Happy families are ones where parents can recognise both their own and their children's needs, and where children are resilient and are able to negotiate relationships with those around them. Families Coping seeks to build these skills and provides the tools to do so.
Families Coping brings together two frameworks - positive parenting skills and the transactional model of stress and coping - to create a program of positive psychology aimed at parents, children and counselling professionals.
It provides a toolkit for parents that can be used in a self-help mode or as an instructor-led program. It brings together tried and true principles of good parent-child relationships, which will benefit the family through childhood years and beyond.
It includes exercises for both parents and children, tools and techniques for building resilience, information on additional coping services and resources and much more!
Erica Frydenberg, PhD, is an educational, clinical and organisational psychologist. She is a Principal Research Fellow at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, as well as a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society. She has authored and co-authored over 100 academic journal articles and chapters in the field of coping, and received numerous Australian Research Council and philanthropic grants. She is a recipient of the Distinguished Scholar Award of the American Educational Research Association Special Interest Group: Stress and Coping in Education; and the University of Melbourne's Medal for Research Excellence Faculty of Education Award and Knowledge Transfer Award. In 2013 she was the recipient of the Lifetime Career Award of the Stress Anxiety Research Society.