Train the Trainer

Certificated professional parenting training course


We have no further courses planned for the moment

Online course details:

7 Modules  £1,500+VAT. 

We have created a new online Training for Trainers Programme which you can access without leaving your home and at your own pace.

The online Training for Trainers Programme consists of:

The six module positive parenting programme covered in the face to face course. This can be accessed at any time as often as you want, forever.

 - Each of the parenting modules contain several short videos with Melissa talking you through the topic including action sheets, plus parent notes which you can print out to create your own parenting manual. 

A module on facilitation skills incorporating:

 - Videos of real classes in action

 - Videos of specific facilitation skills –explanations and demonstrations. 

 - A manual of facilitation skills

 - Membership of a private facebook group in which the group members can pose questions to Melissa and support each other. 

Q&A webinars after each parenting module conducted via Zoom. This element of the course will be on fixed dates over six consecutive weeks. Recordings will be available if you cannot attend.

Six written assignments covering parenting content and some aspects of facilitation. Melissa reviews all assignments and gives extensive feedback.  Feedback from past participants is that this is an extremely valuable component of the learning.

Application form

To apply for either of our Train the Trainers Programmes please complete this form and we will be in touch with you.

Face to face course details:

6 Modules   £1,800+VAT per person

Price includes all materials and refreshments. Lunch is included. 

Training and certification in the delivery of parenting courses is a key part of what we do.  We’ve been training many of the UK’s parenting professionals, teachers, counsellors and therapists since 2008. This ensures that the expert knowledge held within The Parent Practice is passed on to help more parents and families. No previous experience of our programmes is required to take the training.

Professionals who complete the Training for Trainers Courses receive a certificate at the end of the course and may be eligible to become a Parent Practice Licensee. 

The Training for Trainers Programme is delivered by Melissa Hood, Head of Training and Design, and is offered over 6 weeks (one class per week, 9:30am-3pm).  A class size is usually between 6 and 10 people.   

This training is also available to parents who’ve taken a course with us and want to take their skills and understanding to a more advanced level, whether for the benefit of their own families or to use professionally.  

Watch Milly Ayliffe's (attendee Sept 2019) review for the course:

The class of Sept 2019:




Trainees learn the skills and strategies taught on our 6 week Positive Parenting Skills Course at an advanced level, and will also be trained in facilitation skills. The content of the Positive Parenting Skills course is as follows:

Modules covered in the Training for Trainers Courses:

Module 1 - Descriptive Praise: Building connection, co-operation and confidence. 

Module 2 - Emotion Coaching: Improve your emotional bond with your children, encourage communication and good behaviour by understanding and helping children manage their emotions more effectively.

Module 3 - Being in Charge: Understanding your child and your own parenting style: Understanding your child's stages of development and temperament and framing appropriate behavioural expectations. Understanding beliefs about parenting which shape your methods.

Module 4 - Setting up for Success: How to make home life more harmonious and reduce stressful moments.

Module 5 - Values, Rules and Rewards: How to formulate, communicate and follow through on rules consistently in ways that pass on the values you want for your children and encourage cooperation while preserving a child’s individuality.

Module 6 - Positive Discipline: How to respond constructively to unwanted behaviours in ways that teach children to take responsibility and learn from their mistakes without damaging self-esteem or being over-controlling.

Utilising a wide variety of presentation methods and skills, including analysis of what works in different situations for different purposes.

Making use of advanced non-verbal communication skills, including deeper understanding of skills you might already have, and analysing why these work to allow you to use them more consistently and strategically.

Specific facilitation skills for

 - understanding and facilitating good group dynamics

 - managing participants' who are either dominant or withdrawn

 - understanding individual participants' needs

 - facilitating each participant's learning - being aware of what makes parents feel uncomfortable and making sure they feel safe, being aware of different learning styles and responding to them accordingly.

