- Supporting new, experienced and separated parents on their journey
- Utilising contemporary parenting practices and research
- Connect Us program providing parents with feedback from their children
- Specialised support services for Dads
Its an old cliche, parenting really is the best and hardest thing you will do. I know on my journey with my children I have often needed a lot of support, extra skills or just someone to talk to. Its because I have really wanted to be the best dad I can be and have understood that growing big healthy brains for kids is incredibly important in their whole of life journey around emotional wellness, mental health, resilience, relationship trust and coping behaviours. Sometimes, no matter what age our children, or our own circumstances, we all need some parental support.
My parental mentoring program offers a safe space for parents to reflect on their parenting, master new skills and reshape old patterns that they are feeling impacts their children negatively. Relying on key strategies from contemporary evidence based parenting programs like Tuning into Kids/Teens, Circle of Security, Parenting with Connection and STEP programs I have been able to mentor parents across a range of parental issues and developmental ages with their children over the past decade.
Generally, Parent Mentoring services are held over several sessions. They can be and are often weaved within existing individual and couples sessions as parents will often want to work on their own personal or relationship growth concurrently to their parenting issues.
An important service nestled under Parent Mentoring includes my child and adolescent program – Attach Care. Attach Care provides an opportunity for parents to seek feedback around their family circumstances through the experience of their children. Research has shown that this kind of service provides incredibly positive experiences for children around emotional safety, resilience and relationship care
The program works by children attending a one off session (usually individually but sometimes together depending on the family) after permission is given by both parents. During the session the child/ren will be invited to provide feedback on their family situation and anything else specific to the Attach Care consultation. In turn, I will then meet with parents to offer their child’s feedback, in turn supporting parents to build stronger relationships with their children, improve safe attachment systems, or develop more connectful parenting skills.
Generally, Attach Care program includes a 30min consultation (phone, Skype or in person) with each parent followed by an individual session with each child. There is then a follow up session with each parent (again usually around 30min) where the children feedback is given. Follow up sessions for parents and/or children are discussed at the time off the parent feedback
NB: There are a number of important processes and procedure guiding the Attach Care program that will always be forefront in protecting the right and wellbeing of children. Attach Care consultations will only only occur after suitability is assessed and a signed agreement made with both parents.