Introduction to the Parents Plus Programmes – free seminar

Parents Plus is hosting a free introductory seminar on the five Parents Plus programmes in Dublin in April 2019. PP FB image

  • When: 9th April 2019 – 2:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Location: Nurses Education Centre, Dublin 7
  • Cost: Free to attend, but registration is required below

This seminar is suitable for both practitioners and service managers who want to gain an understanding of the five Parents Plus programmes and how they can best be implemented within individual services. Samples of each programme will be presented as well as the evidence base along with a number of implementation strategies for getting the programmes off the ground both within individual services and larger organisations.

The session is free but has a limited number of places. To book a place, please add attendees and their details below. Note when booking, click the invoice option on payment and you will not be charged.

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Parents Plus Disability Programme Seminar 18/6/2019

  • Time: 9.30am – 1.30pm
  • Venue: Ashling Hotel, Parkgate Street, Arran Quay, Dublin 8
  • Cost: Free to attend but booking is essential.

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About the Seminar

This seminar is suitable for practitioners and service managers who want to gain an understanding of the content and delivery of the new Parents Plus Disability  Programme. Samples of the new programme will be presented on the day, as well as the evidence base and a number of implementation strategies for getting the programme started and groups running.

Getting involved with the pilot of this programme

We are eager to collaborate with practitioners working within disability services to try out the new programme materials and to participate in our pilot evaluation of the programme in Autumn 2019. Professionals who are interested in participating in the pilot programme will receive a free two-day training in the Parents Plus Disability Programme in September 2019.

To apply for the pilot of this programme, please email aoife@parentsplus.ie by the closing date of Thursday, 2nd May at 5pm with the following documents filled out:

  1. Application Form
  2. Contract of Agreement

For further information on the Parents Plus Disability Programme content, you can download an overview document here.

 

 

Parents Plus CLG is Seeking New Directors for the Board

Parents Plus CLG is a dynamic small Irish Charity that works to develop and disseminate evidence based parenting and mental health programmes for families. The Parents Plus Programmes are delivered throughout Ireland and internationally in the UK and further afield. Currently, the Parents Plus programmes are the most used parenting materials in Ireland.

Organisation Structure

Parents Plus was established as a registered charity under the auspices of the Mater Hospital in 2001 (Charity No. CHY 13664) and a company limited by guarantee in 2013 (CRO 530105). The conduct of our organisation is governed by our Memorandum and Articles of Association. All profits from sales of programmes and training are re-invested in developing new materials and sponsoring facilitator training. Parents Plus also receives funding through a variety of grants and government bodies, including An Pobal/ Department of the Environment and the ESB. Recently, Parents Plus was awarded an innovation grant via TUSLA to develop the Parents Plus Healthy Families Programme. Parents Plus is governed by a voluntary board and run by a small number of part-time staff. Parents Plus has signed up to the Charity Governance Code.

Go here for details of the current directors and and click here for key Parents Plus personnel.

New Directors – Person Specification

Parents Plus is currently looking for talented and motivated new Trustees who can advise and guide Parents Plus to the next stage of its development. We are also looking for potential Trustees who:

  • Have experience of delivering the Parents Plus Programmes in frontline agencies and/or managing the roll out of the programmes to communities.
  • Are parents who have attended a Parents Plus programme and who could represent the views of parents and families.
  • May not be directly involved in the services above but who might have specific skills in:
    – Organisation Development for Charities
    –  Finance and Accounting
    –  Collaborating with state bodies such as, the Department of Education, Department of Health/HSE, Department of Children and Youth Affairs and TUSLA
  • Rolling out national campaigns

Commitment of Directors

Directors are expected to attend five to seven board meetings a year and to participate in various subgroups that may be established from time to time. Meetings take place in the Parents Plus Office at the Mater Hospital and are currently scheduled for Mondays between 8am and 10:30am.

