Parent and Carers Group

Parent and Carers Group

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, we will be offering our Parents and Carers group, virtually, via Microsoft Teams until further notice.  Please book via the Hope website.

Please download the Microsoft Teams app onto the device you will be using e.g computer/laptop/ mobile phone ready for a Microsoft Teams calendar invite to the Parents and Carers Group.

Supporting young people who face additional challenges can be difficult at times, and with that in mind, the Hope Service has created a space for groups of parents and carers to come together on a regular (fortnightly) basis to discuss the challenges they face in a confidential and supportive environment.  These groups are specifically for parents and carers of young people who are either with the Hope Service,  Surrey CAMHS community teams or working with Social Care.  You will have an opportunity to exchange experiences and receive support towards managing the often complex situations you find yourselves in.  This is not a parenting class, rather a non-judgemental support group.

There are opportunities for general and themed conversations, as highlighted below, and support will be offered via Microsoft Team by 2 of our Hope staff members, which could include a Therapist, Nurse, Teacher, Social Worker and Hope Day programme staff.

If you would like to participate, please book on Eventbrite . If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact the Hope service.

Date & TimeTopics - Opening conversations
Tuesday 12th January 2021, 5pm-6:30pm
'Disordered Eating'

How to support a young person who is struggling with food and eating.
Tuesday 26th January 2021,
5pm - 6.30pm
'Walking The Middle Path'
From the Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) model. For parents/carers to better support young people using a DBT approach. Consideration of skills to support acceptance, compromise and change and the resolution of conflict.
Tuesday 9th February 2021 5pm-6:30pm
'What support might be available in Education when your child has Mental Health difficulties'
What schools can do to support young people with their Mental Health. EHCP queries and the criteria
Tuesday 23rd February 2021 5pm-6:30pm
'Distress Tolerance'
From the Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) model. Consideration of relevant tools and strategies for young people to better able tolerate distress without making the situation worse.
Tuesday 9th March 2021 5pm-6:30pm
'Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation'
How to support a young person exploring their identity
Tuesday 23rd March 2021 5pm-6:30pm
'Child Exploitation and County Lines'
How to recognise the signs of a child being exploited and support available.
Tuesday 6th April 2021 5pm-6:30pm
'Mindfulness'
From the Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) model. Developing a practical understanding of what mindfulness is and how this can support greater self-awareness and the ability to remain 'in the moment'
Tuesday 20th April 2021 5pm-6:30pm
'Self-harm'
Practical advice in supporting young people with self-harm.
Tuesday 4th May 2021 5pm-6:30pm
'Trauma'
Research suggests that the teen years are filled with a higher level of anxiety than childhood or adulthood because of brain development. The part of the brainassociated with processing emotions, like fear forms before the part associated with reasoning. Researchers believe this makes it easier for teens to jump to anxiety than to calm down.
Tuesday 18th May 2021 5pm-6:30pm
'Adolescents verus Mental Health
Considerations of the shifts and changes created at this complex time of transition.
Tuesday 1st June 2021 5pm-6:30pm
'Emotional Dysregulation'
From the Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) model. Consideration of tools and strategies for young people to feel more in control of their emotions rather than the emotions controlling them.
Tuesday 15th June 2021 5pm-6:30pm
'ASD'
How do you support a young person with ASD.
Tuesday 29th June 2021 5pm-6:30pm
'Substance and Alcohol Misuse'
The impact of substance and alcohol misuse on a young person.
Tuesday 13th July 2021 5pm-6:30pm
'FLASH Taster session'
Opportunity to learn more about this 10 week programme run by the Hope Service. This is for parents and carers whose young people (11-17) exhibit self-harm behaviours, where these are impacting on the family as a whole. The programme aims to reduce stress levels to a manageable level.