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The speek parent programme

You’ve probably been walking around with a heavy heart filled with endless love, worry, guilt, shame and fears. You have been thrown into the deep end of parenting and you have had to respond through your own pain to put your young one first. Speek's six-week parents only programme provides you a safe space for judgement free psycho-education.

This six part group therapy programme is led by highly experienced Chartered Psychologists on a range of subjects using our engaging and highly effective evidence-based activities. Read more about each session below or check the FAQs for more technical questions.


1. Connection before Correction

        Communicating with

      a child who self harms... 

In this session we will go back to some of the fundamentals of self harm - vulnerabilities, motivations, changes in parenting etc. We will learn and practice some of the most effective communication techniques in creating emotionally safe home environments for

young people who

self harm!


4. Setting boundaries... and following through

      One of the most intimidating    times as a parent of a young person who self harms is being faced with the decision: “Do I make them do what I’m asking or do I back down?”.
All kinds of what ifs could cross your mind in these moments. This session will provide an outline for how best to frame boundaries and how to know if you should follow through or back down as well as strategies to make it easier for your young person to be okay with disappointment.


2. The all-consuming guilt & shame


Has being the parent of a

child who self harms impacted you in any way? In all likelihood, your answer is a resounding YES!


This session will help us untangle some of the difficulties you are facing as a parent and come up with practical steps to helping you bring yourself out of grey clouds, move forward and be confident in parenting decisions

you make.


5. Connecting through the toughest times

        In this session we will think   

about all the different things or situations that can affect the levels of emotional safety in a household.


We will be thinking about communication and connection techniques you can apply in your home and family environment.


3. Building distress tolerance



If you’re wondering how

the mechanisms for self harm recovery actually work...


and how strategies that can be used to facilitate them then this is THE session to attend. We will think through what strategies to use when and how you can also build your own distress tolerance.


6. Avoiding or recovering from parental burnout

   Parenting through self harm 

can take a huge toll on your health and wellbeing - potentially leading to burnout. We will think about how to recognise it and skills that can help you recover from parental burnout. After that, a bitter sweet moment will arrive when we go back over everything we’ve learned together, talk about our progress and how we can continue to build on the knowledge, skills and techniques from the programme.

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