Through this series of 5 workshops we can provide parents with all the skills required to have fewer power struggles, less tension, less resentment, more support and more love. The cost is £185 (to include text and workbook), which includes an option where Parents can enrol for the first workshop only (for £25) and then choose whether to commit to the remaining workshops (for a further £160).
From toddlers to teens: This approach is the same for parents of toddlers and teenagers, so we can deliver the workshops to parents of children from all age groups. An early start is ideal and it’s never too late. Functional communication can repair relationships that have been damaged in the past.
We believe this set of workshops provides hugely useful skills for parents; and whilst the benefits will be clearly seen within the family home, the impact for your school/organisation will be tremendous.
Benefits to your organisation:
- By providing this for the parents in your organisation, you gift them something that is more important than anything they will ever get from work. If you pay for it, then you demonstrate a very tangible contribution to them and their wellbeing.
- Parents’ stress will be reduced as relationships at home improve, which will mean that absenteeism and presenteeism (working, whilst sick) will decrease.
- By modelling these communication skills with their children, Parents will transfer them across to all their relationships, including work. The Practical Parenting Skills communication model is based on Thomas Gordon’s Leadership Model, which means the skills are completely relevant in the workplace. This may be the way to attract hard-to-reach staff towards ‘soft skills’ training.
Benefits to Primary/Secondary Schools
- Active Listening supports a child at times of stress, friendship issues, mood swings and managing change. It encourages the child to find their own solution and develops them to become an independent problem solver. This means that students will be more settled and better focused in class and exams, which in turn will improve behaviour and attainment.
- Parents/carers will learn how to talk to their child using I-messages, which will enable a closer and mutually respectful relationship between them both. By modelling this communication skill, children will learn how to build better relationships with their peers, which will increase self-esteem. In school the child will feel more confident about trying new things, more self-assured and able to contribute to the school community.
- Parents/carers will learn how to support problem solving in all areas of their child’s school/social life, including dealing with conflict, rule setting and self-direction. This will mean students come to school prepared and ready to learn. Creative problem solving skills will also teach the child to find their voice (and their potential), encouraging participation and showing them how to contribute towards team activities.
- Colliding values are inevitable and we will teach parents/carers how to be ‘hired as consultant’ to their children, using influence rather than imposing their will on the child. At school this will mean students are less likely to engage in risky behaviours, bullying, truancy and self-destructive behaviour or habits.
Dates and Times: Workshops can be arranged, term time only on Tuesday or Wednesday mornings (09.30-13.00) or evenings (18.00-21.30). There may be other availability on request (for example, full days).
Venue: The Host will provide dates that a venue will be available to run 5 workshops. We require tables in ‘Cabaret’ style, with a chair for each participant; and a Flipchart stand with paper/pens).
Minimum/Maximum Numbers of Parents/Carers: Workshop 1: 16/30; Workshops 2-5: 8/18
Advertising, Enrolment and Invoicing: Practical Parenting Skills Stand at Parent’s Evening/Fete/other – The Host will provide us with a table and chair at the School Event, along with dates/times that a venue will be available to run the 5 workshops. We will collect a list of interested parents, who we will contact after the Event. Inclusion in your newsletter/Flyers- Parents will contact us directly.
Once interest has been established, a fee of £25 per person will be taken from parents, by us, to confirm their attendance at the first workshop. We will confirm with the Host that the first workshop is viable.
Parents must attend the first Workshop in order to be eligible to progress on to Workshops 2-5. If there is enough demand to offer the remaining workshops, a fee of £160 will be taken from parents, by us, and we will confirm with the Host that these workshops are viable.
Cancellation: If the minimum number is not met, we will cancel the Workshops and will offer parents/carers a place on the series of Open Access Workshop. If they are unable to take this up, all fees paid will be returned. Parents will be notified within 1 week of the starting date of the first workshop.
Teaching/Learning: We will provide all teaching and learning materials; two tutors (unless one of us is sick); and an interactive workshop that will meet all the learning outcomes described in the list of Workshops given. We will evaluate the impact of our Workshops and send the Host a summary of the evaluation, which your Governing Body may include their strategic plan.
Workbook/Reading: Gordon Training International (2006) Dr Thomas Gordon’s Parent Effectiveness Training Participant Workbook Gordon Training International, California; Gordon, Thomas (2000) Parent Effectiveness Training: The Proven Program for Raising Responsible Children Three Rivers Press, New York.
Certificate of Completion: Once parents/carers have completed all 5 workshops (and the homework in between), we will provide them with a Certificate of Completion, endorsed by Gordon Training International, the overseeing body of Parent Effectiveness Training. If appropriate, this can be used as part of their Continuing Professional Development; and will be a valuable addition to any CV that focusses on working with children.