1984, The Preventive Ounce has worked with health maintenance
organizations (HMOs), developing programs that helped more
than 40,000 parents see more clearly their child's emerging
temperament and manage the issues that are normal for their
child's temperament. Most of this program was developed and
tested at Kaiser Permanente, the oldest and largest HMO in
the United States.
The Preventive Ounce (Poz) is a nonprofit, preventive mental
health organization, incorporated in California in 1984, with
an offices in Oakland, California. Poz was
started by two psychologists who were frustrated by long-standing
behavioral problems in children. Most of these problems could have
been prevented, had parents understood how to manage the issues
that were normal for their child's temperament.
The truth is that many parents are mystified by their child's
behavior: sleep problems, temper tantrums, separation difficulties,
difficulties in toilet training, asssertiveness issues, unusual
sensitivities, to name just a few. They feel guilty, exhausted, at
wit's end. What worked for their first child doesn't work now.
Our HMO experience has taught us that parents who see clearly
their child's unique temperament and understand how it "works" can
more easily manage issues that are normal for their child's
temperament. They are better able to balance the needs of their
child with their own needs... and those of their family, the school,
and the community. They avoid getting stuck in ineffective
parenting. And they are less likely to blame themselves or their
child for issues that may be troublesome to manage... but normal
for their child's temperament.
Over the past decades, our HMO experience has also shown us that
parents are intelligent consumers of temperament information. They
have recycled back to us what works (and doesn't work) for each
temperament issue. The credit for this program belongs to them.
Our goal now is to use the Internet to reach more parents of
children to help them
understand and manage their child's temperament, so they can avoid
these problems and eventually teach their child to understand and
manage his or her own temperament.
The Preventive Ounce staff:
James R. Cameron, Ph,D., Director – 1978 – present
David Rice, Ph.D., Co-Director – 1978 – 2000
To contact the Preventive Ounce:
For tech support: email@example.com
For academic questions: Dr. Cameron: firstname.lastname@example.org
Street address – 354 63rd Street, Oakland, CA 94618