Parent Group Coaching Programmes

All our programmes have achieved CanParent Quality Mark
All programmes are aligned with Herts County Council Outcome Bee Model

This is a fun and unique interactive 6-week programme with the core themes of protective behaviours running through the whole course.

It has been designed to meet the needs of parents and carers facing the everyday challenge of poor mental health or knowledge of abusive relationships which is impacting on family life and parenting. 


It also shows the ability to recognise when we are not feeling safe and provides skills and tools to enable us to take action and get help when we need it based on protective behaviors.


This programme runs as 6 x two-hour sessions, focusing on different areas of emotional resilience,  including dealing with conflict.  Participants are advised to attend all workshops to achieve maximum benefit.    Between sessions, participants are encouraged to complete post session tasks to consolidate learning.  The course programme promotes positive parenting and the parent/child relationship.  The facilitators are trained coaches and are supportive and non-judgemental.  They are NHS England Mental Health First Aid Trained and Protective Behaviours Trained Practitioners.  


Topics include:

  • What it means to feel safe and how do we know?

  • Confidence, resilience and problem-solving skills

  • Why do we get triggered?  Our "unwritten rules"

  • Building and maintaining an effective support network

  • What is behind anger and how this impacts behaviour 

  • Communicating effectively with our family members

And much more...

Flourishing Families - Building Family Confidence, Resilience and Good Emotional Health

This is a 6 week programme designed by Sharon Lawton a specialist in coaching, emotional health, resilience and self esteem.   This unique and quality assured programme has a proven track record of success and will support families develop the skills they need to flourish and build emotional resilience.   The coaches delivering this programme are NHS England Mental Health First Aid Trained


Topics include:

  • Benefits of Emotional Health, What is Self Esteem and Confidence,

  • Recognising strengths and how that connects to our wellbeing

  • Recognising our inner critical voice,

  • How can we communicate assertively and confidently, building confidence to get our needs met

  • How can we feel Self Confident and Assertive and reduce stress?

  • What we do with feelings, the Self Esteem Triad and Love Languages

  • Assertiveness skills, Personal Power, saying “No” and challenging our limiting beliefs

  • The importance of creating empowering beliefs, building on skills to create the confidence to enjoy the present in order to create a brighter future

  • My Life: creating goals for the future using wheel of life and creating a dream/vision board   

The Fatherhood! Why Dad's Make A Difference

This is a 6 week coaching programme to meet the needs of dads/male carers facing the everyday challenge of parenting.

It's fun, interactive and covers important areas around the need for fathers in our families.


This programme runs as 6 x two hour sessions, focusing on different areas of parenting.  Participants are advised to attend all workshops to achieve maximum benefit.    Between sessions, you are encouraged to complete post session tasks to consolidate learning.  The course programme promotes positive parenting and the parent/child relationship.

Understanding Teens: The Gross Stuff and the Ground Rules

There are six core workshops in all focusing on different areas of parenting teenagers. Participants are advised to attend all workshops to achieve maximum benefit. 

Areas covered include: 

  • Identify strategies to raise aspirations and boost self-esteem

  • Looking at emotional needs and the development of the teenage brain

  • Temperament and its effect on behaviour

  • The parent / young person relationship and why it's tough being a teenager

  • Parenting styles and setting house rules/boundaries

  • Issues around Teen Culture - What to say about sex and sexuality

  • Tools for handling conflict

  • Communication - what works and what doesn't

Managing Anger and Conflict in the Family

This course runs for 6 weeks focusing on managing and understanding anger generally, and also how to help children manage theirs. Participants are advised to attend all sessions to achieve maximum benefit as each week builds on areas from previous sessions. Below I have shown the basic topics for each week. Between sessions attendees are encouraged to complete post workshop tasks to consolidate their learning and in particular keep an “Anger Diary”.Resources have been chosen and tailored to ensure good adult education practice with a clear purpose and range of learning methods etc. Whilst the strategies shown are proven ways to cope with anger in any situation, some examples and practical exercises focus on managing anger in a family/parenting context.

What will be covered each week?
Session 1: Understanding Anger Covering: raising awareness of causes and effects of anger, looking at what our personal anger triggers are, introducing the anger process through discussing behavioural responses to conflict, understanding aggressive, passive, passive-aggressive and assertive behavioural responses. The use of positive self talk, the importance of self esteem in managing anger, the use of the rage gage and keeping an Anger Diary.
Session 2: Coping with Anger Covering: continue to raise awareness of causes and effects of anger, to recognise early warning signs in order to manage anger at different points, recognising the impact of our personal beliefs and values, expectations of ourselves and others, I statements, introduction of “ABC” of anger management and learning additional strategies & exercises for development of a personal anger “toolkit” .
Session 3: Managing Anger In The Family Covering: enabling parents to respond helpfully to children’s anger using strategies learnt so far, helping parents learn how to model and explain anger management strategies to their children, be more aware of the problems anger can cause children, and why children feel angry. The importance of “feelings” words and developing emotional literacy. Understanding the importance of managing children’s anger and helping their children to understand and identify their early warning signs.
Session 4: Helping Children Manage Anger Covering: Discussing managing anger in school, handling rage, feelings and what we do with them, helping children to manage stress and developing good communication.
Session 5: Helping Children Manage Anger Covering: Age appropriate strategies which children and young people can be taught to manage anger and develop assertiveness including recognising their inner critical "parrot" voice and the angry birds strategy.
Session 6: Developing Tools For A Calmer Family Life Covering: Finalisation of conflict resolution tool kit,  Anger management games; evaluation and presentation of certificates.

Parenting a Child With Additional Needs

This seven week course is an opportunity for parents to share feelings and experiences and discover solutions to problems based on what works – not what’s meant to work!

Topics include:

  • Understanding and managing behaviour

  • Discovering new and recognised ways of managing behaviour

  • Coping with feelings and the wider family

  • Home/School Issues

The Family Toolkit

Being a parent can be both rewarding and challenging at the same time. All families face difficulties at some point and can be unsure of how to handle issues, such as a toddler who won’t eat, or challenging behaviour. We could all do with a bit of extra advice or support at times, which is why we have launched Family Toolkit.

Family Toolkit is a series of four workshops to support anyone in a parenting role, for example: mums, dads, carers and grandparents etc. 

My Teen Brain

My Teen Brain is a 4 week course developed by Family Links

for Hertfordshire County Council


Topics include:

  • Being a parent of a teenager: the role of parents of teenagers, responding to difficult feelings

  • Understanding Your Teenager: Understanding teenage development, parenting styles, praise and criticism

  • Communicating With Your Teenager, talking and listening, communicating clearly, handling difficult issues

  • Managing Conflict: Rules and Boundaries, Choosing how to respond, Problem solving

And many others available or designed specifically to your requirements

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