Online Parent Child Journey Courses

Parent Child Journey is an integrated 10-session parent behavior management training program. Parent Child Journey is for parents who are looking for a comprehensive approach to problem situations and behaviors. By the end of the program, parents learn to evaluate the source of their child’s difficulties and how to individualize effective management strategies. Different children. Different approaches.

As children learn differently, so do parents. We have designed our program options to fit different parent needs, schedules, and financial resources. 

Can’t decide which Parent Child Journey program is right for you? Email us at support@parentchildjourney.com. You may also be interested in Parent Child Excursions – individual courses on common developmental and behavioral issues.

Online Flipped Classroom Package

(Recommended)

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Online Parent Child Journey content at your own pace – opens mid-September
Interactive Zoom Discussion Group (10 weekly sessions) – Groups start early October

We recommend purchasing these together ($350) if you are new to Parent Child Journey.
You can also learn more about and register for each part separately below

Parent Child Journey Online Course Content at Your Own Pace

Purchase access to Parent Child Journey course content for up to one year, including over 8 hours of content, broken up into short (3-5 minute) videos, to view at your own pace; plus, action-oriented “homework” assignments, and the complete text of Dr. Dan’s book Parent Child Journey: An Individualized Approach to Raising Your Challenging Child.

You can register for this content-only course separately to access the full Parent Child Journey curriculum without a live discussion experience. Registrants of this course have the option of adding the Interactive Zoom Discussion Group at any time.

Course Topics Include:

  • Know Your Child
  • Time–in
  • Engagement and Understanding
  • Motivation through Positive Attention
  • Motivation through Experience
  • Motivation through Rewards
  • Problem Solving
  • Time-out and Ignoring
  • Pausing for Empathy and Self-Reflection
  • Accommodations/Interventions

Cost: $200 Pre-Registration
(course opens mid-September)

Scholarships are available to receive this course at no cost for families in need. Email us at support@parentchildjourney.com for access.

Parent Child Journey Interactive Zoom Discussion Group

Participate in 10 weekly, hour-long instructor-led groups via Zoom. A child behavior expert will answer your questions, discuss weekly course topics and trouble-shoot your implementation of behavior management strategies. Each week will focus on one of the ten “Miles” of Parent Child Journey content.

Registration for Interactive Zoom Discussion Groups is available for those who are enrolled in the Parent Child Journey At Your Own Pace Course, have previously taken a Parent Child Journey course or have access to a copy of the Parent Child Journey book.

Fall 2020 Groups:

  • Wednesdays, 7:30pm-8:30pm Eastern, 10/7 – 12/9
    Focus: Parents of younger children (Preschool-KG)
    With: Orly Zimmerman-Leizerov, LCSW-C.
  • Mondays, 8:00pm-9:00pm Eastern. 10/5 – 12/7
    Focus: Parents of older children (KG-middle school)
    With: Dan Shapiro, MD
  • Thursdays, 7:30pm-8:30pm Eastern, 10/8 – 12/10
    Focus: Parents of teens (middle school-high school)
    With: Sarah Wayland, PhD

 

 

Cost: $150

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Resources for Journey Program

YOUR GANDER Instruction Manual
The Gander© provides an easy way to assess your child’s developmental and behavioral profile. Understanding your child’s profile will help explain the source of behavioral challenges and guide individualized management. The multi-modal Instruction Manual provides detailed – and fun –explanations.

Parent Child Journey: The book
Get your copy of Dr. Shapiro’s expansive book, Parent Child Journey: An Individualized Approach to Raising Your Challenging Child. With compassion, creativity, and humor, Dr. Shapiro presents in-depth discussion of his entire parent training program, including illustrations, graphs, charts, and detailed examples. Plus, there’s an entertaining fable that winds in and out. Available in paperback or Kindle eBook.

Journey FAQs

What is the Parent Child Journey program?

Parent Child Journey is an integrated 10-lesson parent behavior management training program, created by Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician Dan Shapiro, MD. Parent Child Journey is for parents who are looking for a comprehensive approach to problem situations and behaviors. By the end of the program, parents learn to evaluate the source of their child’s difficulties and how to individualize effective management strategies.

 

How is the program offered?

Parent Child Journey is offered as an online course with two components:

  • Parent Child Journey At Your Own Pace, which covers the content of the course through over 8 hours of short, engaging video mini-lessons.
  • Interactive Zoom Discussion Groups, a supplemental 10-week experience to discuss strategies for implementing Parent Child Journey techniques with an instructor and other parents.

Prior to COVID-19, Parent Child Journey was offered as an in-person course in the Washington, DC metro area. We hope to continue offering these in-person courses in addition to the online offerings when it is safe to do so.

