ABA-based parent training can be provided in a variety of formats. The different ways that parent training can be provided include:
- Individual, one-on-one, sessions
- This is when the parent trainer meets with just the parent
- Family sessions
- This is when the parent trainer meets with the parent as well as a child (or children) for a parent training session. A spouse or other family members may also be included.
- Group sessions
- This is when the parent trainer meets with multiple parents in one session.
In addition to the above formats for parent training, parent training can occur in a variety of settings. The settings in which parent training can occur include:
- Individual, family, or group sessions can be provided via telehealth (or remote) sessions. This is when parent training is done via video conferencing.
- Parent’s Home
- This is when the parent trainer physically goes to the parent’s home to provide the service.
- This is when the parent trainer and the parent meet in a location in the community. This may be at the child’s school, at a store, or at a local park. These are just some examples of places in the community that parent training could take place. [It’s important to remember to consider confidentiality when working in the community.]
- This is when the parent comes to the parent trainer’s office to receive the service.
To decide what type of format or which location to provide parent training, consider the needs of the parent, clinical recommendations, the needs of the parent’s child, treatment goals, resources available to the parent and the parent trainer, health and safety concerns, and local, state, any potential ethical dilemmas, and federal laws and guidelines.