NEW INITIATIVE – Sponsored training in the Early Years Programme – apply today!

‘Supporting the Early Years’ – Parents Plus Early Years Programme  – Sponsored roll-out

Call for Applications 2019!

Supporting early years service providers in delivering evidence based parenting support

Parents Plus invites applications from providers of early years services in the 3- 6 age group, including pre-schools, primary schools, primary care, family support services etc. to participate in an exciting new initiative involving the roll out of the Parents Plus Early Years Programme (PPEY).

What will you gain from participating?

Learn how to: 

  • Help children be emotionally ready for the transition to school and to settle once they are there.
  • Engage positively with the parents who attend your service, preschool or school.
  • Solve behaviour problems collaboratively with parents.
  • Learn to deliver an evidence-based programme in your service with proven benefits for children.
  • Transform your practice by engaging in skills development, mentoring and supervision.

Successful applications will gain sponsored training, a full set of programme materials and individual support to deliver the Parents Plus Early Years Programme within their service.

Joint applications are encouraged from pre-schools and primary schools or small consortia of agencies working in partnership with one another that might include services such as, public health nursing, primary care, family support services etc.

A training cost of € 250 per practitioner is paid in advance by the service/school, this is reimbursed when two groups have been run in the 18 months following training. See below for further details.

Note: The parent groups are co-facilitated therefore a minimum of two facilitators need to be trained in order to deliver the programme.

Project Rationale

There is agreement across practice and policy that children are shaped by their early childhood experiences and that this is a crucial time to provide support to parents to help develop connected responsive relationships with their children.  The recently launched ‘First 5 Whole-of-Government Strategy for Babies, Young Children and their Families 2019-2028’ confirms a strong commitment to increasing access to parenting supports for families. In line with this, the focus of the Parents Plus Early Years Programme is to support parents and carers to increase their skills in positively engaging with their children, tuning in to their child’s needs and responding effectively. The PPEY has a strong evidence base showing a positive impact for families who attend the programmes in terms of improved behaviour as a result of positive behaviour management strategies, a reduction in parents’ own stress levels and an overall increase in their feelings of satisfaction as parents. Effective implementation is as important to the success of a programme as the evidence that it works, therefore implementation support, from Parents Plus to participating services, is a strong feature of this project.

Here is a link to the Parents Plus Early Years Programme research.

This project aims to:

  1. Increase access to evidence-based programmes for parents of children in the 3-6 age group.
  2. Help early years professionals to develop their skills in running parent programmes and engaging with parents in a strengths based way.
  3. Offer tailored implementation support to participating services (principals, managers and participating staff).
  4. Evaluate the practice impact of the project for professionals and services taking part.

What is included in the sponsorship?

Training and a support package includes:

  1. Training for a minimum of 2 facilitators in the Parents Plus Early Years programme (3 days, dates below).
  2. A full set of programme materials including facilitator manual, DVD, and PPEY Parent Booklets for the delivery of a minimum of two groups in the 18 months post training.
  3.  Supervision and Implementation support to practitioners, coordinators and managers in getting PP groups off the ground in their agencies, including some sponsored access to the Parents Plus Accreditation process

For successful applicants, a training cost of € 250 per practitioner is paid in advance by the service/pre-school/primary school. This amount will be reimbursed once two groups have been run in the 18 months following training.

There will be some support for covering substitution costs in particular for pre-schools where staff are running the groups outside of their normal roles.

The sponsorship package total value:

  • PPEY Training €430
  • Programme materials (DVD, Manual, Books) €300
  • Supervision and implementation support (follow-up training workshop, supervision sessions) €180
  • Substitution cover where needed (TBA according to service context)

The project is funded by the Parents Plus Charity.

What commitment is expected from the facilitators/agency?

If you are successful in your application to join this project the commitment is:

  1. Engagement in pre-training implementation meeting as part of the shortlisting process.
  2. Managers and participating staff to attend a half-day planning and implementation support workshop.
  3. Support a minimum of two staff to attend training and participate in the research element of the project.
  4. Staff to run a minimum of two groups in their service in the 18 months post training.

Time line

  • February 2019 – Call for applications
  • March 4th – Closing date for applications
  • March – April – Evaluation of shortlisted proposals (this will include meeting with the applicant group and assessing readiness for implementation).
  • May – selection of successful applicants.
  • June 12th , 9.30am to 1 pm – The Ashling Hotel, Dublin – Project launch, followed by a planning and implementation session for managers and practitioners.
  • September 11th and 12th (2 days) – Early Years Programme Training.
  • First groups to begin in Oct. 2019 and individual supervision sessions with practitioners to take place by phone/Skype.
  • Late Nov. 2019 (date to be arranged) – 1 Day Practice/Skills Development Training.
  • 2020 – second round of groups to begin & individual supervision sessions to practitioners by phone/Skype.

