Many of our courses are designed to help parents build strong family relationships by developing a secure attachment to their children, while others help build skills required for enhancing knowledge to navigate the challenging, often complex and changing needs of families. 

Our programs are offered in a variety of formats including 3, 6 and 8 week group courses as well as one on one individual parent consultations.


1-2-3 Magic

1-2-3 Magic works at Stop/Start behaviours. Stopping behaviour you don’t want and starting behaviour you do want.

1-2-3 Magic is a behaviour management program which aims at teaching parents and guardians simple, precise and effective ways to manage their child or children, in approximately the 2 to 12 year age range.

With 1-2-3 Magic you will learn

  • How to get your kids to STOP doing what you don’t want them to do (arguing, whining, tantrums, sibling rivalry, etc).
  • How to encourage your kids to START doing what you want them to do (cleaning rooms, going to bed, homework, etc).
  • How to avoid the Talk-Persuade-Argue-Yell-Hit syndrome.
  • How to handle misbehaviour in public.
  • How to deal with the six kinds of testing and manipulation.

ACT for Anger

An 8 week course about anger and how to deal with it effectively based on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy ACT.

In this 8 week program you will learn about anger and how to deal with it in a healthy way using tools such as mindful observation of thoughts, present moment awareness, making room for and accepting strong feelings such as anger, and how to transform it into committed action based upon what is most important to you. 

You will be given practical tasks to take away and practice during the week so as to obtain the maximum benefit from the course.


Anger Management "Its all the Rage"

Anger Management is a 5 session awareness-building program for separated parents who are dealing with anger issues, and/or who have been court ordered or legally recommended to attend an anger management program.

Parents may also self-refer.


ANGER MANAGEMENT & ABORIGINAL CULTURAL EDUCATION FOR ADOLESCENTS

This five (5) week program/course for adolescents is conducted in school settings, or school related environments such as Tirkandi Inaburra Cultural Education Centre, Cootamundra out of School Engagement Centre and Narrandera High School. The program encourages participants to look at what lies beneath their anger, and  develop positive strategies for developing improved social and emotional wellbeing and family relationships.   

Some of the Components consists of Narrative therapy or Storytelling, reflective practices and cultural practices education and connection to family and community. 
 


Bringing up Great Kids

This program is designed to promote positive, respectful parent/child relationships by helping you:

  • Learn more about the origins of your own parenting style and how it can be more effective;
  • Identify the important messages you want to convey to your children and how to achieve this;
  • Understand the messages that children communicate to their parents and carers and how they do this;
  • Discover how to overcome some of the obstacles that are getting in the way of being the kind of parent you would like to be;
  • Learn about the importance of building self-esteem in children;
  • Discover ways to take care of yourself and to find support when you need it; and
  • Develop strategies to manage your parenting approach despite the mounting pressures on your time and role.
Understanding the brain development of my kids better has helped me stay calmer and become less frustrated. I will be kinder and more understanding when my kids forget things.

Drum Beat

DISCOVERING RELATIONSHIPS USING MUSIC - BELIEFS, EMOTIONS, ATTITUDES AND THOUGHTS

Building Resilience through Rhythm

DRUMBEAT is a flexible program that combines experiential learning with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and engages young people and adults who may be anxious or resistant to ‘talk based’ therapies.

Drumbeat is an evidence-based therapeutic approach developed by the Holyoake Institute that uses music to engage participants, teach social skills and build self-esteem. The program uses drumming exercises to provide a sense of connectedness for participants with themselves and others as part of a team.

 


Engaging Adolescents

This course helps identify and clarify the key roles of parents. Learn strategies to manage and assess teenage behaviour and learn specific skills to hold tough conversations with your teenagers.

In this course you will learn to:

  • Identify your key roles as a parent
  • Sort normal teenage behaviour from abnormal behaviour
  • Use a method for managing problem behaviour, and
  • Practice using specific skills to hold tough conversations with your teenagers.

Family Footprints Program

All Family Footprints Practitioners (FFP) as part of the Family Services Education Team provide a variety of services including;
Implementation of prevention and early Intervention programs for children 0-12 years and their families across the activity locations.

  • Peer support groups for parents and carers (with a mentoring component)
  • Child Focused small group parenting programs (focus on ‘vulnerable and at risk families’ with complex needs).
  • Individualised tailored in-home and outreach parenting education. Including social media and web-based resources to deliver information about children’s development and parenting skills for families unable to or chose not to participate face to face.
  • Direct support to children and young people (in partnerships with schools)
  • Host forums for community and /or services to construct greater access to and more integrated services for families.

