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

    Shift focus

    Where is my energy directed to

    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 and taking.

    Stronger connection

    Connection to the whole child not their problems.

    patience for gradual improvement

    Seeing the big picture and 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 contact@parenthope.com.au to request an exemption, providing evidence of your previous training.

Frequently Asked Questions

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 a variety of learning forums over a period of 6 months – didactic training, viewing role plays, question and answer discussions, activities and practice exercises, watching group supervision, live webinars.

The training allows for flexibility over approximately six months. The initial workshops require an intensive period of at least 20 hours and are best completed over a week to two week period to keep the continuity and allow trainees to start using the manuals. Following the intensive start, the rest of the training load is light and will support the initial utilisation of the program with parent clients or volunteers. Another intensive one day workshop (can be spread over a week) is completed a few months into the learning experience.

The manuals can be purchased online on behalf of parents or directly by parents. To start the training, you must have a copy of your coach manual and a parent manual.
The coach manual provides a resource for operationalising each session. Parents will work from their own manual both in sessions and in between meetings.
The training provides a variety of input and roleplays for utilising the manuals with parents in individual work or as a group for the Parent Confidence Program.

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 a variety of learning forums over a period of 6 months – didactic training, viewing role plays, question and answer discussions, activities and practice exercises, watching group supervision, live webinars.

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 a variety of learning forums over a period of 6 months – didactic training, viewing role plays, question and answer discussions, activities and practice exercises, watching group supervision, live webinars.

Occasionally Jenny runs the initial two day Parent Coach training in person. We will announce such live events on the web site. The cost is the same and participants will access all the online training but will be able to bypass the day 1 & 2 workshops.
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Parent Hope Project Manual Excerpts

Introduction To Parent Confidence Project – For Parents