What is Behavioral Parent Training (BPT)?
BPT is a program that helps caregivers learn ways to manage and improve their child’s behavior. Using selective attention, BPT helps caregivers learn how to increase positive, prosocial behaviors through the use of one-on-one time and praise while also reducing challenging behaviors using a consistent, predictable, and structured approach. Caregivers learn about the role of reinforcement in shaping and maintaining behaviors and learn how to create house rules, improve organization and routine, how to give clear instructions, and using consistent rewards and consequences to decrease negative behaviors and increase positive ones. While BPT is the frontline treatment for children and adolescents with disruptive behavior challenges and ADHD, it can also support individual therapy for children with anxiety, depression, and traumatic stress by strengthening the child-caregiver relationship and establishing a more consistently reinforcing home environment.