Parent Group Leader Training

Archways offer Incredible Years Group Leader training and Peer Coaching/Support. Those who want to become Incredible Years Group Leaders can attend the 3 day parent Group Leader training course and access follow-on support delivered by Archways. The 3 day training introduces potential Group Leaders to the content of the Incredible Years Parent programme. Once delivery of the programme begins Group Leaders can then access regular support/coaching* sessions to support the delivery of the programme and progress to become an Accredited Incredible Years Group Leader. 

For more information contact Archways on 01-4574306/7/8/9

*Please contact Archways for a quote for coaching/support in your area.

IY Building Blocks showing the parent prorgammes

Programme description

The Incredible Years Parent training programmes aim to improve the skills and strategies of parents, particularly those who find their child's behaviour difficult or challenging.  Parent competencies are developed in the area of positive communication, for example, using praise instead of criticism, limit-setting, as well as problem-solving and anger-management.  Parents are also encouraged to develop support networks. 

There are several different parent programmes adapted to suit different age-groups and populations:

  • The School Readiness Parent programme
  • The Attentive Parenting Universal Programme
  • The Autism Spectrum & Language Delays Parent Programme
  • The Parents & Babies Programme
  • The Toddler BASIC Parent Programme
  • The Preschool BASIC Parent Programme
  • The School Age BASIC Parent Programme
  • The Advanced Parent Programme


The core training for the Incredible Years Parent programmes invovles a three day training course, with additional Peer Support over course of first set of programme delivery recommended (4-6 sessions) to support programme fidelity and help Group Leaders work towards accreditation. Archways also offer an optional set-up session for Group Leaders to help prepare for first session. Attending the three-day training allows Group Leaders to deliver the following IY Parent programmes: IY Toddler Programme (1-2yrs), IY Preschool BASIC (3-6yrs), IY School Age BASIC early version (6-8yrs), IY School Readiness Supplemental Programme. Additional training is required for IY Parents & Babies Programme (0-1yrs), IY School Age BASIC older version (9-12yrs), and IY Advance Parent Programme, IY Attentive Parenting Universal Progamme, IY Autism Spectrum & Language Delays Programme.


Core Training 

  • Incredible Years BASIC Parent Group Leader training (3 days) 650 euro per person

Supplemental Training

  • Incredible Years Parents & Babies Group Leader training (2 days) 615 euro per person
  • Incredible Years Home Coaching supplemental training (2 days) 615 euro per person
  • Incredible Years Autism & Language Delays Programme Group Leader training (coming soon)
  • Incredible Years School Age (9-12 years) supplemental training (not currently offered)
  • Incredible Years Advance Parent Programme Group Leader training (not currently offered)

For large groups please contact Archways (01-4568734) for on-site training quotes.

Who delivers the programme 

Staff with a remit for supporting families and working with parents. The parent programme and can be delivered either during the day or in the evening (to suit parents who are working during the day). Parent phone calls also form part of the regular weekly delivery and home visits are sometimes used in order to recruit parents. Many different organisations have delivered the Incredible Years Parent programme with participants coming from HSE Psychological services, Family Support Agencies, Family Resource Centres, various community organisations, HSCL, SCP. 

Building Sustainability

Accreditation Process An important element of effective implementation, delivery and development of the Incredible Years programmes is the continuing self-assessment and professional development associated with programme fidelity. Archways provide Incredible Years Group Leaders with access to continued support and coaching in order to ensure group leaders continue to develop their delivery skills, get the maximum benefits, and achieve the best possible outcomes from programme delivery. 

Group Leader certification forms a central part of the IY delivery model and group leaders are encouraged to begin delivery as soon as possible after they receive the group leader training and engage with the process of group leader certification. Group Leaders are encouraged to consider the process of certification as part of the training process. In order to be considered eligible for certification group leaders will be required to complete two full groups and provide the relevant paperwork for those sessions as well as submit a tape of programme delivery for review.

The Group Leader certification is a necessary step towards the next level of IY training - Peer Coach training. Trained Peer Coaches can in turn offer support and coaching to newer Group Leaders.

Research Seminar With a growing emphasis on the use of evidence-based programmes and interventions in school and community settings it is important to be aware of the tools used to measure programme impact. Archways research seminar is aimed at both Group Leaders delivering the parent programmes and service managers and will look at research tools for measuring the impact of evidence-based programmes (in particular the Incredible Years Series). 

Implementation Support Archways can provide advice and support to agencies or consortiums on an ongoing basis to support the development of area-based programme implementation. These support sessions can take many forms (typically attendance at steering group/planning meetings). Implementation Support is designed to support programme selection and development and implementation of an Incredible Years plan for the area, matching programmes to existing services and building on the resources available to ensure long-term sustainability of the programmes. 

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Archways offices have Moved New Address


7/8 Oakfield Industrial Estate, Clondalkin Dublin 22.

Families First Therapy and Blue Skies Teams can be also contacted at the numbers below

Phone NO : 01 4574306/7/8/9 also 01 4574752 


Archways is a national organisation working in collaboration with local and national agencies to promote and research evidence based programmes for children & young people. Archways provides a bridge between evidence based programmes and communities and supports the development of sustainable linked practices that build on existing strengths and resources. Archways was established in 2006. Initially the role of Archways was to promote the roll-out and evaluation of the Incredible Years programme in Ireland. Over the last number of years Archways have begun delivering and supporting other evidence based interventions including the Mentoring for Achievement Programme and Families First.
Clondalkin Behavioural Initiative Ltd, trading as Archways, is a company limited by guarantee not having a share capital, registered in Dublin, Ireland with registered office at 7/8 Oakfield Industrial Estate, Clondalkin Dublin 22. Clondalkin Behavioural Initiative Ltd. is also a registered charity.
Registered Company No.: 430172
Registered Charity No: 17603


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