Supporting parents online and by phone during the Covid-19 crisis – a new training

Supporting parents remotely using the Parents Plus Programmes – an online professional training

With the advent of the Covid-19 crisis, face to face support of families has unfortunately had to stop, yet many families remain in need of support and under additional stress due to the crisis. As a result, many services are starting to provide support remotely to families online and by telephone

In this online training we will explain the principles of effective remote working  using the Parents Plus Programmes and provide participants with the tools that can work in their agencies.

Topics covered include

  • Choosing the best mode of remote support (phone, zoom, skype, google hangouts, other)
  • Remotely delivering strengths-based support to families
  • Confidentiality and data protection considerations
  • Structuring individual and group sessions
  • Addressing core topics such as self-care for parents, conflict management
  • Supporting family mental health.

Delivered by Prof John Sharry and Dr. Eileen Brosnan, the training will involve the following:

  1. 15th or 16th April – A Zoom call to link in with each participant on current challenges, what are main goals for training, and to test connecting with them by Zoom. Times to be arranged individually.
  2. 17th April – 10am-12noon  Zoom group training session – Intro to remote individual and group work, demonstration of effectively using the PP parent engagement model via online mode.
  3. 1st May – 10am-12noon    A follow-up group session to look at how remote work is progressing and problem-solve around challenges.

Training numbers will be a maximum of 12 and the cost of the training is €135  per person. Please contact us if accessing finance is difficult and we will do our best to provide a number of sponsored places.

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Resources for individuals, families and parents during Covid-19 Crisis

Understanding and tackling the issues around the novel Cornavirus (Covid-19) is challenging for all of us. On this page we list resources for individuals, families and parents on how they can help themselves and their children.

We will update the resources regularly. Please feel free to distribute to anyone you think might benefit

Articles by Dr John Sharry, founder of Parents Plus 

16 tips to help you cope in the new world we live in
Accept the new reality, exercise each day, reach out for support, limit social media use and more… Read More

Helping young children understand social distancing
 We are all stuck at home together and my children can’t understand why they can’t go out more, etc. My four-year-old girl says she misses visiting her Nana (who has COPD) and can’t be visited….  Read More

Talking to children about Coronavirus (Covid-19)
I am wondering how best to talk to my children about coronavirus. Clearly, there is lots of anxiety around.  My 14-year-old daughter, who has a tendency to be dramatic, has been bringing home some mad information…Read More

Other Resources and Visual Aids 

Some of our partner agencies have produced excellent resources for families that they have given us permission to distribute. The resources are particularly helpful for professionals who have trained in our Parents Plus Early Years programme and Parents Plus Special Needs Programme, including social workers, nurses, teachers, family support workers, youth workers and psychologists.

Cheeverstown House have put together some information on supporting someone with additional needs during the Coronavirus (Covid-19) closures,  including supporting emotional health, engaging in meaningful activities, using technology, and visual information on Covid-19.

Speech and Language Therapy Departments in Cork and Dublin have produced some great picture guides and schedules to help families explain issues relevant to Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19).

The following child-friendly picture stories have been produced by the HSE Speech and Language Therapy Team at Dublin North Central:

The Speech and Language Therapy Team at Brothers of Charity Services Ireland, Southern Region, kindly produced the following resources:

A downloadable short wordless story, produced by Beyond Words, is also available to help understand what to do if you have Covid-19, and how to keep yourself and those who you care about safe.  It comes with supplementary text at the end of the story and is available to download here.

We will keep our resource page updated for you, with more valuable tools to support families during this time.  We will also share this content with professionals and parents via our newsletter, which you can sign up to here

If you have trained in any of the Parents Plus mental health or parenting programmes, and would like advice on how best to support families during this time, please contact