Parent Assertiveness

Being Assertive
Ways of respecting others but not letting yourself be walked on - especially for parents

Being Assertive is designed for parents who have followed or will be following one of our parenting programmes. The programme enables groups of up to twelve parents to learn skills that will help them to avoid both aggression and passivity, and to be firm, friendly and respectful with their children as well as with others. This is a simplified programme based on the belief that it is better to help participants learn a few basic skills than to give them a lot of insights that might not be translated into their day-to-day living. NB There is little emphasis on the skills of negotiation in Being Assertive because they are already covered in our parenting programmes.

Over the 7 weeks of the programme participants look at:

  • What assertiveness means
  • Saying ‘no’
  • Dealing with abuse and criticism
  • Giving constructive criticism
  • Encouragement and assertiveness
  • A way of life
  • Skills practice & review

Handbook last reprinted: 2008

Costs: Boxed Kit: £55 / €65  Facilitator's Guide: £9.50 / €11.00  Parent's Handbook: £8.50 / €10.00 DVD or Video: £30 / €35


Who uses this programme? Among those who use this programme are the following organisations:

The Family Centre, Castlebar, Co Mayo

Parent Lifeline, Sheffield


Programme outcomes:  Parents have found the skills learned on this programme extremely useful, not just for dealing with children but partners and work situations too.

Feedback: “I thought that things would never be any different with my family, we were stressed all the time. Doing the Assertiveness course helped me to change my responses to situations and as a result things are a lot better”.

Please see list of available downloads below:

File Type File Name File Size Date Published
Parent Assertiveness 0.07MB 10/10/2011