To support lasting and transformative growth and change, we believe that we must approach all those we work with with openness and curiosity and from a position of acceptance, respect and unconditional positive regard. We believe that honesty, trust and vulnerability are essential tools in unlocking the barriers to connection.
This one day workshop will include a screening of the documentary 'Resilience', which outlines the findings of the Adverse Childhood Experiences study and explores interventions that help protect children against the effects of toxic stress. It will discuss ACES, including the NI context and explore the mechanisms by which ACEs lead to poor outcomes. It will examine the concept of resilience and explore how ACEs / resilience manifest in practice.
'START FROM THE HEART' PARENTS SUPPORT PROGRAMME
This programme is normally delivered over 12 weeks (approx. 2 hours per week) and will be tailored to the needs of the participants and / or the organisation commissioning the programme. We believe that parents are best helped when they feel respected and supported in a non-judgemental way. In a down to earth manner, the Programme introduces the latest research on neuroscience, brain development, attachment and the impact of childhood trauma. This research tells us why we need to build loving and lasting attachments with our children in order to give them the best future possible and how best to do so. We explore how stress, relationships and early experiences affect us, as we journey through parenting. We share ideas and techniques that will help parents build their self-esteem, self-awareness and enhance their physical and mental health.
This programme engages young men who have been involved in violence. It aims to build Safety, Awareness, Freedom from violence and Emotional regulation. While participants are expected to take responsibility for their previous actions, these are not the focus. The group focuses on:
Safety – Building a stress management toolkit, recognising and understanding triggers and building a support network to reduce future risks
Awareness - Understanding the roots of violent behaviour. Adverse Childhood Experiences and how they lead to toxic stress, which affects the brain, body, attachment and core beliefs
Freedom from violence – Building resilience, self-belief and a future free from violence
Emotional regulation - How to recognise and manage emotions. What is self-regulation? Techniques to build self-regulation skills
The programme is normally delivered over 12 weeks (approx. 2 hours per week) and will be tailored to the needs of the participants and / or the organisation commissioning the programme.
Our one off workshops are open to parents of children of any age, in order to strengthen and enrich their relationships with their children and themselves. Like the Parents Support Programme, the workshop introduces the latest research (as outlined above) in a fun and user friendly way, helping parents explore the impact of their own early experiences on their parenting journey.