DIAGNOSIS: Youth Behavioral Issues

TREATMENT: Coping Power Program Group Therapy for Youth Behavioral Issues


  • Basic premise: The Coping Power Program is a cognitive-behavioral preventive intervention for youth in late elementary to middle school. The intervention aims to improve children’s social competence and self-regulation as well as promote positive parental involvement through skills-based training. It is traditionally delivered in a group therapy format and can be used in combination with parent group sessions and/or adjunctive individual child sessions. It was developed as a school-based program but has also been applied within mental health settings.



Coping Power: Child group facilitator's guide (Lochman et al., 2008)

Coping Power: Parent group facilitator's guide (Lochman et al., 2008)

Coping Power: parent group program workbook (Lochman et al., 2008)

Coping Power (Lochman et al., 2019)


Coping Power Training and Certification (Coping Power)

The Coping Power Program (Coping Power)


Helander, M., Lochman, J., Högström, J., Ljótsson, B., Hellner, C., & Enebrink, P. (2018). The effect of adding Coping Power Program-Sweden to Parent Management Training-effects and moderators in a randomized controlled trial. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 103, 43-52.

Helander, M., Enebrink, P., Hellner, C., & Ahlen, J. (2022). Parent management training combined with group-CBT compared to parent management training only for oppositional defiant disorder symptoms: 2-year follow-up of a randomized controlled trial. Child Psychiatry & Human Development, 1-15.

Lochman, J. E., & Wells, K. C. (2003). Effectiveness of the Coping Power Program and of classroom intervention with aggressive children: Outcomes at a 1-year follow-up. Behavior Therapy, 34, 493-515.

Lochman, J. E., & Wells, K. C. (2004). The Coping Power Program for preadolescent aggressive boys and their parents: Outcome effects at the 1-year follow-up. Journal of Consulting and Counseling Psychology, 72(4), 571-578.

Lochman, J. E., Dishion, T. J., Powell, N. P., Boxmeyer, C. L., Qu, L., & Sallee, M. (2015). Evidence-based preventive intervention for preadolescent aggressive children: One-year outcomes following randomization to group versus individual delivery. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 83(4), 728–735.

Lochman, J. E., Glenn, A. L., Powell, N. P., Boxmeyer, C. L., Bui, C., Kassing, F., Qu, L., Romerro, D. E., & Dishion, T. (2019). Group versus individual format of intervention for aggressive children: Moderators and predictors of outcomes through 4 years after intervention. Development and Psychopathology, 31(s5), 1757-1775.

Lochman, J. E., Boxmeyer, C. L., Bui, C., Hakim, E., Jones, S., Kassing, F., McDonald, K., Powell, N., Qu, L., & Dishion, T. (2021). Substance use outcomes from two formats of a cognitive behavioral intervention for aggressive children: Moderating role of inhibitory control and intervention engagement. Brain Sciences, 11(7), 950.

McDaniel, S. C., Lochman, J. E., Tomek, S., Powell, N., Irwin, A., & Kerr, S. (2018). Reducing risk for emotional and behavioral disorders in late elementary school: A comparison of two targeted interventions. Behavioral Disorders, 43(3), 370–382.

McDaniel, S. C., Watkins, L., Chow, J. C., Fedewa, M., & Nemer, S. (2023). Systematic literature review and meta-analysis of Coping Power: Effects and implications for implementation. Journal of Applied School Psychology. 1-25.

Mushtaq, A., Lochman, J. E., Tariq, P. N., & Sabih, F. (2017). Preliminary effectiveness study of Coping Power program for aggressive children in Pakistan. Prevention Science: The Official Journal of the Society for Prevention Research, 18(7), 762–771.

van de Wiel, N. M. H., Matthys, W., Cohen-Kettenis, P. T., Maassen, G. H., Lochman, J. E., & van Engeland, H. (2007). The effectiveness of an experimental treatment when compared to care as usual depends on the type of care as usual. Behaviour Modification, 31(3), 298-312.