The Parenting Support Newsletter, a twelve page document providing information for the parent population on current trends and research on child development and parenting. Now in its 21st year of production, 2,000 copies are published each quarter and distributed through a number of NGOs, schools, groups and medical practitioners and via email. This serves as a public relations/marketing tool as well as a means of fundraising for the organization.
These consist of four or more interactive training sessions on a variety of topics. We also collaborate with other organizations that deliver parent education programmes, for example, Love and Logic Parenting and Common Sense Parenting. We also run concurrent children’s workshops with these courses in Social and Emotional Learning. Childcare is provided at all workshops and courses as required.
Since 1995 the founders and our facilitators have appeared on radio and television to speak on parenting topics. In November 2013 our media campaign Parenting 911 radio features began airing on local stations with tips published in the three daily papers as part of our Conscious Parenting promotion. CL Communications’ 103.5 Heartbeat Radio airs a ParentingTT series on Fridays from 10.30-11.00 a.m.
Counseling Services, Referrals and psychological and educational assessments
Counseling services by trained professionals, at an affordable cost. For those persons who we are unable to assist, TTIPS provides a referral system to the relevant agency or professional(s) that can meet their identified needs. In 2013 educational and other assessments were introduced, at 50% of usual costs, for families in the East communities.
ParentingTT has recruited a number of trained facilitators who conduct short training workshops on request (i.e. 1 – 3 hours). These workshops bring parents together to share experiences and information and explore the development of new parenting skills.
Parent Empowerment Groups
Parent Empowerment Groups provide opportunities for parents to support and learn from each other as they explore issues related to their performance and effectiveness as parents. Their personal development as individuals is also a focus.
Facilitator Training for Parent Empowerment
Training is conducted annually to prepare trainers/ leaders to lead parent empowerment and parenting programmes nationwide. The training is participatory and is designed for participants to share experiences, and receive information on research and best practices in the field of parent education and support. While the focus is on parents, the skills taught are applicable to any group of individuals including teachers and students. To date more than 100 facilitators have been trained.
The primary methodologies used in ParentingTT projects centre on: strengths-based and positive psychology, Appreciative Inquiry, process facilitation, experiential learning activities, art, multi-media and drama.