Current parent courses

All of our courses are free to parents living in Hertfordshire, and are run by us – Francine and Lesley. We offer a range of topics to help parents to navigate the challenges of daily life.

Over the past 17 years, 95 per cent of our parent attendees would highly recommend our services to other parents.

All our courses are being run online via Zoom.

To discuss commissioning Families in Focus’ Train the Trainer programmes for our CAN Parent certified, evidence-based, award-winning courses, please email and

2024 courses

Handling anger in the family

FREE 6 Week Handling Anger in your family (with primary aged children) for parents living in Hertfordshire via ZOOM (free downloadable app)

If you have a child with Autism or ADHD (inc awaiting assessment) please book on our specialist course called Handling anger in your child with Autism and/or ADHD

This CANparent quality mark course is for parents of primary aged children, and provides practical and proven techniques to reduce angry meltdowns in your family. The very popular, effective and award winning course offers:

  • Gain greater understanding of how anger and other emotions live in your family
  • Increase your understanding of triggers that cause angry outbursts
  • Learn healthy anger management strategies for children & parents to reduce angry outbursts
  • Discover creative ways to support children to ‘let go’ of anger safely
  • Gain effective empathic communication techniques to reduce angry outbursts
  • Meet and share experiences with other parents living in a similar family to your own
  • How to raise confident & resilient children
  • Helpful handouts each week


Wednesday mornings 9.30-11.30am ONLINE VIA ZOOM BOOK NOW! SPACES AVAILABLE!

June 5th 12th 19th 26th July 3rd 10th

Parents need to attend all sessions and live in Hertfordshire

Next course Thursday mornings from September 12th or Monday evenings from November 4th Book from June 2024

Parent feedback February 2024

This course has made a positive impact on my whole family, I am calmer and my family is calmer. I have learned about my reactions and easy simple strategies that work.”

It has been fantastic to reflect on how I can become a better parent and transform my family life and I am so much more confident and understand my children so much more and we enjoy having fun together now.”

Fantastic course and feel much more empowered & confident as a parent now and my children are much happier and less meltdowns

Transforming family life through empathy

A proven therapeutic approach for parents of children aged three to 11 years, to increase positive family communication to manage behaviours that challenge, reducing behaviours that challenge and building your family’s emotional wellbeing.

  • What empathic listening is and how and why it builds strong attachments in families.
  • Encouraging families to build a positive emotional language when managing anger and/or ’emotional traffic jams’.
  • Using Empathy to set clear expectations and boundaries to enable children to feel safe.
  • Delivered by trained and experienced facilitators, Francine and Lesley with over 20 years of personal and professional experience that is shared calmly, with clarity and in a non-judgemental and supportive environment.
  • Parents must be prepared to attend all sessions and live in the designated areas.

Funded by the Lottery from May 2024!

3 x 2 hour sessions available to book in June 2024

Transforming family life through empathy for Parents of children with SEND 4-10 years

Monday evenings 6.30-8.30 September 9th 16th 23rd

Monday mornings 9.30-11.30 September 16th 23rd 30th

Transforming family life through empathy for Parents of children aged 4-10 years

Monday evenings 6.30-8.30 September 30th October 7th 14th

Transforming family life through empathy for Fathers of children aged 4-10 years

Wednesday evenings November 27th December 4th 11th

Transforming family life through empathy for Grandparents of grandchildren aged 4-10 years

Monday mornings 9.30-11.30 2 sessions November 11th 18th