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CatholicCare Victoria

Parenting Programs and Workshops

Discover parenting tools to better understand and support your children

CatholicCare Victoria offers group workshops and programs for parents and carers across Victoria.

Our programs and workshops can help you build resilience and emotional intelligence in your kids, navigate the complexities of blended and separated families, and learn how to form a better understanding of and relationship with your children. 

Parenting can be tricky, but we’re here to help

To discover our upcoming workshops and programs in Bendigo and Ballarat, see below: 

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Free single-session workshops:

For parents and carers with teenagers aged 13+


Multi-session programs:

For step and blended families
For parents and carers with teenagers aged 13+

For parents with kids in out-of-home care



Workshops and programs for all parents and carers

Boys Brains workshop

This free 1.5 hour workshop aims to help parents better understand their boys; it will provide practical strategies for how to connect with them and support them to succeed.

Bookings

This workshop can be run in community settings in Bendigo and surrounds, and can also be offered through Zoom.

For more information, please contact us:

Bendigo | T (03) 5438 1300
Bendigo

Fees

There is no charge to access this workshop.



Bringing Up Great Kids program

This multi-session program is for parents and carers with children under the age of 12, and uses mindfulness and reflection to help parents examine and improve communication with their children. By building more respectful and positive interactions, parents and carers can support their child’s development and positive identity.

This program helps parents and carers to:

  • build strong and positive relationships with children
  • increase children's confidence and resilience
  • listen and talk more with children
  • understand communication from children and how to respond
Bookings

The Bringing Up Great Kids program is available in Ballarat, Bendigo and Warrnambool. To book a Bringing Up Great Kids program or learn more, please contact one of our offices below: 

Bendigo | T (03) 5438 1300
Book online (Bendigo)

Warrnambool | T (03) 5559 3000
Warrnambool

Ballarat FRC | T (03) 5327 7900
Ballarat FRC

  

Fees

There is no charge to access this workshop.



Building Resilience in Kids workshop

This free two-hour workshop is for parents and carers who would to like to support their kids to build resilience.

Resilience is the ability to cope with the ups and downs of life. Resilience is not just about managing current stresses, but also developing skills for dealing with challenges throughout life and enhancing mental health.

In this workshop, parents and carers can learn how to can help kids develop skills, habits and attitudes for building resilience, including how to:

  • build good relationships
  • develop independence
  • build confidence to face challenges
  • manage strong emotions
Bookings

This workshop can be run in community settings in Bendigo and surrounds, and can also be offered through Zoom. For more information, please contact our Bendigo office:

Bendigo | T (03) 5438 1300
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Fees

There is no charge to access this workshop.



Circle of Security Parenting

This evidence-based program is backed up by five decades of research about how security is supported (and not supported).

Circle of Security Parenting is a relationship-based parenting program helping you to:

  • understand your child’s emotional world by learning to read emotional needs
  • support your child’s ability to successfully manage emotions
  • enhance the development of your child’s self esteem
  • honour the innate wisdom and desire for your child to be secure
Bookings

The Circle of Security Parenting program is available in Ballarat, Bendigo, and Warrnambool. To book a Circle of Security Parenting program or learn more, please contact one of our offices below:

Ballarat FRC | T (03) 5327 7900
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Bendigo | T (03) 5438 1300
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Warrnambool | T (03) 5559 3000
Warrnambool

Fees

There is no charge to access this workshop.


Connecting with Kids workshop

This free two-hour workshop helps parents and carers learn how to use emotional intelligence to understand and guide children's behaviour.

Emotional intelligence is the ability to identify our emotions, understand them and be in control of the way we express them.

This workshop covers information on brain development and children's emotional development. 

Bookings

This workshop can be run in community settings in Bendigo and surrounds, and can also be offered through Zoom. For more information, please contact our Bendigo office:

Bendigo | T (03) 5438 1300
Bendigo 

Fees

There is no charge to access this workshop.


