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Obtaining Funding to run CWTB

Several centres have been very successful in obtaining funding to run CWTB. You too can help increase your community’s ability to run CWTB. See below for some persuasive ideas and support that can be used when advocating for funding for your CWTB program.

Arguments to Use in Applications to Obtain Funds to Run CWTB in Your Community
  • The early years are important for child development, brain development, adult capacities (e.g., Fraser Mustard, etc.)
  • Difficult behaviour in early childhood is not uncommon, however, it places children at risk of later behaviour problems (Aguilar, Sroufe, Egeland, & Carlson, 2000; Shaw, Gilliom, Ingoldsby, & Nagin, 2003).
  • Parenting (especially controlling, uninvolved, and rejecting parenting) is an even stronger predictor of future conduct problems (Aguilar et al., 2000; Campbell et al., 1996; Shaw et al., 2000).
  • Improving parenting and parental emotion regulation can improve outcomes for children and prevent later conduct problems, especially if implemented early (Reid, Webster-Stratton, & Baydar, 2004; Sanders & Morawska, 2005; Webster-Stratton, Reid, & Hammond, 2004).
  • Interventions successful in decreasing disruptive behaviours focus on training parents to modify their interactions with their children (e.g., Frick, 2001). Unfortunatley, few interventions are designed specifically for groups of parents of toddlers.
  • CWTB is innovative, as it is an 8-session group-based course for parents of toddlers 12 to 36 months old. High and low functioning parents attend these large community-based groups, making it prevention and intervention at the same time.
  • Costs include those associated with advertising, space, leaders, childcare, materials, etc., but groups cost significantly less than individual treatment (e.g., Niccols, 2003, 2008).
  • There are several lines of evidence for CWTB:
    1. The content is based on 30 years of research on parenting styles and toddler behaviour guidance.
    2. The format is based on 25 years of research on parent training and adult learning (e.g., Cunningham et al., 1995).
    3. The pilot study showed positive results (Niccols, 2005, Canadian Journal of Psychiatry).
    4. Results of the randomized clinical trial funded by the Canadian Psychiatric Research Foundation show positive effects (Niccols, 2008).
  • CWTB has been presented at international conferences in the Netherlands, the United States, and across Canada.
  • Facilitator training sessions are being conducted across Canada, the United States, and Sweden.