Parenting Workshop – £7 – Norwich 30/3/19


This is an introduction to Parent Effectiveness Training (PET), a person centred approach to parenting developed by Dr Thomas Gordon of Gordon Training International.  Gordon’s conceptual model is the Behaviour Window. This is a framework which emphasises problem prevention; and offers communication and conflict resolution skills to manage any relationship problem.
Parents who invest their time and energy in this approach, do so because they want to get the best from themselves and their children. They identify and build on their strengths; and they find their own voice, which is often different to that of their own parents. They keep their children safe by using power appropriately and they have strategies for preventing problems from happening in the first place.
They guide and influence their children to be themselves and live in the world; and they ask for their needs to be met because respectful relating is a two-way street. They become skilful listeners and communicators, who raise children to become resilient and creative problem solvers. The result is strong long-term relationships and happier, calmer family environments.

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‘There is no such thing as bad behaviour’

Thomas Gordon was Carl Rogers’ PhD student at the University of Chicago in the 1960s. He developed PET from his Leadership Effectiveness Training model because he felt that parents needed respectful communication skills, to help them lead in such a way that children would want to follow. At the heart of his approach are the conditions of Empathy, Unconditional Positive Regard and Congruence. Like Rogers, Gordon was also nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, for his contribution to the betterment of humanity.
The founding principle of PET is a belief that children aren’t bad or naughty; they simply behave in ways that satisfy a need they are experiencing in that moment. A baby cries because she is hungry; a four-year-old sticks his hands into a pot of paint because he wants to play and explore; a sixteen-year-old comes home later than you feel is safe because she feels a need to be with her friends. Humans need to meet their needs so they can learn and grow. This includes children AND their parents. It is in meeting these conflicting needs that most parent/child relationships get into trouble.
This workshop will give you a brief introduction to Gordon’s Behaviour Window and will focus on one skill in particular, The Confronting I Message (or Talking Straight). This workshop is for parents/carers of all verbal children. It is also for Counsellors who wish to refer clients struggling with family relationships. This course can count towards 3 hours of your CPD.
Facilitator: Andrea Rippon has a long background in designing and delivering Person Centred People Skills courses. This includes being Course Director of the Certificate in Counselling Skills at the University of East Anglia (2000-2010). She is a Certified Parent and Youth Educator (Gordon Training International, California), a Licensed NLP practitioner and a Qualified Appreciative Inquiry Coach. She delivers programmes in Leadership Skills, Effective Communication Skills, Emotional Intelligence, Group Facilitation and Action Learning. Andrea has two children (16 and 20) and is a daughter to her elderly parents, one of whom has dementia. She writes for the Eastern Daily Press and has been featured as a Parenting ‘Expert’ on BBC Radio Norfolk.
Venue: St Barnabas Counselling Centre
Date: Saturday, 30th March
Time: 10am-1pm
Cost: £7 per person
To book: Please ‘Add to Cart’, ‘View Cart’, ‘Proceed to Checkout’ and complete the information.  I will invoice you and your place will be confirmed when payment has been made bank transfer. Please direct all queries to Andrea by email or phone 07814 735970.

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