Parenting Workshop

This two-day course is for professionals who work individually with parents and their children. It looks at both the theory and practice of parenting education. It includes advanced communication skills, positive discipline strategies, emotional literacy and empathic parenting skills, child led play, descriptive praise and stress management. It also covers social learning theory, systemic family therapy interventions, problems in child development and communication with distressed children.

  • Date: Thursday March 28th and Friday March 29th 2019
  • Time: 9:30 – 4:30             
  • Place: The Lantern Family Centre, 4 Dowlans Road, Great Bookham, Surrey KT23 4LE  
  • Cost: £120 Lunch and refreshments included. Maximum Number 12 participants. Students can gain accreditation with Open College Network London Region.
The Parenting Toolkit - Simple steps to happy and confident children by Caroline Penney

Caroline Penney BSc, SRN, MSc, PGCE pioneered the Empowering Parents, Empowering Communities project at the South London and Maudsley Hospital, London, where she trained parents to run parenting groups. A systemic family therapist she has run parenting education and facilitator training courses in many countries. She is the mother of three children and the grandmother of two. Her great-grandfather was Sigmund Freud and her great-aunt was Anna Freud whose work has inspired her. She has spent thirty years working in parenting education, social services, Parent Network, the Maudsley Hospital and the Lantern Family Centre. She has written several parenting manuals.

Cathy Kearney MA in Children and Families work, first started working with parents in the local community when her own three sons (now in their early twenties) were born. She ran her first parenting course when she was a Deputy Centre Manager of a Family Centre. Cathy subsequently moved to China with her young family for three years, running parenting courses for parents of children with addictions. On her return to the UK, Cathy was a Family Support Worker for offenders and their families. At this point, Cathy joined the Empowering Parents Empowering Communities team initially as an Outreach Worker, then a Hub Manager and finally as a Specialist Trainer.