INFO RE: ‘FLAT PACK PARENT’ FACILITATOR TRAINING Autumn 04 There is currently a lot of emphasis on qualification and quality standards in parent education so The Family Matters Institute has, in association with the Open College Network, developed an accredited training course for facilitators using their Flat Pack Parent Resource. To gain OCN accreditation (2 credits at level 1) a student must attend two training days, observe an experienced small group facilitator, and complete a portfolio of evidence compiled whilst facilitating a Flat Pack Parent group. Day 1 of training introduces the various elements of the resource including: A general overview of the resource and an explanation of its DIY ‘parent-led’ ethos An understanding of the aim: to increase effective communication between adults and teens The planning and practicalities associated with setting up and running a Flat Pack Parent group (including confidentiality agreement and child protection issues) Developing good presentation skills How to lead a small discussion group effectively and sensitively How one may use media (film, TV, art and music) to open up discussions relating to parenting in the teen zone. The need to offer a range of activities in order to accommodate different learning styles The value of working with other agencies Knowledge of local referral routes. Ability to gather supporting information sheets, leaflets etc The need for effective evaluation At the end of Day 1 each student is assigned one of the 10 Flat Pack Parent Topics. (Peer Pressure, Self-Esteem, Body Image, Drugs, Alcohol, Talking about Sex at home, Teenage Sexuality, Teenage Pregnancy, Online Safety, Media Influence) They are required to research and prepare a 15 minute presentation to be given during the 2nd day of training. Day 2 of training consists of Student presentations Tutorials o feedback on presentations; o assessment of understanding of skills associated with effective communication with teenagers o matters concerning portfolio preparation Further Research Plenary and shared learning If you can gather at least 6 student facilitators together a course tutor will bring the Flat Pack training to your venue at a cost of £100 per day per person (plus £20 accreditation fees) and tutor expenses. For individuals attending FMI’s training centre at The Park, Moggerhanger, the cost is £125 per day per person plus £20 accreditation fees We currently have places available as follows: Day 1 - Friday Oct 15th Day 2 - Friday Nov 26th To book a place please request an application form via email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01767-641002 or write to Family Matters Institute, Moggerhanger Park, Park Road, Moggerhanger, Bedfordshire MK44 3RW. Our tutor Nicola Watson will be very happy to talk to you if you have any more questions.