The Northern Centre offers a range of parenting programs to provide parents with additional skills to help with raising their families.
Our programs are usually held during school terms and are listed below. Government funding allows us to deliver many of our programs at no cost. We can also offer childcare for the duration of most programs. Please notify us at the time of booking if you need this service. Bookings are essential.
parenting groups for parents with children aged 0-10 years
Circle of Security
(for parents of 0 – 5 year olds)
Circle of Security is a highly successful 8 week evidenced based program that focusses on how you can strengthen your relationship with your children through understanding and responding to your children’s needs and behaviours.
Circle of Security is a relationship based, early intervention program designed to enhance attachment security between parents and children. Decades of university-based research have confirmed that secure children exhibit increased empathy, greater self-esteem, better relationships with parents and peers, enhanced school readiness, and an increased capacity to handle emotions more effectively when compared with children who are not secure.
Developed by Dr. Thomas Phelan, a registered clinical psychologist and internationally renowned expert of child discipline and Attention Deficit Disorder, this program aims to teach parents with children 3-8 years how to deal with their child’s difficult behaviour by using an easy to learn and easy to use signalling system for managing difficult behaviour.
This program runs over 3 weekly sessions of 2 hours.
(for parents of 0 – 10 year olds)
This Positive Parenting Program is one of the most effective evidence-based parenting programs, backed up by more than 35 years of ongoing research. Triple P gives parents simple and practical strategies to help them build strong, healthy relationships, confidently manage their children’s behavior and prevent problems developing. Triple P is currently used in more than 25 countries and has been shown to work across cultures, socio-economic groups and in many different kinds of family structures.
This program runs over 5 weekly sessions of 2 hours, plus a phone call.
Tuning in to Kids
(for parents of 4 – 10 year olds)
Focuses on the emotional connection between parents and children. Aims to teach parents emotion coaching skills, to help their child understand and manage their emotions, as well as improving communication and parent-child relationship. Help develop your child’s social skills and manage frustrations and conflict, thus increasing positive behaviours.
Teach your child to understand and regulate their emotions.
Teach your child the skills of ‘emotional intelligence’ – the ability to understand and control emotions.
Help your child communicate how they’re feeling and to then move to problem solving.
Explore family parenting styles and how emotions, including conflict, are handled within the family.
Learn new ways to handle emotions including those of their children, which leads to improved family relationships.
This program runs over 6 weekly sessions of 2 hours.
Tuning in to Kids Together
(for parents of 4 – 10 year olds)
Positive parenting program providing the following benefits for you and your family:
Learn about children’s brain development and emotions
Gain skills to assist your child manage difficult feelings
Learn to help your child prevent / reduce challenging behaviours
Develop strategies to stay calm when responding to emotions and challenging behaviour
Parents are invited to participate in this parenting program research, which is being run as part of a PhD project.
This new program is for parents and runs over 8 weekly sessions of 2 hours.
parenting groups for parents with children aged 12-18 years
Tuning in to Teens
(for parents of 11 – 18 year olds)
Tuning in to Teens is an effective emotional coaching program developed by the University of Melbourne that teaches parents how to help their child develop emotional intelligence. The program helps teens learn to understand and regulate their emotions.
It teaches parents:
awareness and regulation of their own emotions
awareness of their children’s emotions
to use children’s emotional experiences as an opportunity for closeness and teaching
skills in assisting teens to verbalise and manage their emotions, including difficult emotions
skills in problem solving
improve communication and reduce conflict
The research evaluation of this emotional coaching program found that when parents learned these parenting skills, there were improvements in teen’s emotional competence, social skills, and behaviour. Teens with higher emotional intelligence have fewer mental health concerns, stronger peer relationships and greater career success.
This program runs over 5 weekly sessions of 2 hours.