Our Kids - Post-Separation Parenting Program

This program helps separated families who have experienced high parental conflict, difficulty in managing children’s arrangements, or who want to gain new skills and insights to improve the co-parenting relationship.  

The six-week course helps parents to understand the needs of their children, improve communication between the parents and children, and improve problem solving and conflict management skills.    

The course offers participants the opportunity to reflect on their own actions and how these have may impact on their children and the post-separation parenting alliance.

The topics covered in ‘Our Kids’ are:

  • Grief, loss and change
  • Impact of separation
  • Managing conflict and emotions
  • Effective communication and co-parenting
  • Two homes/ effective Parenting
  • Strengths, children’s love languages and reflections

On completion of the program, participants will receive a certificate that is recognized by the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia. The program is offered on site at the offices below and online via ZOOM.

Bookings

This six-week program is offered in multiple locations. Please contact your nearest location to learn more or book: 

 BendigoGeelong TraralgonFootscrayWarragulEpping



Helping Kids with Big Emotions workshop

This free two-hour workshop combines the key points from our Kids and Anger and Kids and Worry workshops.  

Anger and worry can be challenging emotions for children and parents alike; this workshop explores children's experiences of these emotions, as well as giving parents practical tools to assist children in managing strong emotions.

Bookings

This workshop can be run in community settings in Bendigo and surrounds, and can also be offered through Zoom. For more information, please contact our Bendigo office:

Bendigo | T (03) 5438 1300
Bendigo Book online  

Fees

There is no charge to access this workshop.



Kids and Anger workshop

This free two-hour workshop helps parents and carers to understand why children get angry, understand their own response to their children's anger and gain strategies in assisting children to appropriately express anger.

Bookings

This workshop can be run in community settings in Bendigo and surrounds, and can also be offered through Zoom. For more information, please contact our Bendigo office:

Bendigo | T (03) 5438 1300
Bendigo Book online 

Fees

There is no charge to access this workshop.



Kids and Worry workshop

This FREE two-hour workshop explores reasons why children worry and ways parents and carers can support them. It will include ideas and practical tools to help parents and carers assist children to manage their worries.

Bookings

This workshop can be run in community settings in Ballarat, Bendigo and surrounds, and can also be offered through Zoom. Please contact your nearest location:

Bendigo Book online  

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Fees

There is no charge to access this workshop.



Knowing your Teen workshop

Parenting teenagers is not easy, it requires creativity, determination, and patience! It is a tough phase for everybody, but you are not alone.

Join other parents and carers in this workshop that aims to provide information, improve understanding, and explore strategies that focus on the strengths and challenges of this stage of development.

This free workshop looks at the latest research around teenage brain development, as well as discussing peer relationships and tips for building and maintaining a positive relationship with your teenager.

Bookings

This workshop can be run in community settings in Ballarat, Bendigo and surrounds and can also be offered through Zoom. For more information, contact your closest location:

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Fees

There is no charge to access this workshop.



Living with Teens

The Living with Teens workshop covers:

  • how parents can build strong, secure connections with their teenagers
  • what teens need from parents, and how parents can meet these needs
  • adolescent development
Bookings

To book this workshop or learn more, please contact our Ballarat FRC office:

Ballarat FRC | T (03) 5327 7900
Ballarat FRC

Fees

There is no charge to access this workshop.



My Kids and Me program

My Kids and Me is a six-week program specifically designed for parents who's children are in Out-of-Home or Kinship Care. It is led by two trained and experienced facilitators. The program covers the following topics:

  • how did we get here
  • what's it like for you
  • Looking after yourself
  • talking and listening
  • the legal system
  • what's it like for your kids
  • where to from here
Bookings

This program can be run in Bendigo and can also be offered throughout the Loddon Mallee region through Zoom. Please contact our Bendigo office or book online:

Bendigo | T (03) 5438 1300
Bendigo Book online

Fees

There is no charge to access this workshop.



