Michael Hawton is an Australian psychologist, trained teacher, author, international speaker and media commentator.
His books on parenting have sold over 85,000 copies globally. He has an extensive experience in working with children and families from diverse cultural backgrounds. He has worked as a consultant in parenting in Seychelles, China and Vietnam. His programs are largely aimed at developing self-regulation in children and young people. He has an extensive background in child protection
1-2-3 Magic & Emotion Coaching – Improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families’ access to prevention and early intervention (Oral Presentation Paper)
The 1-2-3 Magic & Emotion Coaching parenting program is an evidence-based parenting program that builds the capacity of parents and caregivers of 2-12 year olds to better manage children’s difficult behaviour. It is recommended by the Australian Institute of Family Studies as a preferred course for families and is regularly recommended by family law practitioners in parenting matters.
The program is based on a social learning theoretical framework focused on two concepts: that children can learn to respond more flexibly when upset; and parents or caregivers can learn and implement techniques to use at parenting moments. The program focuses on developing strategies that parents can use to discourage unwanted behaviour, promote positive behaviours and encourage the child’s own ability to manage emotional reactions.
Recently, Parentshop and Bushkids have been working together to develop an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander version of 1-2-3 Magic & Emotion Coaching.
The program has been designed by working closely with an Indigenous consultant and modifying elements of the program to match Indigenous sensibilities with plans to promote and deliver the Indigenous version of the program across Australia.
The program has been designed by working closely with an Indigenous consultant and modifying elements of the program to match Indigenous sensibilities and plans to promote and deliver the Indigenous version of the program across Australia.