Why run?

The Parenting Children Course and The Parenting Teenagers Course are easy-to-run, practical five-session courses designed to support parents or carers who want to invest in their relationships with their children and/or teenagers. No expertise is needed to run the course. Anyone who wants to support and encourage parents and other carers and who enjoys hosting a group can run the courses.

Key features of The Parenting Children Course and The Parenting Teenagers Course:

  • Easy-to-use DVD
  • Leader's guide with instructions for when to pause DVD for exercises and discussion times
  • Effective whether held in a home or larger venue
  • Practical material presented in a fun and interesting way
  • Welcoming and accessible to anyone

How to run...

Step 1.

Purchase the course materials

You need The Parenting Children Course DVD or The Parenting Teenagers Course DVD along with a Leaders’ Guide and one guest manual per person.

You can purchase these at the Alpha Shop. If you are based in the US you can buy materials at Amazon.com

Step 2.

Plan your course

  • Find a venue 
  • Ask people to help you run the course
  • Decide what/if to charge guests to cover costs
  • Budget for food and/or drinks and promotion

Step 3.

Register your course

  • Take a few minutes to add your course details to our website.
    This helps anyone looking for a course in your area to easily find you, using our Find a Course tool.

Step 4.


  • Use the leaders’ Resources for support to run your course.
  • Determine whether you are going to run a morning or evening course. A mid-morning course after the school run may be more suitable for stay at home parents.  
  • Each of the five weekly sessions lasts two-and-a-half hours. This includes time for something to eat and/or drink, the talks and the small group discussions. Alternatively, the course can be run over ten weeks with shorter sessions lasting one-and-a-half hours.

How do I invite guests?

The most effective way to encourage guests to come on your course is to personally invite them.

Promotional materials such as postcard invitations and banners can help and are easy to use - they can help generate interest and spread the word about your course to those outside your personal network.

Customisable promotional materials including posters and postcard invites are available on the Alpha Print Shop.

How to reach parents and carers in your community:

  • Promote your course from the front of church with a fun video or by sharing feedback from previous guests
  • Give out invites and encourage everyone to invite a friend
  • Place posters and postcards in strategic locations such as coffee shops, gyms, crèches, local GP surgeries and libraries, etc
  • Advertise the event on your church website and social media.
  • Make sure the date, time, venue and contact information are clear on your communication.
  • Give the course a final push the week before it starts, as many people decide to book on at the last minute. 

Find support in advance

Do a little information gathering ahead of time to find a counsellor in your area to whom you feel comfortable referring parents or carers if they need specific professional help.