shaming.

Their current statement updates their previous guidance that recommended that “parents be encouraged and assisted in developing methods other than spanking in response to undesired behavior.” This is, of course, what numerous other progressive-thinking  organizations like the Center for the Improvement of Child Caring (CICC) and the American Psychological Association have been promoting for decades. 

The new policy statement by the pediatricians goes on to further state that in the 20 years from their last statement, “there has been a great deal of additional research, and we’re much stronger in saying that parents should never hit their child and never use verbal insults that would humiliate or shame the child,” said Dr. Robert Sege, first author of the policy statement and a pediatrician at the Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center in Boston.

“This is much stronger than the previous advice,” he said. The new policy encourages pediatricians to discuss the data about different kinds of discipline with parents so, of course, they make their own decisions in how they choose to raise their children.”

A fuller discussion of their reasons for opposing spanking and other negative approaches can be found at: https://www.cnn.com/2018/11/05/health/spanking-children-healthy-discipline-study/index.html . Their fullest recommendations appear in their December 2018 publication, Effective Discipline to Raise Healthy Children which can be found at: http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/142/6/e20183112

The thinking and research that is behind the position of the Center for the Improvement of Child Caring is available in its series of articles, We Must Stop Hitting Children at: http://12903934.sites.myregisteredsite.com/blog/2016/10/26/learning-why-we-must-stop-hitting-children-just-got-easier/

As would be expected, there is much in common between the Academy’s and CICC’s reasoning and referencing.

The Encouragement of Michelle Obama

As part of its work in updating its Effective Black Parenting Program, the Center for the Improvement of Child Caring (CICC) has been reviewing recent books about and by Michelle Obama. It is clear that many of the ways she was brought up by her parents and extended family members on the south side of Chicago, are similar to what the program teaches parents to do with their children.

In addition, there is a public presentation by Michelle that will be incorporated into the updated program. That inspiring presentation was delivered to a high school graduating class in June 2010.

The presentation appeared in the Introduction of a book about Michelle by Peter Slevin, Michelle Obama: A Life (2015, Vantage Books). Mr. Slevin spent a decade on the national staff of the Washington Post, before joining Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.

His rendition of her speech is available by clicking HERE. CICC is calling her powerful and candid speech The Encouragement of Michelle Obama.

For information on the history and impact of CICC’s Effective Black Parenting Program, visit africanamericanparenting.org

Another Award for Parenting Errors Book!

Dr. Kerby T. Alvy’s parenting guidebook, PARENTING ERRORS: How To Solve Them, just received another important Award. A Pinnacle Book Achievement Award for 2018. The Award was from the National Association of Book Entrepenures, NABE. Dr. Alvy’s book won its Pinnacle Award in the FAMILY & PARENTING Category.


PARENTING ERRORS is available from the website of the non-profit Center for the Improvement of Child Caring (CICC). Thus, your purchase will help extend CICC’s parenting education services, as well as bring you and your family excellent ways of raising and relating to children. Click HERE to obtain the book.

Here is what readers and reviewers are saying about Dr. Alvy’s book:

“Reading this book was remarkably illuminating and made me assess my own parenting as well as my relationships with my children.”

“An insightful text that will help parents overcome mistakes to become the best parents they can be, resulting in having the best children they can have.”

“Alvy’s book would be great for child psychologists who want to study the best psychological methods to help parents and children.”

“An easy-to-read approach to universal parenting mistakes and from which anyone can benefit to become better adults. It presents a standard for future generations to model.”