Parenting Styles and Theories

Parenting Styles and Theories 

Parenting is one of the most important and rewarding jobs in the world. It is also a frequent source of self-doubt and stress, as parents struggle to make sense of their role and the most effective way to help their child develop. This course will provide you with an overview of the importance of the parent-child relationship, and the ways that the unique circumstances of a particular family may impact that relationship. Some of the major theoretical models of child development and parenting will be presented, along with an overview of specific parenting styles and the ways these impact long-term development. The instructive information, interactive exercises, and case vignettes in these courses will leave you prepared to successfully apply these concepts in your work with parents and children.


Hours: 1.50


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Course Details

Course Code: REL-HHS-0-PST
Hours: 1.5
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 6/30/2023
Learning Objectives:
Explain the importance of the parent-child relationship.
Describe how different family configurations and cultural diversity impact parenting.
State the key assumptions of three theoretical perspectives on parenting and child development.
Identify various parenting styles and the impact these have on family member interactions.
Describe how temperament interacts with environmental factors to impact the parent-child relationship.

Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: The Parent-Child Relationship A. Partnering with Parents B. Parental Qualities that Impact the Parent-Child Relationship C. A Model for Future Relationships D. Let’s Review: First Steps for Traci E. Section Summary Section 3: Family Diversity A. Family Configurations B. Working with Adoptive Parents C. Working with Foster Parents D. Culture and Parenting E. Let’s Review: Meet the Grant Family F. Section Summary Section 4: Theoretical Perspectives A. Early Behavioral Theories B. A Note About Reinforcement C. Social Learning Theory: The Role of Social Context D. Attachment Theory: The Role of Caregiver Responsiveness E. Risk and Resilience F. Fostering Resilience G. Review: Meet Johanna H. Section Summary SECTION 5: Parenting Behavior Styles A. An Overview of Parenting Styles B. Baumrind’s Typology: Four Parenting Styles C. Dimensions of Parenting D. Authoritarian Versus Authoritative E. Parenting Style Impacts Child Development F. Applying the Parenting Styles Typology G. Can Detachment Help Children Grow? H. Let’s Review: Tabitha’s Parenting Style I. Section Summary Section 6: Genes and Temperament A. The Impact of Temperament B. Recent Findings on Temperament C. Genetic Influences on Parenting D. Let’s Review E. Section Summary Section 7: Conclusion A. Summary B. Course Contributors C. Resources D. References E. Congratulations! F. Exam G. BrainSparks

Instructor: Carol Hurst, PhD, LCSW
Dr. Carol Grace Hurst is Associate Professor & Social Work Program Director, Department of Applied Social Sciences, Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, VA. She holds PhD and MSW degrees in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the State of Virginia. Dr. Hurst’s years in clinical practice focused on children, youth, and families from a predominantly family systems’ perspective. She believes in the power of attachment, love, and deep spirituality to anchor resilience as families together face life challenges. Dr. Hurst’s research and writing collaborations have focused on clinical supervision, boundaries management, and parenting concerns like quality child care and infant feeding. Dr. Hurst holds expertise in early childhood and parenting, as well as clinical supervision. She has a special interest in preparing clinicians for respectful practice to enhance parenting performance. Previously, Dr. Hurst taught theory, practice, and field courses as an adjunct instructor of Social Work with Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work. Dr. Hurst also served as a national service line leader for clinical supervision within the Corporate University of Providence Service Corporation, the training division of the company, where she served as Director of Continuing Education from 2010-2014. Disclosure: Carol Hurst, PhD, LCSW has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Instructor: Monique Kahn, Psy.D.
Monique Kahn, Psy.D. received her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University in Florida. She completed a pre-doctoral internship at Spokane Mental Health in Washington, which included specialty rotations in behavioral medicine and time-limited psychotherapies. She is licensed as a psychologist in Maine, where she was in private practice for 14 years, providing services to adult clients with varied presenting issues, but with particular emphasis on the treatment of anxiety disorders, the relationship between psychosocial stress and illness, insomnia, and coping with chronic illness. She has taught in the undergraduate psychology program at Husson University in Maine. In addition, she has worked as a content writer and psychology subject matter expert for several major educational publishing firms. She joined Relias as a clinical content writer and subject matter expert in 2016. Disclosure: Monique Kahn, Psy.D. has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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The target audience for this course is: General Staff; in the following settings: Health and Human Services.
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Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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