Zarden Therapy Practice offer its Reflective Parenting Courses as a series of three interrelated workshops focusing on the areas of Positive Communication, Boundary Setting, and Raising Self Esteem. Each workshop can also be attended as a stand alone workshop.
We understand that parents/carers may sometimes want or need added help or information to better equip themselves to deal with parenting issues. Our course aims to help enhance communication and raise your confidence as well as your child's confidence and self-esteem. The group environment is structured to offer a reflective and supportive space to develop relational awareness, learn from each other and gain new skills that will help you through some of those challenging times that parenting entails.
The course is specifically designed for parents of young people aged 10 and over. The course and all workshops offer a small group environment with a maximum of 8 participants.
Anne Williams, Parent Practitioner. Having founded the Parent Support Group in 1993 Anne has over 26 years’ experience in the field of parenting and family dynamics. She has worked with parents from all walks of life and with varying degrees of need and complexities.
Anne’s work includes, managing a charity, writing and delivering parenting workshops, training programmes and hosting residential retreats. She has run training programmes for parents, teachers, support staff, social work students and counsellors to name but a few. She runs drop-ins, one-to-one sessions, works with couples and groups, she supervises and manages group facilitators, Buddies and teams of volunteers.
Anne shies away from the popular prescriptive parenting programmes believing change is best achieved once we have insight into why we make individual choices. Her practical Person-centred approach allows attendees the opportunity to reflect on their personal styles of parenting, question them, keep what they like and discard and replace what they don’t.
Cemaliye Deran, Relationship & Couples Therapist, Co-facilitator. Please see 'About Me' for Cemaliye's profile.
Reflective Parenting Course Schedule
The course consists of the following 3 workshops offered at bi-weekly intervals. All workshops will be held in a modern comfortable environment in Dragonfly Place, London SE4. There are good transport links with Brockley Station within a few minutes walking distance. There is also parking available in nearby roads. Light refreshments will be provided on each day. Email or call Cemaliye on: 07947533611 to reserve/book your place.
• What does positive communication mean?
• The power of the ‘I’ word
• Clear communication tool box
Saturday 7th March at 9.30 - 13.30
• Why do we set boundaries?
• What stops them from being workable?
• How to decide which boundaries are important to us and why?
Saturday 21st March 9.30 - 13.30
• How does low self–esteem manifest itself?
• What are the advantages to having self-worth?
• How can we encourage this in our young person?
Saturday 4th April 9.30 - 13.30
Cost of Course (includes all 3 workshops):
• £320 per person
• £310 per person (Early bird reduction if booked by the 17th February 2020)
• £310 per individual if attending as a couple together (or two friends booking together)
• £120 per individual workshop.
N.B. Places are limited - book early to reserve your place.
The course and all workshops are suitable for all parents/carers of young people aged 10 and over.
i) Is it talk and chalk?
No, this is an interactive workshop where you disclose as much as you feel comfortable
ii) Will I be told how to parent?
No, the facilitators believe you know your family best and will support you to reach the solutions to your circumstances
iii) Will there be any on-going support?
Yes, you will be able to access further support
iv) I can feel shy/self-conscious will I be forced to talk in the group?
No, the facilitators believe the more comfortable you feel the more you will get out of the workshop
v) What if I can’t get there at 10.00?
We encourage you to attend the entire session but if this is not possible we will invite you to join the group at a convenient time that creates the least disruption – if you know you will be late let us know in advance
vi) What if I know other parents in the group?
Do let us know and we will address this and ensure that everyone is comfortable to partake
vii) Is it going to be group therapy?
No, though one of facilitators is a qualified counsellor we will not be practicing group therapy
viii) Can I bring my partner?
Yes, but we will ask you to be independent and speak for yourself
ix) Will I need to take notes?
You can take notes if you prefer but these are personal interactive workshops – you will not be leaving with a manual but formulating ideas that suit you
x) Will I have the opportunity to address my own concerns?
Absolutely, the entire workshop is aimed at the individual
xi) What if I have got extreme concerns about my child?
xii) What if I don’t have any major concerns?
xiii) I’m scared I might get too emotional.
Don’t worry the facilitators have a lot of experience and you will be taken care of
xiv) I think my parenting is ok, it’s my partner who’s the problem
That’s ok, the tool box skills will help you with addressing that
xv) Will I have to do homework?
No, only to put into practice the skills you have learnt
xvi) Will there be the opportunity for one-to-one?
No, but there may be the chance for a quick chat with the facilitators after the workshop but that will depend on numbers
xvii) Can I bring my children?
No, this is for parents/carers only
xviii) Is it confidential?
Yes, but if we are made aware that a minor is in immediate significant risk of harm then we are duty bound to safe-guard the young person and would report it, but be assured we would support you through that process