A new gold standard among parent management training?

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The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts has announced $3.81 million in new grants. The grants, which range from $60,000 to $120,000, will support exhibitions, publications and arts programming across 41 organizations, according to a press release. This includes a dozen New York City-based organizations, including The Brooklyn Museum, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and Art 21. See the full list of recipients here.


A new pilot program aims to reduce suicide among juvenile offenders in the Capital Region. Albany County Executive Dan McCoy introduced a new interactive electronic questionnaire called “e-Connect,” WAMC reports.  “Basically it’s gonna be an app you can download, tablet, website you can get on,” McCoy said. “If you look at youths from the age of 10 to 24, it’s the second-largest problem in youth today in this country. Second-largest. Suicide.”


Teachers College at Columbia University has received a $6 million grant. The money will support the establishment of a new institute dedicated to dance education, according to a July 17 press release. Philanthropists Jody and John Arnhold have given to Columbia before, including a $4.36 million gift in recent years that aimed to make New York City into “the dance education capital of the world,” Inside Philanthropy reported in June. 


The New York City Administration for Children’s Services is looking to upgrade its juvenile justice IT. An upcoming deal with the state Office of Information Technology Services will support changes to the Juvenile Justice Information Systems and Juvenile Detention Automation System through a five-year contract through June 2023, according to the City Record

Two nonprofits will be delivering senior services on behalf of the Department for the Aging: Jewish Community Council of Canarsie ($268,850) and Hartley House ($197,000). Selfhelp Community Services is getting a $4.6 million contract for case management services. The department also lumped together its intent to award dozens of new contracts for neighborhood senior centers – worth tens of millions of dollars – into a single post.

Five nonprofits are also getting new contracts from the Department of Social Services. Odyssey Housing Development Fund Corporation is getting a $4.8 million contract to operate supportive housing for people living with HIV/AIDS. Bowery Residents’ Committee is getting a similar contract for $2.3 million to operate 17 units of supportive housing. Neighborhood Coalition for Shelter is getting a $609,288 contract to support single room occupancy housing for homeless single adults at 1323 Louis Nine Boulevard in the Bronx. CAMBA will provide $320,333 worth of case management services for children and families in homeless shelters.


New research suggests there is a new gold standard among parent management training. The Chicago Parent Program was developed by Deborah Gross of the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing to reduce behavioral problems among children, according to a July 17 press release from the school. It compares well to the Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, which researchers say costs more time and money compared to the Chicago program. The researchers published their findings last month in the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.

Here is how the press release compares the two approaches:

The Chicago Parent Program:

  • Group-based learning structure that meets for two-hour sessions for a period of 12 weeks.
  • Treatment delivered by two trained clinicians; parents attend sessions without children
  • Learning is facilitated by watching and discussing video vignettes of real-life families. navigating common parenting challenges; problem-solving with other parents of children with challenging behavior.
  • Curriculum focuses on helping parents to clarify their child-rearing goals, learn limit-setting strategies, and develop problem-solving skills.

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy:

  • Mastery-based, individual coaching model delivered in one-hour sessions.
  • Parents and children attend together.
  • Parents are coached by a trained therapist from behind a one-way mirror. Parents receive very specific guidance and positive reinforcement from the therapist regarding interactions with their child.
  • Treatment progresses at the rate parents learn and master the skills; treatment is completed once the parent has mastered all skills.

This article has been updated to include the name of the lead developer of the Chicago Parent Program.