Advanced parenting course for parents of children with SEND

What is Non Violent Resistance (NVR)?

This is an approach for overcoming problematic behaviour that was originally developed to address serious behaviour problems in young people, and is now also being utilised in many different areas. The independent outcome studies carried out so far has shown it to be effective for reducing childhood violence and aggression, improved relationships within the family, as well as increasing parents’ confidence levels and improving parental mental health.

The purposes of NVR is to help parents develop a positive form of authority, develop effective, non-punitive strategies of addressing the young person’s controlling behaviour without escalation, restore a sense of balance in the family, and improve family relationships.

NVR is considered to be a stable alternative to violent conflict and often unproductive attempts at verbal persuasion.

Norwood is delighted to offer a NVR course for parents of children with special educational needs and disabilities.

The course will focus on how you can learn to better manage your child’s behaviour and improve relationships and communication between family members. It offers practical tools, whilst recognising the unique difficulties children with special needs might have.

The focus is on improving parents’ responses to behaviours and empowering you to feel confident in your actions. The course covers a range of behaviours and ages, including challenging behaviours and the adolescent years.

During the course of eight sessions we will explore the following issues, from a new angle:

  • Improving the atmosphere and relationship in the family despite the difficulties.
  • De-escalating situations.
  • Prioritising the behaviours that you want to deal with.
  • Managing and expanding your support network.
  • Self care, increasing the amount you look after yourself?

There will also be a session for supporters to attend.

Our five facilitators:

Dawn Oliver has co-facilitated over 20 NVR groups to both parents and professionals. Dawn has a psychology background and personal experience in the fields of autism, adoption and person-centred approaches.

Leat Preston qualified as a Social Worker 20 years ago. Leat has a Psychology degree and a MA in Social Work. Leat has a special interest in SEND and Autism and regularly uses NVR with children and families.

Jo Raingold is a Children & Families Social Worker and Psychodynamic Psychotherapist with children. Jo has a keen interest in helping parents understand their children and improve Parent Child relationships.

Dee Socratous is a Transition Social Worker and person centred counsellor who has worked at Norwood since 2012. Dee enjoys working together with young people who have additional needs and their parents.

Sandy Rapp supports Parents on an individual basis and also co-facilitates children’s groups focusing on resilience and social skills. In a previous job Sandy helped facilitate Family Support Groups at an addiction centre.

Dates and pricing details:

  • Tuesday 21st & 28th January 2020
  • Tuesday 4th, 11th, 25th February 2020
  • Tuesday 3rd, 17th & 24th March 2020

Venue: Norwood, Kennedy Leigh Centre, Edgeworth Close, NW4 4HJ

Time: 9.30am – 12:00pm

Cost: £80.00 (We recognise that everyone’s financial circumstances are different and therefore we can offer a concession rate.)

Please note places are limited and are offered on a first come first served basis.

For further information and registration please contact Joanne Waterman (Senior Administrator): Tel 020 8457 4487 or email, or complete the form below.