The Parent Confidence Project provides a map for parents to recover their confidence and common sense and to discover ways they can adjust their part in dynamics that are not optimising their young person’s development of self-regulation and responsibility. The manualised individual or group program equips helpers to effectively engage parents to make positive adjustments to how they relate to their children/adolescents.Register for coach training & free seminar
For many years I have been committed to developing an approach to assist parents to recover leadership and confidence in being a resource for their young person’s growth in resilience. Over three decades working as a clinician, family therapist, supervisor, and external consultant in the field of child and child/adolescent mental health (as well as a parent myself), my passion and interest in ‘parent inclusive practice’ has consolidated. In parallel I had been studying and applying Dr Murray Bowen’s family systems theory which espouses the benefits of parents shifting their anxious focus away from trying to mould their child and instead learning to invest energy into changing their own selves as a parent.
Feedback from Parent Coach Trainee
“I have valued a program that gives me clear guiding principles to reflect on during and after each session.”
“This program has helped me to see how prone I am to rescue or coming up with answers for my clients. The structure of the program enables me to restrain myself and allow parents to go at their pace and develop their own insights.”
The Parent Confidence Project Journey
Stage 1: Sessions 1-3 | Stepping back: Observation and awareness
Learning to observe the parent-child interactions when stress is high.
Seeing the pattern
What fuels my child’s dependence or independence?
Where is my energy directed to, child, other parent, or self?
How am I reacting?
Stage 2: Sessions 4-6 | Stepping up: Adjusting self
Learning to adjust parent interactions to promote the young person’s growth in responsibility and wellbeing.
What is in my control? Taking an “I” position
Connection to the whole child not their problems.
patience for gradual improvement
Seeing the big picture. Living my job description.
It is possible to move straight to the parent coach training without completing required theory training seminars if you have completed an in-depth training program in Bowen theory. Please email email@example.com to request an exemption, providing evidence of your previous training.
Frequently Asked Questions
To use the manualised program, we recommend you start with:
- the optional free introductory course -Research and the Development of the Parent Hope Project
- the theory course will be next -Family Systems Understanding of Symptom Development in Children. This is a prerequisites for coach training and included in your level 1 training package. An exception may be given to skip this course for anyone who has completed intensive Bowen theory training (email us if you think this applies).
- Level 1 training course then introduces you to the manuals and teaches you how to start using them, included in the level 1 training package.
- Level 2 training extends your learning and enables you to list and advertise as a Parent Hope Clinician/Coach.
The psychoeducation course options are here.
The training is in an online, interactive learning format that allows for flexibility over approximately six months for both Level 1 and Level 2 Parent Coach Training.
Level 1 Parent Coach training starts with intensive video workshops of about 20 hours. These are best completed over a week to two week period to keep the continuity and allow trainees to start using the manuals. There is a short reflective assignment to write, and you will then start using the manuals with parent clients or volunteers. To finish level 1 training, there are group supervision sessions to watch of around 5 hours, and a final assignment on a case example to prepare.
Level 2 training is a further 8 hour intensive workshop, which builds on and consolidates the Level 1 learning. There is another case example assignment to finish this training. This can be completed a few months after Level 1, and is required to register as a Parent Coach and join our professional community.
The Confident Parent Course facilitator training takes around 13 hours to complete.
The training is a professionally developed online training that can conveniently fit into your schedule. It provides active learning via the web-based learning: program. There are 2 levels of professional Training
- Level 1 (Courses 1- 3) provides training to start using the manuals with parents.
- Level 2 (Course 4) extends this learning to group work and ongoing work with parents.
Each level commences with more intensive training spread over a couple of weeks. This is followed by less time-intensive learning support over a couple of months while trainees commence using the manuals. There are a variety of learning forums over a period of approximately 4 months for Level 1 and an additional 2 months for level 2. Each section has some learning tasks to submit at the commencement and completion.
Learning experiences include:
- didactic training
- viewing role plays
- question and answer dis cussions
- activities and practise exercises
- listening to group supervision
- live case presentation webinars
Parent Hope Project coach trainees will be practising child and family professionals in mental health or couple & family therapy. Trainees may also be working in family support of ‘non-clinical’ family groups such as community work, pastoral care & education.
Throughout the training there are some reflection pauses designed to help you reflect on what you have learnt. These need to be answered to move onto the next module and are not submitted to the tutor for comment.
The prerequisite course “Family Systems Understanding of Symptom Development in Children” finishes with a short assignment to check understanding of key principles.
In Level 1 training, there is a reflective assignment after the key learning modules. After you begin practicing with the manuals, and watch the supervision sessions, there is a final assignment on a case example. Please allow time to use the manuals before submitting your assignment.
Level 2 training contains a further case example assignment.
You can complete the course at your own pace in the time frame. If you require an extension, 6 weeks further access to your course can be purchased for $35.
Our level 1 training explains how to use the manuals with parents, and what is involved in each session. Parents will work from their own manual both in sessions with information pages for them to use between sessions, while the coach uses the coach manual.
Each parent will need to purchase their own copy of the parent manual (or clinicians can purchase on their behalf), either electronic PDF or hard copy, and can be purchased here.
You receive copies of both the coach and parent manuals at the start of your training.
After your assignment has been approved, there is a certificate of completion available in the training portal. Click your name, ‘My Account’ then ‘Certificates’ to download.
The certificate states the content and number of professional development hours involved.
To become a parent coach, you will need to complete both Level 1 and Level 2 training. When you have completed level 2 training, you can be listed as a Parent Coach on our website, and we invite you to join our professional community. This provides access to ongoing learning, webinars, drop-in support sessions and forums for continued learning. Contact us to sign up.
Occasionally Jenny runs part of the Level 1 Parent Coach training in person. Participants will still need to complete the online training modules. We will announce such live events on the web site. The cost is the same and participants will access all the online training.
It is possible to move straight to the parent coach training without completing required theory training seminars if you have completed an in-depth training program in Bowen theory. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request an exemption, providing evidence of your previous training.
If you need further time to complete your training, we have a 6 week extension available for $35 inc GST, to help cover administrative costs. Please purchase here and email us to confirm the course you wish to extend https://parenthopeproject.com.au/professional-resources/#training-extension