Parent and carer workshops
Parent Workshop Programme
The Parent Workshop Programme offers free 1 hour workshops for parents and carers, and offer support, advice and guidance on how best to support a child or young persons emotional health and wellbeing.
This programme offers families a range of one hour workshops, led by the Psychology in Schools Team.
The Psychology in Schools Team is made up of clinical psychologists and senior psychotherapists who have worked in specialist mental health services. They have specialist skills and are trained to work with both children and adults. As a team they are passionate about empowering communities to support the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people, and work in schools across Suffolk.
The workshops will be recorded so anyone unable to attend can still access the content.
If you miss a workshop or want to watch it again you can find all of our parent workshops on the NSFT Mental Health YouTube channel
Supporting young people with anxiety
This workshop is for parents of school aged children to help them understand anxiety better. The session covers: what is anxiety, why anxiety, how it effects the brain, how it effects the body, how it impacts on what we do and don’t do and how parents can support their children/adolescents who might be struggling with anxiety. All dates are via Zoom.
Supporting our young people with low mood workshop
This workshop will help you to have a better understanding of why our young people are more vulnerable to low mood once they reach adolescence, the warning signs and some evidence based strategies to best support your young person.
Dates: Further dates TBC
Supporting our young people to manage uncertainty
Supporting our children / adolescents with sleep (11+ years of age)
Building understanding and supporting your child with Tourette's / Tics
Supporting your child to attend or get back to school
Building resilience: Managing the next steps
Supporting young people with eating difficulties/disorders
A workshop for parents to help them look out for and understand what to do if their child is struggling with eating
Supporting our young people to manage big feelings workshop
This workshop is for parents of school aged children up to the age of 11, to help them understand anxiety better, and breakdown what leads our children to have these feelings and ways in which we can support them to manage if they become overwhelming.
Understanding the adolescent brain: Supporting teenagers with emotions
Virtual workshop for adults (parents/professionals) to understand the adolescent brain and how to support teenagers managing feelings.
Getting the best out of your relationships with your young person
A workshop to support parents with effective communication to help relationships with their young people to thrive.
Supporting young people with challenging behaviour
In this workshop we will explore child behaviours that parents or teachers find challenging to manage, such as: hyperactivity, difficulties with attention, aggression, difficulties with friendships and relationships, and irritability. We will cover practical strategies to help manage these behaviours positively. This workshop may be helpful for parents who have concerns around possible ADHD in their young person.
Children and Young People Workshop recordings available to watch on YouTube
The below our previous workshops that we hosted that are now available to view on YouTube.
Supporting our Young People with Eating Difficulties
This workshop is designed to explore some of the eating difficulties young people maybe facing at this time, to understand the way food can be used as a coping mechanism in times of stress, to address what a parent/carer can do that is helpful or not helpful, and importantly identify what are the red flags to alert a parent/carer to take action to get help, as well as where to get help. View workshop
Tools to Manage Uncertainty and Building Resilience in our Young People
This workshop will introduce strategies that parents/carers/professionals can support their young people to help them cope better with uncertainty now and in the years to come. Being able to adapt to situations by learning to tolerate emotions and cope with change reduces stress levels and is a great skill for life.
This workshop is suitable for parents/carers of all children struggling in the current pandemic who would like to learn strategies they can teach their children to manage difficult thoughts, feelings, and situations. It is also helpful for professionals who might work with young people. View workshop
Supporting our Young People with Anxiety
This workshop is for parents of school aged children to help them understand anxiety better. The session covers: what is anxiety, why anxiety, how it effects the brain, how it effects the body, how it impacts on what we do and don’t do and how parents can support their children/adolescents who might be struggling with anxiety. Anxiety in Adolescence YouTube webinar
Teens and Tweens Wellbeing Webinars
Resources for family wellbeing
Five Tips for Families
These family leaflets have been co-produced with parent and carers carers.
Tips for getting better sleep
- Five Tips for Families, to Help Children get Better Sleep (pdf. 485KB)
- Fives Tips for Families, to Help a Young Person get better sleep (pdf. 469KB)
Tips for going back to school, college or starting university
- Five Tips for Families, going back to school with Anxiety (pdf. 489KB)
- Five Tips for Families, going back to school with Autism (pdf. 519KB)
- Going back to Primary School (pdf. 516KB)
- Going back to Secondary School (pdf. 569KB)
- Kooth guide for managing back to school or college anxiety (pdf, 178KB)
- Kooth guide to settling into student life (pdf, 167KB)
- Kooth guide for starting university (pdf, 161KB)
Five Tips for people with Autism
Five Tips for people with Anxiety
- Five Tips for Children with Anxiety (pdf. 388KB)
- Five Tips for Young People with Anxiety (pdf. 510KB)
Five Tips for coping with Self-Harm
- Five Tips for helping Children that Self-Harm (pdf. 472KB)
- Five Tips for helping Young People that Self-Harm (pdf. 478KB)
Also take a look at Self-harm resources on the Children and Young People's Wellbeing page
Five Tips for people with Challenging Behaviour
- Behind Challenging Behaviour in Primary School (pdf. 700KB)
- Behind Challenging Behaviour in Secondary School (pdf. 816KB)
Positive Self-Talk Rainbows
- Positive Self-Talk Rainbows for Primary School (pdf. 998KB)
- Positive Self-Talk Rainbows for Secondary School (pdf. 1.5MB)
Mental Health Support Services
Emotional Wellbeing Gateway Website - For Suffolk parents, school staff and professionals. This site has advice on various mental health issues in children and young people and access to CAMHS services.
The Source website - For young people in Suffolk to find support on all health and wellbeing topics on
Kooth - Provides free online emotional wellbeing support to 11-25 year olds in Suffolk.
ChatHealth Text Service for 11-19 years olds - Confidential help from a school nurse about any thing, such as advice on health and wellbeing worries, sexual health and bullying.
Teenage Mental Health Service - For children, teenagers, and adults experiencing difficulties with anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, self-harm or any other mental health issues. They provide free weekly support groups for under 25s.
Just One Norfolk - Mental Health Support Services if you are based in Lowestoft, Waveney and Norfolk.
PACT Parents and Carers Together - Provide free support to parents and carers of children or young people with a mental health issue.
Videos for families
Useful YouTube video for families
How to manage anxiety on the return to school
The below podcast, by the Psychology in Schools Team, offers advice on how to manage anxiety on the return to school.
Recognising the signs of Covid-19 stress in your child.
This podcast describes some of the key symptoms of stress to look out for in our children and gives some guidance on how to respond.
Young People and Low Mood during the COVID 19 pandemic
This podcast, featuring clinical psychologist Alison Woods, Dr Tamara Scully who is based at Thurston Community College and Bethan who is a former student from there, takes a deep dive in to what it is like to be a young person during lockdowns and tier restrictions and answers questions on why this time is especially tricky for teens.
Anxiety in Adolescence
This Youtube workshop is for Parents. This 60-minute workshop was delivered to parents of school aged children to help them understand anxiety better. The session covers: what is anxiety, how it effects the brain and body, what to do and don’t do and how parents can support their children/adolescents who might be struggling with anxiety.
Gaming and screen time - What you need to know as a parent.
The impact of COVID 19 on family life and how to support young people.
You can listen to all of the above podcasts, plus more here on 'Mental Health and You'
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