Bessborough Child and Family Services use The Parents Under Pressure (PUP) Parenting programme and all Family Development Practitioners are trained to accreditation level in the model. It is an evidence based model that combines psychological principles relating to parenting, child behaviour and parental emotion regulation that helps parents experiencing varying forms of stressful circumstances to develop their parenting skills and capacity.
The PUP programme takes a strengths-based approach where the focus is on aspects of care that the parents do well in order to build their confidence. PuP therapists work with parents to assist them with their understanding of their child’s development while focusing and responding to the child’s emotional needs and in turn improving the manner in which they interact with their child. A number of other methods are incorporated into the delivery of the programme, including psychometric assessment, parent workbook, mindfulness and video feedback (determined by the assessment and if required) . Mindfulness is fundamental to the programme and the proposed method of change, supporting parents to recognise and regulate their emotions, while being fully ‘present’ during daily interactions with the child.
The PuP programme is a manualised intervention and is supported by an ‘asset-based model’. This aims to address the complex and multiple problems specific to families we work with through a tailor made programme – the order and ‘dose’ of the content of each module is customised to the individual needs of the family.
Consequently, the programme offers a structured, although not necessarily a sequenced process of intervention. The PuP programme is generally run over 20-weeks and aims to enhance parenting skills and develop positive and secure relationships between parents and their children. The programme comprises of 12 core modules, which begins with a full assessment and goal setting.