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We train front line practitioners from local authorities, health and teaching sectors to help when they come across parents in distressed or stressed relationships.
An in depth evidence based training programme that is targeted at practitioners working with parents in conflict and was developed following a detailed review of conflict interventions. It equips practitioners with knowledge and understanding about parental conflict, the causes of conflict, the difference between constructive and destructive conflict, plus the impact of poorly managed conflict on children.
Practitioners receive a toolkit that includes resources, visual relationship insights and practical activities and exercises that can be used to work with an individual parent or a couple who are experiencing high levels of destructive conflict. As a result, parents will be more aware of the impact of conflict on children, understand how to reduce the potentially harmful effects of conflict and develop skills to manage their conflict more constructively.
The course is particularly popular with early intervention teams, family support workers, health visitors, social workers and other family practitioners who have a front-line role with parents or children.
Following this one day workshop, practitioners reported:
- Improved understanding of parental conflict (90% of respondents)
- Improved understanding of how conflict affects children (90% of respondents)
- More confidence in supporting couples to deal with parental conflict (84% of respondents)
- Enhanced understanding of how to protect relationships from negative effects of parental conflict (81% of respondents)
This evidence based universal course is designed to help practitioners identify relationship issues and give them the confidence and skills to recognise the signs of conflict and respond appropriately, together with knowing when and where to refer to other services.
OnePlusOne has trained over 7,000 health practitioners, children service providers and many other teams with Brief Encounters ®. Research shows that one in five couples are in relationship distress so many service providers will come across people impacted by relationship problems.
Practitioners will gain practical tools, skills and information to have effective conversations that positively influence parents on an early intervention basis. The couples will learn to work through problems before they escalate. Child outcomes are improved by enabling parents to help themselves without dependency on professional care and reduced parental conflict in the child’s home life.
Following two randomised control trials [ref12], OnePlusOne found that participants of Brief Encounters ® report being TWICE as likely to:
· Identify parents who need help with relationshipissues.
· Discuss relationship problems with parents.
· Use more appropriate techniques to supportparents.
· Know when and where to refer and offer support.
Having a baby is one of the key life transitions that puts pressure on a couple relationship. This psycho-educative programme is designed to help new parents understand the changes they may experience and feel better prepared to cope with challenges.
Midwives, health visitors and anyone working with new and expectant parents in the ante-natal and postnatal natal period find this course useful.
The training provides practitioners an opportunity to enhance their skills to work directly with couples helping them prepare for challenges as early as possible. Important topics such as changing roles and expectations, communicating at times of stress, managing conflict and intimacy during pregnancy and parenthood. Resolving or preventing conflict between parents can have a positive impact on their infants’ mental health and wellbeing as well as development outcomes and educational achievements later on.
An independent study by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP 2017) concluded that parents who participated in this programme avoided the decline in relationships that would normally be expected in the period immediately after the birth of a baby and showed positive improvement in communication .
Our own evaluation showed that:
- Over half of parents stated that they changed their behaviour as a result of what they learned.
- 95% of parents agreed that they understood the common causes of arguments in a relationship.
- 95% of parents said they understood how the relationship with their partner may affect their baby.