FAQs

Training

  • Parents Plus offer facilitator training in each of our five programmes:

    • 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 Adolescent’s 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.

    We also provide a range of post-training supports to facilitators and agencies who want to ensure a sustainable and effective delivery of the programmes within their agency including:

    • Family sessions training
    • Individual supervision sessions
    • Group supervision
  • The Parents Plus programmes are versatile packages suitable for delivery in clinical and community settings. They can be delivered by a variety of professionals, including teachers, social workers, speech and language therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, public health nurses and health visitors or any professionals working in child care, family support or community settings.

  • Training in each of the five Parents Plus programmes is held twice annually in Dublin. These are classed as “Scheduled Trainings”. They generally take place April – June, and October – December.

    Outside of these Scheduled Trainings, Parents Plus carry out “Onsite Trainings” throughout the country and abroad at the request of services and agencies. Occasionally these Onsite Trainings are opened up to the public to attend. All details can be found on the Programmes page on the Parents Plus website.

  • Please check our Training Schedule to find out when the next training courses are taking place. Alternatively, sign up for our newsletter at the bottom of our homepage.

  • You should always facilitate your Parents Plus group with another facilitator who has trained in that specific Parents Plus Programme. This is to ensure that you receive ‘co-supervision’ from your co-facilitator which is the basis of the Parents Plus Quality Protocol. If you choose to become accredited in the Parents Plus programme in which you have trained, you will be licensed to facilitate your groups alone.

    If this is not possible to facilitate with a colleague trained in your programme, as a second option you can deliver the programme with a facilitator trained in another Parents Plus Programme. As a minimum standard, you can co-facilitate the group with a professional not yet trained in the Parents Plus Programmes once there is a plan for them to be trained in the future. Please contact Parents Plus in these situations.

    On rare occasions, some facilitators gain permission to deliver a group alone prior to being accredited. In these situations you need to make special arrangements for weekly supervision within your agency and you need to agree this with Parents Plus. Please see the Parents Plus Quality Protocol and Facilitator Accreditation Process’ document for more information.

    Parents Plus are not in the position to match facilitators from our database. It is the responsibility of the facilitator to ensure that they will be have a co-facilitator to provide groups with.

  • Facilitators are encouraged to run their parent groups free of charge or at a very low, nominal cost. Parents can be asked to contribute a small fee to cover the cost of booklets and refreshments

Parents

  • There are five different Parents Plus Programmes which are run as 6-12 week parenting courses:

    Parents Plus Adolescents Programme: for parents of adolescents aged 11 to 16 years.

    Parents Plus Children’s Programme: for parents of children aged 6 to 11 years.

    Parents Plus Early Years Programme: for parents of young children aged 1 to 6 years.

    Parents Plus Parenting when Separated Programme: for parents who are preparing for, going through or have gone through a separation or divorce.

    Working Things Out: for adolescents (aged 11 to 16) promoting positive mental health and teaching coping skills to overcome specific problems.

  • Please note that Parents Plus do not run parent groups directly. They are run by professionals in family resource centresprimary care teams, child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS), child care committees, schools and many other organisations. Parents Plus courses are largely run free of charge or at a minimal cost to those attending.

    If you are a parent who is interested in attending a Parents Plus course, please make inquiries to your local services, look at the lists of upcoming courses on our website or you can also search for a programme running in your area.

  • Parents Plus courses are largely run free of charge or at a minimal cost to those attending.

  • There are five different Parents Plus Programmes. All are run as 6-12 week parenting courses. The sessions last 2-2.5 hours per week.

  • The Find a Course Map is best searched on a desktop computer. Please see this short, silent video which goes through the steps of searching for a course facilitator on the map. Please note that the map is not an exhaustive list of facilitators. Many trained Parents Plus facilitators do not wish to share their details online but can be reached by making contact with their services (family resource centres, primary care teams, child and adolescent mental health services CAMHS, child care committees, schools and many other organisations).

  • With the exception of the Parenting When Separated programme, parents and/or partners are encouraged to attend groups together.

Pricing

  • 3 Day Facilitator Training €430 (Parents Plus Adolescents Programme / Parents Plus Children’s Programme / Parents Plus Early Years Programme)

    2 Day Facilitator Training €290 (Parents Plus Parenting When Separated / Working Things Out)

    Parents Plus Adolescents Programme / Parents Plus Children’s Programme / Parents Plus Early Years Programme Facilitator Manual €300

    Parents Plus Parenting When Separated / Working Things Out Facilitator Manual €300

  • If you are block booking 5 or more places for your team please call the office on 01 8545185 or email admin@parentsplus.ie to talk to somebody about receiving a block-booking discount.

  • Parents Plus offer sponsorship opportunities for a handful of trainings throughout the year. These are advertised on our website, via newsletter and on our Social Media channels. Sponsored trainees will receive discount off their training place and materials. In return for this discount, Parents Plus and the facilitator enter into a contract in which the facilitator must provide feedback on the parent groups that they run within the timeframe outlined by Parents Plus.

Parents Plus 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 programme materials were updated in late 2016 (Please note only the facilitator manuals and parent booklets have been updated at this time. The DVDs remain the same). Older manuals can still be used, however Parents Plus encourage facilitators to avail of a manual swap (€80 + P&P) to update their facilitator manual. These new manuals can be used in conjunction with the new parent booklets.

    Please email admin@parentsplus.ie to organise a manual swap.

  • Go to the Parents Plus website and select the “Shop” tab from the menu. In the grey box select “I would like to order parent booklets or programme materials only, without training”. Booklets cost €8 each plus P&P.

    Fill out the required details and click “Checkout” to complete the purchase request. Parents Plus will then issue an invoice for the organisation you have named. This invoice can be paid by Credit Card, Cheque or Electronic Bank Transfer

  • Parents Plus do not dispatch materials until payment has been made. Please check with your finance department that the invoice has been processed.

  • It is not imperative to have the programme materials to attend the training. Parents Plus provide lend out manuals in the case of a trainee without a manual to work from. You will require the programme manual in order to run the parent groups in your service.

Onsite Training

  • Parents Plus can provide onsite training in your agency or team which can prove a very cost-effective way of accessing Parents Plus training for your whole team. In addition, Parents Plus can provide specific support in the roll-out and evaluation of the programmes to ensure effective community wide delivery.

    Please contact us directly admin@parentsplus.ie if you are interested in hosting a training in your agency.

  • Depending on the number of colleagues that you wish to have trained, Onsite trainings can work out as between €140-€400 per attendee.

  • Parents Plus provide a trainer to deliver the selected programme over a course of 2 or 3 days. Parents Plus will provide training packs for the agreed number of attendees. The host organisation is responsible for providing the attendees, training premises and refreshment for the attendees.