Book now – Group Supervision Training in Dublin & Galway June 2017

We are holding Parents Plus Group Supervision Training Sessions in Dublin and Galway in June 2017 with Eileen Brosnan, Senior Parents Plus Trainer.

Dublin Group Supervision:
Date: Thursday, 8th June 2017 from 9.30am until 1pm
Venue: Parents Plus Office, 15 St Vincent Street North,
Dublin 7
Cost: €60 per person

Galway Group Supervision:
Date: Friday, 23rd June 2017 from 9.30am until 12.30pm
Venue: East Galway City Primary Care Centre, Doughiska Road, Doughiska, Galway
Cost: €60 per person

If you would like to attend either of these supervision trainings, book a place below. This is open to all trained facilitators but book early as there are a limited number of places available.

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These group supervision training sessions are a great opportunity for you to meet with your colleagues, reflect on your experiences of running Parents Plus groups thus far, and access support to improve your practice.

The goals of the workshops are to:

  • Support facilitators to get PP groups up and running in their services
  • Support programme delivery
  • Consult on specific challenges/group facilitation skills
  • Provide information on the Parents Plus Accreditation process

Sponsorship Places for PP Early Years Training June 2017

The Parents Plus Early Years Programme is an evidence-based parenting course that is ideal for delivery in family resource centres, disability settings, primary schools and childcare services. Several studies show how parents completing the courses report less stress and less behavioural problems as well as high satisfaction.

When is the training: 14th to 16th June 2017
Where: Dublin City Centre

To support practitioners working with families with young children, we are offering discounted sponsored places on the Parents Plus Early Years Programme Facilitator training in June 2017.

If you are successful with your application (form can be downloaded below), the sponsored place offered will be a 50% discount on the normal price of training (€215 instead of €430) and for the Parents Plus programme materials (€150 instead of €300). Only one set of programme materials is needed for a co-facilitating pair.

To apply for a sponsored place on this training

  1. Fill out this form here and email it back to
  2. Closing date for forms to be returned is Tuesday, 9th May 2017 at 5pm

Once we have received your form, we will respond to you as soon as possible letting you know if your application is successful.

Conditions of the Sponsored Place

Please refer to the one page document here on the conditions of accepting a sponsored place on this training, if you are awarded one.

If you’ve any queries about this discounted sponsored training, please email 

3Ts/Parents Plus Working Together on Mental Health Project

Parents Plus started working with the 3Ts Charity in 2014 on a project promoting positive mental health in young people and their families.

Goal of the Project

The goal of the 3Ts/Parents Plus project was to promote positive mental health and communication in families, and thus, reduce the risk of suicide and self-harm among young people, especially those who might be vulnerable or who are identified as at risk. To achieve this, the project centred on the combined delivery of the Parents Plus Adolescents Programme (an intervention teaching relationship-building, positive communication, and conflict resolution skills to parents) and the Working Things Out programme (a small group mental health intervention for young people, promoting positive mental health and building coping capacity) to families targeted in mental health and school settings.

Method for the Project –  the first two years

Both the Parents Plus and Working Things Out programmes employ a ‘train the trainer’ model to empower mental health and education professionals to deliver the programmes with the families they work with. The project recruited two professional groups to run the groups with parents and young people:

  • Secondary Schools Group – consisting of a cluster of 17 schools running the WTO and PPAP groups over an 18 month period, targeting vulnerable/at risk youth and their parents in the school setting. Relevant staff from each school (Home School Liaison; student counselling; other mental health support staff) have been trained and supervised in their delivery of the WTO/PPAP.
  • Adolescent Mental Health Services – this involves a cluster of 9 services providing mental health interventions to youths with identified mental health difficulties and their families (e.g. CAMHS, Primary Care etc.). Multi-disciplinary staff from these groups, such as psychiatry, social work, psychology etc., have been trained and supervised in the delivery of the WTO/PPAP.

To see a full report on this project including success stories and stats, please click here.

Year 3 of the Project

Two years of the project have now been completed and major roll outs in both schools and mental health services have been completed. This has resulted in 46 professionals from mental health settings and 65 from schools and approximately 329 parents and 301 young people attending. In addition, two outcome studies have been completed indicating significant benefits for the participating families and one has been published in an international mental health journal (Wynne, Doyle, Kenny, Brosnan & Sharry, 2016) reference and referenced in a large meta study (Carr, Hartnett, Brosnan & Sharry, 2016).

