Parents Plus Adolescent Programme

Are you parenting teenagers? Could you do with sharing your experience, developing your skills and strengths for family life? The Parents Plus Adolescent Programme will be running in Killybegs starting on Wednesday 18th October. The course is FREE to attend. The Parent’s Manual is available at a cost of €10.

This is an evidence-based parenting course promoting effective communication and positive relationships in families with adolescents aged 11 to 16 years. The programme considers how parents can connect with and build good relationships with their teenage children, while also being firm and influential in their lives. The DVD for this programme illustrates well-researched principles of effective communication and conflict resolution which parents can use with their teenagers, with the aim of helping them grow into responsible young adults. As well as role-play scenes and interviews with parents, the DVDs include interviews with young people about what it is like to be a teenager and their views about what makes families run smoothly. Topics include:-

  • Getting to know and connecting with your teenager
  • Communicating positively and effectively
  • Building your teenager’s self-esteem and confidence
  • Negotiating rules and boundaries
  • Teaching teenagers responsibility
  • Positive discipline for teenagers
  • Managing conflict
  • Solving problems together

If you are interested in doing this course please phone 074 9733111 or 087 1736667.

The course is being organised and facilitated by Tír Boghaine with support from Tusla, Parents Plus and Parent Hub Donegal.


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Infant Mental Health Awareness Week runs from June 13th-19th.           

This week provides an opportunity to focus attention on the wellbeing, social and emotional development of our babies and young children. It highlights the importance of early relationships and a relationship based approach to interventions with infants and families. As our understanding of IMH and its evidence base develops, so also does our knowledge of how to apply this knowledge and an ‘IMH lens’ to interactions with infants, parents and caregivers in health and social services. 

What is infant mental health?

Infant Mental health (IMH) refers to the healthy social and emotional development of Infants starting at conception up to three years of age.

The first 1000 days of life are recognised as a critical period of opportunity to support infant mental health. Decades of research have shown that it is the quality of the early caregiver relationship that is a significant determinant of the infant’s healthy social and emotional development and in turn physical health, right up to adulthood.


The National Healthy Childhood Programme has embedded IMH as the foundation of the development of its resources and in the approach of the delivery of the universal child health service. This embedding of key messages can be seen in the My Child suite of books ( and also on  where key messages around bonding and relationship building have been embedded for the parent/caregiver.


In clinical practice the topic of IMH has been included for the first time in the National Standardised Child Health Record. To build on this, the National Healthy Childhood Programme have just completed a suite of three eLearning units which are now available on HSEland for healthcare practitioners / caregivers who are working with children and families.  


Throughout the week you will see videos and key IMH messaging being promoted on the HSE MyChild social media pages ( Facebook / Instagram ). Keep an eye out in the National Newspapers for articles from our experts also. (IrishTimes article)  


In addition The National Healthy Childhood Programme have developed a series of ten practical videos with HSE expert advice which are now available on YouTube and on the relevant pages on the website.

These videos (2-3 minutes each) are aimed at parents/guardians of children (0 – 3 years).

These new video resources are available here while lots more expert advice for every step of pregnancy, baby and toddler health can also be found at

There are a suite of posters available focusing on the promotion of IMH messaging to order from


  • Adele Gallagher 6th January 2018   Reply →

    I would love to attend. My son is 2 years away from tgat age bracket but I want to go into it being prepared.

  • Andrea Duffy 11th July 2020   Reply →

    I’m looking for information on any upcoming courses like this online or offline please

    • nicola 15th July 2020   Reply →

      Hi Andrea, at the moment it is hard to plan when courses will run for groups again but you could talk to one of the people who facilitates the course. You could phone the Donegal Parent Support Line on 1800 112277 (a freephone number) and ask to speak to one of the Family Support Workers who has run the Adolescent Programme. This would give you an opportunity to talk through whatever issues you want and get some guidance and support.

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