CfC FP ObjectiveSupporting families and parents
Delivered toParents and carers of children aged 2 to 12
Delivered byChild practitioners, allied health professionals and early childhood educators. 
Delivery settingSchool-based; community-based
Program developerParentshop

About the program

The 1-2-3 Magic and Emotion Coaching program aims to help parents and carers manage difficult child behaviour with a focus on strategies and techniques that promote positive behaviour; encouragement in developing the child's ability to manage their emotional reactions; and relationship-building.        

Program structure

Select from:

  • 3 x 2 hour group sessions (maximum 25 participants) conducted weekly
  • 3 x 2 hour one-to-one sessions conducted weekly. 

Facilitator training

Training is required and typically offered as a one-day course. 


Please contact Parentshop for associated costs.

Evaluation and effectiveness

A single randomised controlled trial was undertaken, showing significant improvement in child behaviour post-implementation and significant improvements for carers and parents. 

The program appears to be beneficial as a prevention and early intervention program for preschoolers with externalising and/or internalising difficulties who were at high risk of maltreatment. 


Porzig-Drummond, R., Stevenson, R., & Stevenson, C. (2014). The 1-2-3 Magic parenting program and its effect on child problem behaviors and dysfunctional parenting: a randomized controlled trial. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 58, 52-64.