Parent management training is essential in the treatment of conduct disorder. By providing the proper tools to parents, therapists can play an intricate part in the training. Often times, parents can become frustrated and feel helpless when dealing with this disorder. But with the proper training, they can learn how to correct bad behaviors and set boundaries.
Cognitive problem-solving skills training can teach both parent and child how to deal with a problem in a healthy, productive way. This training can be very empowering to the child as it teaches them to approach problems in a new mindset. Being able to do this is a very important part of therapy for the child. To adults, is equally as important because it teaches the parent to use skill rather than anger or frustration to solve the problem.
Functional family therapy is beneficial for the entire family. It involves not just the child with conduct disorder, but parents and siblings. It reinforces boundaries, relationship building, and the basic tools needed to function as a family.
Multisystemic therapy steps outside the family unit in order to explore other relationships that may contribute to conduct disorder. The child is encouraged to sever relationships with his/her peers who are deemed to having a negative effect on the child. Likewise, relationships the child has within his home environment and neighborhood are also examined.