Parenting Courses

Coronavirus update

To protect our service-users and the wider community during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are not able to offer face-to-face services and are postponing any training or group activities until further notice. Please note that for parents of younger children, our SPECS Bray service is offering online and phone support and information.

Parents Plus Parenting Adolescents taster session

We're running a short online taster session in October 2020, to give you an introduction to our Parents Plus Parenting Adolescents course to help you decide if you want to do the full programme. This session includes:

  • Topics covered in the programme
  • Understanding the teenage brain
  • Tips to help you get started with positive parenting


We provide free parenting courses to support parents and carers in their vital role of parenting.  

***Please note that you must meet certain criteria to be eligible to attend these courses.***

Parents Plus Parenting Adolescents

An evidence-based six-week parenting course that promotes effective communication and positive relationships in families with adolescents aged 11 to 16 years.

Suitable for parents and people caring for adolescents aged 11-16 years - including couples, lone parents, foster or  step-parents, grandparents, other family members, all other guardians and carers of children.

Topics covered include:

  • Getting to know and connecting with your teenager
  • Communicating positively and effectively
  • Building your teenager’s self-esteem and confidence
  • Negotiating rules and boundaries
  • Teaching teenagers responsibility
  • Positive discipline for teenagers
  • Managing conflict
  • Solving problems together

Quotes from parents who have attended our Parenting Adolescents programme:

Since the programme I have succeeded in communicating more positively and avoid areas of conflict with my teenager

I have become a more confident parent

I really enjoyed talking to other parents who were going through the same thing

Keep an eye on our Events page for date of next course or call Jennifer Jones or Lorna Lafferty on 01 286 8266. 


Parents Plus 6-11 years Programme

This 6-week programme aims to help you develop a closer and more satisfying relationship with your children, and will show you: 

  • how to communicate positively with children
  • ways to encourage good social skills
  • well-researched methods to tackle behaviour problems.

Keep an eye on our Events page for date of next course.

"Very good course - recommend to anyone."  Participant

"A really supportive interactive course with great facilitators who helped us open up about our challenges at home.  Do it!"  Participant

"What I liked most was the honest interaction between all the participants.  It really helped to understand that parenting is a tricky job and we're all doing the best we can with what we know."  Participant