Parenting Groups

circle of security

What is the program about?  The Circle of Security® Parenting™ program is an established model based on decades of research about how secure parent-child relationships can be supported and strengthened.

In this eight-week program, we will work together to help you to be more skilled at:

  • Understanding your child’s emotional world by learning to read emotional needs,
  • Supporting your child’s ability to successfully manage emotions,
  • Enhancing the development of their child's self-esteem, and
  • Honouring the innate wisdom and desire for their child to be secure.

Who is it for? This program is for all parents, including expecting parents. Parents with children under five usually find the resources most suitable to them, but the information is relevant to parents with older children as well. Circle of Security can help parents with children who are having behavioural or emotional difficulties, parents who are overwhelmed, depressed or anxious about parenting, and parents who simply wish to learn and reflect on their parenting.

When will it be held? COS-P will run from 3 May to 21 June 2023 as an in-person group at our CBD clinic, from August to September 2023 in our Dandenong clinic, and as an online program from October to December 2023. All courses will only run if there are sufficient enrolments. 

How much does it cost? The COS-P program costs can be bulk-billed if you have a Mental Health Care Plan. If you do not, the cost is $30 per session. You must enrol and pay for all eight sessions at the outset.

How do I join? Please contact our clinic staff at clinic@cairnmillar.org.au or 1800 391 393, or by registering your interest here.

bringing up great kids

Bringing Up Great Kids is a six week program developed by the Australian Childhood Foundation. It has been evaluated and found to be an effective program in supporting the development of mindful and positive relationships between parents/carers and children.

It focuses on building positive and nurturing relationships between parents and their children. The program aims to support parents to review and enhance their patterns of communication with their children, to promote more respectful interactions and encourage the development of children’s positive self-identity.

Who is it for?This program is designed for parents of children aged 0-12. Parents who have done this program report more positive interactions with their children, less conflict and calmer family environments.

When will it be held? 

Bringing Up Great Kids will run at our Hawthorn East clinic in Term 1, for six weeks from the week of 20 February 2023 (time and day of week TBC). It will also run online from August to September 2023.

How much does it cost? Program costs can be BULK BILLED if you have a Mental Health Care Plan. If you do not, the cost is $30 per session. You must enrol and pay for all eight sessions at the outset.

How do I enrol? Please contact our clinic staff at clinic@cairnmillar.org.au,or 1800 391 393, or by registering your interest here.

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