While the Directors are elected at the AGM each year, we envision that Directors who become involved consider they are making a three to five year commitment. As per the Charity Governance code, Directors are voluntary appointments, though we can pay travel expenses and also support attendance at governance training related to the role.

Application Process

  • Potential Board Members are asked to send in a CV and a statement of interest in the work of Parents Plus to john@parentsplus.ie
  • CVs will be reviewed by the CEO and the Chair of the Board and suitable applicants will be offered an individual interview.
  • Once a candidate is approved, then the person is invited onto the Board for a trial period of six months. This trial period allows both the candidate and the Parents Plus Board to decide if there is a good fit. At the end of the six months, if both the candidate and the existing Board members are happy then the candidate is invited to become elected as a director at the next AGM.

For more information

For more information or an informal discussion, please email John Sharry, CEO of Parents Plus at john@parentsplus.ie

 

Background – Parents Plus CLG

Parents Plus CLG was founded in 1998 and works to develop and disseminate evidence-based programmes for families in Ireland and internationally. In order to ensure long-term sustainable benefit, the charity adopts a ‘train the trainer’ approach to empower professionals and community leaders to deliver the programmes in their agencies and local areas. Specifically, Parents Plus provides programme materials and facilitator training, post training supervision and coaching, as well as evaluation and implementation support to local agencies and groups over time to build long-term family support capacity, particularly in disadvantaged communities.

 

Background – Parents Plus Programmes

Parents Plus currently has five flagship programmes, which are delivered as structured courses with small groups of parents, children and adolescents utilising DVD input, handouts, group exercises and homework. The programmes are delivered over six -12 weeks to small groups of parents and adolescents by community professionals who have undergone Parents Plus training.

The five programmes are:
1) The Early Year’s Programme (parents of children 1 – 6 years)
2) The Children’s Programme (parents of children 6 – 11 years) 
3) The Adolescent’s Programme (parents of adolescents 11 – 16 years)
4) The Working Things Out Programme (targeted at adolescents aged 11 – 16 years)
5) Parenting when Separated Programme (targeted at parents post separation)

We have currently two new programmes in development notably the:
a) Parents Plus Pathways Programme to support parents with children with a disability.
b) Parents Plus Healthy Families Programme to support healthy, active and positive family lifestyles.

The Parents Plus Programmes have all been developed in partnership with Irish parents and children specifically including their individual experiences. There is now a substantial body of evidence demonstrating the high impact of the Parents Plus Programmes in terms of reducing emotional/behaviour problems for children, alleviating parental stress, as well as improving children’s learning within the home.

See www.parentsplus.ie/research for further details.

 

 

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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Book Now – Group Supervision Training coming up

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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?

Book Parents Plus Programme Training for 2019

Bookings are now taking place for the Parents Plus programme trainings in 2019.

You can book below for the programme that you are interested in.

Parents Plus Early Years Programme (PPEY)

A parenting course to promote confidence, learning and positive behaviour in children aged 1 to 6 years.
3-day Training and Programme Materials – €730
3-day Training Place only (for those who wish to re-use previously purchased Programme Materials or are sharing one set of Programme Materials with another trainee) – €430
Parent Booklets – pack of 15 parent booklets that can be used afterwards with parents groups and includes worksheets and handouts – €120

Facilitator Materials

You may only purchase programme materials without training if you are a facilitator who already has been trained or belong to an agency with staff already trained. Please provide the name of the trained facilitator below.

Facilitator Details

Approximate date in which the course was attended:

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  • EY Parents Book
    EY Parent Booklets Pack (contains 15 booklets)
    € 120
    per pack
  • EY Programme Materials
    € 500
    per pack
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Parents Plus Children’s Programme (PPCP)

A parenting course to promote confidence, learning and positive behaviour in children aged 6 to 11 years.
3-day Training and Programme Materials – €730
3-day Training Place only (for those who wish to re-use previously purchased Programme Materials or are sharing one set of Programme Materials with another trainee) – €430
Parent Booklets – pack of 15 parent booklets that can be used afterwards with parents groups and includes worksheets and handouts – €120

Facilitator Materials

You may only purchase programme materials without training if you are a facilitator who already has been trained or belong to an agency with staff already trained. Please provide the name of the trained facilitator below.

