Facilitators and Barriers to Engagement in a Parent Training Program

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 2,9
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Session 11: Consultation and Collaboration With Educators and Parents

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. increase their knowledge regarding relationships between demographic characteristics and perceptions of barriers and facilitators to attending parenting classes.
  2. increase their competency in assessing logistics of treatment delivery in order to improve parent engagement in treatment.
  3. gain understanding in perceived barriers to attending parent training courses.


This study analyzed parent preferences regarding facilitators and barriers to attending two behavioral parent training programs. Parents answered questionnaires addressing demographic variables and logistic factors of their programs. Course location, duration, time of day, and availability of transportation were identified as facilitators, while lack of childcare was identified as a barrier. Results indicated statistically significant relationships between (a) gender and course location, (b) number of children and time of day, and (c) attendance and course duration.



Holland S. Hayford, University of South Florida
Heather L. Agazzi, PhD, University of South Florida
Kathy L. Bradley-Klug, University of South Florida


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