Parents as Partners

Hear from 5 parents who have been on the Parents as Partners programme.

Do you want help with your relationship, and to be the best parents you can be?

Parents as Partners is a safe space for couples and co-parents to work out how to move forward if things have been difficult. It is a free programme that looks at the whole family, not just the relationship between parents and their children. The free sessions are led by trained group workers who work with both parents to foster long lasting change. Both parents are involved in sessions, and the group is always led by a male and female pair of trained workers.

If you are a parent interested in joining a group, please click

To find out more please call us on 020 7380 6099 or email to parentsaspartners@tavistockrelationships.org.

If you are a practitioner who would like to refer a family who could benefit please click here.

More about our programme here, as featured on BBC Radio 4 PM (Thursday 23 June 2016, from 5pm)
Or listen to clip one and clip two on the BBC Radio 4 website

What can I expect?

You and your child's other parent will attend sessions with other parents. In this time you will be working on your relationship, yourself, exploring family patterns, as well as improving your parenting skills and helping your child succeed. Free child care is available on site.

Sessions include a mix of creative activities, video clips and discussions, input from the group leaders and space to talk about the things that are important for you. The group is a safe space to explore things that might be difficult and sad, as well as a space for lively discussion, fun and meeting other people who might be going through similar situations.

Hear about our programme from Group Workers Steve and Antonia

How does it help?

Parents as Partners has proven results in helping:

  • Improve your relationship and communication with your child's other parent
  • Strengthen your family relationships and improve your child's wellbeing and success
  • Manage the challenges and stress of family life
  • Reduce conflict in your relationship

Is it for me?

To benefit from this programme, whether you are together or separated, you need to be willing to talk together about how you would like to bring up your children. Groups include couples and co-parents from different backgrounds, and there are also groups for adoptive couples (click here for more info), same sex couples, and for couples dealing with the particular stresses of parenting a child on the Autism Spectrum.

A specialist group to be run in early September 2016 in central London. Tavistock Relationships has created this specialised service of therapeutic groups to respond to the particular stresses and unique challenges placed on couples with a child diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.

These groups, run over 16 weeks, are free and designed to support couples who have a child with autism. Each session lasts for 2 hours with a small number of couples, typically 5 or 6. Help organising childcare can be provided in order for couples to attend.

What's involved? 

After you have got in touch with us, you and your partner will meet with our expert group workers and they will be able to answer any further questions you might have and decide if the group is the right sort of help for you and your family. All of this will be done before the group begins.

The group sessions themselves comprise a mixture of creative activities, communication exercises, discussion and reflection.

The group will become a safe space to explore both the positive and negative effects for couples of caring for a child on the autism spectrum and to think about the specific challenges placed on the couple relationship. We believe that there is a benefit in thinking about these issues within a group of couples, facilitated by experienced group therapists, who potentially share some of these same difficulties and challenges.

 

What do parents say about our group sessions?

'It is a positive, challenging, and rewarding journey.'

'This is a tremendous opportunity to help your marriage, family, kids and self in a cheerful, helpful, non-threatening environment.

A once in a lifetime opportunity.'

'Helped me to listen and communicate more. We now argue much less and this has helped us and our child.'

'It has been brilliant for our relationship.'

Please note:

  • Both parents have to agree to participate and attend the group together
  • This isn't a programme for one parent only
  • We meet couples/co-parents before to decide together whether the programme is suitable for you
  • You cannot attend if you are currently involved in care proceedings or private family law proceedings

Where do the sessions take place?

The next groups run by Tavistock Relationships will be at venues in:

  • Westminster, Camden, Southwark and Islington.
  • You don't need to live in one of these areas to attend a group, but do need to be able to travel to a group for the weekly sessions

How to apply or make a referral

If you are a parent interested in joining a group, please click

To find out more please call us on 020 7380 6099 or email to parentsaspartners@tavistockrelationships.org.

Alternatively you can click here for an application form and we will contact you to arrange an appointment.

If you are a practitioner who would like to refer a family who could benefit please click here.

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