Facilitator Details

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  • CP Parents Book - cover 2016
    Childrens Programme Parent Booklets Pack (contains 15 booklets)
    € 120
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  • Children’s Programme Materials
    € 500
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Parents Plus Adolescent’s Programme (PPAP)

A parenting course to promote effective communication and positive relationships in families with adolescents aged 11 to 16 years.
3-day Training and Programme Materials – €730
3-day Training Place only (for those who wish to re-use previously purchased Programme Materials or are sharing one set of Programme Materials with another trainee) – €430
Parent Booklets – pack of 15 parent booklets that can be used afterwards with parents groups and includes worksheets and handouts – €120

Facilitator Materials

You may only purchase programme materials without training if you are a facilitator who already has been trained or belong to an agency with staff already trained. Please provide the name of the trained facilitator below.

Facilitator Details

Approximate date in which the course was attended:

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  • AP Parents Book - cover 2016
    Adolescent’s Programme Parent Booklets Pack (contains 15 booklets)
    € 120
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  • Adolescent’s Programme Materials
    € 500
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Working Things Out Programme (WTO)

A CBT based youth mental health programme that can be used with small groups of adolescents to build coping capacity, promote positive emotional health and to support them in overcoming specific problems.
2-day Training and Programme Materials – €590
2-day Training Place only (for those who wish to re-use previously purchased Programme Materials or are sharing one set of Programme Materials with another trainee) – €290

Facilitator Materials

You may only purchase programme materials without training if you are a facilitator who already has been trained or belong to an agency with staff already trained. Please provide the name of the trained facilitator below.

Facilitator Details

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  • Working Things Out Programme Materials
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Parents Plus – Parenting When Separated (PPPWS)

A practical and positive six-week course for parents who are preparing for, going through or have gone through a separation or divorce.
2-day Training and Programme Materials – €490 (facilitator manual and parent booklet only, no DVD with this programme)
2-day Training Place only (for those who wish to re-use previously purchased Programme Materials or are sharing one set of Programme Materials with another trainee) – €290
Parent Booklets –pack of 15 parent booklets that can be used in parents groups, includes worksheets and handouts – €120

Facilitator Materials

You may only purchase programme materials without training if you are a facilitator who already has been trained or belong to an agency with staff already trained. Please provide the name of the trained facilitator below.

Facilitator Details

Approximate date in which the course was attended:

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  • PWS Programme Materials
    € 200.00
    per pack
  • PWS Parents Book cover
    Parenting when Separated Parent Booklets Pack (contain 15 booklets)
    € 120
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Parents Plus Supervision, Accreditation and additional training

If you wish to find out more about additional Parents PLus training, supervision sessions and accreditation click here.

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Job Vacancy: Marketing and Communications Manager – Job Share

Applications are invited for the position of Marketing Communications Manager (Job Share)

Flexible and varied role for an organized marketing professional. Part-time, permanent.

Parents Plus, a leading Irish Charity, seeks an organized marketing professional to work closely with the CEO within a small, dynamic, and friendly team. You will bring your communication and organizational skills to this varied role which offers a great opportunity to make a contribution to the mission of Parents Plus, improving outcomes for families at a national and international level. Overlap with your job-share colleague ensures a smooth operation of the Parents Plus office and marketing communications.

This post is a job share role. Flexibility within the need of the organization is encouraged.  Previous experience of working in a marketing communications environment would be an advantage.

