Professor Carolyn Webster-Stratton, developer of the Incredible Years Series, visits Ireland for Archways National Conference, September 2009
The Archways National Conference took place on 21st September 2009 and featured presentations by members of the Incredible Years Ireland Study and staff at Archways. The conference was formally opened by the Mr Barry Andrews, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs and was attended by 220 delegates from a wide range of backgrounds including education, health, community and academia. This year, the conference was fortunate to have Carolyn Webster-Stratton (founder of the Incredible Years programmes) as keynote speaker. Carolyn gave a stimulating presentation in which she emphasised the need for early intervention in managing child behavioural problems. In particular, evidence suggests that the early onset of physical aggression in children often predicts difficulties later in life. By intervening early in a child's life, Carolyn maintains that behavioural problems can be prevented before the negative behaviour becomes increasingly resistant to change. She also spoke of the success, to date, of the research being led by NUI Maynooth and the valued role of Archways in implementing and delivering the Incredible Years programmes in Ireland.
IY team members (from L-R); Dr Gráinne Ni Mháille, Paul Kelly, Mairéad Furlong, Dr Sinéad McGilloway, Lynda Hyland, Yvonne Leckey
The conference served as the forum at which to present the first set of findings to emerge from the Incredible Years Ireland Study, and the first results from any of the Atlantic Philanthropies-funded projects on the island of Ireland. These results relate to the short-term outcomes (6 months) for all 149 parents who took part in the first (Parent Training) phase of the study. The results demonstrate the effectiveness of the Parent Training programme in significantly reducing problem behaviours amongst the children in the intervention group. Improvements were also found in childrens' positive social behaviour and social interaction/ communication. In addition, the intervention had a positive effect on the health and well being of all those parents who took part. For further details on the six-month outcomes, the report can be accessed on our Recent Publications section on the Homepage.
(L-R back row); Dr Gráinne Ni Mháille, Paul Kelly, Dr Sinéad McGilloway, Yvonne Leckey, Prof. Judy Hutchings. (L-R front row); Mairéad Furlong, Lynda Hyland, Prof. Carolyn Webster-Stratton
Further information on the Conference including presentations and Conference documents can be found on the Archways website (www.archways.ie).
Prof. Carolyn Webster-Stratton with Wally