to deliver evidence based parenting and mental health programmes
The Parents Plus programmes have helped us to support families experiencing emotional and behavioural difficulties. Parents have reported vast improvements in relationships with their children and in their own skills in parenting. Delivering the course has supported interaction among parents who might not otherwise engage with the school or other agencies. Teachers have also observed corresponding improvements in the behaviours and social interactions of the children of parents who attend the Parents Plus course.
Patrick Kinsella, Teacher, St. Peter’s Primary School, Wicklow
I would recommend Parents Plus to other professionals as the training provides knowledge and skills which are applicable to everyday practice, whilst the programme is an organised, easy to run programme which I have seen to be effective in providing parents with support and achieving best outcomes.
Marguerite Lehane, Social Worker, H.S.E. CAMHS, Cork
We had a waiting list of more than six months for young people waiting for counselling and anxious parents looking for support. Since running the Parents Plus Programmes our waiting list has reduced enormously and young people are discussing the improvements they feel at home as they now feel supported and listened to.
Niamh Kelly, Squashy Couch Adolescent Health and Information Project, Waterford
We have observed first-hand the success of the Parents Plus programmes for parents. Many of the parents had attended other parenting courses, and all of them felt Parents Plus was different and that they learnt so much more. A lot of other parents are keen to attend now due to these parents telling them of how Parents Plus has changed their lives!
Rhonda Murphy, Manager, Chance For Change, N.I.
As a secondary school teacher, Parents Plus training has enabled me to be a better teacher, as I can now cater to the hidden needs of young people in an informed capacity. It also gives parents the tools to manage the many challenges of parenting teenagers. The group offers a safe space to learn how to parent effectively and implement discipline at home. These practices are then reflected in how young people behave in school and has a positive effect on their attendance and participation in school.
Yvonne Kiely, Teacher, St. Joseph’s Secondary School, Rush
Parents Plus makes sense to me as a facilitator and to the parents who participate in the courses that I run. It is respectful to every member of the family and this is part of its success. Parents say they are less stressed and more relaxed with their families after attending the Parents Plus Children’s Programme. The techniques parents learn transform life at home!
Marion Clarke, Community Development Worker, Ballyhoura Development CLG
We see the evidence – The Parent Plus Early Years Programme has proven to be very successful and practical for the parents we work with and has become a valuable and regular part of our multi-disciplinary team work. To watch parents begin to believe in themselves again because of the Parents Plus Programme is so powerful.
Kathleen O’Hara, H.S.E. Early intervention Team, Mayo
I have used the Parents Plus Adolescent Programme in my every day practice since I attended the training. Before I became a Parenting Plus facilitator, I thought I had a good idea of what the best interventions to support families were. Since the training, and being part of implementing the courses in our region, I have a more profound and deeper understanding of what it takes to support families to make changes in their life.
Jon B. Churchill, Family Support Practitioner, Devon County Council, U.K.
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As Occupational Therapists we focus on ability rather than disability. Similarly the Parents Plus programme uses a strengths based approach to provide parents with strategies and resources to support a child with additional needs. A lot of the O.T. goals identified by families are centred around independence skills, routines and positive behavioural strategies. The Parents Plus Special Needs programme provides these strategies and resources to help families achieve their goals.
Molly Fallon, Occupational Therapist, Daughters of Charity Child and Family Service, Dublin
As a Public Health Nurse the Parents Plus facilitator training has really benefited my practice. I offer the programme to all parents at their children’s developmental checks and facilitate Parents Plus courses in the community. The training has also given me the confidence to promote positive parenting in parents of children aged 1 to 6 years and the core skills to tune into parent’s needs, acknowledge their feelings and help them come up with positive solutions for their children’s challenging behaviour.
I receive very positive feedback from parents. Indeed when meeting these parents at a later stage they report that the Parents Plus programme “changed their lives”.
Noreen Gorman, Public Health Nurse, H.S.E.
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Since training in Parents Plus we now have an excellent resource to reference during access visits to assist us in promoting positive relationships between parents and their children. We also run individual Parents Plus sessions for parents who want to improve and build confidence in their parenting skills. As a result, we have seen improvements in the quality of access visits and parents are more confident in their ability to parent their child in area’s such as discipline and play.
Jacinta Doyle, Access Worker, TUSLA Contact Service
The Parents Plus training has had the most
significant impact on the way that I work. The
most powerful change in my practice has been
to understand the principles of working with
families in a solution-focused way. This was not part of my core training as a SLT, but it should have been, and this course delivers.
In reality, there is a time for families to access services for professional help, but what happens after the appointment when families go home? Families need to be empowered to be their own support system. Parents plus delivers by providing the foundation for this and its impact is enduring.
Ger Buckley, Speech and Language Therapist, H.S.E. CAMHS, Dublin
Parents Plus programmes provide an evidence based, cost effective, systematic approach which can be used to support children with a wide variety of issues and their families. When parents use these positive parenting tools, we can prevent issues such as anxiety, social phobia and depression, occurring in children. Moreover, this approach is one of the most helpful methods for many psychiatric conditions and preventing mental health disorders when used in community settings.
