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1. Parent Effectiveness Training, P.E.T. 
Dates – eight Thursdays, 27 April to 10 June 2021, 6:30 pm – 9:45 pm. Weston Community Hub. Facilitator – Larissa Dann: 
From Larissa’s website: 

“Parent Effectiveness Training is a gentle, peaceful parenting approach that helps develop a relationship of warmth and respect between children and their parents or carers. Importantly, P.E.T does not use punishment and reward to change a child’s behaviour. 

What is P.E.T.?

Essentially, P.E.T. is a set of communication skills, embedded in a philosophy of valuing, and respect for, children. Parents learn how to:

  • recognise ‘who owns the problem’
  • listen so the other feels understood
  • assert their needs without blaming or putting down others
  • deal with resistance
  • handle conflict, so that both parties (parent and child) can live with the outcome – “no-lose conflict resolution”
  • avoid the use of punishments or rewards
  • influence children, and skills for resolving values collisions.”

Larissa’s contact details can be found on her website.

2. Term 2Mindful Motherhood – Practical Tools for Staying Sane during Pregnancy and

Your Child’s First Year.
8 free sessions for pregnant women or new mothers of a baby under eight months of age, facilitated by Child and Family Centre Workers,
including weekly Yoga sessions with a certified Yoga instructor.

The aim of the group is to:
• Increase understanding of the concepts of mindfulness.
• Build confidence and skills to cope with stress.
• Promote emotional balance and assist with regulating emotions.
• Increase acceptance of emotions and thoughts
• Approach experiences with a calm and non-judgmental mind.
• Assisting with responding to your child’s thoughts and emotions.
For Registration and Information please contact the Intake Service at:
Gungahlin Child & Family Centre on 6207 0120


3. Messengers Program

Due to popular demand, the Messengers Program will again be offering free parenting seminars for challenged parents of adolescents.  Facilitated by social workers, Sarah O’Sullivan and Gretel Burgess, the seminars are designed to improve knowledge of adolescent development and confidence in using strategies to parent a teenager experiencing mental health issues.

The seminar will be held over two nights (Thursday, 6 & 13 May 2021, 5.30pm – 7.30pm) at the Tuggeranong Arts Centre. Generally, the seminars will cover topics such as:

  • Understanding adolescent development
  • Mental health concerns in teenagers (including anxiety, depression, & self-harm)
  • Positive communication
  • Coping strategies

Please visit the website for a registration form:

Limited spaces are available. For more information contact the program organisers on 6293 1443 or