Parents Plus is primarily funded through the sale of programme training and materials and a SSNO grant for national organisations. The SSNO grant is the Scheme to Support National Organisations and is funded by the Government of Ireland through the Department of Rural and Community Development. The SSNO grant is administered by An Pobal
Parents Plus is also funded by occasional project funding from non-profit and grant making organisations. Most recently Parents Plus received funding as part of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs QCBI Scheme to develop the Healthy Families Programme.
Thank you to the Mater Hospital for their continued support of Parents Plus through the provision of accommodation, services for training and support of the programmes in general.
All profits from sales of programmes and training are re-invested in developing new materials and sponsoring facilitator training.
Parents Plus Ltd is a company limited by guarantee not having a share capital, registered in Dublin, Ireland with registered company number 530105. The organisation is governed by a voluntary board of directors. The directors bring a diverse range of relevant expertise from clinical expertise, research and programme development as well as business, accounting and legal expertise.
The current directors are Dr Michael Drumm (chair) Mary Fanning (deputy chair), Jane Morgan and Charlotte Wilson. The Parents Plus Directors are volunteers and donate freely of their time, skills and experience. Further information on all of the Board Members is available here. If you would like to apply to become a Director on the Parents Plus Board, you will find all of the details here.
Parents Plus Ltd is registered with the Charities Regulatory Authority with registered charity number 20043124. Parents Plus Ltd has been granted charitable tax exemption by the Office of the Revenue Commissioners with the CHY reference number 13664.
Parents Plus has fulfilled all the recommended guideline actions for compliance for a Type B organisation as defined by the Governance Code for Community, Voluntary and Charitable Organisations (www.governancecode.ie) and this was adopted by the board in 2014. Currently, Parents Plus is working towards gaining compliance as a Type C organisation under the code.
Parents Plus has a staff team of seven based both in our office at The Mater Hospital, Eccles Street, Dublin 7 and working remotely throughout Ireland on part-time basis. Parents Plus is headed by our Chief Executive Officer John Sharry, who reports directly to the board through the Chairperson.
Parents Plus is funded through the sale of parenting training and materials as well as project funding from organisations such as, An Pobal, and the 3Ts Charity.
Our work for the past three years has been guided by our Strategic Plan 2015 – 2018. The new strategic plan will be launched soon.
Parents Plus mission is to improve the well-being of children and families by empowering professionals to deliver evidence-based mental health and parenting programmes in their services.
Parents Plus provides an evidence-based service. We are committed to researching outcomes and developing effective programmes as well as encouraging facilitators to continually evaluate their practice to ensure their groups meet their families’ needs.
Parents Plus encourages collaborative practice. We working closely with families to ensure the programmes meet their goals and to ensure their experience and knowledge is central to the content of the materials.
Parents Plus believes in empowering the professionals and families we work with. Our programmes are focused on encouraging children and parents to achieve their potential and our professional training is focused on encouraging professionals to achieve the highest standards of excellence.
Dr John Sharry is co-founder and CEO of the Parents Plus charity and co-developer of the seven Parents Plus and Working Things Out programmes. He has 30 years experience as a mental health professional and was formerly Principal Social Worker at the Mater CAMHS. He is an adjunct professor at the school of psychology in University College Dublin and has written 14 books, 10 intervention programmes and over 70 research papers and chapter. He has a special interest in solution-focused and strengths-based practice and has written several books in this area. For more details see www.solutiontalk.ie.
Dr Eileen Brosnan is a Social Worker with extensive experience in CAMHS and was lead developer of the Working Things Out Programme. She is a senior Parents Plus Trainer and Project leader. Previously, she worked for several years as a Researcher and Project Leader (School of Medicine, UCD) and on various projects developing technology and multimedia programmes to enhance engagement in psychotherapy for children and adolescents.
Grainne Hampson is a Senior Speech and Language Therapist, co-developer of both the Parents Plus Early Years and Special Needs Programmes as well as author of the book Parenting Preschoolers and Young Children. She also has a key role in the development of the manuals and parent book for all the Parents Plus programmes.
Breda Flood is company secretary of Parents Plus and has been instrumental in the development of the charity since its inception in 2001. Breda has extensive experience in accountancy and administration and advises the Parents Plus Board.
