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Systematic Training for

Effective Parenting

The Systematic Training for Effective Parenting (STEP) Program is a parenting program that is an evidenced based, cognitive behavioral approach, to teach parents positive parenting skills.

The STEP program provides parents with a different perspective in parenting by focusing on their own parenting styles while in a group setting with other parents that have similar challenges.  


The STEP training fosters providing youth with responsibilities, and choices to collaborate with parents.  Parents are educated on how to create logical consequences, learn effective communication skills, and explore the differences of praise vs. encouragement, to promote a more positive family structure.


The STEP program also has an educational component that addresses substance abuse prevention.


Overall, the program will assistance parents to improve their relationships with their children, and to learn discipline is more effective than punishment.


  • How does it work ? 


The program is designed to be 7-8 sessions, meeting once a week, for two hours.


The group will consist of 4-15 parents, which will potentially encourage parents of similar situations to engage and see they are not alone in their situations.  


The STEP Program is for all stages of parenting.


  • Early Childhood STEP

Systematic Training for Effective Parenting of Children Under Six teaches ways to help tackle the special challenges of parenting infants, toddlers and preschoolers.


  • STEP / Teen

Systematic Training for Effective Parenting of Teens offers a down-to-earth and practical way to meet the challenges of raining teenagers today.


For more information contact:


Emily Worley at 828-446-1205, or


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