Training Calendar

Parenting NI offer training on a wide range of topics for professionals working directly with parents and carers. Browse the training calendar below for information on up and coming training. To register for any of the sessions you can either complete the booking form to the right of this page or download a booking form, then return along with payment to Lorna either via email or post to:
Parenting NI, 42 Dublin Road, Belfast, BT2 7HN

If cancellation notice of 5 working days is given then payment may be transferred to attend another session/s within 6 months. If less than 5 working days notice is given, the payment is non-refundable and non-transferable.


Engaging Families @ Parenting NI
Apr 13 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm


Engaging Families training is particularly relevant to anyone in a family support role and gives an opportunity to explore the role of the family support worker and best practice when engaging with families.

Stepping into School @ Parenting NI
May 5 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Stepping into School (2)
Train the Trainers Session
Stepping into School is an interactive train the trainer session explores the challenges parents and children can experience during transition stages in primary education. Trainers will receive a session plan and materials to enable them to deliver this workshop in their own setting.

Note: This session is only suitable for experienced facilitators/trainers

Enabling Change @ Parenting NI
Jun 27 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm


Understanding and responding to the range of human emotions during times of change is critical. The Enabling Change workshop offers practitioners information on the process of change and introduces a variety of tools to assist parents to make the changes they feel will benefit themselves and their families.

The Dad Factor @ Parenting NI
Jul 26 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Dad Factor Workshop image This workshop reflects on the key messages contained in the Dads Direct briefing paper, launched Nov 2015. Practitioners will explore the role of fathers, the challenges fathers face and how they can influence policies and practice to ensure fathers are supported to be actively engaged in their child’s life.

The Next Step @ Parenting NI
Aug 17 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

The Next Step

This workshop aims to help practitioners support parents as their child/young person makes the move from primary to post primary education. Practitioners will have an increased awareness of the uncertainty and expectations that surround this significant transition, while exploring how these changes can be handled as effectively as possible for both parents and young people.

Transfer Assessment Survival Kit @ Parenting NI
Sep 5 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Transfer Assessment Survival KitThis workshop has been developed to help practitioners support parents who choose for their child/young person to go through the transfer assessment procedure. This workshop aims to examine the concerns parents and children may associate with the process and explore ways of preparing and maintaining the wellbeing of their child.

Understanding Children’s Challenging Behaviour @ Parenting NI
Oct 26 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

shutterstock_112564061This workshop gives practitioners practical information on children’s typical behaviours and offers suggestions to support the parent to deal with behaviours they find challenging.

Happy Families @ Parenting NI
Nov 8 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Happy Families The holiday season can bring added pressure, worry and stress to families. This workshop explores family systems theory and aims to increase awareness of how family dynamics can add additional stress. Practitioners will be offered practical suggestions on how they can best support parents to have realistic expectations and manage the stress and emotions associated with this time of year.

Understanding the Role of Child Contact Centres @ Parenting NI
Dec 14 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

child-contact-c_16102927_b223b23f55d227a7c747a6afd75d9b7d6bf92ce1 This workshop is particularly relevant to those employed or volunteering in a Child Contact Centre. Practitioners will explore the role and boundaries of staff/volunteers, increase awareness of the impact of separation on the family and discuss helping strategies which can be used to best support parents and children in this setting.