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Circle Of Security Parenting

Thursdays 16 May – 27 June 2024, 10am–12pm

Circle of Security® Parenting™ program is based on decades of research about how secure parent-child relationships can be supported and strengthened. It is arelationship based early intervention program designed to enhance attachment security between parents and children aged 0-12 years old. Having a secure relationship with your children is about learning from mistakes rather than striving to get it right. Circle of Security Parenting gives parents and caregivers the roadmap to creating a relationship that will benefit their child for their whole life. 7 x 2-hour sessions.

Ballina Indoor Sports Centre (BISC)

Anxiety Coach

Tuesdays 11 June – 25 June 2024, 10am–12pm

Anxiety Coach is a child development course that aims to support you parents and caregivers take a preventative role in the development of anxiety problems and support children to develop skills to reduce anxiety. It is what we call a ‘parent-led’ approach, meaning that you take on the role of the coach in your child’s life, and are able to guide them through difficult emotions when they arise. It is recommended for parents/carers with children aged 4-12 years. 3 x 2 hour sessions.  

The Family Centre, Ballina

Bringing Up Great Kids

Wednesdays 12 June – 19 June 2024, 9.30am–1.30pm

Bringing up Great Kids is a parenting course that promotes and supports respectful, caring and nurturing relationships for parents and caregivers of children aged 0–12. The group involves fun and interactive activities that include the key learning of brain development, attachment theory, reflection and mindful parenting. 2 x 4 hour sessions. 

The Family Centre, Tweed Heads South

Tuning In To Kids

Tuesdays 14 May – 18 June 2024, 10am–12pm

A course for parents/carer of children aged 3yrs – 12yrs old. Tuning into Kids is an evidence-based program, teaches parents and carers skills in being aware of how they express their own emotions when parenting. Parenting (and life) can be emotionally challenging at times, and many parents benefit from reflecting on the ways they cope and manage their emotions. Children watch and copy how the people who raise them express emotions and so it is an important part of what benefits children. By learning to use emotion coaching skills, many parents and carers find their children talk to them more, want greater connection with them, and share more of their emotional experiences. 6 x 2hr sessions. 

The Family Centre, Tweed Heads South

Thoughtful Parenting

Thursday 9 May, 5pm–7pm

Thoughtful Parenting is a 2 hour parenting program for parents & carers with children aged 0-12years. In this program we explore children’s brain development, helping explain why children behave the way they do and provide strategies to better manage our reactions to these behaviours. 1 x 2 hour session 

The Family Centre, Tweed Heads South

Tuning in to teens

Tuesdays 21 May – 25 June 2024, 5.30pm–7.30pm

A course for parents/carers of teenagers 12–17-year-olds. Tuning in to Teens aims to help you and your adolescent manage the many emotional challenges of this stage of life. We will explore how to manage your own and your adolescent’s emotions in ways that support you to remain close and keep communicating.  

By learning these skills, you are less likely to have as much conflict within your family and your teen is more likely to talk to you about the challenging issues they face. 6 x 2 hour sessions.

Ocean Shores Community Centre


Find connection with other parents/carers and children while learning and playing together. Access to useful information regarding parenting, local services and activities.

Playgroups free and are run during NSW school terms.

You can register for Term 1 Playgroups below

Tweed Shire

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Creating Better Relationships

Friday 21 June 2024, 9.30am–2pm

Creating Better Relationships is a course for those who would like to improve their relationships with others. In this course you will learn practical skills and knowledge to create positive and constructive ways of communicating. 

The Family Centre, Tweed Heads South

Open to Tweed/Ballina/Byron/Richmond & Southern Gold Coast residents


Anger and Emotional Intelligence

Thursday 16 May 2024, 9.30am–2pm

A 1 day course for women and men that explores; the five components of emotional intelligence, feelings and how to tune into and understand them as well as learning strategies for emotional regulation.

Through information sessions, practical exercises, group discussions and brainstorming we will also focus on anger in order to learn about triggers, understanding what is happening in the brain and practice some strategies that may assist to soothe us when anger arises.

The Family Centre, Murwillumbah Community Centre

Open to Tweed/Ballina/Byron/Richmond & Southern Gold Coast residents

New Steps for Stepfamilies – Online

Wednesdays 29 May 2024 & 5 June, 5.30pm–6.30pm

Your facilitators are experienced in stepfamily challenges and rewards and will kick off a discussion about the most important things for the parents to keep in mind to successfully manage & support their families. Discuss the joys & challenges of your stepfamily with other parents and learn new strategies and tools to better support your children.    


Open to Tweed/Ballina/Byron/Richmond & Southern Gold Coast residents


Self Esteem to Empower Women

Thursday 20 June 2024, 9.30am–2pm

A 1 day course that assists you to understand: self esteem and what influences it, unhelpful thinking and how to challenge our negative thinking/self-talk and exploring boundaries in our relationships. Through information sessions, practical exercises and group discussions we will also explore how self-care can influence our self-esteem and self-worth.

The Family Centre, Murwillumbah Community Centre

Open to Tweed/Ballina/Byron/Richmond & Southern Gold Coast residents


Being a Better Man

Friday 7 June & 14 June, 9.30am–2pm

Meet with other men facing similar issues in a welcoming environment and learn skills to assist you with change processes, decide what works for you now and what to change or let go, build on the strengths you already have in your relationships and develop new skills,mindfulness and relaxation techniques to reduce stress and anxiety. 

The Family Centre, Tweed Heads South

Open to Tweed/Ballina/Byron/Richmond & Southern Gold Coast residents


ASIST Suicide Prevention Training

Thursday 27 June – 28 June, 9.30am–5pm

ASIST Suicide Intervention training is founded on the principle that everyone can make a difference in preventing suicide. The more people in the community who have suicide intervention training, the more likely it is they will be able to identify someone at risk and intervene to keep them safe.

ASIST participants learn to:

  • Understand the ways personal and societal
    attitudes affect views on suicide and interventions
  • Provide guidance and suicide first-aid to a person
    at risk in ways that meet their individual safety needs
  • Identify the key elements of an effective suicide safety
    plan and the actions required to implement it
  • Appreciate the value of improving and integrating suicide
    prevention resources in the community at large
  • Recognise other important aspects of suicide prevention
    including life-promotion and self-care

The Family Centre, Tweed Heads South

Open to Tweed/Ballina/Byron/Richmond & Southern Gold Coast residents

Information Sessions

Get to know The Family Centre and find out about what we can do together to make change achievable  

Our people and where we are located    
Our work with children, young people, families, schools & communities    
Our community activities and our partners    

We look forward to seeing you at the info session

Register for Information Session 18 April, 10am–11.30am, Tweed Heads South

Register for Information Session 17 July 10.30am–12pm, Ballina