Incredible Years 3 Day Intensive Training Programme

April 15, 2013

This group of 26 people have attended a 3 day intensive training programme which was held in the Carrickdale hotel on 8th, 9th and 10th April.  Julie Anderson, a specialist trainer was flown in from Seattle to deliver the Incredible Years Parenting Programme. The photograph includes Julie Anderson, Trainer from Seattle, Ciara McLean from OFMDFM, Professor Colin Knox, University of Ulster, Martina Flynn, Southern Health & Social Care Trust and Margaret McGuire South Armagh Childcare Consortium (SACC).

The 3-day programme covered, in depth, the BASIC Parenting program, which is designed to promote positive parenting strategies and to assist parents in managing children’s behaviour problems.

The advantage of having trained facilitators in our area is that these people can now deliver this programme to their own communities – in their own communities – and both children and families will reap the benefits.

South Armagh Childcare Consortium (SACC) secured funding for this project through Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister and Atlantic Philanthropies as part of the Contested Space/Interface Programme.  The Contested Space/Interface Programme was launched by the First Minister and Deputy First Minister in March 2011. Its key aim is to promote and improve relations between and across disadvantaged contested space/interface communities. The programme provides these communities with opportunities to shape and influence how children and youth services are provided in a way that encourages reconciliation, increases participation of communities in policy making, and contributes to better outcomes for children, young people and families.

Some of the participants said “an excellent informative course which I look forward to delivering to parents.  I feel every parent should avail of this Incredible Years Parenting Programme and I wish it had been available when my own children were younger”.  Another participant said “delighted to be accepted onto this course and to benefit from the expertise of Julie Anderson.  This is a very reflective, interactive course and will enable me to utilise material in everyday situations with children and families and to become involved in leading parent groups within my community”.

This is one part of a range of programmes that SACC has to offer.  We are currently running an Afterschool Programme in Bessbrook Town Hall, 3 afternoons a week – Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 3pm – 5pm. (Places are available).  We have a 3 week summer scheme planned for week commencing Monday 22nd July in Bessbrook Primary School as well as various Parenting Programmes throughout the south Armagh Area.

If you would like to know any more information about this project – please contact Margaret McGuire 02830861220 or  – we always welcome new parents and children from both sides of our community – so everyone is welcome.