Parenting Courses - Dorset

Dorset Council run a range of parenting courses for parents of children aged 0 to 16 years old.

They have courses about:

  • young children
  • teenagers
  • children with challenging behaviour
  • teenagers with aggressive or abusive behaviour
Incredible Babies

For parents with babies from birth to crawling.

The Parents and Babies Program is delivered over 8 weeks in one-hour sessions with trained facilitators. The facilitators help you and your baby with topics that will support attachment and bonding. 

Incredible Years

The Incredible Years Parenting Programme is an evidence-based programme (this means it's based on research) devised by Caroline Webster-Stratton, a child psychologist. This course can help you to:

  • strengthen your parenting skills
  • build healthy relationships with your child
  • reduce inappropriate behaviours

This is a free programme and aimed at parents of children aged between 3 and 12 years old.

Living with Teenagers

Living with teenagers is a 7 week evidence-based programme. This programme is designed to help parents and carers of teenagers aged 11 to 16 years who are experiencing behaviour and communication difficulties.

The programme covers:

  • understanding how behaviour is learnt
  • increase understanding of 'normal' behaviour and typical developmental stages
  • increasing wanted behaviour and decreasing unwanted behaviour
  • types of sanctions
  • looking after yourself
  • empowering parents
  • boosting self-confidence
  • sharing difficulties with other parents to work together to solve problems

Contact your locality team for information about dates and venues.

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