The Parent Confidence Project

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.

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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.

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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?

    Shift focus

    Where is my energy directed to, child, other parent, or self?

    Calm 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.
    Recovering leadership

    What is in my control? Taking an “I” position

    Stronger connection

    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 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.
  • We have partnered with the Family Systems Practice to offer Level 2 training through a series of online supervision groups, see here for more information.

The psychoeducation course options are here.

Training to use the manualised program is in an online, interactive learning format that allows for flexibility over approximately six months for both Level 1 and Level 2 training.

Level 1 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 and enables you to be a Parent Hope Clinician. 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 on our website and advertise being able to use the program.

The Confident Parent Course facilitator training takes around 13 hours to complete.

The training is professionally developed online training that can fit into your schedule. It provides active learning via a web-based learning platform. There are 2 levels of professional Training:

  • Level 1 package: provides Bowen theory training, plus training to start using the manuals with parents.
  • Level 2: extends learning about the manualised program to group work and ongoing work with parents. Level 2 is required to list as a Parent Hope Clinician.

Level 1 and Level 2 commence with intensive training seminars, 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 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

Manualised program information sheets

Parent Hope Project Manual Excerpts

Introduction To Parent Hope Manualised Program – For Parents

Introduction To Parent Confidence Project – For Parents

Introduction To Parent Hope Project For Coaches

Pre And Post Parent Surveys For Use By Coaches