Becoming a licensee

Licences to deliver The Parent Practice programmes may be available for trainers who are interested in running parenting programmes.

Licences relate to a specific geographical territory so licensees are able to practice within a defined area. Licensees do not trade as 'The Parent Practice' but trade under their own business name.  Licensees may teach The Parent Practice methodology and may use The Parent Practice materials.  Facilitators Notes, Parents' Notes and Supporting Materials are included with the Licence. Upon the successful completion of the Training for Trainers programmes and purchase of a licence, licensees may designate themselves ‘Parent Practice Certified Educators.’

The Parent Practice recommends licensees via our website. 

We have licensees all over the world. View Here  

About our Licensees:

Carol from Worthing about our licensee Camilla Miller:

Camilla and her course were recommended by a colleague at work... I have learnt that my daughter's behaviour was a reaction to how she was being treated, and all the emotions behind it. With Camilla's experience and guidance I learnt how to be connected with my daughter and encourage her in a positive way. Within two weeks I noticed the changes and how good she was responding to all techniques learnt. I am so delighted to see my daughter shining and willing to help without being asked to.  Our course lasted five weeks, which went so quick and I could not be more grateful to Camilla for her help. 

Rachel Vecht, Licensee in North West London

Yesterday I delivered week 2 of the course and I wanted to thank you - I am just loving it!!! You get true feedback from parents each week and they all attest to the fact that it really works. One father who started off a bit sceptical the first week said last night that "descriptive praise works like magic". Another dad who came for the first time yesterday (under duress) said "I learnt more in the first 45 minutes than I have in 13 years of being a parent".

 For more details about becoming a licensee please call or email the office.  


what we do

train trainers who want to add further skills and programmes to an existing professional repertoire

teach parenting skills and parenting strategies at an advanced level

train trainers in specific skills:-


accelerated learning techniques

non-verbal communications skills

group dynamics

group mastery techniques

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who attends

professionals working with children, teenagers and families

professionals who want to add parenting skills to a cv

professionals who want to refresh and enhance their parenting skills

professionals who want to move into parenting facilitation

local authority employees who work with families and children

clients who have taken a course with us who want to take personal skills and understanding to a more advanced level for the benefit of their own families or professionally

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certification & licences

Course certification is by attendance, written assignments and a practical presentation. Licences may be available for those who are interested in running parenting programmes. Licensees may designate themselves 'Parent Practice certified educators'.

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what trainers say

I just wanted to also say how much I have enjoyed the training with you over the past 5 weeks. Thank you so much for making us all feel so welcome, valued, cared for and for educating us so well with enthusiasm, humour, different teaching techniques and a very human touch. I knew I was going to get a great course when I signed up for this, I just didn't realise how great. Everyone who has asked me how my course is going has received the answer 'brilliant - it's so great, I'm enjoying it so much'. Thank you too for all the hard work you put into preparing it and the feedback you give us. I have no doubt I will be poring over the comments in much detail when preparing my own courses.

Sam, attendee 2018


I have to admit that with this homework I am having the biggest "wow" moments since I started my journey with The Parent Practice! Words are not enough to say how much I appreciate this knowledge! Hat off !!! and A BIG Thank You for your amazing job and all the written materials! I do believe that every single mum should read it to make her motherhood absolutely enjoyable! Thanks to your "parenting manuals" my children's needs are so easy to be understood and fulfilled!!!!! ;)

Joanna, attendee 2015


I'd like to thank you most sincerely from the bottom of my heart for such a well crafted and organised course, that has taught me so much. It has served to deepen my fascination with the vital subject of parenting and has really got me thinking about all the issues on a whole new level, as well as giving me concrete ways to develop my communication and facilitation skills. I was very inspired by your excellent role modelling of everything that you were teaching us, and by your warmth and genuine care for everyone on the course. I am looking forward to building on everything that I have learnt and taking my new knowledge and skills forward

Daisy, attendee autumn 2016


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