Parenting and Relationship Education Courses

Anglicare – Communities for Children

Link to Communities for Children website.  Includes Weekly Parenting Calendar for playgroups and other activities for children aged 0-5 years and Parenting Support Services with information on a range of support services in Alice Springs.  Communities for Children also produces the Alice Springs Community Services Directory which includes information on a range of services for children and families.

Families and Schools Together (FAST)

Families and Schools Together (FAST) is a family strengthening program that is strongly evidence-based and has an ongoing evaluation process.  FAST is free and each program runs for eight weeks.  Transport is provided as well as a healthy meal that a participating family helps prepare.  Currently there are two FAST programs running in Central Australia:

  • Baby FAST.  Baby FAST aims to strengthen intergenerational bonds between babies from 0-3 years, their young parents and the grandparents.  It also seeks to reduce stress caused by social isolation by connecting families with others and with Community Agencies.  Baby FAST is being run at Amoonguna from Tuesday 22nd October from 9:30am at the Amoonguna Recreation Hall.  Baby FAST is also being run at Santa Teresa for the reminder of the School Term 4.
  • Kids FAST.  Kids FAST aims to strengthen the relationships within a family with young primary school children, with other families, with the school and with Community Agencies.  Kids FAST programs are held in the evenings in a school.

FAST Works is  an ongoing support group sustained by the parents in the program.  For more information on Baby FAST and Kids FAST, please contact Eran Brady via phone on 0447 316 159 or email


Lutheran Community Care

Lutheran Community Care provides the following services:

  • Kwatja Etatha Playgroup.  This playgroup is open for children aged 0-4 years and their families/care givers.  It is a relaxed and safe meeting space for play, exploration and education.  The playgroup is respectful and inclusive of all cultures.  The playgroup is held on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9:30am-11:30am, during school terms.  There is no cost, morning tea is provided and pick up and drop offs are available on request.
  • Circle of Security is presented by trained play group workers.  This is a free, 4 week parenting program and is being held at the Larapinta Child and Family Centre.  This program helps parents provide their children with emotional support needed to develop secure parent-child relationships, calm and connected families, supporting your child’s emotional world and building self esteem for your children and you as a parent.  Dates include Wednesday 23rd October, 30th October, 6th November and 13th November from 12:30-3:00pm.  A light lunch will be provided.
  • For futher details please contact Lutheran Community Care on 8953 5160.



Relationships Australia

The following Relationships Education Courses offered by Relationships Australia in Semester 2, 2019.

  • The Building Connections seminar is run fortnightly throughout the year.  This seminar aims to help separated parents have healthy and strong relationships with their children.  For dates and times please contact Relationships Australia.
  • The Aboriginal Building Connections seminar is run fortnightly throughout the year.  The Aboriginal Building Connections seminar is to help Aboriginal families through separation.  This includes having healthy and strong relationships with their children. For dates and times please contact Relationships Australia.
  • Raising Adolescents:  The teenage brain and how to support young people.  This seminar aims to support parents and carers to better understand and respond to young people as they enter puberty and progress through adolescence.  Join Brisbane based therapist Trent Savill from Complex Care, to explore changes to the teenage brain, modern influences, stress and social pressures impacting on teenagers.  How changes to the teenage brain can be further compounded by other life pressures or skill deficits, which may manifest in a range of unhealthy behaviours.  Including drug/alcohol abuse, increased aggression, absconding, and unsafe relationships.  Strategies for parents and carers to stay connected to teenagers, avoid unnecessary power-struggles, de-escalate a crisis, and build cognitive skills in teens through collaborative problem-solving.  This is a free seminar and will be held on 19th November from 6:00-9:00pm.
  • Bringing Up Great Kids.  Would you like to understand why we do what we do as parents and what makes your kids tick?  This course will help parents explain and reflect on their parenting style and their children’s behaviour.  It provides parents with a greater understanding of how to meet their children’s needs and communicate with their children.  This is a three week course.  Dates include Wednesday 20th November, Wednesday 27th November and Wednesday 4th December from 5:30-9:30pm.  The cost is $45 per person.
  • Communicate and Connect.  Have you ever wondered what kind of communication makes for the most meaningful and lasting connections?  In this 3 hour workshop, you will learn simple strategies derived from scientific research and clinical experience, and hear from others about what works and what doesn’t.  The activities and opportunities for reflection will be both useful and engaging.  In doing the workshop, you will hopefully feel inspired to bring more sincerity and grace into your life with others.  This one night seminar is being offered on Thursday 24th October from 6:00-9:00pm.  The cost is $40 individual and $60 for couple.
  • For further information and registrations for these courses, please contact Relationships Australia on 8950 4100 or 1800 634 405 or visit Relationships Australia website.


Urban Primary Health Child and Family

Child and Family Health (Flynn Drive) provide a range of courses to parents including:

  • Territory Parents Support Program.  This 6 week program is for new parents and includes such topics as introduction to brain development, baby massage, baby communication, nutrition, sleep and settling, water safety awareness and eyes, teeth and ears.  The program is being offered 7 times throughout 2019 and is run on Wednesday from 10:00am-12:00pm.
  • Introduction to Solids. Stage 1 of Introduction to Solids includes how, what, where and when to start introducing solids.  Stage 2 of Advancing Tastes and Textures is for parents of infants from 6-12 months who have started solid foods.  These sessions are run monthly on Thursday from 1:30pm-2:30pm.
  • Circle of Security is presented by trained play group workers.  This is an evidence based parenting training program over 8 sessions.  This program helps parents provide their children with emotional support needed to develop secure attachment, resilience and skills for getting ready for school.  For dates for this course, please contact Flynn Drive Clinic.
  • To register these courses, please contact Flynn Drive Clinic on 89516 711.


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