SRF Program

  • Tuning into 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 into 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.

    Detailed Costs

    This training program costs $790 per person for a two-day workshop.

    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 following materials, which can be ordered online:

    • Tuning in to Kids: Emotionally Intelligent Parenting: Emotion Coaching DVD
    • Tuning in to Kids: Emotionally Intelligent Parenting: Program Manual.

    Program adaptability: the TIK program has been modified for other populations. These modified programs include: Tuning in to Teens (TINT), Dads Tuning in to Kids (Dads TIK), and Tuning in to Toddlers (TOTS). Further adaptations are in development, e.g. Tuning in to Kids for parents of anxious children and children with a chronic illness, and trauma-focused TIK.

    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 the 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. The certification as a TIK facilitator occurs if trainees successfully complete the two-day training workshop.

    Staffing: if staff are interested in becoming a TIK facilitator, services will need to consider the cost of backfill in determining the cost of accessing this training. The training to become a facilitator is suitable for anyone who works with parents in a professional capacity particularly in the family and community, health and mental health and education sectors. 

    Factors to consider: a service may be able to identify a number of families that would benefit from this training. If this is the case, services could consider contacting the provider directly to organise training for the families in the service.

    Australian experience: the TIK program has been implemented in most states across Australia. Four RCT studies have been conducted in Australia (Melbourne). The TIK Training is available throughout Australia, conducted by the TIK organisation.              

    Strength of Evidence

    Promising research evidence

    3 stars out of 5