Parenting Inside Out

Parenting Inside Out (PIO) is an evidence-based, cognitive-behavioral parent management skills training program created for incarcerated fathers.

PIO addresses the unique situation and issues of systems involved parents.

PIO is outcome-based and learner-centered. It uses social learning theory to teach cooperation and problem solving in the context of learning parenting skills. The program has been developed to help parents promote healthy child adjustment, prevent child problem behavior and ultimately interrupt the cycle of inter-generational criminality.

Through the program, parents will develop and refine social skills and citizenship behaviors that they can use in all aspects of their lives and will help guide their children toward becoming positive and constructive adults.

Services are provided to Scott County inmates and parolees. Cohorts (10-12 fathers) meet for group sessions three times a week for 5 weeks with the PIO Educator. Participants will also meet individually once a week with the PIO Educator. New Cohorts are determined a week after the last group's sessions are concluded.

In order to qualify for the program the participants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Have a child age birth to five, as well as visitation rights to at least one of those children
  • Have a child who is a resident of Scott County
  • Have never been convicted of a child sexual abuse
  • Speak English fluently
  • Must be an incarcerated male
“ I feel when I get out I can become a more responsible father due to this class. Alyssa (PIO Parent Educator) taught be things from a different perspective and ways that I never looked at parenting before. Without this class I think my parenting skills would definitely be rough around the edges. I want to thank Alyssa and the program for giving the chance to better myself as a parent.” –James, PIO father


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