You’re divorced or separated. Your teenager is caught in the middle. You may have problems with your extended family, your new partner or your ex. Holidays and birthdays cause arguments. You may be concerned about your finances. And you’re worried about the impact this is all having on your teenager’s behaviour and emotions. If any of this sounds familiar, Family Transitions Triple P can help.
Family Transitions is a parenting program for divorced or separated parents. It gives you new ways to help protect your teenager – and yourself – from the fallout from a family split.
You can do Family Transitions in a group with other parents, or individually with a trained Triple P provider. At Family Transitions sessions, your Triple P provider will give you new ideas, techniques and strategies to help you through the day-to-day dramas and ongoing trauma of your situation. These ideas can help you cope with stress, anger and change, resolve conflict, and communicate better with your ex.
Throughout the sessions, you’ll also watch the Family Transitions DVD, which shows how other parents have used the ideas to help their families. And you’ll also receive the Family Transitions Workbook to support you as you put your new ideas into practice.
There are five, weekly sessions of two hours each. After the sessions, it’s recommended you also do a Group Teen or Level 4 Individual Teen Triple P program. This will give you a broader range of positive parenting ideas that can help you calmly manage other behaviour and parenting issues in the home. When you’re finished, you’ll feel confident you’re doing everything you can for your teenager.
No. Family Transitions is not a mediation program so you should attend on your own or, if you want support, with your new partner. If your ex-partner wants to do Family Transitions, you should attend your group or personal sessions separately.