Parenting Education Programs

CatholicCare has a range of programs to support families with their parenting issues. The focus varies across these groups with some programs focusing on parents with young children and others parents with teens. Families in the Child Protection arena are supported through a range of other programs. Each program has its own selection criteria and target group.

Programs that are offered include:

+ Bringing Up Great Kids

Available in Hobart only, the Bringing Up Great Kids program is an Australian Childhood Foundation initiative. The programs and resources support parents and carers to:

  • learn more about the origins of their own parenting style and how it can be more effective;
  • The Bringing Up Great Kids’ is an Australian Childhood Foundation initiative. The programs and resources support parents and carers to:
  • learn more about the origins of their own parenting style and how it can be more effective;
  • identify the important messages they want to convey to their children and how to achieve this;
  • learn more about brain development in children and its influence on their thoughts, feelings and behaviour;
  • understand the meaning of children’s behaviour;
  • discover how to overcome some of the obstacles getting in the way of them being the kind of parent they would like to be; and
  • discover ways for parents to take care of themselves and to find support when they need it.

The Bringing Up Great Kids Program has been identified as an Evidence Based Program and has been researched over a number of years to indicate that it is an effective parenting program for parents of all walks of life.

Contact Susanne on 62 781660 for more information, or to enrol in an upcoming group.

+ Triple P - Positive Parenting Program

Available in Southern Tasmania “When it comes to raising kids and teenagers, everyone has an opinion. There are so many ideas out there. So how do you know what’s best and what works? The Triple P – Positive Parenting Program ® takes the guesswork out of parenting. It is one of the few parenting programs in the world with evidence to show it works for most families.
Triple P gives parents simple tips to help manage the big and small problems of family life. Problems like toddler tantrums or teenage rebellion. Self-esteem issues. Bedtime battles. Disobedience. Aggression. Triple P can help you deal with them all – and more!”

Contact Susanne on 62 781660 for more information, or to enrol in an upcoming group.

Integrated Family Support Services [IFSS] Centacare provides in-home and outreach support to families in George Town and the Launceston area. We work alongside families, assisting them achieve personal goals that have been agreed with them. The goals may be in the areas of parenting, life skill development, understanding child development or connecting with community. The aim is to strengthen families and minimise the need for more formal service involvement. Access to these services happens after a referral via the Gateway Service. Phone 6323 6700 or 1800 171 233.


+ Reunification (Pathway Home)

An initiative operating in the South of Tasmania, working collaboratively with Child Protection Services to achieve positive outcomes for children and families undertaking the reunification process. We achieve this through the provision of intensive support to all members of the family undertaking both practical and therapeutic work and case planning. All services are individually tailored to meet the unique needs of families. Our aim is to ensure the safe and sustainable return of children to their families, after a period of time in alternate care arrangements. All referrals come direct from Child Protection Services.


+ PAUSE - Parenting Adolescents with Understanding, Sensitivity and Engagement

PAUSE is a program designed to assist parents navigate the often turbulent world they enter when their children become teenagers. The aim of the program is to: * Provide parents with the skills and strategies that are necessary to assist their children in the transition from childhood to adulthood.

  • Assist parents understand the development of the adolescent brain
  • Provide parents with an understanding of the physical and emotional changes associated with adolescence
  • Navigate the changing world of the adolescent and their need to be connected
  • Provide a sound understanding of solving disputes with adolescent children
  • Learn how to communicate effectively and have fun with teen-aged children
  • Learn how to care for yourself so you can continue to care for your children

This program is offered in the South only.


+ 123 Magic

The 123 Magic and Emotion coaching group is based on the program designed by Dr Thomas W. Thelan. The program aims to teach parents how to deal with their children’s difficult behaviour by using an easy-to-learn signalling system. Parents are also taught strategies for encouraging the development of children’s ability to manage their emotional reactions. The focus of the program is dealing with difficult behaviours in 2-12 year old’s that parents want to stop in their homes/classrooms in a way that does not shame the child. It is a simple but effective program that does not put all it’s emphasis on ‘punishment’ but rather asks parents to find a space to show empathy and understanding to each child’s immediate experience. 
The key concepts to the program are that children are not ‘mini adults’ and therefore do not understand the world in the same way as adults do. Too much talk and too much emotion from parents overwhelms children and strategies are offered for ways to teach children ‘toggling’ – moving from their emotional brain to their reasonable brain.

The courses are run over 3 weeks by way of 3 x 2 hour weekly sessions.