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Our Mission

MI Parenting Resource is an online program meant to support caregivers across the state of Michigan in strengthening their parent-child relationships and gaining new tools for enhancing positive child behaviors.

Through MI Parenting Resource, caregivers have access to a collection of 22 brief parenting videos curated into five topic areas:

  1. Introduction
  2. Giving Clear Directions
  3. Identifying and Regulating Emotions
  4. Teaching Through Encouragement
  5. Finale

In the videos, real caregivers who have completed the PMTO intervention explain different parenting skills and demonstrate them in real-life situations with their children. The video-based curriculum includes approximately two hours of content.

The parenting strategies featured in MI Parenting Resource are based on foundational content from GenerationPMTO – an evidence-based parenting intervention supported by more than 50 years of research. GenerationPMTO has been shared with tens of thousands of families around the world from different cultures, family types, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Learn more about the GenerationPMTO intervention.

Just like the founders of GenerationPMTO, we here at MI Parenting Resource believe that caregivers are children’s most important teachers. While being a caregiver is not always easy, your love and dedication allow you to make the ongoing, meaningful efforts required to teach new behaviors. Translation: We know you work hard to do what is best for your children! Our goal in this program is to provide you with some additional tried and true strategies for supporting your parenting efforts.

MI Parenting Resource is meant to support families in preventing child problem behaviors and to help caregivers to alleviate mild to moderate levels of child behavior problems in school-age children. It is not meant to replace professional mental health services or the GenerationPMTO intervention. If you are interested in learning about the Michigan PMTO services delivered in your area, find an agency near you offering PMTO.

We gratefully acknowledge the following caregivers and their families for their contributions to the MI Parenting Resource program videos:

  • Becky
  • Cheryl
  • Larry
  • Kristy
  • Pennie
  • Robert
  • Christine Hudson
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Project Partners

Michigan Health Endowment Fund

Michigan Health Endowment Fund

MI Parenting Resource was developed with grant funding from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund. The Michigan Health Endowment Fund works to improve the health and wellness of Michigan residents and reduce the cost of healthcare, with a special focus on children and seniors.

Michigan State University

College of Social Science - Michigan State University College of Communication Arts and Sciences - MSU

Leadership in conceptualizing and implementing this grant project was provided by Michigan State University. Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges. With special acknowledgement to Kendal Holtrop (principal investigator), associate professor, Department of Human Development and Family Studies, College of Social Science and Amol Pavangadkar (co-investigator), senior teaching specialist, Department of Journalism, College of Communication Arts and Sciences.

Michigan PMTO and MDHHS

Michigan PMTO - setting parents up for success Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

This project was made possible with support from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and Michigan PMTO. MDHHS is the lead in implementing PMTO in the state of Michigan for the public mental health system. Luann J. Gray, the Michigan PMTO State Coordinator, as well as many clinicians, administrators, and families have been integral in the development and implementation of the PMTO model in Michigan to assist in strengthening parenting skills for past and future generations.



This program is GenerationPMTO-informed, which is based on the model, core principles and practices of Parent Management Training – Oregon Model (GenerationPMTO®), based on research and development by Gerald R. Patterson, Ph.D., Marion S. Forgatch, Ph.D., and colleagues at Oregon Social Learning Center (OSLC). GenerationPMTO is an Evidence Based Practice (EBP) administered by Implementation Sciences International, Inc. (ISII). With special thanks to Marion S. Forgatch, Laura Rains, and Anna Snider for their support of this project.

The MI Parenting Resource content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the project partners.