Education and Life Skills
The Education and Life Skills program provides group work services to children and adults. We aim to enhance individual quality of life and strengthen family relationships. We offer a number of courses on enhancing personal, interpersonal, and parenting skills, and address specialised relationship issues such as family relationships, and families dealing with high levels of conflict.
Courses for different age groups are also available and focus on building self esteem, emotional self-regulation strategies and personal safety.
Current courses available are*:
123 Magic & Emotion Coaching This program is a dedicated parenting course that focuses on raising key ideas about children's abilities, the common problems parents face and ways to help make parenting more enjoyable. Who: Parents/Caregivers of children aged 2 to 10 years. Participants receive a workbook and sessions are held in small groups. Duration: 4 x 2 hour weekly sessions.
Circle of Security
Designed to provide a safe and exciting context for caregivers to explore parenting. It focuses on helping parents/caregivers to feel successful in their parenting role and to enhance relationships with their children. It works on increasing a parent's understanding of their child's behaviour, shared experiences and strategies to become more attuned and responsive to their young child's emotional needs, and assist with them in managing their behaviour. Who: Parents/Caregivers of children aged 9 years and under. Duration: 8 x 2 hour weekly sessions.
Purposely designed for parents to effectively navigate the challenges and adjustments to family life after separation. Ideal outcomes include the ability to: understand the concept of family and challenges associated to separation; recognise the changed parenting roles; understand the impact of parental separation on children; reduce conflict to improve communication; support children to cope with changes and transitions; and develop a workable relationship for all involved. Who: Separated Parents (Ex-partners do not attend the same group) Duration: 5 x 2 hour weekly sessions.
Tuning In To Teens
This emotionally intelligent parenting course supports parents of teens with tools to overcome communication challenges with their teenager; identify and understand the teen's emotions, deal with frustrations and improve the parent/caregiver's ability to think clearly. This program focuses on the emotional connection between parents and teens, to develop a better understanding of teens, help prevent behaviour problems and assist parents/caregivers to teach teens how to deal with conflict. Who: Parents/Caregivers of children aged 10 to 18 years old. Duration: 6 x 2 hour weekly sessions.
Tuning In To Kids
This emotionally intelligent parenting course assists parents of young children to encourage and support their child to understand and express emotions in appropriate ways. This program focuses on the emotional connection between parents/caregivers and children, and assisting parents/caregivers to respond to their children’s emotions in a way that helps the child to understand and manage their emotions. Who: Parents/Caregivers of children aged to 2 to 9 years old. Duration: 6 x 2 hour weekly sessions.
Exploring Anger With Women
This course assists participants to build an understanding of their anger and how to manage this strong emotion in an effective way. The aim is for women to understand the role anger plays in their life and relationships. Outcomes include the ability to identify warning signs and triggers in order to manage reactions and how to cope with powerful emotions. It also aims to support participants to manage their actions as well as examine beliefs, role of guilt and provide a foundation for long term supports and strategies. Who: Women aged 18 years and over. Duration: 6 x 2 hour weekly sessions.
Exploring Anger With Men
Specifically designed for men, this course assists participants to build an understanding of their anger and how to manage this strong emotion in an effective way. The aim for participants is to learn how to implement effective management strategies and understand how anger plays a role in their relationships. Outcomes include the ability to identify warning signs and triggers and use strategies to manage. It also aims to support participants to manage their actions as well as examine beliefs, role of guilt and provide a foundation for long term supports and strategies. Who: Men aged 18 years and over. Duration: 7 x 2 hour weekly sessions.
Well-being & Resilience
Created to support anyone experiencing stress and anxiety. This course provide strategies to increase sense of well-being. The aim is for participants to recognise: what stress is; learn to identify the brain's response to stress and how to cope effectively; learn and practice inner calming techniques and self care strategies and learn ways to cope with ongoing situations for a long-term brighter future. Who: Adults Duration: 3 x 2 hour weekly sessions.
This program was developed for children to help them understand how their brain works in relation to their behaviour and emotions. Participants will learn how to identify big emotions and how to manage them through sensory play; recognise their body's signs and use calming techniques; express their emotions safely, using their creativity and how to solve problems using their new strategies. It is compulsory for parents/caregivers to attend an information session. Who: Children in school years 1 to 6. Duration: 5 x 1.5 hour weekly sessions.
Research shows children develop in context to their relationships. This program specifically supports a child's social and emotional ability to discover their personal strengths, build self-esteem, identify and manage feelings, develop tools and strategies to deal with intense feelings, stay safe and learn how to maintain and build friendships. It is compulsory for parents/caregivers to attend an information session. Who: Children in school years 1 to 6. Duration: 5 x 1.5 hour weekly sessions.
Designed for siblings of children with special needs, the program supports 8 to 12 year olds learn new skills to boost resilience, enhance communication with family and friends, develop a deeper understanding of their sibling's disability; identify and explore strengths in themselves and their siblings and connect with peers. It is compulsory for parents/caregivers to attend an information session. Who: Children aged 8 to 12 years who are a sibling of a child with a disability. The course participant can not have a disability themselves. Duration: 5 x 1.5 hour weekly sessions.
This program exclusively supports Year 7 students transitioning from primary school to highschool. It helps children to develop hopes and plans for their first year of highschool plus build on social skills such as communication and building empathy. Students will learn a range of techniques to help them manage emotions and disagree respectfully with their peers. Parents/Caregivers receive an information booklet containing tips on how to enhance their child's learning around weekly topics. Who: Year 7 students only Duration: 5 x 1.5 hour weekly sessions.
This vibrant course aims to empower teenage girls to understand and embrace their own unique self. During the program participants will learn how to recognise attributes of a healthy relationship between both peers and family members; build on self esteem and a healthy body image; and improve conflict resolution and communication skills. Who: Females in school years 7 to 9. Duration: 5 x 1.5 hour weekly sessions.
Looking For Out For Lads
This engaging course aims to empower teenage boys to understand their brain's influence on emotions and behaviour, and provide ideas on how to manage difficult situations. This is achieved by explaining anger, anxiety, emotions and their range of intensities, exploring helpful thinking techniques, enhancing relationships with communication and the connection between thoughts and emotions. Who: Males in school years 7 to 9. Duration: 5 x 1.5 hour weekly sessions.
*Courses accurate as at February 2018 and are subject to change without notice.
Eligibility to access service
Enrolment in this program is through self referral, participants will be placed on a waitlist and contacted when there is a vacancy on a course.
Groups are subsidised through the Department of Social Services.
We request a contribution (see below) towards the costs associated with facilitating the group. While no-one will be refused our service on the basis that they cannot pay, this contribution enables us to continue to provide a valuable service to the community. If these contributions are not possible for you, a reasonable fee schedule can be discussed with your Facilitator.
If the combined annual household income is under $45,000, the fee is $5 per session
If the combined annual household income is $45,000 to $70,000, the fee is $10 per session
If the combined annual income is $70,000 and above, the fee is $15 per session
For concession card holders a gold coin donation will be accepted * (concession cards must be presented each session).
*Some courses require a small fee ($5 per session) to cover the cost of resources. Please speak to a facilitator for details.
Courses for Schools or Businesses
Centacare NQ is proud to deliver courses to schools and organisations in the local area. There is a fee for service. Please contact us to discuss how we can assist your business.
Making an appointment
You do not need a referral to use our services. All you need to do is telephone us on 1300 672 273.