Parents Plus provides 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. These include:
- Individual and Group Supervision Sessions with Parents Plus Trainer
- Advanced training workshops on specific topics
- A regular Facilitator Newsletter with practice tips and parenting articles. Please follow Parents Plus on social media (Facebook and twitter) where these are circulated also
- Extra resources to facilitate delivery ( e.g. parent fliers, posters, certs, practice articles, extra handouts etc) – Accessible via members section of the website
- Support to promote your PP courses via our Facebook page. You can also register your agency on our Parents Page so we can refer parents to you.
A 50 minute face to face or Skype meeting with a Parents Plus Trainer to review your practice and to support you delivering your group. Central to the supervision is a review of the parent / young person goal forms and session rating forms as well as the facilitator planning and review sheets. In addition, the individual supervision can be used to review video clips of facilitator practice and the Parents Plus Trainer can provide tailored feedback in order to develop skills and to prepare for an accreditation application. Individual supervision sessions can be organised for co-facilitators together who are running the same group and this is recommended.
Parents Plus also provide regular half day group supervision workshops designed for Parents Plus facilitators who have completed a basic training in one of the PP or WTO programmes and who have started to facilitate a group. The group supervisions are led by a Parents Plus trainer and provide an opportunity to meet other facilitators, to share practice and to learn from one another.
Attending Parents Plus supervision is part of the process to becoming an Accredited Facilitator
Parents Plus can provide agencies and agency groups with specific support to implement and evaluate a roll out of the Parents Plus and Working Things Out Programmes. Please contact us directly for more information
To book our supervision or accreditation packages please click here
The Advanced Practice Workshop is a great opportunity for you to reflect on and develop your practice and share your experience of running Parents Plus groups.
The workshop is for trained facilitators in any of the Parents Plus Programmes. You may be running or have recently run a group, or you and your colleagues may be aiming to get a PP group off the ground again in your service, or you may be a newly trained facilitator wanting support in getting started with a programme. This workshop also contributes to your supervision if you are completing the Parents Plus Accreditation process.
At the workshop there will be a chance to connect with other Parents Plus facilitators in your area and hear from each other on how best to deal with challenges particularly around recruitment, attendance and managing group dynamics. You will also get lots of support and tips on all aspects of programme delivery.
The workshop will:
- Help you develop your group facilitation skills;
- Support you in getting PP groups up and running in your service;
- Provide tips on recruiting parents to attend and to keep them coming each week;
- Consult on specific challenges;
- Provide information and support on the Parents Plus Accreditation process.
Are you already trained in the Working Things Out programme? You may be interested in using the programme material to deliver “Mental Health and Wellbeing” workshops within your service, school or youthwork setting. This half-day advanced training will provide you with the skills, structure and material to engage young people in the brief workshop format. It will also focus on creative engagement skills and how best to get your young people talking about mental health topics and reaching out for help when they need it.
The session will be facilitated by Eileen Brosnan (Parentsplus), along with Sinead Corbett and Michelle Reilly who are both experienced facilitators having delivered Working Things Out workshops to over 1000 teenagers in County Clare since 2017.
There are limited places on this training so we are advising early booking. If you have any specific queries on it please email Eileen Brosnan at firstname.lastname@example.org
Upcoming Advanced Practice Workshops
In the interests of public health, we have decided to cancel the upcoming Parents Plus Advanced Practice Workshops in Sligo (3rd April), Tralee (21st April) and Dublin (27th May).
As a way for us all to stay connected and to offer the supervision/practice support to those of you who are interested in this, Eileen Brosnan (Senior Parents Plus Trainer) plans to hold an online (via Zoom) group session for PP facilitators;
- Thursday March 26th at 10am to 11.30am.
- Thursday, April 23rd 10am to 11.30am
- Thursday May 21st 10am to 11.30am
**Please note: We have a Working Things Out Workshop Format Advanced Facilitator training scheduled for May 1st 2020. This is only open to those who have completed the Parents Plus Working Things Out Programme Training. We will revert over the coming days on our plans to deliver this, in light of the current crisis.
To book one of our online group sessions please click here.
If you are a trained Parent Plus Facilitator, you can join our facilitators / members area by registering here. After you register, we will review your training status and if you are trained facilitator, we will approve your membership request. You will then receive an email with a password and can use it to log in here. If you forget your password, click here and enter your email address or username to be sent a new one. Please note that Parents Plus do not have access to facilitators’ passwords.
In the facilitators / members area you will find resources to help you to promote your groups such as posters and fliers as well as certificates and handouts for the parents in your group; best practice information from our Parents Plus trainers as well as presentations and tips from Parents Plus facilitators; an archive our monthly facilitator newsletter which is emailed to all trained facilitators on the second Wednesday of each month and information on our accreditation process and quality assurance protocol.