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Take 3

Overall Aim

Take 3 is an evidence based course in two parts for parents of young people aged between 12 and 16. It was originally developed to support parents of at-risk or vulnerable young people whose challenging behaviour was causing problems for parents and/or the community, though it can be used with any group of parents. Part one is a basic course of 10 “core” units, and part 2 has 10 optional sessions focusing on specific issues. The “Three” of the title refers to the three vital elements of effective parenting:

  • Nurture
  • Structure
  • Self Care

It also refers to breathing techniques that the course teaches to help a parent stay calm in stressful situations.

Sessions Covered

  • Introductions – why are we all here?
  • What’s adolescence?
  • Encouraging young people
  • The power of listening
  • Misbehaviour and listening
  • The four styles of parenting
  • Taking stock, “I” statements and boundaries
  • Negotiating boundaries and consequences
  • When adults disagree -  more negotiation practice
  • Saying goodbye and moving on

Additional sessions can be added according to parents needs, and include specific topics like talking about drugs and alcohol, step families, sex and relationships.

Who to contact

Contact name
Julie Attwell
Contact position
County Parenting Advisor
07837 311505

Where to go

Takes place at different venues across Cornwall

Other details


Referral required
Referral details

Booking is essential: please book your place through the Early Help Hub.

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