Meeting Anger

Contact Details

Organisation: Conscious Relationships Project (CRP)
Contact name(s): Sara Anderson
Telephone: 074 9734005
Mobile: 086 2545669

Programme Details

Target audience: Parents in general, Parents of children 0-5, Parents of children 6-12, Parents of children 13-18, First time parents, People who parent alone, Post separation parents, Fathers, Foster parents, Carers/guaardians, grandparents and teachers
Theme/subject matter: General Parenting, First Time Parenting, Special Needs, Raising more consciousness about what is going on in the relationship with the child.
Method of delivery: Group work, One-to-one work, Home visiting, This course can be available in the home for a parent, couple or small group of parents. This allows the space to hone in on personal parenting situations in a safe familiar environment and it is also helpful for a parent who is not comfortable in a group setting.
Programme aims: Learn more about anger - what is really going on when someone is angry; The causes and contributing factors of anger, learn ways of exploring what might be contributing to the intense feelings of anger; Learn about brain science and what is going on in the brain when someone is angry; Learn about the links between thoughts, feelings and actions; Learn about triggers and develop skills in catching the anger in the early stages; Learn about how own experiences of anger as a child can impact on how one reacts to anger in adulthood; Learn how to empathically listen; Explore how to best support your child so they can find ways of feeling and expressing their intense feelings in ways that do not cause suffering to others; Learn how to support yourself when experiencing intense feelings and develop more skills in holding what is going on inside you, rather than acting out. A big part of the course is to learn skills and develop more awareness so rather than react in ways that do not feel good, and that do not help your relationship with your child, that you can consciously choose how to respond to anger, in your child or yourself or in any relationship, in alignment with what is important to you. The course also has a strong ethos of compassion both towards the child and towards yourself as a parent. The course will have presentation, hand-outs, big group work, small group exercises and lots of opportunities to explore your own personal parenting challenges.
Resources used: Parenting Peer Leadership Program, Bay Non violent communication project, US (; Susan Skye, NVC Academy on her work on beliefs and anger; Stephanie Bachman Mattei (tutor on PPLP course) on brain science and anger; Daniel Siegel, Parenting from the Inside Out, Mindsight; Tara Brach, Radical Acceptance; Marshall Rosenberg, Raising Children Compassionately, Living Nonviolent Communication: Practical Tools to Connect andCommunicate Skilfully in Every Situation; Peter Levine, Waking the Tiger (about trauma); Inbal Kashtan, Parenting from the Heart.

About the Facilitator

Name: Sara Anderson
Qualifications: Parenting Peer Leadership Programme, thur Bay NVC, California,; Completed 9 month online intense course for 3 consecutive years (focuses on nonviolent communication or compassionate communication in parenting); Diploma in Peace building; Cert in Mediation; Cert in Youth Work Studies; Cert in Assertiveness; Postgraduate Diploma in Dramatherapy.
Experience: Lot of experience as facilitator in groups and working with children in many different settings. Was on the Barnardos panel of trainers, set up and ran a youth project for the HSE for 3 years, workshop at ISPCC national conference, 5 years working with homeless children, lots of experience working with children with special needs, running drama group for children, have run parenting groups in Donegal. A large part of my learning comes from my own struggles, challenges, learning and growth in single parenting a child over the past 7 years.

Location & Duration of the Programme

County Donegal
Local venue:  
Other details about the location of the programme: Based in Donegal town. For courses run over number of weeks am willing to travel max hour and a half travelling time from Donegal town (with petrol costs). My work is mostly done during school time hours. Available to travel further for longer workshop e.g. day long.
Number of sessions: 4
Frequency of sessions: Weekly
No. of hours per session: 2 hours, though can do day long sessions
When is the programme held? Mornings, Evenings, At weekends
Is childcare available? No

Booking the Programme

How do I book a place on the programme? Self Referral
Total cost incl. materials: €50 for 4 week group and €40 for session in the home (max. 4 people)