At Rose Park Psychology, parents are offered individual parenting programs for a range of child behaviour problems, including disobedience, whining, arguing, fighting, biting, bed-wetting, yelling, tantrums, sibling rivalry, anger and aggression.
Parenting programs teach parents about strategies that are effective in managing difficult behaviours, while encouraging good behaviour, independence and self-esteem. Parents are taught to recognise the two biggest mistakes of parenting: “too much talk” and “too much emotion”; and are provided with easy-to-follow steps for disciplining children without yelling, arguing or spanking.
Different parenting strategies are taught for behaviours falling into different categories.
STOP behaviours are those behaviours that parents want to eradicate from the child’s repertoire of behaviours. Examples of stop behaviours are yelling, tantrums or disrespect.
START behaviours are those behaviours that a parent would like to see more of. Examples of start behaviours are when a child puts his or her bag away or gets up and out in the morning. These types of behaviours not only signal that the child is becoming better at managing themselves, but often mean less stress for the parent.
Minor But Annoying Behaviours
Minor But Annoying behaviours are the types of behaviour that parents don’t necessarily like, but may be willing to live with. Sometimes all that is required is a change of attitude in the parent.
The Program Shows Parents How To:
- Promote their child’s experience with making choices.
- Develop their child’s ability to control his or her own emotions and behavior.
- Increase their confidence to respond more successfully to their children’s behaviors.
Children with a Mental Health Disorder
We ask that the parent(s) attend an initial session with the psychologist before bringing in the child so that the psychologist can be fully briefed about the problem before seeing the child. We support parents to help their children, and recognise the important role parents play in maintaining therapy gains outside of sessions.
Our psychologists are also trained to assess children for more serious problems such as developmental delay, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and anxiety or obsessive compulsive disorders. Parents are given education about relevant disorders and are involved in the child’s treatment program.
Mental Health Care Plan Rebate
It is up to your GP to decide if health issues are the main reason for the child’s behaviour problems and if a mental health care plan is appropriate. Under this plan, a Medicare rebate will apply to sessions. You can book an extended appointment with your GP for an assessment. Unfortunately, you cannot attend yourself and receive a Medicare rebate, if the plan is for the child. We usually do ask that you do this and pay a private session fee, before the child attends. If a diagnosis for you or your child is not involved, you can claim a private health cover rebate.