Onur Burak Durson, Professor of Psychiatry, Ataturk University School of Medicine, Turkey
Since becoming a Parents Plus facilitator, I have gained knowledge and skills in parenting support, I have tools that I can use within my day to day work with parents and I have an increased confidence in group facilitations skills. I would recommend Parents Plus to other professionals as the training provides knowledge and skills which are applicable to everyday practice whilst the programme is an organised, easy to run programme which I have seen to be effective in providing parents with support and achieving best outcomes
Maeve O’Neill, Northern Health and Social Care Trust
We ran the parents plus programme in a mental health and disabilities setting. The feedback we got was incredible. For many parents of children with disabilities they feel isolated and this is augmented by the lack of parenting advice out there specifically for their own children. The Parents Plus Special Needs programme recognises that not all children with disabilities are the same and supports parents in developing individualised parenting strategies that support their children which are consistent with the latest research and recommended parenting practices.
Eleanor Kent, Social Worker, H.S.E. CAMHS, Cork
I feel that every parent should do the ParentsPlus courses. The courses really are that impactful. The content is highly transferrable to my every day practice. I use ParentsPlus as my ‘go to’ resource.It is brilliant to watch as parents feelings of self-worth and their solution focused ideas grow over the weeks. To see parents begin to believe in themselves again because of the ParentsPlus Programme is so powerful. It is very easy for me to say how good ParentsPlus Programmes are as I see the benefits for parents, their children and all of their well-being every day.
Kathleen O’Hara, Early Intervention Team, Mayo
We have been delivering Parents Plus Programmes in our Family Resource Centre for many years and find that the evidence based programmes really add value to the services that we provide for children and parents.
Success happens when we facilitate parents to use this information to identify their own strengths, find their own solutions and realise their own value as parents – when a group of parents are doing that with and for each other we see really transformative outcomes.
Karin Todd, Manager, Fr. McGrath Family Resource Centre, Kilkenny
The Parents Plus approach is solution focused and builds on what is going right for families. It is very practical in its layout and focus on positive parenting and positive discipline topics. During group delivery the flow of the session fits very well as one session builds on another.
Fionnuala Cunningham, Family Support Worker, Tír Boghaine Teo, Donegal
Early intervention is the most promising way to address childhood obesity. The Parents Plus Healthy Family Programme will see families and parents comes together over 6-8 weeks to get ideas on nutrition, healthy lifestyles, but also important things regarding how to implement these things, how to handle behaviour, how to set up good routines, as well as how they can motivate themselves and their children to change positively. Research has shown that if we really want to intervene, and this is shown internationally, we need to deliver educational, supported programmes to parents, delivered in their communities.
Professor John Sharry, Parents Plus
Parents Plus is one of the most effective parenting programmes. The courses produce real results for parents and are easy to facilitate, helping parents to achieve their learning goals. I would definitely recommend Parents Plus to other professionals.
Dr. Foo Fung, Medical Doctor, Singapore Community Services
Working within CAMHS I have faced many challenges when working with families and young people. I have learnt that there is a time to lean on the services for professional help especially where there is a mental health crisis but what happens after the appointment? What happens when everyone goes home? Families and parents need to be empowered to be their own sanctuary, their own support system. Parents plus provides the foundation for this and its impact is enduring
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The feedback from the parents is very positive. All the parents, even grandparents, share that they are achieving their parenting goals after attending ParentsPlus. Parents who the ParentsPlus Programme, have even introduced other parents to the courses.
Karin Vincent, Primary Care, Singapore
Through training in and running the Parents Plus groups, I have been more able to support parents and families in my school. It has given me more confidence as a teacher and the programmes have helped children and families by offering a more structured approach to learning about good behaviours and setting up good parenting patterns. Parents are more confident in their role once they have completed the programme as they are given a set of tools to use at home and supported through the process.
Kate Breen, St. Philomena’s National School, Wicklow
The Working Things Out programme is a very beneficial and practical programme in helping young people navigate the many new challenges of secondary school. Having teachers
trained in this course has proven invaluable to our school and offers our students practical and effective strategies.
Yvonne Kiely, St. Joseph’s Secondary School, Rush
The Parents Plus Parenting When Separated Programme has greatly benefitted my practice when working with separated parents, as I now have the information needed to use on an individual basis with a parent and in group settings.
Parents have also reported that it has reduced conflict and improved communication with their ex-partner. They have found the information very useful in both supporting their children and knowing how to talk to them appropriately about the separation or divorce.
Susan Lynott, Springboard, Dublin South
The Parents Plus approach helps shift the notion that young people are the problem at home. Parents are able to manage with the new skills that they learn and can reflect on how they too contribute positively and negatively to family life.
Niamh Kelly, SCW, Squashy Couch Health and Information Service, Waterford
Change the future for families today
- Introduction to the Parents Plus Programmes – free online seminar 2nd June
- Parents Plus Children’s Programme training starting 22nd June
- 14/05 – Introduction to the Parents Plus Programmes – free online seminar
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