Implementing Parent Management Training in Norway

Based on Research Conducted at OSLC

A study of the Norwegian nationwide implementation of the Oregon parent management training program (PMTO) developed at OSLC.

Project Overview

This program was an international collaboration to study the Norwegian nationwide implementation of the parent management training program (PMTO) developed here at OSLC. Three centers collaborated on the project: OSLC, The Norwegian Center for Studies on Behavioral Problems and Innovative Practice in Norway, and the Institute for Social Research in Michigan. The Norwegian implementation goal was to establish PMTO therapists in every municipality to intervene at the early stages of deviant child behavior to prevent later substance abuse, child antisocial behavior, delinquency, and school failure. The NIDA project studied the adoption, adaptation, and implementation of the PMTO model in Norwegian communities across successive cohorts of PMTO therapists. We evaluated adherence to and adaptation of PMTO procedures using interviews, questionnaires, and direct observation of therapy sessions and family interactions.

Year Project Began: 2003
Funder: National Institute on Drug Abuse

Principal Investigator

Marion S. Forgatch, Ph.D.

Emeritus Scientist
Oregon Social Learning Center

Primary Research and Clinical Interests

Marion S. Forgatch, PhD, Senior Scientist Emerita, spent much of her career working with the group that eventually became OSLC. She developed and tested programs for families whose children are at-risk for substance abuse and adjustment problems. Her program Parenting through Change (PTC) is recognized as an “Effective Program” in the National Registry of Effective Programs and Practices (NREPP). For the past 10 years, Dr. Forgatch and her team have adapted and applied PTC for use with diverse populations, including non-English speaking Latinos, mothers living in shelters to escape homelessness or violence, parents with severely emotionally disturbed children, and parents whose children have been removed for reasons of abuse/neglect. Currently the program is being adapted for soldiers reintegrating home following service in the wars in Iraq or Afghanistan. She and her team have conducted several large-scale implementation projects including: PMTO statewide in Michigan in Community Mental Health (CMH) Centers for severely emotionally disturbed children; PMTO nationwide in Norway, Iceland, the Netherlands, and PMTO in CMH and Juvenile Justice Centers in Detroit-Wayne County in Michigan. An additional focus for Dr. Forgatch’s work includes the development and application of direct observation measures of family interaction to evaluate changes in family process and intervention sessions to evaluate fidelity in implementing the PMTO model. Forgatch has co-authored numerous journal articles, book chapters, audio and video tapes for parents, and two books. She has received two awards from Society of Prevention Research: Friend of the Early Career Prevention Network in 2003 and the Award for International Collaborative Prevention Research in 2008 and is a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science.