From Strength to Strength: A Manual for Professionals Who by Pat Jewell, Prue Blackmore

By Pat Jewell, Prue Blackmore

A pragmatic source for facilitators of dad or mum teams. It goals to reinforce emotional health in all kinfolk and to construct a feeling of group.

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It is important for the group to acknowledge that it has finished, and to recognise achievements. Fro m 16 Stre ngt h to Stre n gt h First session for all core modules The purpose of any first session of the parent group is to engage participants in the group process and to introduce everyone to each other. Participants may feel nervous or anxious at this session, wondering what is going to happen. Spend some time ‘setting the scene’ by explaining how the group will function as well as its purpose and the process.

Homework Parents are encouraged to try something they have learned in the group during the week (either a general observation task or a ‘looking after yourself’ task). Some parents may want to try specific skills and strategies that have come out of the pressing issue section or the content areas. Wind down This activity provides closure for the session in a positive way that enables parents to face the week with hope and optimism. Close Thank parents for attending and contributing to the group, and wish them a good week.

When each parent has contributed an idea, point out that although each parent only shared one thing, together the group has ended up with many ideas about what they could do with a house brick. The analogy can be drawn with a parent group. Each parent might have one idea about how to solve a parenting issue but the group may come with a range of creative and different ideas that could be applied to the same parenting issue, giving parents many more ideas than they had by themselves. This is one of the fundamental reasons that parents meet in groups—to give them some new and different ideas.

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