Our consultant’s experience and qualifications are a Masters of Teaching (specialising in 0-5 years) and works across the lifespan including adolescents and teens. She has extensive experience as an educator, a director of a centre, and as a consultant for an family support service NGO.
She offers a variety of services:
Support for parent-carers and families
Jina can offer individual support to parent-carers and families with private consultations and variety of parenting questions. This can include helping with routines around bedtime or dinner, dealing with big behaviours, understanding your child’s diagnosis and how to best support them, and more. Jina is also accredited to run a variety of evidence-based parenting programs independently or in groups (see below).
Support for organisations
Jina has delivered consultations, training and ongoing support to childcare centres, public and private schools, and other organisations including OOHC not-for-profits. She has helped write up policies, delivered Trauma in the Classroom training/workshops, and coached school staff on how to best support children with trauma and/or behavioural needs.
Jina can also deliver parenting programs or custom workshops to organisations to upskill and support their staff.
Accredited Parenting Programs
Tuning Into Kids:
It teaches parents and carers skills in emotion coaching, a way of responding to emotions that can help children to understand, regulate and work through their emotions so that they manage their behaviour and respond in socially appropriate ways. In particular, the program teaches parents to notice children’s emotions, especially before emotions have become overwhelming for the child. Parents and carers are encouraged to accept, validate and empathise with their child’s emotions, help reflect upon or name the emotions being experienced, and if necessary, assist the child to work through the emotion and problem solve.
When parents and carers respond to children’s emotions in ways that validate and accept emotions but still guide them with appropriate behaviour, children learn important skills in emotional intelligence. Over time children use these skills in all aspects of their lives. Emotional intelligence helps children to be more resilient so that when they face challenging experiences they can talk about their feelings and work through these experiences. Emotional intelligence helps prevent mental health problems, and learning these skills can reduce mental health difficulties if they are occurring.
TIK teaches parents and carers skills in being aware of how they express their own emotions when parenting. Parenting (and life) can be an emotionally challenging experience at times, and many parents benefit from reflecting on the ways they cope and manage their emotions. Children watch and copy how the people who raise them express emotions and so it is an important part of what benefits children. By learning to use emotion coaching skills, many parents and carers find their children talk to them more, want greater contact with them, and share more of their emotional experiences with them.
Circle of Security:
Circle of Security is a program designed for parents and carers of children aged 0-12 years who want to strengthen the bonds with their children and would like support to help their children to build secure relationships.
During this 8-session program, parents are encouraged to look beyond their children’s behaviour and identify and respond to their emotional needs to help prevent issues in the family. Through this course, parents and carers will gain a new understanding of how they can strengthen the bonds with their children, in turn helping them to feel secure.
This programs help children experience:
- Greater self-esteem
- Better relationships with parents and peers
- Enhanced school readiness
- An increased capacity to handle emotions.
Bringing Up Great Kids:
BUGK programs and resources support parents to: learn more about the origins of their own parenting style and how it can be more effective;
- identify the important messages they want to convey to the children in their care and how to achieve this;
- learn more about brain development in children and its influence on their thoughts, feelings and behaviour;
- understand the meaning of children’s behaviour;
- discover how to overcome some of the obstacles getting in the way of them being the kind of parents they would like to be; and,
- discover ways for parents to take care of themselves and to find support when they need it.
The theoretical underpinnings of the ‘messages’ approach derive from a child-centred perspective, neurobiology of trauma and attachment, narrative and solution focused therapy and a strengths perspective.
These programs can be run in groups, within a family, individually, or in an organisation. If you’re interested please contact us for a quote.