Acceptance and Commitment Training (ACT)

Parenting a child with a disability is known to be on average more stressful than parenting children without disabilities. Children with disabilities often present different challenges to parents. This can be tricky and lead to feelings of anxiety; stress; anger; overwhelm; depression; loneliness. Of course, there are positive feelings and experiences as well, which we should not forget.

This group is designed for parents (including foster parents) of children with disabilities who are experiencing some of these typical difficulties.

The child(ren) you support may have significant emotional and behavioural needs, and this probably makes it hard for you to parent in the way you want to all the time.

The group is not a practical skills training group. That means there will be no learning about reward charts, time out, discipline strategies and the like.

Potential benefits of the course include: 

  • Developing a clear sense of who you are as a parent, what is important to you, and what steps you need to take to move in the right direction, regardless of your child’s behaviour.

  • Respond less reactively to parenting stress.

  • Learn ways to tolerate difficult emotions in you and your child.

  • Become more accepting of you and your child.

  • Resolve conflict better with your child.

  • Develop a stronger bond with your child.

  • Relate differently to parental suffering: while not all problems will change, parents’ attitude towards these problems may.

  • As a result of the above changes, you may also observe positive changes in your child’s behaviour and emotions.

  • One day and eight week courses available starting February 2020.  If you would like further information on this course, please send an email through to pbs@rubixsupport.com.au 

Managing the emotional storm of parenting:
Acceptance and Commitment Training for Parents and Carers of Children with Disabilities

This group is designed to help parents and carers of children with disabilities manage the emotional load of caring.

Participants will be taught some basic mindfulness skills to help get some distance from troubling thoughts and emotions, and to enhance the quality of interactions with their children.

They will also learn how to get more clarity about their parenting values. Together, these skills can help overcome obstacles to parenting in the way you would like to.

The group is suitable for any parent/carer who has at least one child living at home with a disability. The child does not necessarily need to have an NDIS plan (see cost below).

We positively encourage both mums and dads to attend.

The sessions are all held in Thornbury, so the training may be most suited to those living in the Northern suburbs of Melbourne.

Acceptance and Commitment Training (pronounced “act” for short) is an approach with an extensive scientific evidence base. A full list of scientific journal articles detailing its effectiveness in the context of parenting can be found here and a list of all other effectiveness studies can be found here.
The parenting studies have shown that ACT training can help reduce stress and improve parent-child relationships, amongst other things. This is generally deemed to be a result of an increase in something called “psychological flexibility”.
Our ACT training does not involve learning traditional behaviour management or parenting skills such as time out, reward charts and the use of communication aids. However, the skills taught are designed to complement this kind of work, and to make implementing such strategies easier.
The training involves three sessions, each lasting three hours.

The first two sessions are spread one week apart, and a follow-up session is held approximately one month later.

See the training calendar below for dates, times and location.

The group can be funded via your child’s NDIS plan under Improved Relationships or Improved Daily Living.

Under Improved Relationships, it can funded under the “Behaviour management plan, training in behaviour management strategies” category. Under Improved Daily Living, the “Assessment, training and therapy” category.

The total cost of the 3 sessions is 3 hours of NDIS funding from either of these categories.

The group can also be funded privately at a total cost of $640.16 (price inclusive of GST).

The training is delivered by Dr Nathan Illman (Clinical Psychologist) and at times, another member of the Rubix Support team may act as co-facilitator.

Nathan has received formal training in delivering the ACT approach.

If you are interested in finding out more then please email contact@rubixsupport.com.au and a comprehensive information sheet can be sent over to you.

We look forward to hearing from you.
The Rubix Support Positive Behaviour Support Team

Training Calendar 2020

All workshops run between 10am-1pm and are hosted at SPAN Community House, 64 Clyde Street, Thornbury.

February/March Workshops
Session 1: Wednesday 4rd March
Session 2: Wednesday 11th March
Session 3 (one-month follow-up): Wednesday 15th April

April/May Workshops
Session 1: Wednesday 29th April
Session 2: Wednesday 6th May
Session 3 (one-month follow-up): Wednesday 3rd June

July/August Workshops
Session 1: Wednesday 15tht July
Session 2: Wednesday 22nd July
Session 3 (three-week follow-up): Wednesday 12th August

September/October Workshops
Session 1: Wednesday 2nd September
Session 2: Wednesday 9th September
Session 3 (one-month follow-up): Wednesday 7th October

Registered NDIS Partner

Rubix Support are registered providers of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

Supporting Equality and Diversity

Rubix Support acknowledge the Traditional Owners of this land and pay our respects to Elders, past, present and emerging.

An Inclusive Service

Committed to providing an inclusive & respectful service, Rubix Support welcomes all, irrespective of gender identity, sexual orientation, age or religion.