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When parents haven't been parented themselves in a mentally healthy way, how they can know how to parent in this way? This training is designed to support practitioners in skilling parents with effective rational interventions that bring consistently contactful connections. Backed by cutting edge research on the neuroscience and psychology of parent-child interactions (over 800 research studies), it aims to support both parent and child mental health. 


Who it is for: Practitioners working directly with parents.        

Duration/format: Live online sessions, 7 days over 4-5 months

 Admission Requirements: TISUK Practitioner qualification or equivalent

 Cost: £895 (no VAT)

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"I thoroughly enjoyed the training as it made you look at everything from all angles and just not one point of view.  It opens up so many aspects of a child’s world that we may not quite understand, and also the family unit holistically as a whole and just not a part." Denise Waters, Richard Lander School


When parents haven’t been parented themselves with emotion coaching, PACE (play/acceptance/curiosity/empathy) affect attunement, mental state talk, relational repair etc, why should they know how to parent in this way? When these experiences are missing, negative interactions can all too easily become the norm, resulting in parents and children having a miserable time together, often for years. This then impacts negatively on both parent and child mental health. 

So, this training is designed to support practitioners in skilling parents with effective relational interventions that bring consistently contactful connections. As part of this, practitioners will learn how to support parents to reflect instead or react, to prevent/ intervene effectively with child-on-parent violence (CPV), to empathise, to reflect instead or react, stay regulated and attuned under stress, all from a position of PACE. The training also includes skills in how to a) run ‘tea and talk time’ psycho-education groups for parents who want to improve their relationship with their child and learn how to handle tricky situations better b) carry out effective therapeutic sessions with parent-child dyads where relational repair is needed c) support parent-child relationships with interventions such as Parent-Child Game, Filial Therapy, Video-Interaction Guidance.


Skills in how to support parents to:

  • Develop the art of PACE, mental state talk, social joy and relational repair
  • Understand transactional analysis including being able to cross transactions and avoid psychological games.
  • Use DDP interventions effectively e.g., speaking about the child/speaking for the child.
  • Mentalize, attune to and engage with children at different developmental stages: infancy, middle childhood, the teenage years. 
  • Make the shift from stress-inducing to stress-reducing interactions. 
  • Engage in conversations on sensitive issues with children and teenagers. 
  • Have regular enriching interactions rather than family members in separate rooms/on their own devices.
  • Stay regulated and contactful in the face of behaviours that challenge. 
  • Put down boundaries in a way that is respectful and non-shaming. 
  • Address their own mental health and unprocessed trauma, recognise when they’ve got triggered and what to do about it.



The sessions are live, online and interactive, so delegates are required to have a camera and microphone on their device and delegates are expected to have their cameras on for the duration of the training. The delivery of content is intensive and in order to complete the course and take the assessment 100% attendance is required on all days

  • 5 training days
  • 1 supervision day
  • 1 assessment day. 

To complete the course assessment delegates must demonstrate relational skills with peer and staff throughout the training and give a short PowerPoint presentation on Day 7 evidencing effective relational work with a parent or group of parents. Please note: the training can be attended without assessment and the award.


The training is open to practitioners who work directly with parents in schools/organisations or wish to do so. Delegates must have received the TISUK Diploma qualification (not just attendance) or equivalent wellbeing training, counselling or psychotherapy training, or senior counselling/psychotherapy trainee status (at least second year and started supervised clinical work).  Please read our duty of care to delegates.


On successful completion of the assessment delegates will receive an Advanced Certificate in Parent-Child Therapy.

 To apply for a place, please complete the following application form Certificate in Parent Child Therapy Application Form and return to:

Courses Open for Application  


 February 2024 Course


April 2024 Course

*Application Required*

  1 & 2 Training
13th & 14th February 2024 16th & 17th April 2024 
Day 3 Training 20th March 2024 14th May 2024 
Day 4 Training 22nd April 2024  18th June 2024
Day 5 Supervision 13th May 2024  12th Jul 2024
Day 6 Training 13th June 2024  24th Sept 2024
Day 7 Assessment 1st July 2024 22nd Oct 2024 
Flyer Advanced Certificate in Parent Child Therapy Advanced Certificate in Parent-Child Therapy April 2024


Courses Underway 

  Autumn 2023 Course


 12th & 13th Oct 2023
 23rd & 24th Nov 2023
 29th Nov or 6th Dec 2023
 2nd Feb 2024