The Incredible Years

A 10-session positive parenting program

 

Stuggles with your pre-school or school-aged child?

Difficulties with bedtime and routine?

Worried that your child is getting upset too often?

To learn with the experts how to best handle these situations and develop a strong and longlasting relationship with your child, with The Incredible Years positive parenting program. This world-renowned and evidence-based program is delivered in English by clinical psychologists, and is next starting in October 2022.

Sign up to the sessions for parents of 4 to 8 year olds starting Wednesday 26 October

Sign up to the sessions for parents of 8 to 13 year olds starting Tuesday 25 October

  • Tuesday evening sessions for parents of 8 to 13 year olds are now available, starting October 25th.

  • Wednesday evening sessions for parents of 4 to 8 year olds are now available, starting October 26th.  

 

Sign up now to The Incredible Years at Compass Psychology

This world-renowned positive parenting programme will be delivered by specialists trained in child psychology for parents of children aged 4-12 years and consists of weekly 90 minute sessions over 10 weeks.

In this course you will learn how to:

  • Reduce arguments, difficult behaviours, battles & sibling rivalry at home.
  • Increase the positive bond between you & your child/children. 
  • Reduce/regulate your child’s screen time usage.
  • Successfully support your child’s academic success  
  • Support your child to improve their social skills
  • Set clear rules, limits & routines at home
  • Increase your child’s growing independence

Hatty and Lisa
Parent and child

Practical Details 

Tuesday night course for parents of

of 8 to 13 year olds

Dates: 25th October, 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th November, 6th and 13th December, 10th and 17th January

Time:  18.45- 20.15

Venue: Nervanderinkatu 11, Helsinki, Töölö, 00260 Helsinki (Arkadia International Bookshop).

Facilitator: Dr Hatty Francis-Ehnholm

Cost: 55€ per 90 minute session, including VAT. Sign up with a co-parent/friend and pay 47.50€ per session (incl. VAT).

Sign up here.

 

Wednesday night course for parents of 4 to 8 year olds

Dates:  26th October, 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th November, 7th and 14th December, 11th and 18th January

Time: 17.00-18-30

Venue:  Nervanderinkatu 11, Helsinki, Töölö, 00260 Helsinki (Arkadia International Bookshop).

Facilitator: Dr Lisa Smith

Cost: 55€ per 90 minute session, including VAT. Sign up with a co-parent/friend and pay 47.50€ per session (incl. VAT).

Sign up here.

 

We are offering free childcare/babysitting on site for your child/children!

For the duration of the program, you can bring your child to be cared for in a separate area while you attend the group.

I would recommend this to all parents, whether you just want to know more about parenting, or whether you want to help your child with ADHD or ASD

Dr Lisa Smith

Further Information

We highly encourage both parents to attend the group. Therefore we offer free childcare/babysitting on site for your child for the duration of the group and a 150€ discount for the second parent. We will serve the adult participants tea, coffee and water as well as light refreshments each week.

 

FAQ about The Incredible Years 

Who will lead the sessions? Each week the session will be led by a trained facilitator who is a specialist in child and family psychology (holds a clinical doctorate in psychology specialising in child and adolescent psychology), with assistance from a co-facilitator.

What is The Incredible Years? The Incredible Years programme is an evidence-based, highly researched and well-known positive parenting program developed by Carolyn Webster-Stratton. In Finland it is known as Ihmeelliset vuodet. You can read more about The Incredible Years here:

https://incredibleyears.com/about/awards-and-recognition/

https://incredibleyears.com/

https://kasvuntuki.fi/en/interventions/incredible-years-parenting-groups/ (also in Finnish and Swedish)

What is positive parenting? Positive parenting is closely aligned with authoritative parenting, for those who want to bring up children who are able to follow boundaries and have some discipline, but also have good emotional regulation skills, and who are emotionally intelligent and independent.

Four key aspects of positive parenting are:

  • Emotional Self-Regulation in the child (child can accept and cope with their own emotions)
  • Understanding root causes of behaviour in your child (understand the reasons why your child behaves as they do)
  • Relationship Building (build a relationship with your child that will last a lifetime)
  • Modelling (how to model behaviour as a parent)

Would this suit our family? The Incredible Years is designed to suit all families and all children. Children with neurodiversity are definitely welcome, and many parents with children who have ADHD or autism spectrum disorder symptoms find the program incredibly helpful. It would also suit parents dealing with children who have challenging behaviours, such as emotional outbursts or aggression. 

Why does it cost so much? The cost per session is approximately 55€ per session for the first parent, and 95€ per session for two parents. This includes free childcare and tea/coffee and refreshments. Most importantly, you will get instruction and personalised advice from a trained child clinical psychologist and receive comprehensive training in an evidence-based positive parenting programme which is 90 minutes per session. By comparison, family therapy sessions usually cost 120 – 180€ per 50 minutes, so the per hour rate for this training program is exceptionally good value. You will also receive all the relevant training materials and information. The location is a spacious and comfortable central Helsinki location (Arkadia International Bookshop).

Want to know more? Watch this YouTube video (below) detailing the experience of other parents who have gone through the Incredible Years programme for their children who have ADHD symptoms. 

The Incredible Years is a well-regarded and evidence based parenting programme, and I am very excited to be bringing this programme to Finland for the first time

Dr Hatty Francis-Ehnholm

Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychologist

About the facilitators

Dr Hatty Francis Ehnholm is a trained child and adolescent clinical psychologist from the UK. She has specialist training in the psychology of children and adolescents, as well as extensive training in psychological testing, therapy and training. She has recently been working at the International School of Helsinki as the school psychologist and she has lived in Finland for over 12 years. You can read more about Hatty here.

Dr Lisa Smith is a trained child and adolescent clinical psychologist from the UK. She has specialist training in the psychology of children and adolescents, as well as extensive training in psychological testing, therapy and training. Until 2020, Lisa worked in a CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service) in London, UK. You can read more about Lisa here.

Hatty and Lisa

Dr Hatty Francis-Ehnholm (on the right) and Dr Lisa Smith (left), are trained child and adolescent clinical psychologists from the UK and facilitators for Compass Psychology’s The Incredible Years parenting programme