Different Options for Living Playing and Hoping In Nonviolence and Safety (D.O.L.P.H.I.N.S.)
Good parents care about raising their children to be healthy, well balanced, happy and safe. We searched for an appropriate parenting class to offer to the parents of our Upper Keys families and found the perfect fit through the Melissa Institute of Miami, the ACT Raising Safe Kids program. ACT Raising Safe Kids is one of three (3) parenting programs listed by the World Health Organization (WHO) in their handbook “Implementing child maltreatment prevention programmes: what experts say. “
To sign up please please fill out the form above or email us at PamF@DOLPHINSLivingSprings.org or call 305.432.9554.
To pay for your workshop, $30 per household per week, please click here: Pay for workshop
The ACT Raising Safe Kids Program was developed and is coordinated by the American Psychological Association’s Violence Prevention Office. Launched in 2001 and revised in 2006 and in 2011, the ACT Program teaches positive parenting skills to parents and caregivers of children from birth to age 8.
The program is based on research showing that …
ACT Raising Safe Kids aims to:
What makes ACT special?
The design approach and components outlined below help make the ACT Program stand out among other interventions with similar objectives.
Who can deliver
Program Curriculum & Materials
The research-based curriculum is delivered in eight, two-hour sessions – on average – by ACT Facilitators, professionals trained by the program. The curriculum is organized in eight modules as following:
ACT Facilitators will need the ACT kit to prepare and conduct the program sessions; materials in the kit include:
Proof that ACT works
Numerous studies of ACT conducted over the years have found that ACT can be considered a successful model to disseminate early violence prevention knowledge and skills to adults and as an evidence-informed program to help parents and caregivers raise children without violence. Specifically studies showed that:
Who can become an ACT Facilitator?
The ACT Facilitator is a professional coming from fields such as psychology, social work, nursing, early childhood education, among others, prepared and certified to facilitate the parenting program groups using the program standardized curriculum, materials, processes, and protocols and has completed all the requirements as determined by the APA Violence Prevention Office. They also involve their organizations and get their support to include the ACT program in their portfolio of activities for families.
To become an ACT Facilitator, interested professionals need to attend the 2-day training workshop held regionally or locally. It is required that workshop applicants have:
To register for a training workshop, check the nationwide ACT Workshop Schedule and/or contact the ACT regional center nearest you and sign up to attend the next 2-day workshop for ACT Facilitators.
How to find the program classes for parents and caregivers
Parents and caregivers should contact one of the five ACT Regional Centers located in their regions to get help in finding a parenting group for the program closer to them. The centers can also help parents by making materials and resources on parenting, safety, discipline, bullying, and other topics of interest available to them.
Help and additional information on the ACT Regional Centers is available online. You may also print or order ACT materials.