 

What topics are covered in the Parent Child Journey program?

Some of the topics covered in Parent Child Journey include:

  • Know Your Child. What is it about your child – and your family situation – that causes problem behaviors and problem situations. Learn how accurate description leads to individualized management.
  • Time–in. Individualize your approach to spending positive time with your child – and taking care of your self too.
  • Engagement and Understanding. Individualize your approach to securing your child’s attention and ensuring that they understand your expectations.
  • Motivation through Positive Attention. Individualize your approach to reinforcing good behavior. Learning how to motive your child to play and work more independently.
  • Motivation through Experience. Take a step back. By selective use of natural consequences and first-then techniques, give your child the opportunity to learn from their own experience.
  • Motivation through Rewards. When all else fails, when and how to use rewards. Dos and don’t for your child.
  • Problem Solving. Moving beyond behavior management, how children – and parents – can learn to frame problems in specific and solvable terms, then participate in collaborative problem solving. A developmental approach.
  • Time-out and Ignoring. What to do when proactive strategies fail. An individualized approach to getting through difficult moments.
  • Pausing for empathy and Self-Reflection. The importance of responding to our children – and ourselves – with calm understanding. Teaching our children the language of emotion, validation, and love.
  • Accommodations/Interventions. The road ahead. Understanding remaining hurdles and setting priorities. A scientific approach to setting long-term developmental care.

 

What is Parent Child Journey based on?

Parent Child Journey combines the wisdoms of many evidence-based programs. Starting nearly 30 years ago, Dr. Shapiro ran parent groups in his general pediatrics practice based on the parent training programs of Forehand/ McMahon and Barkley. Over the years, he has modified the program to include the ideas in Ross Greene’s The Explosive Child, Martin Seligman’s Learned Optimism, William Carey’s work on temperament, B.F. Skinner’s behaviorism, Mel Levine’s A Mind at a Time – and more. While the material presented in this class is based on the work of these innovative researchers, Dr. Shapiro’s Parent Child Journey Program integrates the best of these time-tested approaches to give parents an approach that’s understandable, effective and real-life.

 

Who is Dr. Dan Shapiro?

“Dr. Dan” as he is affectionately known by many of his patient’s families is a developmental-behavioral pediatrician in Rockville, Maryland. Parent Child Journey reflects his general experience as a primary care provider, his personal seasoning as a father of four and grandfather of two, plus his subspecialty expertise with children who have developmental differences and challenging behaviors.

You can read more about Dr. Dan’s approach in “The Child Whisperer” that appeared in the August 2015 issue of the Washingtonian magazine.

 

Is the Parent Child Journey program effective?

At the beginning and end of every course, parents have completed behavior rating scales. Over the years, about 75% of class participants have reported substantial improvement in their children’s problem behaviors and problem situations. An even higher percentage of parents report that they feel better about their relationship with their children and their skills handling challenging situations.

 

How is Parent Child Journey different from other parenting courses?

Parent Child Journey is an individualized approach. One size does not fit all. This is what separates Parent Child Journey from other parenting programs. First, parents are taught how to answer one fundamental question: What is it about your child that causes problem situations and behaviors? Second, parents are introduced to a tool kit, including a large set of time-tested proactive strategies for problem situations and reactive strategies for problem behaviors. Then, well-equipped, parents are guided on how to choose and use the right tool for their child and their family situation. Parent Child Journey: individualized, comprehensive, effective.

 

What is included in the Flipped Classroom Package?

The Flipped Classroom Package is a simple way to register for At Your Own Pace and an Interactive Zoom Discussion Group at the same time. We recommend this approach for parents who are new to Parent Child Journey, want to get the most out of the program and are able to commit a few hours per week toward learning and implementing the parenting strategies.

For a slower pace, you can purchase the At Your Own Pace course first, then add on an Interactive Zoom Discussion Group at a later date. We plan to offer Discussion Groups at several start dates throughout the year, primarily in the evenings Eastern Time.

 

What does the At Your Own Pace course include?

Parent Child Journey At Your Own Pace is a video-based course consisting of over 8 hours of mini-lessons (3-5 minutes on average) spread over 10 “Miles” of content. You can see an example of one of the mini-lessons here.

Each Mile introduces new parenting concepts and skills to practice. Each Mile builds on the Mile before it. The At Your Own Pace course also includes the full text of the Parent Child Journey book which can be read through the course website.

You may also choose to enroll in a 10-week instructor-led Interactive Zoom Discussion Group to get the most out of the Parent Child Journey program.

 

Should I register for the Flipped Classroom Package, or the At Your Own Pace and Interactive Zoom Discussion Groups separately?

You are welcome to register for the Flipped Classroom Package to gain access to both, or register for each separately.

