Mellow Online Programmes: doing nothing is not an option
As an organisation, Mellow Parenting has had numerous requests to develop a programme which could be delivered to families on-line. We have been quite averse to this, firmly believing that parenting programmes based on relationships and attachment should be delivered face to face. Building relationships, trust, self-confidence, parenting skills, and reducing isolation, anxiety, depression should be done through face to face sessions and groups.
During the COVID19 Lockdown, we were asked again, and some practitioners actually tried to deliver Mellow methods online, communicating with us on their success.
We felt that if we were going to develop online programmes, we had to differentiate between facilitated online programmes and individual online learning. Reflecting back to our values, we agreed that we would focus on Facilitated Online Mellow Programmes ie participants would come together remotely as a group which would be facilitated by two Mellow practitioners. The programmes will also be useful to support the families living in rural environments well beyond the current Lockdown period. We have also consulted with trainers to seek out best practices in online delivery.
Introducing our new Facilitated Online Mellow Programmes:
Mellow Bumps – 7 session programme for expectant parents
Mellow Babies – 8 session programme for Parents of Babies
Mellow Ready – 12 session programme for Young People between 14-18
All three programmes have been developed by the Mellow Team and Programme Consultants. They all have a dedicated manual accompanied by a “Participant’s Log Book” a book to be used by all participants, ultimately revealing a memoir of their time in the group.
Points to consider are included in each manual, e.g. there is a need to consider the environment in which the participant is in during the group – is it safe, who is there with them, who you can refer on to.
We have also created a separate section on our website which trained facilitators can access and download the materials they require in the group – YouTube video links, pdfs, etc, as well as guides to using different platforms and devices.
Who can deliver the online groups?
If you have trained in Mellow Bumps, you can deliver bumps programme
If you have trained in Going mellow, you can deliver the babies programme
If you have trained in Mellow Ready, you can deliver the online programme.
Training to deliver groups
If you have not attended Bumps, Going Mellow or Ready training, we are in the process of developing an online training programme:
We plan to launch Mellow Bumps Training at the end of July 2020
We plan to launch Mellow Babies Training during the middle of August 2020
We plan to launch Mellow Ready Training towards the end of August, beginning of September 2020
Training fees will be advised when dates are confirmed.