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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

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.

The Trouble with Time Out

The Trouble with Time Out

Written by Larissa Dann

In our quest to parent effectively, to do the best by our children, ourselves and our family, we think carefully about the best way to discipline our child.


What participants say about Effectiveness Training Courses.

“After taking the P.E.T. course and instructor course, the B.Y.B. course really gave me the chance to internalise the skills and helped me to start practising the skills with my husband and other adult relationships. All these 3 courses mentioned have changed my life. I am much more aware of my own needs and it has made me happier and a more confident person. Because of using the skills I feel myself a better person than before. These courses have been like psychotherapy for me.”

- Sari
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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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