Workshops and Groups

Fall Groups

Austin Family Counseling is offering a variety of groups this fall. With all that is going on in the world, we hope that these groups can be a safe space to find support from people who are going through the same things you are all while being guided and validated by one of our caring counselors. We hope that by building this community of support and giving you helpful tools we can help you to feel better equipped to handle whatever life throws at you.

  • Support for Working Moms in the time of COVID
    • Support for parents and caregivers who are also working in the time of COVID-19

Creating Routines With Children and Teens

When things become unpredictable in our lives, adults and children alike experience a desire to have more control and autonomy.  For children, their brains are still rapidly developing, and they lack the years of experience that adults have to weather times of change. Children and teens are being dramatically impacted during this global pandemic, and at Austin Family Counseling (and in our own homes) we are noticing increased worry, anxiety, withdrawal, acting out behavior, and more clues that children need extra support. 

One strategy parents and caregivers can teach is the practice of creating routines. Side note: I’m a BIG FAN of routines, and have actually made a routine out of Back to School Routines (see my blog from 2014 when my kids were 4 and 2 – now they are 10 and 8!

Join me for a live, virtual, 2-hour workshop where we will dive into the nuts and bolts of creating routines with your kids!

Workshop Objectives: 

  1. Learn easy, fun, and practical ways to use routines with your children of all ages. 
  2. Identify key times of the day or week that feel chaotic or are often high conflict in your home during which routines might come in handy.
  3. Gain clarity around the short and long term benefits of using routines as a tool in your parenting tool belt, including fostering independence, organization, and responsibility for self and others. 

COST: $50 per person

Date & Time: Friday, January 8, 2021- 9am-11am 

Registration Deadline: Sunday, January 3, 2021

Positive Discipline Workshops

Positive Discipline is for parents and caregivers who are looking for long-term skills that will encourage the children to think for themselves, become more responsible and have greater respect for themselves and for others. Tools are based in Adlerian theory, which promotes kindness and firmness to help parents and caregivers get to the core of the child’s misbehavior, bringing more joy into the home and offering a sense of accomplishment.

These experiential workshop are ideal for parents and caregivers who want to:

  • Learn how to teach children and not boss them
  • Incorporate respect, firmness and love into discipline
  • Understand the reasons and beliefs behind behaviors
  • Successfully implement effective family meetings
  • Create a home environment that enhances cooperation, collaboration, communication, a sense of connections, accountability and mutual respect.

Teaching Parenting the Positive Discipline Way

Postponed to January 22-23, 2021

Become a Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator! Research has demonstrated the importance of social and emotional learning, even above academics. Positive Discipline parenting tools teach valuable social and life skills without using any form of punishment, rewards, praise, permissiveness and even logical consequences—at least hardly ever.

  • All individuals completing the 6 session training will be Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educators and will receive a free 1-year membership to the Positive Discipline Association and membership in the Austin Parenting Network- a professional directory of certified positive discipline educators in the greater Austin area.
  • LPCs, LMFTs, Social Workers, and Psychologists may earn 13 hours of CEUs.
  • Training materials include the Positive Discipline book (by Jane Nelsen, Ed.D.) and the Teaching Parenting manual, which includes over 75 experiential activities to use with parents and caregivers.

Participants will:

  • Learn research-based effective tools and techniques for teaching parents how to use discipline that is kind and firm at the same time (non-punitive and non-permissive).
  • Learn how to use materials and activities in group settings, parenting classes and individual work with families.
  • Gain practice with experiential exercises for “getting into the child’s world” to understand the “belief behind behavior” in order to motivate change.

COVID-19 Safety Protocols for IN-PERSON Workshop

In order to provide the safest experience for all attendees, we will strictly adhere to the following safety guidelines:

1. The training will take place OUTSIDE in our courtyard area at 5000 Bee Caves Road 

2. All participants must wear a mask for the duration of the training

3. All participants must maintain 6 feet social distancing from other attendees

4. All participants will attend a brief Zoom meeting on Thursday, January 21, 2020, at 6:00pm to review plans for safety!

More details will be forthcoming as we approach our in-person training dates!