Parent OnTrac Program runs for 7 weeks on the following dates:
Wednesday 28th April, 5th May, 12th May, 19th May, 26th May, 2nd June with a Q&A session on 9th June
Parenting is a challenging task at the best of times, and parenting a child with ADHD comes with added challenges. Learning to negotiate these challenges is made more difficult by the fact that there are no hard and fast rules, as ADHD can have different degrees of severity and presentation.
The Parent OnTrac Group Therapy Program is a practical, skills-based course, backed with a comprehensive workbook detailing numerous proven strategies. The focus is on the gradual process of moving away from parenting to protect, and towards parenting to prepare. The objectives of the course are:
- To improve parental management skills and competence when dealing with challenging behaviours presented by teens and tweens with ADHD.
- To provide education to the parents about ADHD in children, including causes, symptoms, and the many different presentations.
- To increase teen and tween compliance with parental requests, directives and rules.
- To create a more harmonious family by the development of positive parenting skills such as consistently providing clear guidance and rules, using fair and just discipline, and a reliance on values-guided parenting behaviour.
- To use collaborative problem-solving strategies and positive communication styles to address struggles.
- To identify and alter unreasonable beliefs or expectations in parents or children that may be hindering the development of positive behaviour.
Eligibility The program will be offered first to the parents of the current participants in the OnTrac Program. Parents of previous participants may be offered the opportunity to enrol if places are available.
Facilitators The facilitator is a psychologist, who offers Medicare Services under the Better Access Initiative, in collaboration with Masters and PhD psychology students from UWA.
Time and Place All sessions are delivered from ADHD WA in Nedlands, at the same time as the Teens and/or Tweens program, but in a separate room.
For participants who are eligible, the program is offered under Medicare’s Better Access Initiative, namely Group Therapy (item 80020). To obtain the rebate, participants who are eligible need to provide ADHDWA with a Mental Health Plan from their GP stating the item number above.