Responsibilities include:

  • Service development: Development of post-training services to Parents Plus facilitators (the local support networks and support forums) in conjunction with the Parents Plus trainers/ supervisors.
  • Business development: Marketing and sales of the Parents Plus Programmes to new and existing services including those in state agencies such as Tusla or the HSE.
  • Events Management for the Parents Plus national conference and training programme for facilitators.
  • Marketing Content Creation: such as supporting the preparation and production of training materials, event materials and development of the Parents’ Plus websites.
  • Digital campaign management: including the design, development and execution of campaigns using email, social media and other marketing channels to achieve Parents Plus’ goals.
  • Grant proposals: Support the preparation of grant applications and training proposals for national, state and semi-state bodies.
  • Networking: Representing Parents Plus at policy groups with key partners such as Tusla and the HSE.
  • Operations: In conjunction with the CEO, overseeing the development and implementation of clear operational procedures for Parents Plus.
  • Supporting and assisting the CEO in the running of the charity.
  • Scope to develop the role and procedures.
  • Any other duties or projects to further the work of Parents Plus as deemed necessary by the Parents Plus CEO and Board.

Your Skills:

  • 2+ years’ experience in one or more of the following areas: marketing, fundraising and administration
  • Formal studies in marketing or business
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills to communicate with a range of stakeholders
  • Experienced with word processing and spreadsheets (such as MS Office)
  • Great people skills and a team player with a positive attitude.
  • Detail-oriented, accurate, organised, good reasoning and analytical skills
  • Excellent time-management skills, ability to manage multiple tasks, prioritise projects and meet deadlines
  • An appreciation of the work and mission of the Parents Plus Charity
  • Growth mindset: a desire to learn and develop within the organization
  • Knowledge of Salesforce CRM would be an advantage

Conditions

This role reports to the CEO and is envisaged as a job-share role 3 days week, with one day / half-day overlap with your job-share colleague for smooth operation.  Based in Dublin 7 near Mater Hospital.  It may therefore suit a more experienced and/or a candidate in search of a flexible and rewarding role.

Requires work outside of regular office hours a few times a year (early morning meetings with advance notice).

6 months’ probation

Candidates must have capacity/permission to reside and work in the EU

€25,000- €36,000 (pro rata) depending on skills.

How to Apply

Please complete an application form and email with a covering letter to grainne@parentsplus.ie.   Applications from agencies will not be considered.

Closing date for applications is 5pm on 8th November.

Interviews are due to take place on Thursday 15th November

Parents Plus is an equality opportunities employer.

Introduction to Parents Plus – Dublin 13/09/18

Parents Plus is hosting a free introductory seminar in Dublin in September 2018:PP FB image

  • Introductory Event, 13th September 2018 – 2:30-4:30pm, Dublin
  • Free to attend, registration required below

This seminar is suitable for both practitioners and service managers who want to gain an understanding of the five Parents Plus programmes and how they can best be implemented within individual services. Samples of each programme will be presented as well as the evidence base along with a number of implementation strategies for getting the programmes off the ground both within individual services and larger organisations.

The session is free but has a limited number of places. To book a place, please add attendees and their details below. Note when booking, click the invoice option on payment and you will not be charged.

Registration

 

About Parents Plus Programmes

The Parents Plus Programmes are evidence-based parenting courses designed to support and empower parents to manage and solve discipline problems, to create satisfying and enjoyable family relationships and to help children and young people grow up and reach their full potential. The original Parents Plus Programme was developed in 1998 and since then five flagship programmes have been developed targeting different age groups and contexts.

  • 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.
  • The Parenting when Separated Programme targeted at parents who are preparing for, going through or have gone through a separation and divorce.

All Parents Plus programmes are evidence-based approaches and currently nineteen  studies attest to their effectiveness in clinical and specialist settings. They are delivered as structured courses with small groups of parents, children and adolescents utilising DVD input, handouts, group exercises and homework and are delivered within a solution-focused collaborative facilitation model. The Parents Plus charity has an established  ‘train the trainer’ process to empower professionals and community leaders to deliver the programmes in their agencies and local areas.