Aboriginal Family Footprints Practitioners

The primary focus of the Aboriginal Family Footprints Practitioner (AFFP) is the collaboration with ‘Tirkandi Inaburra Cultural and Development Centre’ in the provision of aftercare support and capacity building to young men 12-15 and their families.
The AFFP works closely with Tirkandi Inaburra staff to ensure warm smooth exit processes and collaborative follow-up processes for young men and their families.
A secondary focus will be implementation of prevention and early Intervention programs for children 0-12 years and their families across the activity locations.


Family Wellbeing

Family Well Being is a 5-stage group empowerment program that focuses on dealing with grief and loss, building positive relationships, controlling emotions and regaining control over life. It was developed by and for Indigenous people, to address the loss and grief associated with the Stolen Generation. But is now also effectively being used by non-Indigenous people.
Family Wellbeing is effective in empowering both individuals and the wider community. It uses strengths to create the best future.
By going through the stages of Family Well Being, you can become a facilitator. After completing the first two stages, you can start running Family Well Being groups.


INSTEP Program

FOR PARENTS AND STEP PARENTS IN A STEP FAMILY OR BLENDED FAMILY

Centacare recognises that blended and stepfamilies can experience unique circumstances which can be unique to traditional families. Centacare provides a research based marriage and family life education program for couples and children who have formed or are forming stepfamilies, recognising the often intricate, layered and reciprocal nature of relationships within stepfamilies.


Keeping Children Safe

Keeping Children Safe is a 5 session program that helps parents understand the effects of abuse on social relationships, parent/child relationships, and cognitive functioning.

The program looks at neglect, preventing neglect, physical and behavioural signs, physical and emotional abuse, domestic violence and children’s self esteem. The program also looks at sexual abuse and teaching protective behaviours.

This is a must do program for all parents and carers.


Keeping Kids in Mind

Attending the 5 week ‘Keeping Kids In Mind’ Parenting Program (KKIM) at Centacare has really changed my life…it was the best decision I’ve made for myself and my son, it has helped us in so many ways. Our relationship and trust is stronger. If you are a separated parent, no matter who you are or how you parent, it is definitely something you should experience. I loved it!

Keeping Kids in Mind (KKIM) is a short course for separated parents.

The course aims to help separated parents get along better for the sake of their children. Major studies have shown that children from separated parents can grow up fine. But if parents continue to fight after separation there is a very real risk that their children will grow up damaged (low self-esteem, trouble with the law, teen pregnancy, low academic achievement etc). This course aims avoid these poor outcomes.


Parents Under Pressure (PuP) Program

PROMOTING A NURTURING ENVIRONMENT FOR FAMILIES

What is Parents Under Pressure (PuP) Program?
The Parents Under Pressure Program (PuP) combines psychological principles relating to
parenting, child behaviour and parental emotion regulation within a case management model. The program is home-based and designed for families in which there are many difficult life circumstances that impact on family functioning.


The Friends Program ( 4-7 years)

What are the FRIENDS Programs?

The FRIENDS Programs are a suite of evidence-based, social and emotional skills Programs
aimed at building resilience of individuals and families across the lifespan. The FRIENDS Programs are the only Programs endorsed by the World Health Organisation as best practice for the prevention and treatment of anxiety and depression.


The Friends Program (8-11 years)

FRIENDS for Life teaches participants to cope with their feelings and the feelings of other by training them to think more positively and to relax and regulate their bodies. FRIENDS for life also teaches confidence and ways to tackle problems which helps build self esteem as participants start to solve problems they would have previously shied away from. More importantly, FRIENDS for Life enables participants to be happy, smile and be brave which helps them easily transition to their teenage years.
 


Triple P Positive Parenting Program

“Kids don’t come with an instruction manual!”

Whether you’re a mum, dad, single parent, step-parent or carer, the Triple P positive
parenting program can help you with a specific problem, or provide tips on parenting
and help with understanding your child’s development and behaviour.
The Triple P positive parenting program is for parents with children aged 3–12 years. 
The program gives you the tools to:

  • Encourage behaviour you like from your child
  • Deal positively and consistently with problem behaviour
  • Take the stress out of parenting
  • Triple P can also help to develop family relationships assisting children 
  • to reach their full potential.

 


Wise Mind

Can you hear your own Wise Mind? What is it saying?

The aim is to know what is happening in our head and our hearts at any time without
being taken over by it. Sometimes powerful thoughts and feelings hijack our wise minds.
Come and take the opportunity to explore:

  • Mindfulness
  • Distress tolerance
  • Emotional regulation
  • Interpersonal effectiveness