Parenting and caring can be one of the most rewarding, but also the most challenging, tasks. Parents and carers can experience loving their children as well as being angry at them, or even resenting having them.
We are also constantly met with opinions about when to force our children to eat or when to let them go to bed hungry; about how to deal with their tantrums and whether to discipline them; about whether yelling at children teaches them a lesson or only damages them, and the list goes on. Parents and carers have to constantly ‘turn up’ at work the next day and keep their children safe and well while juggling countless other responsibilities.
This group is about sharing these experiences together while learning from one of the most evidenced-based, highly-valued programs about parent-child relationships: The Circle of Security Parenting Program.
What makes a secure relationship?
As a carer, you may experience a range of positive emotions, but also negative emotions such as anger, guilt, regret, and shame. If you have had any of these negative experiences, you are not alone! This is part of being human and experiencing human relationships, including as carers. Our emotional brain plays an important part in our survival. Being a successful carer is not about doing everything right, but about building a secure emotional bond with our children.
Secure relationships are often related to what we call ‘attachment’. Attachment is the children’s bond to their carers. Their need to reply on you, and your desire to care for them in a secure and reliable way. We know that these bonds do not always form naturally or immediately, and it is helpful to explore these concepts in a reflective way to promote understanding and growth.
So, what is Circle of Security?
The Circle of Security parenting program is not about techniques or a list of things you should do daily as a parent. This program is about understanding your child better, exploring their needs, and what meeting those needs means for their security. This program will develop your ability to reflect on who you are as a parent and what you bring (good and ugly) to the dynamic of this complex and rewarding relationship. The program is aimed at practically supporting you to strengthen your connection with your child through a focus on the child’s sense of security.
How do I know if this program is right for me?
If any of the below statements resonate with you, this program could be the right fit:
You are a parent or carer of a child 0-12 years old
- You have sometimes wondered whether you are doing a ‘good enough’ job of parenting your children
- You would like to explore how to build more secure relationships
- You are unsure of how to understand your child
- You are willing to self-reflect
- You are looking for ways to improve your connection to your child
Program Duration: 8 weeks
Session lengths: 60 to 90 minutes
Group Size: 6-10 parents
Dates & Schedule
- Please visit later for our upcoming group schedule.
Fees are $100 per session per person (NDIS fees might differ; please check with the clinic)
- Full payment is required no later than two weeks before starting the group. Medicare rebates are not available.