Parent Management Training-Oregon Model (PMTO)

Parent Management Training-Oregon Model (PMTO) is a behavior intervention program designed by Dr. Gerald Patterson and colleagues at the Oregon Social Learning Center (OSLC). OSLC is a world renowned research center in the area of antisocial behavior in children. The behavior interventions used in PMTO are based on over 30 years of research on families with children and adolescents who have serious conduct problems. Patterson and his colleagues have identified five core parenting skills that have the most impact on improving serious behavior problems in children. PMTO is a family intervention designed to help parents use the following five core parenting skills:

1) Encouragement: Teaching children new behavior through the use of praise and incentives.


2) Limit Setting: Responding to problem behavior with negative, nonphysical consequences.


3) Monitoring & Supervision: Checking on children’s behavior at home and away from home.


4) Family Problem Solving: An organized method of making decisions with family input.


5) Positive Parent Involvement: Parents demonstrating interest, caring and attention.