SRF Program

  • Tuning in to Kids

    VEYLDF Alignment

    Item uses these practice principles: Partnerships with families.

    Item responds to these sub-outcomes: Children become strong in their social, emotional and spiritual wellbeing.


    Tuning in to Kids (TIK) is a parenting program developed in Victoria to train parents to 'tune in to' their child's emotions, while managing their own emotions.

    TIK aims to equip parents with knowledge that recognises and understands the underlying cause of their child's emotions. The program intends to strengthen parents' empathy and addresses their own family-of-origin experiences.  

    The overall goal is to improve and enhance parent–child relationships, parenting practices, and children's emotional competence and behaviour.

    TIK parenting groups can only be run by those who have completed the TIK professional training, and are certified as TIK Facilitators.

    Detailed Costs

    Two-day workshop to become a TIK Facilitator: $880/person (incl. GST)

    Implementation Considerations

    Target population: this program is for parents and carers of preschool and school-aged children with or without behavioural problems.

    Program/practice descriptions and details: the TIK program is described in the program manual and USB, which must be purchased only by those attending the training.

    Program adaptability: the TIK program has been modified for other populations. These modified programs include: Tuning into Teens (TINT), Dads Tuning into Kids (Dads TIK), and Tuning into Toddlers (TOTS). Further adaptations are in development.

    Staffing: services will need to consider the cost of backfill in determining the cost of accessing this training.  

    Training requirements: TIK parenting groups can only be run by professionals who have completed the TIK professional training, and are certified as TIK Facilitators. The training of TIK facilitators requires participation in a two-day training workshop. These programs run throughout the year at regular intervals in most capital cities in Australia.

    There is also an in-service model of training for organisations wanting to train groups of staff.

    Australian experience: the TIK program has been implemented in most states across Australia. Four Random Control Trial studies have been conducted in Australia (all in Melbourne). The TIK Training is available online.

    Priority Area

    Wellbeing (social and emotional)

    Strength of Evidence

    Level 3 - Promising research evidence