The innovation proposes to mitigate long-term impacts of corporal punishment, promote positive parent-child attachment, disseminate the concept of positive discipline, and maximize child potential through a distributed, local, train-the-trainer campaign. By training parents and spreading these ideals, which is referred to as a “Conscious Discipline Meme”, the program hopes to reach a tipping point in which the meme spreads on its own and nudges the culture away from corporal punishment. This bottom-up approach is being pursued given the failure of a top-down regulatory approach in mitigating corporal punishment.
The project will be implemented in three stages during the life of the grant (1 Oct. 2014 – 31 Aug. 2016):
Identifying and Training Conscious Discipline Paraprofessionals
The project team will work with the existing Roving Caregiver program in the Grenada Ministry of Social Development and Housing to identify 70 paraprofessionals from villages throughout Grenada. These individuals will be respected within their communities as this will help curtail the problem of trust-building between child development experts and villagers. In addition, they will understand the negative impact of corporal punishment and uphold fundamental principles of Conscious Discipline (CD); be willing to learn and have the capacity to teach CD to others; and will show long-term stability and dedication to their community. After identifying these individuals, now referred to as Conscious Discipline Paraprofessionals (CDPPs), the team will hold intensive training workshops for six months. The training will follow a set curriculum outlined by Conscious Discipline Program. As this curriculum is still going through adaptation, a detailed description of the contents will be available following the first year of implementation.
Trainings for Parents using Conscious Discipline Techniques and Mobile Resource Support Unit
The CDPPs will return to their communities to train new and expecting parents, as well parents of young children, in Conscious Discipline techniques. The CDPPs will meet with parents for 45 minutes every two weeks, for up to 14 months (i.e., up to 25.5 hours of training). The CCDPs will track total training time for each parent. The CDPPs will be supported by a Conscious Discipline Mobile Resource Support Unit (MRSU) stocked with educational toys and books, and staffed by a CD Project Manager. The MRSU will cycle through the communities, visiting each community at least once per month to provide a central gathering place for all CDPPs and parents in the community.
Ongoing Outcomes Measurement System for Parent Trainings
The outcomes measurement system will be implemented while CDPPs continue to provide CD training within their communities. Communities without a CDPP will serve as wait-list controls. Attitudes toward corporal punishment and positive attachment with children (i.e., the CD Meme) will be assessed and compared among the intervention group parents and wait-list controls.