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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.

P.E.T. & School Readiness Funding

P.E.T. & School Readiness Funding

Written by ETIA Admin

Parent Effectiveness Training (P.E.T.) is now listed as one of the evidence-informed programs and supports on the School Readiness Funding Menu. This funding is being offered by the Victorian Department of Education & Training to provide additional support for kindergartens to help children get the most out of their early learning.


What participants say about Effectiveness Training Courses.

“When I read ‘Be your Best’ it captured my interest immediately and having done the course I found the skills and techniques I was learning could be applied to all aspects of my life. The course showed me practical ways of dealing with situations of problem areas of communication and having shared these issues with other members of the course, revealed I was not alone. It’s a course for people who feel there’s room for improvement in communication skills.”

- Janice
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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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