Parenting Programs

Parenting Programs

Children without a diagnosis. At Rose Park Psychology, parents are offered individual parenting programs for a range of child behavior 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 behaviors, while encouraging good behavior, independence and self-esteem.


Parents are taught to recognize 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 behaviors falling into different categories.

STOP behaviors

STOP Behaviors are those behaviors that parents want to eradicate from the child’s repertoire of behaviors. Examples of stop behaviors are yelling, tantrums or disrespect.

START behaviors

START Behaviors are those behaviors that a parent would like to see more of. Examples of start behaviors are when a child puts his or her bag away or gets up and out in the morning. These types of behaviors not only signal that the child is becoming better at managing themselves, but often it means less stress for the parent.

Minor But Annoying Behaviors

Minor But Annoying behaviors are the types of behavior that parents don’t necessarily like, but may be willing to live with them. 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.

The psychologist who offers parenting programs are Stephanie McBeath, Tina Charles and Jill Wiltshire.

At our Westbourne Park practice on Goodwood Road, Tina Charles and Hilary Stein also see parents and children.

Children with a mental disorder

We ask that the parent(s) attend a 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 kids.

Our psychologists are also trained to assess children for more serious problems such as Autistic Spectrum Disorders, developmental delay, ADHD and other problems such as anxiety or obsessive compulsive disorders. Parents are given education about 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 behavior problems and if a mental health care plan is appropriate to receive the Medicare rebate. 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.