1. Parent Effectiveness Training, P.E.T. 
TERM 4: eight Tuesdays, 12 October to 30 November 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. Relationships Australia Canberra & Region

Upcoming Groups as of June 2021

i) Co-Parenting After Separation

Thursdays from 22 July 2021-02 September 2021

7-week course

Time: TBC

Online via Zoom

Cost: Free

ii) Bringing Up Great Kids – First 1000 Days (New parenting program)

Tuesday 31 August – 21 September 2021

4-week course

Time: 4.30pm-7.00pm

Location: Deakin

Cost: $100 per person

The Bringing Up Great Kids – First 1000 Days group program is a parenting course that nurtures new parents and parents-to-be as you commence your journey to support your new child.

Parents will explore their parenting style, understand communication and it’s impacts on families, overcome obstacles to parenting the way you wish and learn self-care.

The group will give you the opportunity to meet other people to gain friendships and support.

iii) Seasons for Growth

Monday 9 August – 30 August 2021

4-week course

Time: 10am-12.30pm

Location: Deakin

Cost: Free

Facilitated as a small group of 4-7 participants, Seasons for Growth aims to strengthen the social and emotional wellbeing of adults who are dealing with significant life changes by:

Exploring the impact of the change and loss on everyday life and, learning new ways to respond to these changes.  Loss comes in many forms such as separation, divorce, loss of a loved one or pet or change of employment.

iv) Triple P – Positive Parenting Program

Thursday 7 October – 25 November 2021

8 weeks – 4 weeks face to face, 3 weeks phone contact and 1-week final session

Time: 4pm-6pm

Location: Deakin

Cost: $80 total including Triple P Workbook and Strategies

Triple P is a flexible, practical way to develop skills, strategies and confidence to handle any parenting situation.  It is backed by decades of research and will give you a opportunity to meet other parents in similar situations.  Aimed a parents and carers of children aged 2-12 years, Triple P gives you the support and confidence to manage your child’s behaviour and make your family life less stressful.

To register or find out more contact  or call 6122 7100.


3. Cool Little Kids: a program for parents
and carers of children aged 3-6 years at CatholicCare. 

Cool Little Kids is an evidence-based, group program for parents and carers of
younger children (children do not attend the group). The program helps parents
and carers to better understand the causes and consequences of anxiety, and
use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy strategies with their children to manage
feelings of anxiety.
 Parents and carers must be able to attend 6 weekly
sessions in a group of approximately 6 families led
by two clinicians from CatholicCare.
Cool Little Kids has been developed for children who
experience anxiety for a range of reasons. However,
the program is generally not a suitable option for
children who have experienced trauma, or who have
additional mental health difficulties.

The program will run for 6 weeks:

Thursday 29th July
Thursday 5th Aug
Thursday 12th Aug
Thursday 19th Aug
Thursday 26th Aug
Thursday 2nd Sept

Time: 9:30–11:00 am

Venue: Favier House, 51 Cooyong St, Braddon ACT

Interested in attending? Please call CHN on
02 6287 8066 to book an assessment.


4. Brush Art Therapy is resuming TEENAGE Girls Art therapy group in week 2 of term 2: it will start on the 21st of July and run for 8 weeks. No previous art making skills are required. There is an intake process. 

This is a group for high school/collage aged teens in the ACT & surrounding area who wish to advance their social skills in a peer supportive group. The group is open to all non-binary and female identifying teens. Participants are required to sign up and attend each of the 8 weeks sessions (after the initial intake). Group is at the Kingston studio on Wednesdays in terms 2-3. It is ideal for people who struggle to form and maintain friendships or who would benefit from a group where belonging and shared interest is valued. We often make cosplay/anime inspired art/ costumes. TO RSVP or find out more email 


5. Mental Health Foundation – the first Rites of Passage camp to be held in Canberra this coming September. 

The camp is for teenage boys (aged 14-18) and their father or male mentor (if your son has no older man in their life and you are keen for him to attend, please send an email).

There were times when boys were raised by their community – parents, uncles, and family friends. But that is rarely the case these days.

A Rites of Passage brings this community back – to raise self-aware, responsible, resilient young men.

So, who should attend?

– boys who are lacking direction & motivation

– boys needing other male role models in their life

– boys and fathers looking to strengthen their relationships

– boys and fathers, looking to take a break from technology and

spend quality time with each other

– boys looking to create a vision around how they want to adult in

this world

– any teenage boy and their father (or male mentor)

For more details, please send an email at or click on the event link

6. Parentshop: Webinars for parents –