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Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board

North Wales Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service



Enhanced Parenting Skills Course (Epas)

EPaS is an 8 session course for professionals working with children and families.  The course aims to improve the knowledge and ability of professionals where there are conduct problems in children.

Initially, the course was researched and run for Health Visitors and found to have positive outcomes in child behaviour, parental mental health as well as professional knowledge, skills and confidence.  

As there is a focus on theory to practice there is an expectation that students will identify a case to work with whilst on the course.  Full attendance and commitment is crucial to successful outcomes.  

EPaS Course Content

Learning Outcomes

Participants will be able to:

1. Discuss relevant research and other literature pertaining to child behaviour behavioural theory

2. Engage one or more families in an intervention programme

3. Discuss behavioural concepts and theories and their application to positive parenting

4. Develop a formulation (case analysis) based upon appropriate assessment of the child, the family and the situation

5. Discuss implementation of a behaviour management strategy for changing parent behaviour

Behavioural Theory and Concepts


Conduct disorder and behavioural interventions and related topics e.g. Attachment Theory, Risk and Resilience, Child Development, Motivational Enhancement.


Information Gathering

Genogram  - to explore relationships between family members

History Interview  -  life events and explore mental health problems within  the family

Typical Day Interview - benefits and barriers of a typical day

Record Keeping - ABC model

Questionnaires - strengths and weaknesses

Observation - parenting skills and how they interact with each other

Case Analysis and Formulation  (look at everything you’ve collected)


Assessment and Formulation

Throughout we will have group discussions and exercises (role play) to practice assessment and intervention skills.