Partners in Parenting is a new imitative for the Rose of Durham that was developed by Rose of Durham staff out of an identified need that was assessed by staff within the Durham region. Both clients and staff were seeking a co-parenting group that facilitates an understanding between parents to work together to foster a healthy and nurturing environment to raise their children. None were available in the Durham Region that was accessible for our young parents. Partners in Parenting is designed to encourage young parents to explore strategies they can implement in daily lives that will enable their desired outcome in their parenting.
The program is for couples who are parenting together whether or not they are in a relationship; the only requirement is that they are committed to parenting together.
Skills that are presented within the group are modeled by Rose of Durham staff while in the group environment. This is accomplished by having both a male and female group facilitator. Participants are exposed to positive male / female interactions that are continuously modeled within group format.
The program was designed by our male counsellor, a female contract counsellor and our clinical supervisor, with input from all staff. The program focus was to create a supportive environment that would stimulate thought as to which avenue to take when parenting. Material was draw upon resources counsellors had previous experience with.
The eight week program is presented within these themes:
Week 1: Family Constellations & Virtues
Week 2: Effective Communication Styles, Working as a Team
Week 3: Wants vs. Needs
Week 4: Attachment, importance of
Week 5: Parenting Styles
Week 6: Teachable Moments
Week 7: Growing Healthy Children with Healthy Self Esteem
Week 8: Wrap Up
Partners in Parenting is presenting offered on Wednesdays between 6:30 and 8:30 pm, in eight session increments at the Rose of Durham. The group is co-facilitated by a male counsellor and a contracted female counsellor who helped to develop the group content.