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Circle of Security Parenting Weekend Workshops, presented by Dr Kaylene Henderson

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Circle of security parenting weekend Brisbane Sydney Melbourne

"The Circle of Security is circling the globe as an intervention to help parents raise their children with love, warmth and emotional intelligence." ~ Dr. Dan Siegel, Neuropsychiatrist and co-author of "The Whole Brain Child"

"I attended the Circle of Security Parenting Course when my daughter was 2 months old - it was the single best thing I did as a new parent and has fundamentally altered my approach to Paediatrics also." ~ Dr. Kate Rodwell, Paediatrician and Mother

What does my child need from me?
How can I relate better to my child?
How can I support my child's independence?
Why do some of my child's behaviours affect me so much?
How can I make parenting easier?

The Circle of Security Parent Education Program is an inspiring yet practical course for parents of children aged 0-5 and for professionals working with young families

Course attendees will learn how to identify their children's emotional needs and respond to their behaviours in ways which result in greater resilience, fewer behavioural difficulties, better relationships with family and friends, improved self esteem and enhanced school readiness.

Topics covered include:

Recognising and understanding children’s emotional needs
How to support a child’s independence
How to support a child’s need for closeness and intimacy
How to promote the development of empathy in children
Understanding why sometimes children’s behaviours cause a negative reaction in their parents/carers
How to handle a child’s emotional ‘meltdowns’
What approach to take when children ‘act out’
How this model provides effective discipline

While usually run as an 8 week program, Dr Kaylene Henderson is doing a condensed "weekend workshop" format - rarely offered in Australia, yet perfect for busy parents.


No future Circle of Security course dates available at this time.

Dr Kaylene Henderson is currently developing an online course series for parents and early childhood professionals entitled
Raising Good Kids: Managing behaviour and emotions in 0-5's (due for release end April 2015).

To register interest for this affordable, scientifically informed, online program, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 or keep an eye out on Dr Kaylene Henderson's Facebook Page

This course is presented by Dr Kaylene Henderson - an Australian Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist, mother of three and registered Circle of Security Parent Educator who has been trained in the Program by one of its founders. Dr Henderson is also a regular expert contributor to numerous international parenting publications and social media as well as the author of the Little Children Big Dreams children's story series. She is passionate about guiding parents and their children to reach their full potential.

Who Should Attend:

While this parent education program has been developed for parents of children aged between 0-5, the concepts are still helpful for parents of older children (up to the pre-teen years). Expectant parents and professionals working with young families are also welcome to attend. Whether you're struggling with your parenting role or just wanting tips on how to be the best parent you can be, you will find this course to be invaluable..

Early childhood educators will also find this course to be ideal with this course linking to the National Quality Standards: Quality Areas 5 and 6 and the Early Years Learning Framework: Outcomes 1, 3, 5 and Principles 1, 2 and 4.

(Kindly note that children are unable to attend. Furthermore while most parents would find this course to be very beneficial, if you or your child has had a history of trauma or mental health issues then seeking out individual sessions would be more helpful for you).

Course Inclusions and Cancellation Policy: 

Course handouts and writing materials are included in the course fee. A certificate of attendance will be provided upon course completion.

A full refund will be provided if your booking is cancelled more than 21 days prior to your planned commencement date. A $100 cancellation fee will need to be retained if cancellation occurs within 21 days of this date. Please note that if minimum attendee numbers are not met, a full refund will be provided 7 days prior to planned course commencement date.

Feedback from previous Brisbane Circle of Security Parenting Weekend Workshop: 

"I found this exceptional. I feel empowered to know how to deal with those challenging situations that I had no idea how to handle before. Thank you."

"This course exceeded my expectations. I am really excited to embrace the next stage in our family life and really start enjoying being with our children"

"Thank you so much. You've truly opened my eyes. I think every parent should attend one."

"This course taught me more than I expected. It has really transformed the way I view my parenting. This has been so helpful - the best education I have accessed since becoming a parent."

"This is such a wonderful program that really takes the guesswork out of parenting. By learning how to respond to our children in the ways taught in this course, we can grow everconfident that we are raising our children to be well-balanced, loving and independent. And best of all, we can teach them how to pass on these qualities to future generations.”

Dr Kaylene Henderson MBBS FRANZCP Cert C & A Psych
Infant, Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist and Registered Circle of Security Parent Educator.

Circle of Security for Early Childhood Education Settings:

Organisations around Australia have an exclusive opportunity to have a highly qualified Specialist come to their centre to present this course to their professionals and/or parent group. The Circle of Security Program will be presented by an experienced Child Psychiatrist, Paediatrician or Child Psychologist who has been trained in the Program by one of its founders. If your Childcare Centre, Kindy, Preschool or community group would like more information on holding these combined parent education and professional development sessions, please refer to The Centre for Parent Education website for further details and costings:

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