International Triple P Practice Excellence Award 2015

Professor Matt Sanders, founder of Triple P Programme presenting Triple P Practice Excellence Award to Karen Heavey

Professor Matt Sanders, founder of Triple P Programme presenting Triple P Practice Excellence Award to Karen Heavey

Karen Heavey, Triple P co-ordinator for Midland Area Parenting Partnership (MAPP ) is the 2015 recipient of the Triple P Practice Award which was judged by an international panel

Karen works with HSE health promotion and improvement in the Midlands and has been delivering Triple P since 2007 and in a co-ordination role with Midland Area Parenting Partnership since 2010.

The Triple P Practice Award recognises an accredited individual who has exhibited excellence and innovation in the implementation of Triple P. The award is a recognition of outstanding contribution and commitment to the delivery of Triple P.

Karen said, “Its an honour to work with so many committed parents who want to do the best for their children and such a dedicated and committed group of practitioners in the Midlands. Parents who attend the programme recognise the value and the impact of making small changes in their parenting which can make such a big difference to keeping calm, building positive relationships, communicating with our children, teaching our children new skills and behaviours, managing misbehaviour when it happens, and making home and family life a healthier happier place to live for all.”

Karen thanked her husband Frank and children Matt and Rachel for their ongoing support and an opportunity to practise Triple P at home!

MAPP have been delivering the evidence-based multi-level Triple P parenting programme to parents with children 7 years and younger across Longford, Westmeath, Laois, and Offaly. The independent evaluation of the work conducted by the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre of NUI Galway, has been very positive, highlighting significant and sustained gains for both parents and children.

So far more than 11,500 Triple P parenting course places have been filled by parents in the Midlands. Triple P has helped local parents to manage their children’s behaviour, emotions and development. Taking part will help you prevent the kinds of problems that can sometimes make parenting difficult and exhausting, it can help prevent problems, and if you are already experiencing problems, it will help you deal with them more skilfully.

Midland Area Parenting Partnership are now delivering the free eight-week teen Triple P Positive Parenting Group Programme for parents of teenagers in 6th class, 1st year, and 2nd year in April. More programmes for teen Triple P will be held soon.

MAPP continue to deliver Triple P Positive Parenting Programme free to parents of children aged nought to seven years and the calendar is available on the same website.

To book a place or for further information contact the Athlone office on (090 ) 6434070 or log on to


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