Selection Criteria

Priority will be given to applications who have some or all of the following attributes:

  1. The applicants group are a multi-agency consortium who have established links of working together to deliver family interventions.
  2. Some members of the consortium have previous experience of delivering the Parents Plus Programmes.
  3. There is buy in for the project at a senior level in the participating agencies and a clear vision for developing parenting supports.
  4. Identification of target group and locations of parenting groups.
  5. Identification of who the facilitators will be and evidence of commitment of their hosting agencies to support the project.
  6. Identification of a local project coordinator from one of the applicant agencies who can manage the project in partnership with Parents Plus

Research

Parents Plus are interested in evaluating what the impact of this programme training, mentoring and support is on your practice and how you deliver your service and what the outcomes are for your parents attending. The main research questions being addressed are:

  1. What specific impacts does the PP training, supervision and support around practice development have on how you engage with parents and deliver your service?
  2. In what way do practitioners feel empowered by using this strengths based approach with parents?
  3. How does the programme impact on parents who attend?

The research element of this project will involve participating professionals completing surveys/questionnaires on their practice development, participating in a skills development workshop, taking part in a phone interview. The service may also be asked to recruit some parents who attend your groups to participate in a phone interview on the impact of the programme. The research is being conducted in collaboration with the Department of Clinical Psychology, TCD.

Application and further information

To apply please complete the application form here by the closing date which is close of business on Monday, 4th March 2019. 

Applications should be emailed as word documents/.PDF’s to eileen@parentsplus.ie and a hard copy with the appropriate signatures should be posted to:

Parents Plus, Mater Hospital, Eccles St., Dublin D07 AX57.

For informal queries regarding the project, please email with your questions and include a contact phone number to eileen@parentsplus.ie.

If you have a colleague who you think might be interested in this project, please pass on this information. You will also find a flyer here which can be downloaded.

Free Advanced Practice Workshop for facilitators in 2019

Parents Plus are inviting PP Facilitators to a FREE Advanced Practice Workshop in 2019 to cater specifically for more experienced facilitators.

The workshop will focus on further developing group facilitation skills, effective programme set-up and delivery, managing challenges, and strengths based engagement with parents.

  • When is the workshop: Thursday, 21st March 2019 – 1.30pm – 4pm
  • Location: ClareCare, Harmony Row, Ennis, Co Clare
  • Cost: Free to attend for PP Facilitators

To book a place on this Advanced Practice Workshop, book online below under additional training.

If you’ve any other queries about this workshop, please email eileen@parentsplus.ie 

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Group supervision training sessions are a great opportunity for you to meet with your colleagues, reflect on your experiences of running Parents Plus groups thus far, and access support to improve your practice.

The goals of the workshops are to:

  • Support facilitators to get PP groups up and running in their services
  • Support programme delivery
  • Consult on specific challenges/group facilitation skills
  • Provide information on the Parents Plus Accreditation process

Become a Parents Plus Champion Facilitator in 2019

In order to recognise the many facilitators and agencies who continue to deliver the Parent Plus programmes in a sustained quality way, Parents Plus are identifying a number of ‘champion’ facilitators, who will be eligible for extra support and supervision, as well as reduced cost training and programme materials.

Details about how to apply to become a Champion Facilitator are below.

Benefits of becoming a Parents Plus Champion

  • Receive extra support and supervision from Parents Plus Trainers to deliver your services to families.
  • Access to lower cost programme booklets, supervision and additional training.
  • Be eligible to apply for a discount on Parents Plus training for colleagues in your agency (who are going to co-facilitate groups).
  • Be recognised as delivering a quality service in your community.
  • Receive a special certificate from Parents Plus to recognise your champion status for the year you receive it.

Discounts for Parents Plus Champions

  • 1 free supervision session annually
  • 25 % discount on Parent booklets
  • 25% discount on additional Parents Plus training
  • 25% discount on facilitator training for colleagues in your agency who can act as co-facilitators
  • Discounts are available for the duration of champion status (e.g. 1/1/2019 – 31/12/2019)
  • Parents Plus reserve the right to vary discount rates at any point.

Criteria for becoming a Parents Plus champion

To become a champion facilitator you need to be:

  • Delivering one of the Parents Plus programmes at least two times a year.
  • Following the Parents Plus Quality Protocol as you deliver the programmes.
  • Be an accredited facilitator or be working towards accreditation.
  • Have run a Parents Plus programme at least twice in the preceding 18 months and have plans to run one twice in the next 18 months.
  • Be prepared to return to Parents Plus audit data on groups run (e.g. anonymised parent course review forms at the end of each group).
  • Have the full support of management in your agency re: becoming a Parents Plus Champion Facilitator.
  • Be prepared for you and your agency to be identified as a Parents Plus Champion on the Parents Plus website and within our social media communications.

