Research-based programs helping parents make a positive project out of themselves and reduce their anxious focus on their children.
Parent Hope manualised program
Family systems clinical intervention
With the manualised program, clinicians can engage parents to support their struggling children, to support their child’s development of self-regulation and responsibility. 6-8 part manual, online training.Preview the manual
Feedback from Parents
“I just think this course has been brilliant. It made me feel like I was important to the health of my children. That I was doing something myself, rather than sending them to appointments and me waiting for things to happen.”
“Thank you. This has been transformative for me personally. I never thought a parenting course could actually change how I feel about myself.”
“This course wasn’t about focussing on what I’m doing wrong but more on what I CAN do. What I’m in control of and working out how to do that better. I found this liberating as until now, there had been a constant sense of failure for me in how things have been working out for my teenagers.”
Based on Dr Jenny Brown’s research with parents and on the ground-breaking research of Murray Bowen MD – developer of Bowen family systems theory.
“…the favourable results with parents who could make a project out of themselves was a turning point in both the theory and practice of family psychotherapy.”
Dr Murray Bowen [from his original NIMH research – FTCP, 1978. P96]
“The child functions in reaction to the parents instead of being responsible for him/herself. If parents shift their focus off the child and become more responsible for their own actions, the child will automatically (perhaps after testing whether the parents really mean it) assume more responsibility for him/herself.”
Dr M Kerr & Dr M Bowen [Family Evaluation. 1988 p. 202]
While this program focusses on parents making changes to themselves, be assured that this is not at all about blaming parents. Parents are not to blame for their young person’s difficulties since many complex factors contribute to symptom development… However, parents can play an important part towards children’s growth in responsible independence by adjusting how they interact with their young person. In this way parents find that they can let go of guilt and recover their hopefulness.
Train with 2 of your colleagues for a 10% group discount.
Professional training options
Psychoeducation facilitator training – Confident Parent Course
Learn to present the Confident Parent Course, a 4-part psychoeducation course for parents providing an overview of Parent Hope Project principles with practical examples. The live course uses video highlights and facilitated discussion.
For professionals, community workers and schools, to support parents in your community. 14 hours training. Find out more.
Manualised program – Level One training
Professional training to begin using the manualised clinical intervention program with parents who have struggling children. 21 hours of training. The manualised program is intended for clinicians to use with 1-2 parents, and covers 6 sessions. Find out more.
Level Two training Extends and consolidates the professional training using the manuals, 10 hours of training. After this training you can list on our website and advertise as a Parent Hope Clinician/Coach, and sign up for ongoing learning and collaboration. Find out more.
Introductory professional training
1. Research and the Development of the Parent Hope Project – 45 minutes, recommended before undertaking manualised program training Free Course