Re-partnering with Kids program

This four-session program is aimed at parents who are newly re-partnered as well as those already living as a stepfamily.

The 'Re-partnering with Kids' program equips parents and stepparents to support children, while also building their own relationship.

Couples and individuals can attend this program.

Bookings

This program can be run in community settings in Bendigo and surrounds, and can also be offered through Zoom. For more information, please contact our Bendigo office:

Bendigo | T (03) 5438 1300
Bendigo Book online 

Fees
  • $60 per couple
  • $30 per individual
  • $20 per concession


Tech Strategies for Families workshop

Parenting in a world driven by technology presents a set of challenges for parents, guardians, grandparents and carers. Tech is a part of our reality, but setting boundaries around it's use is not always easy.

Join other parents and carers in this workshop which:

  • presents current research
  • helps you reflect on tech use in your family; considering both the challenges and opportunities
  • explores strategies that focus on creating a safe and healthy tech environment for your family
Bookings

The Tech Strategies for Families workshop is a free 1.5 hour program.

To register for this workshop, please book online or contact our Bendigo office:

Bendigo | T (03) 5438 1300
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Fees

There is no charge to access this workshop.



The Importance of Dads workshop

The free two-hour workshop is for dads with children aged 0-10 years old.

This workshop will:

  • explore the unique role of dads in their child’s development
  • consider the benefits of play
  • discuss how dads can maximise their child’s social, emotional and academic growth
Bookings

This workshop can be run in community settings in Bendigo and surrounds, and can also be offered through Zoom. For more information, please contact our Bendigo office:

Bendigo | T (03) 5438 1300
Bendigo Book online  

Fees

There is no charge to access this workshop.



Understanding Toddlers workshop

This free two-hour workshop for parents and carers of toddlers covers the developmental stages of toddlers, as well as how you can connect, communicate and manage difficult behaviours in toddlers.

Bookings

The Toddlers workshop can be run in community settings in Bendigo and surrounds, and can also be offered through Zoom. To book this workshop or learn more, please contact our Bendigo office:

Bendigo | T (03) 5438 1300
Bendigo Book online  

Fees

There is no charge to access this workshop.



Tuning in to Kids & Teens programs 

CatholicCare Victoria offers the following programs: Tuning in to Kids, Dads Tuning in to Kids, Tuning in to Teens, and Tuning in to Tweens.

Tuning in to Kids

Would you like to learn how to help your child manage feelings and emotions (emotional intelligence)?

Children with emotional intelligence have greater success making and keeping friends, are more able to calm down when upset or angry, and have better concentration at school. 

In this program you will find out how to help your child understand and manage feeling such as frustration, worry and anger. 

The Tuning in to Kids program is available in Bendigo and Warrnambool, and can also be offered through Zoom from our Bendigo office. To book this program or learn more, please contact your nearest location: 

Bendigo | T (03) 5438 1300 

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Warrnambool | T (03) 5559 3000 

 Warrnambool

Ballarat FRC | T (03) 5327 7900  

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Fees: 

There is no charge to access this workshop.


Dads Tuning in to Kids

Would you like to learn how to help your child manage feelings and emotions (emotional intelligence)?

Children with emotional intelligence have greater success making and keeping friends, are more able to calm down when upset or angry, and have better concentration at school.

In this program you will find out how to help your child understand and manage feeling such as frustration, worry and anger.

To book this program or learn more, please contact our Bendigo office:

T (03) 5438 1300
Bendigo Book online 

Fees:

There is no charge to access this workshop.


Tuning in to Teens

The adolescent years are among the most challenging for parents to navigate.

This program helps mums and dads to build strong relationships and ensure positive interactions with their teenager - even in difficult times. 

The Tuning in to Teens program is available in Bendigo and Ballarat, and can also be offered through Zoom. Contact your nearest location to learn more or book:

Bendigo | T (03) 5438 1300
Bendigo Book online   

Ballarat FRC | T (03) 5327 7900
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Fees: There is no charge to access this workshop.


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