Other Information

  • Parents Plus invite joint applications from co-facilitators in an agency delivering groups together, though individual applications will be considered also.
  • Champion status is awarded on a yearly basis and it can be renewed annually, once the facilitator(s) continues to meet the criteria above.
  • You are eligible to apply if you are working within an agency that has open referral for families (e.g. advertised to the public) and within specialist agencies with internal referral only (e.g. CAMHS and disability settings).

Application Process

To apply to become a Champion Facilitator 2019 please complete the short application form HERE and email it to siobhan@parentsplus.ie

The closing date for applications for the coming year is Thursday, 30th January 2019.

 

 

Free Supervision Offer for Trained Facilitators in the Parents Plus Programmes

We are always delighted to keep in touch with facilitators and hear about how the groups are going, the things that are working well and any of the challenges. We would like to support you in continuing to run good quality groups for parents and young people attending your service. Over the next period (until the end of Feb. 2019), we are offering free Supervision Sessions by phone or Skype/Facetime/Zoom.

These supervision sessions are available to individual facilitators, co-facilitating pairs or small groups of practitioners delivering the PP programmes within a service. You may be running or have recently run a group, or you and your colleagues may be aiming to get Parents Plus off the ground again in your service, or you may be a newly trained facilitator wanting support in getting started.

The PP Supervision Session focuses on helping practitioners:

  • Develop skills in effective programme delivery
  • Recruit participants for your groups and keep them coming each week
  • Develop a reflective practice approach
  • Improve group facilitation skills
  • Deal well with challenges
  • Use participant feedback effectively
  • Problem-solve any issues arising from the groups

To apply to avail of one of these free Supervision Sessions please email Eileen Brosnan at eileen@parentsplus.ie asap with the below details.

If you are applying on behalf of yourself and a co-facilitator or small group in your agency please include all names. We will then get in touch to arrange a suitable time-slot for you. These slots are limited, so we would encourage you to get in touch soon to secure a session.

Name:
Contact number:
Email:
Agency/service:
Which PP programmes are you trained in?

How many groups have you run so far since you were trained?

Are you currently running a programme? Give details of programme, start and finish dates, numbers etc.

What is your main goal for the Supervision Session?

Parents Plus in School Settings – 27/09/2018

Running Parents Plus in Schools – Advanced Practice Workshop- Thursday 27th September, 9:00am-1:30pm, Lucan Spa Hotel Co Dublin

The Parents Plus and Working Things Out are evidence based programmes that are successfully delivered in primary and secondary school as a means of:

  • Supporting children’s mental healthWTO covers
  • Engaging parents and families
  • Promoting positive communication in families
  • Resolving emotional and behavioural problems

 

To support primary and secondary schools running the programmes we are hosting an advanced practice workshop which will cover:

  • Key note presentation from Dr John Sharry on “Strengths based principles for engaging families in schools”.
  • A series of practice presentations from facilitators running the programmes in schools on topics such as supporting children with mental health problems such as anxiety.
  • Break-out discussion groups on a range of specific topics such as recruiting participants in schools, keeping them attending, group facilitation skills etc.
  • Networking opportunities to meet other school staff delivering parenting and mental health programmes.

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

PPAP coversThis workshop is designed for
1) trained Parents Plus facilitators who are looking to develop their practice and 2) professionals working in school settings, new to Parents Plus 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.

Registration

 

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.

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.

Registration

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.

Parents Plus Accredited Facilitators Advanced Practice Workshop

Parents Plus are inviting PP Accredited Facilitators to a FREE Advanced Practice Workshop in 2018 to cater specifically for more experienced facilitators.

One of the goals of Parents Plus is to have more communication and engagement with accredited facilitators so that their ideas and feedback can help shape the work of Parents Plus.

  • When is the workshop: Wednesday, 17th January 2018 from 9.30am until 1.30pm
  • Location: The Pillar Room, the Mater Hospital, Dublin 7
  • Cost: Free to attend for PP Accredited Facilitators

To book a place on this Advanced Practice Workshop, book online below under additional training.

If you’ve any other queries about this workshop, please email eileen@parentsplus.ie 

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Book now – Group Supervision Training Coming Up

 

Order Parent Booklets

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Alternatively, you can checkout at any time using the basket top right of the screen.

 

Group supervision training sessions are a great opportunity for you to meet with your colleagues, reflect on your experiences of running Parents Plus groups thus far, and access support to improve your practice.

The goals of the workshops are to:

  • Support facilitators to get PP groups up and running in their services
  • Support programme delivery
  • Consult on specific challenges/group facilitation skills
  • Provide information on the Parents Plus Accreditation process