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There are five different Parents Plus Programmes which are run as 6-12 week parenting course.

Parents Plus Adolescents Programme: for parents of adolescents aged 11 to 16 years.
Parents Plus Children’s Programme: for parents of children aged 6 to 11 years.
Parents Plus Early Years Programme: for parents of young children aged 1 to 6 years.
Parents Plus Parenting when Separated Programme: for parents who are preparing for, going through or have gone through a separation or divorce.
Working Things Out: for adolescents (aged 11 to 16) promoting positive mental health and teaching coping skills to overcome specific problems.

Please note that Parents Plus do not run parent groups directly. They are run by the professionals we train in family resource centresprimary care teams, child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS),  child care committees, schools and many other organisations.Parents Plus courses are largely run free of charge or at a minimal cost to those attending.If you are a parent who is interested in attending a Parents Plus course, please make inquiries to your local services, look at the lists of upcoming courses below or you can also click here to search for a programme running in your area.

There are five different Parents Plus Programmes. All are run as 6-12 week parenting courses. They are run by professionals in family resource centresprimary care teams, child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS), child care committees, schools and many other organisations. Parents Plus courses are largely run free of charge or at a minimal cost to those attending. If you are a parent who is interested in attending a Parents Plus course, please make inquiries to your local services.

At Parents Plus we train professionals to run our courses in many different agencies. A selection of organisations who run Parents Plus Programmes are included below. These listings are not at all exhaustive so it is recommended that you also contact your local family services such as your family resource centre, primary care team, child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS), child care committee, schools and family doctor who may know what is running in your area.

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You will find below a sample of some of the parent courses planned for the next few months. This list is not exhaustive and checking with your local Public Health Nurse, Family Resource Centre and Schools for updated schedules is recommended.

You can also check out our FACEBOOK and TWITTER pages where information is shared regularly on the services that are running upcoming courses.

For additional parent information and resources, go to:

If you are a professional/agency and would like your parent group to appear on this map, please contact us at siobhan@parentsplus.ie with details of the programme you are running.

  • I’m mum to one fabulous, fun, energetic and exhausting girl….

    “I’m mum to one fabulous, fun, energetic and exhausting girl who’s turning five next week (Don’t know where that time has gone). Long journey to parenthood for us and we don’t take it for granted. We’re far from perfect but try our best everyday. Some days are wonderful – others not so much. I took the leap and signed up to a Parents Plus parenting course. The support, encouragement and skills shared and learned were so much more than I’d expected. For any parents out there who are struggling or want to do better, I’d encourage you to make the time to find a local resource that are there to help. Invest in your relationship with your child – you’ll both benefit.”

  • I used to shout and nit pick daily…..

    “I used to shout and nit pick daily. That’s all stopped now thanks to the course and excellent instructors and the open and honest environment created in the course”.

     

  • Well, I knew I needed a parenting course …

    “Well, I knew I needed a parenting course and at first I was very anxious going in on my own because  I’m a widow with three young children and I’m …but the support was absolutely wonderful…”

  • I found it very hard to come along …

    “I found it very hard to come along to the parents’ class because I thought nobody was going to have a child like my child. It was absolutely great being able to say well my child has this bad behaviour and he wasn’t the only one with bad behaviour. Other children had done exactly same thing. As parents we benefited greatly from the clinic, we got a lot of emotions out – laughed, cried, and joked. It was time out.”

  • I found the Parents Plus group absolutely helped …

    “I found the Parents Plus group absolutely helped us as parents and it also definitely helped David. When we first came along to the group I honestly didn’t think that anybody could help us whatsoever. Because he was violent towards everybody, he was violent towards me and he’s called me all names under the sun but ever since I’ve done the sessions I’m a lot happier and I know David is a lot happier. He’s a lot calmer, he doesn’t harm his sister anymore, his sister is happier, his mother is happier. As Tina was saying, the house is just a lot calmer and he’s actually fun to be around now.”

  • One of the key things that the Parents Plus …

    “One of the key things that the Parents Plus course has given me is a sense of hope and a sense of understanding that there are other people in similar situations and I think that is very important for a parent because you do feel very lonely in the world that you have to deal with a child with these certain difficulties that other children and other parents don’t seem to experience so just that idea of meeting people who have gone through the same experiences and are dealing with the same problems as you are on a day to day basis as you are gives you an awful lot of strength and a lot of confidence to go on with your life and building that relationship with your child.”

  • I found doing the Parents Plus course really very helpful …

    “I found doing the Parents Plus course really very helpful, I must say I went in thinking ‘Everybody will think I’m here that I have a problem with parenting’ but I soon realised that the people coming were the people that were already good parents and that wanted to do the best for their children, who wanted to do a very important job even better. It really did help my life considerably and helped the way that we related to each other as a family.”

  • Well it was an experience for me to understand …

    “Well it was an experience for me to understand my son Anthony more than I used to before I went to the Parents Plus course as in not to think that he was just being bold or being a bully, but more to understand the pressures that he is under and what it is like to be out there today with friends and peer pressure and every thing else”

  • I think the Parents Plus course was fantastic …

    “I think the Parents Plus course was fantastic, you know I was lost before, I was really lost before I  went into it, and then each time I went to the course, each day coming out of it I just felt more confident, you gave me the tools to do the things right, and the exercises at home. I just couldn’t  wait to get back to do more because I knew by the end of the week I was kind of losing it again, you know. Everything you taught us to do we did at home and put into practice and they’ve really worked.”

  • Really positive – I was very unsure about going …

    “Really positive – I was very unsure about going to the Parents Plus group, I thought people were going to criticize me, but the course gave me the tools I needed in a friendly way…I just need to remember to press the pause button!”

  • Overall the Parents Plus course was really helpful …

    “Overall the Parents Plus course was really helpful and I’m so glad I did it, and, if my experience or any of my feelings can help anybody else, then it’s well worth it. There was a group of us, mothers and fathers, everyone of us had one or two children but we all had the common problem that we couldn’t  manage our children. Today to be able to manage my children and feel that I am a good mother is worth everything to me and I think that the children have reaped the benefit of it too.”

  • I think that when we started on the Parents Plus …

    “I think that when we started on the Parents Plus course I thought maybe it would be, ‘this is what you’re doing wrong, that’s what you’re doing wrong,’ instead of that I found that it emphasised the positive aspects. We all felt that we were good parents that were doing a lot of things right.”

Course fliers with information on current groups running for parents around the country.

The information on the parent courses provided on this map are for information purposes only. Please contact the services directly for details on the groups they are running. While every care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information provided, no liability is accepted by Parents Plus for any errors. If you notice any errors, please do contact us to let us know.