Course Descriptions

Family Communications | Separating Well for Children

In this programme parents who are parenting post separation or are planning to separate are supported to firstly understand the impact of separation on children. The programme aims to support parents to have a child centred approach post separation, ensuring children are supported to manage the transition well, achieving positive outcomes.  The 4 steps of clear and direct communication are explored to help parents improve communication resulting in decreased conflict.

Parents are asked to explore and understand the needs of children and parents at the time of separation and how these needs can be met. In the programme parents are encouraged to have pride in the new family form, inviting children to ask questions and being available to answer the awkward questions about family forms as they arise.

We explore what shared parenting is, why it is beneficial to children when done well and how parents can develop a shared parenting plan to support them to move into the business of shared parenting post separation.

Finally the programme asks you to develop new family traditions to support you as move through this transition with your children, while also exploring how you can manage conflict in the future while maintaining a healthy balance of meeting your needs and those of your children.

Positive Parenting for Changing Families

Understand Your Child’s Emotional Development & How To Manage Behaviours In Young Children 

This programme supports parents of toddlers through to late primary school. The concept of the ‘Good Enough Parent’ supports parents to examine their parenting style and explore how this impacts on the relationship they have with their child. During the programme parents are asked to become more confident in how they parent, allowing them to be assertive in how they handle the many challenges that young children can present. Parents will learn the importance of positive attention, routines and consistency, quality time, quiet time and the active listening. We will also examine the difference in discipline versus punishment, helping parents to teach children as they manage childhood behaviours. 

Family Communications | Coping with Teens and Family Life

This programme introduces the concept of the strong family unit, supporting parents to build relationships by ensuring the core ingredients of good communication and assertive parenting are in place within the family.  Parents will learn the 4 step process of clear and direct communication also known as NVC.

With these elements in place parents begin to understand the ‘life of a teenager’. You are supported to explore the many changes and challenges that occur for teens as they move through puberty and how you as a parent can support your teen at this vulnerable time. Parents will have an opportunity to reflect on the many behavioural challenges that teens can present with such as power struggles. As a parent the programme helps you to learn when to step in and when to step back.

Parenting under Pressure | Zoom or In Person TBD

One Family offer the Parents Under Pressure (PuP) parenting programme which is designed for families who are facing multiple adversities and stressful circumstances. Delivered by fully accredited practitioners, it is an evidence based model that combines psychological principles relating to parenting, child behaviour, and parental emotion regulation.

PuP and the Family

The PuP programme takes a strengths-based approach where the over-arching aim is to help parents develop positive and secure relationships with their children. As the quality of the care giving relationship improves, parents are able to focus on developing family routines and processes that are age appropriate for their infants and children. PuP therapists work with parents to assist them with their understanding of their child’s development while focusing and responding to the child’s emotional needs and in turn improving the manner in which they interact with their child.

A number of other methods are incorporated into the delivery of the programme.

PuP and Parents

The PuP programme aims to improve your relationship with your child/children. It does so by allowing you to explore any pressure you experience as a parent and develops a clear plan regards to managing these. Participating in PuP will allow you to have a look at your own emotional regulation and how this supports your child with developing their own skills. There is a great focus on how to be emotionally available for your child/children and you will see how doing this makes parental life more manageable.

Positive Parenting: Stay and Play Parenting Course

Positive Parenting: Stay and Play is aimed for parents of infants and toddlers up to 4 years. Parents are invited to attend alongside their child for a play session. Every week there will be a different type of play experience for you and your child to enjoy together. This may include messy play, sensory play, constructive play, music, story time and much more for our little ones to enjoy!

Additionally, we will work through some key elements of positive parenting; exploring what is meant by positive attention and quality time; how to instill good routines and be consistent in doing so, exploring parent styles, self-care and much more.