1-2-3 Magic: Effective Discipline for Children 2-12

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Program/Intervention Name

1-2-3 Magic: Effective Discipline for Children 2-12


Adult behavior problems (violence/aggression), Attachment Interventions, Behavioral Management and Treatment, Child Mental Health - externalizing, Family Functioning, Marriage and Relationship Support, Parenting Skills - Training and Enhancement, Resource Parent Training Programs, Social/emotional functioning

Program/Intervention Description

What: 1-2-3 Magic: Effective Discipline for Children 2-12 is a simple, easy to learn and effective program for parents and other caretakers dealing with young children. The program can be used with average or special needs children. 1-2-3 Magic directly addresses three protective factors. First, it improves parent-child attachment by defining and encouraging parental nurturing while simultaneously reducing aggravating misbehavior. Second, the program provides parents with a specific how-to-do-it, three-step “job description” which is tailored for use with young children. And third, the program directly addresses the issue of parental resilience as it applies to child discipline; parents are instructed, in other words, exactly how to recover when they slip-up. How: Services are provided in the following settings: adoptive home, birth family home, community agency, foster/kinship care, hospital, outpatient clinic, residential care facility, or a school by a trained mental health professional or teacher. The recommended duration for this program is one to two sessions, 1.5 hour sessions per week for 4-8 weeks. Parents/caretakers are given homework to practice behavior management and build relationships.

Intervention Target Population Identified (Age Group)

0-5, 6-12

Program Goals/Outcomes

Parents who learned the intervention reported significantly greater improvement in parenting practices and a significantly greater reduction in child problem behavior than the control group.

QIC Target Group

General - 3

QIC Adoption/Guardianship Relevance Levels

LEVEL 6: General Population

QIC level of Evidence

LEVEL 1: Effective and proven by Research

Intervention Web Site/URL

Contact Person/Purveyor

Thomas W. Phelan, PhD


Parent Magic, Inc.

Contact Email


Contact Phone

(630) 790-9600

External Links (Registry/Other Catalog)