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.
View our 2019 Terms 3-4 timetable below.
(8 week program for parents of 0 – 18 year olds)
Would you like to feel more calm, connected and compassionate with your child, and within yourself?
When: Saturdays from 19 October to 7 December 2019
Time: 1:30pm to 4:30pm
Where: The Northern Centre, Level 3, 3-5 Anthony Road, West Ryde
(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.
For further information, see www.circleofsecurity.net.
(for parents of 3 – 8 year olds)
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.
(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.
This program runs over 6 weekly sessions of 2 hours.
(for parents of 4 – 10 year olds)
Positive parenting program providing the following benefits for you and your family:
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.
(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:
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.