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Parent Link Courses

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About how we run our courses

What is special about our courses?

Our courses have been developed by Parent Network Scotland and are run within small, friendly groups, guided and supported by a parent facilitator.  This enables parents to explore issues that are important to them in a safe and supportive environment.  Our courses nurture the group to ‘do the work’ themselves, so that change is a personally generated process, rather than something parents feel has been imposed upon them.

What are our courses like?

Courses generally run as a series of weekly sessions of approximately 2 hours. Parents are guided through a series of exercises and activities which are designed to examine parent’s individual experiences of parenting and being parented. Our facilitators appreciate the strong feelings and recollections this process can stimulate.  They are trained to support groups in appropriately sharing and exploring these experiences, learning from each other in a focused and non-threatening way.  We recognise every parent is different, so we are able to adapt our courses to reflect individual needs, such as literacy, language or support issues.

Parents are encouraged to recognise and celebrate their existing skills and explore new strategies for the future.  Groups work together to explore fresh approaches and support each other in make changes which feel meaningful to them.  Experiential learning is reinforced with ‘take home’ tasks which consolidate learning between sessions and are reported back to the group. The four courses offered at the moment are Getting on with your Child, Getting on with your Teenager, New baby, New parent and New baby in the family.

Comments from Shetland parents who have done the course.  

 ‘It has been great to talk openly, feel some support and get some realistic advice. The facilitator was excellent’.

 ‘I found it very helpful and gave me some very useful information.’

 ‘Speaking to people help me to see a problem from different sides and help solve them. Thanks a lot for the opportunity to be here, I am happy that I could find the time for the lessons.’

 ‘Great insight into new ways of tackling situations and understanding your own feelings and needs as well as your child’s. Great group support and tutor. So much learned.’

 ‘Made some new friends too.’


To contact Parent Link Shetland email parentlink@shetland.org

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