Looking for parents to take part in new Healthy Families programme

Parents Plus are seeking parents to take part in the pilot of their new evidence based Healthy Families Programme.

The Healthy Families courses are completely FREE to attend and will run over 8 weekly sessions in three locations starting in October/ early November

  1. Specs in Bray Co Wicklow on Wednesday mornings starting 23rd October  from 9:30am -12p.m.
  2. Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin  on Friday mornings starting the 8th November from 9.30am – 12p.m.
  3. Dublin city centre, on Wednesday Evenings starting the 13th November  from 6p.m. – 8.30p.m.

This evidence based course is aimed at improving the health and well-being of children and families. Delivered over 8 weeks the course will help parents to;

  • Establish healthy eating habits
  • Set rules and good habits around screen time
  • Increase activity and physical exercise
  • Enjoy healthy family mealtimes in the home
  • Create warm connected family relationships
  • Promote positive self-esteem and well being
  • Establish stress-free, relaxed, bedtime and sleep routines

Please feel free to distribute our downloadable flier here

Speaking of the programme, Professor John Sharry of Parents Plus explains “Parents often unfairly receive the lion’s share of the blame for the changed lifestyles of their children, whether this is a child’s weight issues, excessive use of screens, poor sleeping or fussy eating.  This is unfair and does not take into account the challenging environments we are now all living in. The Healthy Families Programme has been developed in response to these issues and the fact that parents are seeking advice from professionals on how to navigate these difficulties in their lives. The feedback from parents to date has been excellent.  We look forward to supporting more parents to have healthy and happy families, something that every family deserves.”

If you are interested in changing the health, wellbeing and future for your family, book your FREE place by emailing (For Bray) specs@brayareapartnership.ie or calling (01) 2116481.  For Dun Laoghaire and Dublin city centre email niamh@parentsplus.ie or call (01) 854 5185

The development of the programme was funded by  TUSLA and The Department of Children and Youth Affairs and has been supported by Safefood, Healthy Ireland and the HSE.

Free advanced practice workshops throughout Ireland

Parents Plus Advanced Practice Workshop

The Advanced Practice Workshop is a great opportunity for you to reflect on and develop your practice and share your experience of running Parents Plus groups.

The workshop is for trained facilitators in any of the Parents Plus Programmes. You may be running or have recently run a group, or you and your colleagues may be aiming to get a PP group off the ground again in your service, or you may be a newly trained facilitator wanting support in getting started with a programme. This workshop also contributes to your supervision if you are completing the Parents Plus Accreditation process.

At the workshop there will be a chance to connect with other Parents Plus facilitators in your area and hear from each other on how best to deal with challenges particularly around recruitment, attendance and managing group dynamics. You will also get lots of support and tips on all aspects of programme delivery.

The workshop will:

  • Help you develop your group facilitation skills;
  • Support you in getting PP groups up and running in your service;
  • Provide tips on recruiting parents to attend and to keep them coming each week;
  • Consult on specific challenges;
  • Provide information and support on the Parents Plus Accreditation process.

Upcoming Advanced Practice Workshops

Cork – Kingsley Hotel – Oct 16th, 2019, 9.30am to 1pm

Sligo – Primary Care Conference Room, Markievicz House, Barrack St.- Oct. 21st, 9.30am to 1pm

Dublin – The Nurses Education Centre, Nelson St. – Oct 22nd, 9.30am to 1pm

Limerick – The Northside Family Resource Centre – Oct. 30th, 9.30am to 1pm

Skibbereen – Community & Family Resource Centre – Nov. 29th, 9.30am to 1pm

Trained Parents Plus facilitators can attend for free, but you must book in advance

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 Would you like sponsorship to train in the PP Children’s Programme this September?

The Parents Plus Children’s 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.

Details: Parents Plus Children’s Programme Training
Date: 25th, 26th and 27th September 2019
Location: Dublin City

To support practitioners working with families with young children, we are offering discounted sponsored places on the Parents Plus Children’s Programme Facilitator training in September 2019.

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. In addition, successful applicants will receive complimentary set of parent booklets for their first group and post training supervision and training.

To apply for a sponsored place on this training

  1. Fill out this form here and email it back to claire@parentsplus.ie
  2. Closing date for forms to be returned is Friday, 13th September 2019 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 claire@parentsplus.ie 

Parents Plus in Disability Settings – 11/06/2018

Workshop – Monday 11th June 9:00am-1:30pm, Lucan Spa Hotel Co Dublin

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. This advanced practice workshop brings together Parents Plus Facilitators working in disability settings both within early intervention (0-6) and school age teams ( 6-18) under progressing disability.

Workshop content includesPPEY Umbrella

  • Parents Plus guidelines on running groups in disability services
  • Presentations from practitoners working in disability
  • Launch of Parents Plus Disability research project
  • Networking opportunities to meet other facilitators

If you are interested in presenting or providing a short input on your practice (5-10 mins) or helping to run a break out group, please email sinead@parentsplus.ie.

This workshop is designed for
1) trained Parents Plus facilitators who are looking to develop their practice and 2) professionals working in disability settings who are considering Parents Plus training in the future. See here for details of full Parents Plus training.

Cost of attendance is €50 euro, or free for practitioners who present or assist above or practitioners who agree to participate in the Parents Plus Disability Research Project.


Parents Plus Programme Cover Photos

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.

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.