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Who is the Take 3 Programme for?
The Programme was primarily developed to be delivered by trained facilitators to groups of parents struggling with challenging and/or vulnerable teenagers (ages 10-18). From the start we believed in working preventatively and always took referrals from a wide range of agencies. This meant that the young people’s problems were many and varied: from the 14-year-old who had been excluded from school and was terrorising the neighbourhood, to the 11-year-old who behaved well at school but caused havoc in the home because of the breakdown of her parents’ relationship; from the overweight teenager who refused to leave the house, to the 10-year-old with ADHD who kept trying to set fire to his sister’s bedroom.
Our experience has shown us that any parent whose child is exhibiting out-of-control and challenging behaviour will be feeling worried and often desperate, not least if they are being threatened with a court order, a fine, or even imprisonment. Whatever their individual adolescent may be doing or refusing to do, they will find in a group a supportive meeting place with other parents who will have similar feelings of rage, frustration, depression, anxiety or disempowerment. That shared experience is the starting place for this parenting course, which is generic rather than problem-specific. (See video on the right).
Feedback from T3 Facilitator : Kathy
Over the years parenting workers have also found Take 3 indispensable for working on a one-to-one basis with parents. See video on the right.
In particular the handouts and DVD can be used creatively with parents who are really struggling, including those who have difficulties with literacy. More about the Programme materials>>
Often those parents who are not able to attend a group have additional emotional challenges in their lives and the in-depth ‘Notes for Facilitators’ in the Take 3 pack can aid practitioners’ understanding of complex family relationships. Also the material in Part 2 of the pack can be a useful resource for both worker and parents. For example, the session Being assertive, especially with professionals can be used to coach a parent who is worried about attending a series of difficult meetings with a variety of agencies, or the session In ‘step’ - living in a ‘joined up’ family, can provide tools to help a parent with step-parenting issues.
Working with Individual Parents & Diverse Groups
Different Ethnic Groups, Dads, Non-Birth Parents and Carers
The versatility of the Take 3 materials means that they can be used with a variety of parents and carers, and Rosie Hill’s training as an anthropologist enables her to have a sensitive approach to diversity. Because the ethos of the programme is to start with the carer’s own self-care and self-esteem, this can be applied multi-culturally. The course then goes on to offer a range of different skills, always emphasizing that there is no one way to parent, so practitioners working with different ethnic groups have found that most of the course is applicable cross-culturally. In such cases, workers are expected to have an intimate knowledge of the customs of the target group and to discuss openly with the group what strategies might suit their culture, adapting the material appropriately if necessary.
Take 3 has been used with great success with an all male group in Leeds. You can read an account of this in the Yorkshire Post on the Testimonials page>>
Many non-birth parents and carers have attended Take 3 groups over the years: grandparents, siblings and other relatives have all given positive feedback. The essence of Take 3 relates to healthy relationship skills and many of the ideas are transferable to other relationships: One mother related with great joy that the course had renewed her sex life because she and her husband could now communicate so much better!
Foster parents and adoptive parents have also benefited from attending Take 3. Read Testimonials>>
Ideas from Take 3 have also influenced the work of other agencies and professionals. For example, see the Angus Burnett video on the Testimonials page to learn how his work with parents of children at a residential therapeutic school has been aided by familiarity with Take 3.
|What is the Take 3 Programme?|
|Who is it for?|
|What is Special about theTake 3 Programme|
|Take 3 Programme Materials|
|Theory & Ethos|
|History & Development|
|Research and Evaluation|
|Training for Facilitators & Organisations|
|Feedback from Training Participants|
|Supervision for Parenting Practitioners|