Connected Minds Parent Courses

What are EF skills and how do they manifest in children?

Executive Function (EF) skills are what we use to control effort and behaviour. They enable us to plan and schedule our time, make timely decisions, hold instructions in mind, get going on tasks and keep going when things are challenging. Research shows a clear link between strong EF skills and learning in life, yet we don’t teach children what they are or how to develop them. A lack of EF skills can often present as emotional or behavioural challenges. 

Connected Minds Parent Course: self study, group and 1:1.

What is Connected Minds Parent Course

Our parent course teaches you everything you need to know to help your child develop strong executive functions at home. We combine recent findings from psychology, neuroscience and attachment-based parenting theories to create an easy to implement approach which can strengthen relationships within your family.

The course will be run by a psychologist & executive function coach specialist. The six seminars use a combination of presentations, videos and small-group discussions.

Key areas include:

  1.  Brain development and neuroscience: Understand your child’s brain
  2. EFs through the ages: What are they and how can they be improved?
  3. Training EFs in your child: Communicating with your child for real change
  4. Emotions, yours and theirs: How do they get in the way?
  5. Parenting pitfalls: Why does it often go so wrong?
  6. Making it work in the long term: Resilience and long-term change

There will be general teaching on brain development, an outline of what the EFs are, what it looks like when they don’t work properly and how to improve them. How parents communicate with their child to teach these skills is crucially important and will be covered in some detail.

We will consider the importance of emotions behind behaviour and come up with ideas for how to manage behaviour when things go wrong. There will be opportunities to reflect on each family’s challenges and devise strategies to manage ongoing problems.

Who will be facilitating? 

Dr Rose Spencer, PsychD

Rose is a London-based psychologist with over a decade of experience working as a clinician with parents and children in both the National Health Service (NHS) and private settings.

She has worked with the Connections in Mind family of services since its inception and is currently a Connected Minds Parenting facilitator, EF coach supervisor & training lead.

Her background in clinical research drives her passion for delivering high-quality, evidence-based interventions tailored uniquely to the individual child, parent and/or family. Rose has a specialist interest in working with families and equipping parents with practical tools to foster EF development in their children and building stronger, connected relationships to last a lifetime.

Dr Paul Holland, AFBPsS CPsychol CSci

Paul has been working with parents, families and children for over 25 years. In addition to his clinical work, Paul has also worked at City, University of London where he directed the Doctorate in Counselling Psychology.

Paul has worked with the Connections in Mind family since mid-2017.
He co-developed the Executive Function Adventures (EFA) programme and currently works as an EFA Coach, a Connected

Minds Parenting facilitator, an EF Coach Supervisor and an Advanced Coach.
Paul is a person-centred practitioner who consistently aims to make a difference to his clients. From Paul’s perspective “there is nothing more rewarding than being a part of even the smallest amount of positive change”.

NEW Connected Minds Parenting Course: Online

New online self study course only £150

This course, delivered by Imogen Moore-Shelly an executive function coaching expert,  teaches parents how to develop and support executive function skills in order for their child to succeed and flourish in childhood, adolescence and beyond.

The six online modules will use a combination of videos, resources and handouts.

There will be general teaching on brain development, an outline of what the EFs are, what it looks like when they don’t work properly and how to improve them. How parents communicate with their child to teach these skills is crucially important and will be covered in some detail.

We will consider the importance of emotions behind behaviour and come up with ideas for how to manage behaviour when things go wrong. We will reflect on family challenges and devise strategies to manage ongoing problems.

Contact us:

Please contact us for more information.

Connected Minds Parenting

Email us at sarah@connectedmindsparenting.co.uk

Phone: 020 8050 1605