MFRC piloting online parenting course

MFRC piloting online parenting course

Jon Chabun, MFRC ~

If you are a parent experiencing a deployment this summer, the Esquimalt Military Family Resource Centre (MFRC) invites you to participate in a new online pilot program.

Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) Online is for parents wanting more parenting tools and strategies but need a flexible format that fits their schedule.

This pilot program marks the first time Triple P will be delivered online to support a deployment.    

“Triple P is helpful for those day-to-day parenting challenges,” said Pauline Sibbald, social worker at the MFRC. “If you have concerns about behaviour and want to maintain a healthy, positive relationship with your child, you can benefit from the program.”    

The MFRC is specifically looking for families experiencing a deployment such as the upcoming RIMPAC exercise or HMCS Vancouver’s current deployment.

“We really want community members to help us evaluate the effectiveness of the online version,” said Sibbald. “It will help inform future programming and a flexible service delivery model.”

In collaboration with Triple P Canada, MFRC has access to 20 licenses available for Triple P Online for parents of children aged four to 12. An additional five licenses are available for those wanting to take the course in French and another five for parents of teens age 13 to 16.

Each participant will receive a unique login and password to access the program. Material in the Triple P online course is separated into eight modules that take between 60 to 90 minutes to complete. You can start a module one day and pick up where you left off at a later time. The pilot program is giving each parent 16 weeks to complete the coursework. 

Triple P Online will start the week of June 18 to 25 and run until October 8 to 15. Once an account is created, participants will have two weeks to activate it. There will be a check-in with participants at the midpoint and at the conclusion of the program. Options for check-in include attendance in a virtual group, an on-site group, or via one-on-one phone conversations. There is a required evaluation component for both Triple P Canada and the MFRC to help assess the effectiveness of the online program for the Canadian Armed Forces community. The MFRC has four Triple P trained practitioners available to provide support to participants throughout the pilot. Upon completion of the program, participants will receive a certificate.

“Triple P has done an excellent job creating an engaging online platform,” said Sibbald. “It is a new way for families to access services. A new way to provide flexible parenting support through deployments.”

If you are interested in signing up for the pilot program, call the MFRC at 250-363-2640 (toll free: 1-800-353-3329). An initial meeting will review if the program is right for you and your family. Families can learn more about Triple P at

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