Dr Adele Keating is Senior Clinical Psychologist working in Our Lady’s Children Hospital Crumlin in Dublin. Adele is co-developer of the Parents Plus – Parenting When Separated programme. She works with Parents Plus providing training and supervision to professionals.
Fiona Hughes is a Social Worker with extensive experience in Child and Adolescent Mental Health and the Irish Child Protection Services. She is a Parents Plus Programme Trainer and helps to co-ordinate our Accreditation process.
Fred Ehresmann has worked as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Children and Young People’s Mental Health since 1993. He currently teaches at the University of the West of England and is a Parents Plus Senior Trainer responsible for Parents Plus facilitator training, supervision and accreditation in the UK.
Geraldine Buckley is a Senior Speech and Language Therapist currently working in the area of child and adolescent mental health. Geraldine has also worked extensively in education and many local/community settings. She works with Parents Plus providing training and supervision to professionals in the Early Years Programme.
Matt McDermott is a Parents Plus trainer and an accredited child psychotherapist. He has been working for over 15 years as a Senior Social Worker on a multi-disciplinary team in a child and adolescent mental health service, where he works therapeutically with young people and their parents around a broad range of issues affecting them.
Michelle Choudhry is a Senior Social Worker with extensive experience working in the area of child and adolescent mental health. Michelle is co-developer of the Parents Plus – Parenting When Separated programme. She works with Parents Plus providing training and supervision to professionals.
Sinéad Crowley is a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, Play Therapist and Marte Meo therapist. Sinéad has over 15 years experience as a Senior Mental Health Social Worker working with children, adolescents and their parents in the area of mental health. Sinéad is particularly interested in working with parents because of the importance of the parent child relationship. Sinéad works with Parents Plus providing training and supervision to professionals in the Early Years Programme.
Dr Michael Drumm is Director on the Board of the Parents Plus charity and acts currently as chairperson. He is Principal Clinical Psychologist and Head of Psychology at the HSE Dublin North City and County Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS). He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Children’s University Hospital, Temple Street and a member of the Board of Management of St. Brigid’s Day Nursery, Mountjoy Square. As well as the above roles, he was Chairperson of the Heads of Psychology Services Ireland (HPSI) from 2010 to 2012 and President of the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) from November 2011 to November 2012. He remains actively involved in research and continues to provide clinical and research supervision to post graduate students. He has a particular interest in early intervention, as well as promoting mental health and resilience in young people and the use of therapeutic technologies.
Charlotte Wilson is a clinical psychologist and lecturer in clinical psychology, based in the School of Psychology, Trinity College Dublin. She has a long standing interest in parenting and evidence-based parenting interventions. She completed her PhD in mothers’ understanding and explanations for their children’s difficult behaviour, before completing her clinical psychology training in Manchester. During her training she trained in the Incredible Years programme and in Triple P. Following this she has run a number of parenting programmes in the UK and in Ireland. She is interested in the dissemination of evidence based parenting programmes and discovering for whom they work best.
Jane Morgan has 20 years high-tech marketing and product development from Boston to Billund, Berlin to Bangalore. Jane has managed teams around the globe, and tech products used by millions. She’s researched and developed marketing strategy for global markets. A freak in the high tech business: Jane studied marketing (she also holds qualifications in German, sociology and environment systems thinking). At JEM 9 marketing consultancy, Jane works with CEOs, business and marketing leaders to assist them understand and reach customers. Passionate about solving real customer problems, technology, psychology & women in business, she can be found wandering around Stradbally the first weekend in September and online at JEM9.com.
Mary Fanning works with youngballymun as Infant Mental Health Coordinator, providing individual and group interventions to promote secure attachment in the birth to three year period, and delivering infant mental health training to front line practitioners. Prior to that she worked for 19 years as Speech and Language Therapist Manager in the Mater Hospital’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service in north Dublin city and trained as a Marte Meo therapist in Dublin in 2003-4. As a child mental health clinician, she specialised in early intervention and prevention and she co-developed the Parents Plus Early Years programme.
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 seven 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 AdolescentsProgramme 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.
All profits from sales of programmes and training are re-invested in developing new materials and sponsored facilitator training.
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.