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Research Support for Effectiveness Training

Overview of Research and Outcome Studies in Australia and the US

Studies of Parent Effectiveness Training (P.E.T.) have produced evidence-based positive outcomes over a generation for Australian parents taking the course.   A large investigation into the outcomes from 26 PET courses run by different instructors in six states of Australia (Wood, 2003)  focused on the current relevance of P.E.T. for a radically changed society in which emotional health, interpersonal skills, and problem prevention have all been shown to be of crucial importance for parents and their families today. Experimental results showed P.E.T. groups achieved substantially and significantly higher scores than controls on the core skills of empathic listening, appropriate assertiveness and conflict resolution.  Compared with controls the P.E.T. parents showed a significantly greater reduction in levels of parental stress about their family concerns.

More information about the research support for P.E.T. (an overview)

Full Parent Effectiveness Training (P.E.T.) thesis publication

Gordon Training International website – P.E.T. Research

Blogs to keep informed (see below)

Why Parent Effectiveness Training (P.E.T.) Works: How Today’s Evidence Supports the P.E.T. Approach to Parenting by Larissa Dan

The Trouble with Time Out by Larissa Dan


International sites

Gordon International Training

Links to our sister sites in Australia

Victorian branch

From the ETIA Blog

Written by instructors, the ETIA blog provides a wealth of information and practical advice.


What participants say about Effectiveness Training Courses.

“The most amazing things in the world are just starting to happen in my family, thanks to P.E.T.
My 4-year-old, without asking gets up from the breakfast table, washes his hands, gets dressed, cleans his room! Seeing the change in him and how active listening alone, has helped my communication with my nearly 3-year-old twins. This makes me feel so proud of them and gives me belief, that my dream of having a close, loving connected family can be a reality.
I know now, I will never go back to the only discipline I knew. No more screaming, no more time outs. The shame I felt, when I smacked one of my kids; I know this was wrong, and this was making me feel sad and more anxious every day. I knew I had to change.
Parent Effectiveness Training came my way, and as soon as I read the words, “active listening,” I was in! This was the best investment, worthy of my time.
I can spend $$$ on making the cosmetic appearance of my home appealing, but to pay under $400 on something that hits the heart of our home is the best feeling.
Thank you, for giving all your professional knowledge. The way that you taught Parent Effectiveness Training, was inspiring. You helped me believe that I can change into the parent and person, that I am now proud to be.”

- Michelle Williams - mother of three
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About ETIA

The Effectiveness Training Institute of Australia (ETIA) Ltd is a not-for-profit, community based organisation that is dedicated to making courses in communication and conflict resolution skills available and accessible to all people in Australia.

ETIA’s mission is to provide individuals with effective communication and conflict resolution skills to build connected, harmonious relationships.

Our inspiration and programs come from the late Dr Thomas Gordon who is the author and founder of Parent Effectiveness Training (P.E.T.) program and Gordon Training International (GTI).

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