Sharing parenting - An Adlerian approach

The Theory of the Programme

Theoretical basis of the ‘Raising Children’ programme

The primary aim of the ‘Raising Children’ Parenting Programme is to offer parents a supportive, informal environment, in which to gain information, knowledge and skills around parenting issues.

The programme uses material taken from various frameworks, notably Alfred Adler, Rudolph Dreikurs, as well as the work of Eric Berne and Abraham Maslow. This programme is based on the principles of social learning theories.

Key Adlerian Concepts which underpin the Raising Children Programme

Educational Theories



Family Meetings

Mutual Respect

In addition, you might be interested that Gillian Pugh, Erica D’Ath and Celia Smith* published a series of reviews on parent education and support, most notably in 1994, Confident Parents, Confident Children, in which on page 75 they credit Alfred Adler (1930), Rudolf Dreikurs & Vicki Soltz (Happy Children, 1964), Dinkmeyer & MacKay (STEP, 1982) and also Thomas Gordon (PET, 1075), drawing on the work of Rogers, 1951, 1961) as having the most influence on the thinking of American and British parent education programmes. I believe citing that history will help you make a case for your programme.

*Pugh, G., D’Ath, E., & Smith, C. (1994). Confident Parents, Confident Children. London: National Children’s Bureau.