PMTO: Parent Management Training – Oregon Model

PMTO Services at ISK

The PMTO program helps parents address serious behavior problems in youth from ages 3-18.

Some Behaviors PMTO Addresses

  • Overt antisocial behavior (noncompliance, aggression, defiance, hyperactivity, fighting)
  • Covert antisocial behavior (lying, stealing, truancy, fire setting)
  • Internalizing problems (depressed mood, peer problems, deviant peer association)
  • Delinquency
  • Substance Abuse
  • School Failure
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Parent Management Training—Oregon Model

Provides the tools parents need to improve their children’s behavior and to address specific family challenges. PMTO is a gold-standard, evidence-based practice that recognizes the vital role parents play as the primary change agents within their families.


Parenting Through Change—Reunification

PTC-R is a 10-week group approach similar to PTC except PTC-R is designed for the specific needs and challenges of parents whose children have been removed from the home and have entered the foster care system.


Parenting Through Change

Presents the same parenting skills as PMTO but does so in a 10-week group program.  While the individual approach will work better for some, the group dynamic of PTC is more effective for others. PTC provides a safe, supportive environment where parents can connect with other parents who are struggling with the same challenges.


PMTO is listed as an evidence-based program with top scientific ratings by:

California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse (CEBC)

Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development (Certified Model +)

How do I receive services?

The first step to receiving services is to contact our Access Center. The staff at the Access Center will do an initial screening to determine what services you qualify for and connect you to those services.

Cost for services

Fees are based upon our Sliding Fee Discount Program or your health insurance coverage. While no one is denied services based on their financial situation, there may be a waiting list in place to receive non-Medicaid covered services.

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Visit our website — — or contact our Youth & Families department at (269) 553-7120 for more information.

A free online introduction to PMTO skills is available here.