The Parents Plus Innovations in Working with Families Conference took place on Thursday, 3rd December 2015 in Croke Park, Dublin. Our 400 participants enjoyed presentations on up-to-date service innovations and research on the Parents Plus and Working Things Out Programmes, extensive networking opportunities, an exhibition and workshops on a broad range of topics including engaging hard to reach parents and adapting the programmes for parents of children with disabilities.
The full conference brochure is available here and the conference report including workshop findings will be available in the coming weeks. Presentations are listed below:
- Opening Address. (Niall Muldoon, Ombudsman for Children)
- What works in the Parents Plus and Working Things Out Programmes – A meta review of the evidence-base. (Prof. Alan Carr, UCD.)
- A Journey in Adapting the Parents Plus Children’s Programme for Parents of Children with a Moderate Intellectual Disability. (Maura Byrne and Brídín Finn, Saint John of God Carmona Services)
- Using Schools for Parents Too: Working Together to bring PPCP to the Ballyfermot Community (Anne-Marie McGovern, Dominican Campus Home School Community Liaison Coordinator)
- A Family Problem Solving Approach: The Combined Delivery of the Parents Plus Adolescent and the Working Things Out Programmes with Added Problem Solving Coaching. (Eileen Brosnan, Senior Trainer, Parents Plus and Abi Orimolade, Social Worker, HSE Linn Dara)
- The Wicklow Child & Family Project supporting children and parents with the help of the Parents Plus – Parenting When Separated Programme. (Deirdre O’Sullivan, Project Worker, The Wicklow Child and Family Project)
- Positive Parenting: Effectiveness of the Parents Plus Early Years Programme in Preschool Setttings (Adrienne Doyle, Development Officer, Fingal County Childcare Committee)
- Family Links: Running Parenting Groups with Fathers and Mothers in a Prison Context – A Collaborative multi-agency approach (Grainne Smith, Quality Specialist, Childhood Development Initiative, Larry DeCleir and Geraldine O’Brien, Bedford Row Family Project, John Deasy, Prison Officer, Limerick Prison)
- Strength in Numbers: Five principles to create collaborative and strengths-based groups. (Dr. John Sharry, CEO and Co-Founder of Parents Plus.)
- Are you saying that I’m a bad parent?” Engaging and Retaining Parents in Group Parenting Programmes – The Beginning of a Lifelong Learning Journey. (Fred Ehresmann, University of the West of England)
If you have any feedback on the conference or would like an attendance certificate, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Innovations in Working with Families was kindly supported by safefood.