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Parenting Under Pressure Course

This program is designed:
To help families who are struggling with the many difficult life circumstances that impact on their family functioning.

The program supports:
Individual needs and works from your own strengths as a parent, to help you and your family build stronger relationships, manage challenging behaviours and make the family environment more nurturing and less stressful.

The program runs for 2 hours on Monday mornings for 5 weeks.
To register please contact Bec or Linda at The Early Parent Centre on 3028 4690

Supported Reintegration Service

Announcing our new Supported Reintegration Service, a program in which we work with people who have been recently released from prison to support them to transition back into family and community as smoothly as possible.

Our SRS workers nonjudgementally provide support for 12 months through:

  • Case management
  • Practical assistance
  • Advocacy
  • Assisting you with applications and forms
  • Supporting you with referrals to other programs and services

Learn more about the Supported Reintegration Service.

Pre-Marriage Counselling

Looking for information on our pre-marriage counselling/education program?

Prepare/Enrich is relationship enhancement education program done prior to your wedding.

Provided as a combination of online and face-to-face contact, this program allows couples to explore their relationship using an Internet based questionnaire, followed by face-to-face time with a Relationships Specialist.

Kids Corner

Starting: Wednesday 1st May
What Time: 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Afternoon tea will be provided.
Where: Ipswich Women's Centre Against Domestic Violence
Who can attend: Boys & Girls Aged 8-11 who have experienced or witnessed domestic violence

The group will run every Wednesday for 6 weeks and cover the following topics:

  • What is domestic violence?
  • Recognising feelings and expressing feelings
  • Self-esteem
  • Families
  • Communication
  • Safety

The group will have a fun and relaxed atmosphere and provide an opportunity for children to engage in some activities, and meet with others who have had similar experiences.

Children will:

  • learn that they are not responsible for domestic violence
  • learn to express their feelings in ways that are respectful to themselves and others
  • and much more.

Please RSVP (07) 3816 3000. If you have any questions then give us a call. Hope to see you there!

Life direction

A boat docked in a tiny Mexican village. An American tourist complimented the Mexican fisherman on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took him to catch them.

"Not very long," answered the fisherman.

"But then, why didn't you stay out longer and catch more?" asked the tourist.

The fisherman explained that his small catch was sufficient to meet his needs and those of his family.

The tourist asked, "But what do you do with the rest of your time?"

"I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, and take a siesta with my wife. In the evenings, I go into the village to see my friends, have a few drinks, play the guitar, and sing a few songs... I have a full life."

The tourist interrupted, "I have an MBA from Harvard and I can help you! You should start by fishing longer every day. You can then sell the extra fish you catch. With the extra revenue, you can buy a bigger boat. With the extra money the larger boat will bring, you can buy a second one and a third one and so on until you have an entire fleet of trawlers. Instead of selling your fish to a middle man, you can negotiate directly with the processing plants and maybe even open your own plant. You can then leave this little village and move to Mexico City, Los Angeles, or even New York City! From there you can direct your huge enterprise."

"How long would that take?" asked the fisherman.

"Twenty, perhaps twenty-five years," replied the tourist.

"And after that?"

"Afterwards? That's when it gets really interesting," answered the tourist, laughing. "When your business gets really big, you can start selling stocks and make millions!"

"Millions? Really? And after that?"

"After that you'll be able to retire, live in a tiny village near the coast, sleep late, play with your children, catch a few fish, take a siesta with your wife and spend your evenings drinking and enjoying your friends."


As you may know today is V-DAY! V-Day is a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls. V-Day is a catalyst that promotes creative events to increase awareness, raise money, and revitalize the spirit of existing anti-violence organizations. V-Day generates broader attention for the fight to stop violence against women and girls, including rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation (FGM), and sex slavery.

So today we are rising! No matter where you are, join the millions of people across the world and take part in One Billion Rising, a global campaign to stop violence against women. Visit One Billion Rising to learn more and get involved.

Parenting Under Pressure (PUP) Course

Parents under Pressure (PuP)
Parenting Course - Register now

Are you under stress raising your children or helping care for friends and/or relatives children?
This program aims to help families build solid relationships and manage challenging behaviour.

When: Monday 18th February, 10.00am – 12.00pm (every Monday for Five Weeks)
Where: Elorac Place, 11a Southampton Rd, Ellen Grove
Call: Elle Saunders (Family Support Worker – Elorac Place on (07) 3271 3592 to register
or email ywp@elorac.org or Tdenton@anglicaresq.org.au for more information

Content of sessions include:
Week One: View yourself as a parent/carer
Week Two: Connecting with your child
Week Three: Life Skills
Week Four: Relationships and communicating effectively
Week Five: Where to from here

Parentshop Training 2013

One-day training courses for professionals and teachers

Parentshop have announced the professional training dates in QLD for the first part of the year. These courses are suitable for counsellors, family workers, psychologists, teachers, nurses and other professionals who work with children, youth and/or families.


manage difficult behaviour in children

1-2-3 Magic & Emotion Coaching is a program for professionals who work with families and/or children aged between 2 and 12 years. It teaches strategies to promote positive behaviour in children and tools to manage difficult behaviour. The course covers common parenting mistakes including too much talk and too much emotion, how to sort a child's behaviour, strategies for responding to each behaviour group. The professional training includes role play, group discussion, worksheets and videos. Each participant receives a manual and a slideshow of the parent presentation which enables you to teach 1-2-3 Magic & Emotion Coaching to parents. Lunch and morning and afternoon tea are provided.


EARLY-BIRD FEE: $359 book and pay by early-bird date.
FULL FEE: $459


resolve teenage behaviour problems

Engaging Adolescents is for professionals who work with families who want to resolve teenage behavioural problems. The updated 2012 course looks at what is reasonable teenage behaviour, how to teach teenagers to manage their behaviour and emotional reactions, how parents can build a relationship with their teenagers and strategies for dealing with unacceptable behaviour. The professional training includes role play, group discussion, worksheets and videos. Each participant receives a manual and a slideshow of the parent presentation which will enable them to teach to Engaging Adolescents to parents. Lunch and morning and afternoon tea are provided.


EARLY-BIRD FEE: $359 book and pay by early-bird date.
FULL FEE: $459


Mums & Bubs

Starting 1st Febrary, 2013 we will be holding a weekly gathering at the Early Parent Centre in Inala. Every Friday for eight weeks, mums and babies (under 12 months) can come together to meet others and make friends over coffee and a snack. We will also be learning new skills such as massage, sleeping tips, new songs, milestones, etc. There will be a nurse onsite to answer questions and give advice. So come along! You must register first by calling the EPC on 3028 4690, or Inala Child Health on 3275 5460 (Sharon). Please try and register by 25th January. See you there! laugh

Online Counselling back up for 2013

You may have noticed that our Online Counselling service took a break over the Christmas and New Year holidays (and also while we totally revamped this website). Well it is now back up and we are again taking new clients. Please note that this is a relationship counselling service for residents of Australia only. Cheers smiley


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