♦ ON-SITE SERVICE PROVIDERS ♦
Child and Parent Centre – Carey Park host a variety of on-site service providers including a Child Health Nurse, Speech Therapist, Financial Counsellor, Antenatal Group and Immunisation Clinic. These services are available free of charge, however bookings are essential. ***Please note that some of these services have been paused due to COVID-19 – please call the Centre on 9721 6991 and we’ll point you in the right direction.
♦ PARENTING WORKSHOPS ♦
Fear-Less (Helping Your Children Learn How to Manage Anxiety) – 6 week program
Each session builds upon the last, so attendance at all 6 sessions will allow you to get the most out of the program.
When: Friday 6 May to 10 June 2022, 12:30pm to 2:30pm
Where: Child and Parent Centre, Carey Park
A light lunch will be provided between 12noon and 12:30pm for parents and children.
This will allow time for the child/ren to become familiar with the environment and the creche workers before their parent attends the session. We will have a variety of fun and developmentally appropriate activities for the children to participate in, however if your child becomes distressed we will come and let you know.
What will be covered in the sessions?
Session 1: Anxiety – what is it and how does it develop?
This session provides parents with psychoeducation about anxiety and how it works. Parents are encouraged to reflect on how anxiety impacts their family and how their family reacts to anxiety. The session aims to give parents a better understanding of the development of their child’s anxiety and why it continues.
Session 2: Promoting emotional resilience in children
Parents are introduced to parenting strategies that promote emotional resilience in children. These strategies help parents encourage their children to express, tolerate and manage their upsetting emotions more effectively.
Session 3: Modeling and the way children think
This session introduces the importance of parental modelling in understanding children’s emotional reactions. The session also covers how thoughts can affect the development and maintenance of anxiety, highlighting the importance of flexible thinking and teaching parents to encourage this skill in children.
Session 4: The way you behave – avoidance and exposure
Facilitators teach parents about avoidance, the most common response to anxiety. Facilitators introduce the value of exposure and the use of the Fear Ladder as an approach to gradually confronting anxiety.
Session 5: Parental strategies for responding to children’s anxiety
This week discusses common ways that parents respond to children’s anxiety, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of each. Parents are encouraged to reflect on which responses are relevant to them and what they might want to think about changing.
Session 6: Constructive problem solving – how to promote it and maintain gains
In the final week, the facilitators help parents develop a constructive step-by-step coping plan and offer some guidelines on maintaining changes over time.
If you would like to find out more about a program or service, please give us a call on 9721 6991 or message via our Facebook page.