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Title: The power of positive parenting

Peadar Maxwella/. Principal Psychologist
Child, Adolescent and Family Psychology, Wexford
L.H.O., H.S.E. South
Aims of this workshop
  • History and Development of the Drop-in Project
  • Why, How, When and Who of the project?
  • How it works for us
  • Replicable?
  • Future Plans?

Positive parenting
  • Promoting childrens development and managing
    their behaviour and emotions in a positive way
  • Building strong relationships
  • Good communication
  • Emphasising the positive
  • Planning ahead to prevent problems
  • Using everyday situations and creating
    opportunities to help children learn

Benefits for children, parents, educators
  • Develop skills, better at school
  • Build friendships, feel good
  • Feel good about themselves
  • Have fewer behavioural and emotional problems or
    delinquent behaviour
  • Feelings of confidence, support
  • Less conflict and stress

The evidence base
  • International trial evidence that 15 of boys and
    14 of girls have behavioural and emotional
    difficulties in the clinical range
  • Queensland Parenting Survey (1999)
  • N.S.W. Child Health Study (2001)
  • The Clonmel Project (2006)
  • The Counties of South Carolina (2007)
  • Parents Plus Programmes (on-going)
  • Local evidence?

Parenting Interventions OfferedHow the Drop-In
Fits in
  • Individual Parenting Sessions
  • Family Consultations
  • Parent Drop-In Service
  • Group Courses
  • Targeted Courses
  • Seminars and Talks
  • Non-prescriptive

The Psychology Parent Drop-In Service
The beginning
  • Local research (Wexford C.A.F. Psychology 2000)
  • What did it say?
  • Waiting list
  • Privacy, expense
  • Pilot programme
  • Clonard, New Ross (Enniscorthy, Gorey)
  • How did things go?

Core principles of the drop-in
  • Creating a safe, interesting environment
  • Having a positive learning environment
  • Using assertive discipline
  • Having realistic expectations
  • Parents/Carers taking care of themselves
  • Child Protection is a statutory obligation

How does it actually work?
  • Recommended, self referrals
  • Wednesday mornings
  • No prior appointment, no cost
  • 30 to 40 minutes
  • Some notes take
  • Listening, reflection, advice, contacts shared,
  • Return?
  • Referrals onwards?

How does it actually work?
Who staffs the drop-in? Statistics? Follow-up
from the drop-in? What do other professionals and
areas/services think of the drop-in? Where next?
Integrating this new approach to service
  • Informing Stakeholders
  • referrers, service users
  • Effects on Existing Services
  • referrals onwards, admin., self-efficacy
  • Pilot rolled-out (Co. Wexford and the SE)
  • 2002 to 2007
  • Local Evidence
  • Service users, 2 years
  • Co-professional buy-in, late-2008

Possible difficulties
Drop-in too busy Staff burn-out Expectations too
high Not knowing everything about
everything! More work generated Coverage by staff
Take home message and Questions
Could you see a version of this in your service?
Ráth Dé ar bhur gcuid oibre
Healthy families
competent children, confident parents, strong