To continue the benefits of the project and to address some of the challenges, the plan in year 3 is to:

  • Broaden the range of the services who can deliver the Parents Plus Programmes as part of the project.
  • Expand the age range and to include the Parents Plus Early Years and Children’s Programmes in the suite of programmes offered.

Parents Plus Official Launch and Information Seminar March 2017

It was great to see so many new and old faces at the Parents Plus Official Launch and Information Seminar on Thursday, 9th March 2017 in the Ashling Hotel in Dublin.

This launch marked the official development of our updated programme materials (the manuals and parent booklets). And the information seminar gave practitioners and managers the opportunity to find out more about the five Parents Plus Programmes and how they might work in different agencies.

  • To view the launch presentation from this event, please click here.
  • To view the information seminar presentation from this event, please click here.

Also, thanks again to our funders the 3Ts Charity (in particular Joe McAvin, Lise Alford and Claire O’Brien who attended the event) and also to Pobal for their support.

To view some photographs from this event, please visit our Facebook page. 

Introduction to the Parents Plus and Working Things Out Programmes Free Seminar

Parents Plus is hosting a free introductory seminar on 26th January from 4.00pm to 5.00pm in Hotel Woodstock in Ennis, Clare.

This seminar is suitable for both practitioners and service managers who want to gain an understanding of the five Parents Plus programmes and how they can best be implemented within individual services. Samples of each programme will be presented as well as the evidence base along with a number of implementation strategies for getting the programmes off the ground both within individual services and larger organisations.

The session is free but has a limited number of places. To book a place, please add attendees and their details below. Note when booking, click the invoice option on payment and you will not be charged.


About Parents Plus Programmes

The Parents Plus Programmes are evidence-based parenting courses designed to support and empower parents to manage and solve discipline problems, to create satisfying and enjoyable family relationships and to help children and young people grow up and reach their full potential. The original Parents Plus Programme was developed in 1998 and since then five flagship programmes have been developed targeting different age groups and contexts.

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

All Parents Plus programmes are evidence-based approaches and currently nineteen  studies attest to their effectiveness in clinical and specialist settings. They are delivered as structured courses with small groups of parents, children and adolescents utilising DVD input, handouts, group exercises and homework and are delivered within a solution-focused collaborative facilitation model. The Parents Plus charity has an established  ‘train the trainer’ process to empower professionals and community leaders to deliver the programmes in their agencies and local areas.


Delivering PP Programmes in Disability Settings Workshop – 30th March 2017

Thursday, 30th March 2017, 9.30am – 4pm, Centre for Nurses Education, Dublin 7

This Advanced Practice workshop brings together Parents Plus Facilitators working in the disability settings. It is suitable for practitioners who are working within the early intervention (0-6) and school age teams (6-18) under progressing disability, as well primary care professionals working with clients with a disability.

Providing parenting groups is an important part of service delivery within disability settings.  Such groups can provide parents with group support, as well as access to specialist interventions.

Workshop content includes:

  • Presentations from practitioners working in disability
  • Description of Parents Plus guidelines on running groups in disability services
  • Networking opportunities to meet other facilitators

Attendance at the workshop is free (and by application only) for trained Parents Plus facilitators who are running groups in their service.

This training is now fully booked. If you would like to go on a cancellation list for this training, please email with your name, profession and service as well as details of your Parents Plus training, the groups you have run and your goals for the workshop.


Become a PP Mentor and Support other Professionals to Deliver the PP Programmes

Parents Plus is looking to recruit a number of experienced facilitators who can act as professional mentors to other Parents Plus Facilitators.

The role of a Parents Plus mentor is to:

  • Support new Parents Plus Facilitators to get their groups up and running.
  • Provide supervision to facilitators as they deliver their Parents Plus Groups.
  • Host Parents Plus regional network meetings and local supervision groups.
  • Support facilitators to progress through the Parents Plus Accreditation process.

In order to be a Parents Plus mentor you need to be:

  • Trained and experienced in running one or more of the Parents Plus Programmes.
  • Accredited or in the process of accreditation in one or more of the Parents Plus Programmes.
  • Have specific experience in providing professional supervision and training – this is a distinct advantage.
  • Able to give an indication of how much time you can allocate to mentoring.

Acting as a Parents Plus Mention can be done:

  • As part of your role within your agency.
  • In a voluntary capacity within an identified project.
  • In return for a fee from Parents Plus for a designated project.

If you are recruited as a Mentor, you will be provided with training and supervision from the Parents Plus Training Team and you will become part of a network of Parents Plus Mentors.

To apply to be a mentor, please fill out the application form here and send it back to