Helping Families Around the World
Parent Management Training – Oregon Model (PMTO®) is an evidence-based, structured intervention program designed to help parents strengthen families at all levels. Based on more than 40 years of ongoing research, it promotes social skills and prevents, reduces and reverses the development of moderate to severe conduct problems in children and youth.
Since the first implementation in Norway in 1999, PMTO has been shared with more than 50,000 families from all socioeconomic backgrounds, cultures, and family types throughout the world. (See more about PMTO's history.) This has resulted in a wide variety of rich and nuanced experiences with diverse families including numerous social, cultural, economic, religious, and other identities. Several hundred trained professionals teach PMTO techniques to parents in the U.S.— in New York, Missouri, Michigan, Minnesota, Kansas, Oregon, and Utah—and internationally in Norway, Iceland, the Netherlands, Denmark, Canada, Mexico, and Uganda. Intervention has been provided to individual families, in parent groups, and through telehealth delivery and has been adapted for child welfare and other populations with trauma issues. Learn more about PMTO implementation sites and projects.
Evidence-Based Parent Training Shows Wide-Ranging Benefits
PMTO alters family dynamics and opens doors to healthy new social environments with long lasting and far reaching results. For example, families receiving PMTO continued to experience positive outcomes throughout a nine-year follow-up period including reductions in:
- deviant peer associations,
- depression for both youth and mothers,
- police arrests for both youth and mothers, and
- early onset police arrests of youth.
Mothers also experienced improvements in income, occupation, education, financial stress. Multiple studies support effectiveness of PMTO.
On August 22, 2016, Dr. Gerald R. Patterson, the progenitor of PMTO, left this earth after 90 years of extraordinary service, curiosity, brilliance and mentorship. Inspired by his model for a life well lived and loved, we continue the work of PMTO and celebrate his life and contributions through the Jerry Patterson Coercion Chautauqua. These funds will be used to bring together scholars and thinking individuals to continue the scientific discussion about the role that negative reinforcement plays in Coercion Theory and to provide an opportunity to celebrate Jerry and his model of balancing work, love and play. For more information, please go to this link.
The positive effects of PMTO have been referenced by the American Psychological Association in its report to lawmakers and policy-makers "Gun Violence: Prediction, Prevention, and Policy" (December 2013): "Prevention research has shown that intervening with at-risk families to improve parenting skills can disrupt the pathway from early-onset aggressive behavior to delinquency in adolescence (Patterson, Forgatch, & DeGarmo, 2010)."
PMTO and ISII Provide Full Transfer to the "Real World"
PMTO is listed as an evidence-based program with top scientific ratings by the:
California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse (CEBC)
Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development
SAMHSA's National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP)
What sets us apart from many programs is that we collaborate with the community. Implementation Sciences International, Inc. (ISII) is the vehicle through which we bring PMTO out of the research setting into the "real world." With a network of scientists and practitioners from North America, Central America and Europe, we train the first generation of practitioners in a community, and help leaders select and train subsequent generations. ISII provides ongoing support and training as leaders selected from this first generation build their own infrastructure for training, coaching, fidelity checks, certification, and further tailoring within their site. After a community assumes responsibility for implementation and monitoring PMTO, we focus our support on fidelity ratings, conducted periodically by our skilled Fidelity Teams.