 

How do the Interactive Zoom Discussion Groups work?

The Interactive Zoom Discussion Groups are instructor-led. Parents meet weekly over a period of 10 weeks using Zoom video conferencing. Each of the 10 meetings follows a Mile of Parent Child Journey content. The instructor will answer questions and facilitate parent discussions around implementing Parent Child Journey strategies.

To register for an Interactive Zoom Discussion Group, you will have to be currently or formerly enrolled in the online At Your Own Pace course, a past Parent Child Journey In-Person Course, or be able to follow along with your copy of the Parent Child Journey Book. Parent Child Journey content is not available through the Interactive Zoom Discussion Group alone.

For most parents who are new to Parent Child Journey and who are completing the At Your Own Pace Course at the same time, prior to meeting each week, you will view approximately 45 minutes to 1+ hour of short videos from each Mile of the At Your Own Pace Course. The video player allows you to pause, speed up or slow the video pace, and re-watch course videos as many times as you’d like.

 

Do you recommend completing all of the self-paced material before the Interactive Discussion Group meetings? Or should we do the two side-by-side?

Most parents will want to do the At Your Own Pace Course along with the Interactive Zoom Discussion Group. This means getting through the course material and starting to implement the homework strategies during the week before each group meeting. Although this is not completely at your own pace, you can still watch the video modules at your convenience. Advantage: You get the benefit of the discussion group while the material is fresh. This can help with troubleshooting and motivation. However, some parents will want to complete the At Your Own Pace Course first, then join an Interactive Zoom Discussion Group the next “semester.” Advantage: You can truly go at your pace; for example, take a few weeks with each “mile” instead of one week. It’s entirely up to you.

 

Why are the Interactive Zoom Discussion Groups divided by age focus?

While the parent strategies discussed in the Parent Child Journey Program are applicable to all ages from preschool through high school age, we have found that discussions work best among parents of children in similar age groups.

 

Can I register for an Interactive Zoom Discussion Group that is currently in progress?

Registration for Interactive Zoom Discussion Groups is only available for groups that have not yet started. We plan to have group start dates in January, April, June, and October of each year. Sign up for our newsletter at the bottom of this page to stay informed.

 

Can I register for an Interactive Zoom Discussion Group with a different age focus from my children?

For the most benefit, we recommend registering for a Discussion Group focused on the age of your child. However, if the time is more convenient, you are welcome to register for an alternative Discussion Group.

 

What if I can’t make one of the Interactive Zoom Discussion Groups meetings I registered for?

Since each group will discuss the same curriculum during the same week, you are welcome to jump over and join another Discussion Group. You will cover the same material and still learn a lot. The Zoom links for all of the Discussion Groups are accessible from inside the Interactive Zoom Discussion Group course, located on your Course Dashboard. If you need to make a permanent switch to another Discussion Group, send us an email at support@parentchildjourney.com and we will do our best to accommodate you.

 

How long do I have access to the At Your Own Pace course and Interactive Zoom Discussion Groups?

Currently, you will have access to Parent Child Journey At Your Own Pace for one year after the date of registration. Access to Interactive Zoom Discussion Groups is for one ten-session course. Many parents may be interested in staying in touch after their Discussion Group concludes by joining one of the Free Parent Support Groups.

 

When will the next Interactive Zoom Discussion Groups be offered?

We plan to offer Discussion Groups on a quarterly basis with start dates in October, January, April, and June. These dates will be posted on this page and announced via our Newsletter. You can sign up for the newsletter at the bottom of this page.

 

I can’t make any of the Interactive Zoom Discussion Group times. Will they be offered at other times?

Currently, most of the parents taking the program reside in the Eastern part of the U.S. and we have designed our Interactive Zoom Discussion Group times to meet their schedules. Please send us an email at support@parentchildjourney.com with your feedback on when we should offer other Discussion Groups.

 

Are scholarships available?

We offer full scholarships to families with financial need to access the Parent Child Journey At Your Own Pace course. Please email us at support@parentchildjourney.com.

Unfortunately, we are unable to offer scholarships for the Interactive Zoom Discussion Groups at this time. However, you may also be interested in joining one of our .

 

Will You offer in-person courses again when it becomes safe to do so?

We plan to continue offering the in-person Parent Child Journey Program in the Washington, D.C. metro area when possible. Please sign up for our newsletter at the bottom of this page to to stay up to date.

Thank you for all of the expertise, experience, time, energy, hope and caring that you have put into this workshop. What I am learning is becoming such a strong voice in my head now, especially when I think I have reached the end of my rope. I have also made some special, strong, new connections in the form of other parents going through similar struggles. That counts for a lot and gives me strength.