About

Parents Plus is an Irish charity that develops practical, evidence-based parenting and mental health programmes. We train professionals working with children and families to deliver the programmes in communities and clinical settings. Our programmes support families to communicate effectively, build satisfying relationships and overcome emotional and behavioural problems.

Parents Plus was founded by former Principal Social Worker at the Mater Hospital Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, and adjunct senior lecturer at the School of Psychology in University College Dublin, Dr. John Sharry and Prof. Carol Fitzpatrick in 1998 and established as a registered charity under the auspices of the Mater Hospital, Dublin in 2001.

Our Programmes: Parents Plus have developed five flagship programmes in partnership with parents and children living in Ireland and includes their specific experiences. Our programmes combine a social learning model with a solution-focused preventative framework that encourages and empowers parents and children to ‘take charge’ and make positive changes in their lives.

Our programmes comprise of:

  • The Early Years Programme for parents of children aged 1 to 6.
  • The Children’s Programme for parents of children aged 6 to 11.
  • The Adolescents Programme for parents of adolescents aged 11 to 16.
  • The Working Things Out Programme targeted at adolescents aged 11-16.
  • Parenting when Separated Programme targeted at parents who are preparing for, going through or have gone through a separation and divorce.

Our Training and Delivery: We train 400 professionals on average each year throughout Ireland and the UK as facilitators to deliver our programmes in their own local areas and agencies. Our ‘train the trainer’ model ensures a long-term, sustainable benefit for facilitators’ communities and organisations. Facilitators include teachers, social workers, speech and language therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, childcare workers, mental health workers and community workers. Programmes are delivered to parents in a variety of settings including: Family Resource Centres, childcare centres and preschools, primary and secondary schools, child protection agencies, child and adolescent mental health clinics, colleges and training centres as well as to parents with children with special needs.

Events: From time to time, Parents Plus host practice conferences as well as information sessions and advance practice workshops. Find out more about our most recent conference Innovations in Working with Families here: www.parentsplus.ie/conference.

All profits from sales of programmes and training are re-invested in developing new materials and sponsoring facilitator training.

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