Autumn 2023 Training Programme

Changing Families: Supporting Children’s Needs When Parents Separate

This training programme will be delivered in two parts.

Training Details

Schedule of Engagement

End of July: Registration opens.

End of August: Link to the e course will be shared with all those registered to complete Part A.

End of September: Maximum of 30 places will be allocated. At this point One Family Admin will ensure that Admin records for all learners are complete (through Eventbrite) and that payments are completed. The training programme will be €80 per participant. Fees can be discussed with Anne Staunton, Chair, The Separation Network at

October: Learners who have completed Part A: E course will be invited to attend Part B – the three interactive zoom workshops (Oct 4th, Oct 11th, Oct 18th from 9.30am- 1pm via zoom). Those partially complete the course will be asked to complete the e course before they can commence the interactive workshops.


Payment will be requested via Eventbrite on booking; if you require an invoice or reduced rate for multiple staff training, please contact All payments go directly to the lead agency Rainbows Ireland.

  • One month in which you allocate a maximum of 10 hours to complete Part 1: The E-Course
  • Commitment to attend 3 live zoom workshops over the month of October (3 hours per session)
  • One Family Professional Training is endorsed by Social Care Ireland.
  • Front line practitioners can gain CPD points from attending.
  • You will also receive a certificate of completion from One Family.
  • You will receive the One Family – Family Communications, Coping with Family Life and Communication with Teenagers Manual. This will have modules you can deliver either as a group-based programme or in stand alone sessions. Many of the modules will have been reflected in your training programme.
  • You will also receive a free copy of The Doshel Bond – a children’s book developed in conjunction with One Family – tells the tale of parent and sibling relationships with a contemporary blended family.

View the Booklist Here

Contents of Training Manual: Family Communications

Session 1: Strong Families and Communication

Session 2: Communication Styles – Clear and Direct Communication

Session 3: Emotions and Needs in the Family

Session 4: Practising Clear and Direct Communication

Session 5: Active Listening and Compromise

Session 6: Shared Parenting

Session 7: Managing a Crisis

Session 8: Finding Community Support for Families

Session 9: Parenting Teenagers

Session 10: Sibling Relationships

Session 11: Decision-Making and Solving Problems

Session 12: Managing Family Resources

Session 13: Respecting our Differences

Session 14: Relationship Breakdown and Separation

Session 15: Creating Family Rituals and Traditions