online parenting program

Circle of Security Parenting® 

Circle of Security Parenting® is designed to give you clear choices and a better understanding of what you're seeing to help your support your child's security with you.

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Circle of Security Parenting® (COSP®) Strengthens the parent-Child Relationship

Circle of Security Parenting® (COSP®) is an innovative, research based program that improves the development of children by strengthening the parent-child attachment.

As an early childhood attachment program, COSP® is primarily designed for caregivers of children who are four months through to twelve years of age 

If you are pregnant or have a new baby, waiting until your child is at least 4 months old will help you as you can see the Circle of Security actively within your babies daily routine. 

It is never too late to learn about the Circle of Security. If you have an older child then fear not, being part of the course will benefit you and the child in your care. The concepts can be generalised to all ages and applied to the ages of children who are not represented in the videos. If you want to talk about how the course will work for you and your child, please contact Heather to discuss.

COSP® is a reflective program that helps caregivers focus on the quality of the relationship they have with their child, not just their behaviours. 

Thanks for the time & guidance you put into our sessions, we really appreciated it, especially when we ran over time.

The course gave us plenty to think about and reflect on and has definitely improved the way we interact as a family.

Jen & Paul - 3 children aged 9, 7 and 6 months

The 1:1 Program 

The best way to do Circle of Security Parenting® and get the most out of it for your family is in a 1:1 format. 

The course runs over a total of 8 individual sessions. In the private 1:1 format there is a greater opportunity to discuss how it suits you, your situation, your child and your unique parent-child relationship. 

Some parents prefer to learn in an individualised fashion and some also prefer the privacy of individual sessions.

Appointment times are flexible are available throughout the week between the hours of 9:00am and 3pm ADST (SYD/NSW).

The registration fee is $480 ($60 per session) and payment plans are available.

Spaces open up regularly so use the contact form below to register for the 1:1 program.

The Group Course

No more dates for 2023 will be added. Dates for 2024 will be added when they are confirmed (expected mid-Nov). Please watch website for further information.

The registration fee is $400 ($50 per session) and payment plans are available.

Limited Spaces available - maximum of 4 parents per group via Zoom. Each group held at 8pm AEST and run for 8 consecutive weeks.

Having adult children I thought I knew everything but through the course I realised I didn't understand the emotions my 6 year old daughter was going through. I now have new skills to communicate with my daughter which opens new pathways. Thank you Heather for your caring advice.

Karl - Father to 6 year old daughter

How Does It Work?

Circle of Security Parenting® has been taught internationally since 2010. The course has been delivered through in-person workshops with trained facilitators. Since the global Covid pandemic, Circle of Security Parenting™ is now available online to keep our communities safe. 

Remote facilitation of the course from the comfort of your own home can give caregivers throughout Australia the opportunity to connect with a group at a convenient time.

The course is run via the Zoom online platform which is available for free on desktop / laptop as well as mobile devices (tablets and smartphones) in both iOS or Android format. 

Circle of Security Parenting® is facilitated by Parenting Coach & Registered Nurse, Heather Lindsay. Having been through the course herself as a participant, she knows the benefits of implementing the Circle in her family with her three kids. 

We completed the Circle of Security Parenting course with Heather as our guide. She was an excellent communicator of these crucial parenting tools. Heather was very warm and non judgemental as a teacher, and she helped our family so much with her insights. Can highly recommend the course to every parent, it was so enlightening but also really does work to calm the chaos.

Jules & Gus - 3 daughters 

Frequently Asked Questions

How Does Circle of Security Parenting® Help?

Circle of Security Parenting® is a relationship based program which helps parents enhance the relationship they have with their children, feel confident in meeting their needs and help their children feel safe and secure. When children feel safe and secure, their behaviour can improve and parents frequently report feeling more confidence in their parenting. 

It is not parenting coaching, child or parent counselling, therapy, child psychology, or a form of behaviour modification. If you are having specific concerns with your child and you may be interested in access parenting coaching or discussing other options please contact Heather directly via email.

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Who Is It For?

COSP® is for all caregivers. This includes mums, dads, step-mums, step-dads, aunts, uncles, grandparents and anyone who plays a role in a child's life. 

It is primarily designed for caregivers with who a child has a primary attachment with. This usually means their parents (including step-parents) but also includes anyone who spends a significant time caring for the child. 

Heather runs a specific COSP® in The Classroom course for early-childhood educators. If you are interested in this course please contact her to arrange a course for your care facility.

How Long Does It Run?

The course runs for 8 weekly sessions.

Each session last approximately 60 - 90 minutes depending upon the level of discussion and reflection between participants.

It is an interactive program, not "sit back and listen". The greater involvement, the more you will get out of it!

A key part of the program is absorbing and reflecting upon the concepts of each week between chapters. Each session will provide an opportunity to engage or clarify concepts of the previous weeks. 

Can I Do It In A Shorter Time Frame?

There are shorter course, called Abbreviated Circle of Security Parenting® available. However, they are not offered by Heather at This Parenting Life. 

Please note that if you are completing the course because of a Family Law matter or educational CPD requirements, the full course may be required. Please check with your solicitor, social worker or employer to confirm which course you are required to complete. 

How Do I Access The Course?

The course is run online through remote facilitation via Zoom meeting sessions. A zoom link will be provided to participants upon confirmation of their enrolment.

Due to the private nature of discussions the group sessions are not recorded. If you miss one then a catch-up session is available prior to the next scheduled session. A make-up fee may be applicable. 

How Do I Get Proof I've Completed The Course?

If you are required to complete the Circle of Security Parenting® course because of work or family law matters then a certificate will be provided at the completion of the course. 

Heather can also be contacted to provide proof of enrolment and attendance if necessary.

How Much Does It Cost?

The 1:1 program has a registration fee of $480 ($60 per session) and the group course is $400 ($50 per session) ($AUS). 

This includes each weekly session, the downloadable workbook and email support between sessions. Payment plans are available with a $5 admin fee per payment. Payment is via credit / debit card, bank transfer or PayPal.

What About Missed Sessions?

24 hours notice is required for missed 1:1 sessions unless extenuating circumstances exists. A fee of $60 will apply for a make-up sessions for no-shows or less than 24 hours notice.

For the group program, a short session is available prior to the next week's session to keep up with the content, but does not include a full discussion. A 1:1 session is preferred to make-up the course, particularly in instances of family law matters.

Can Two Parents or Caregivers Attend Together?

Absolutely! Great things happen when two parents attend the course together.

Both parents can attend the 1:1 sessions at the same time for the single registration fee. 

Can You Train Me To Facilitate Circle of Security Parenting®?

No. Heather is a registered facilitator of the Circle of Security Parenting® and Circle of Security Classroom® course and is only able to deliver the parent and caregiver training course. 

To access the training for professionals, please contact Circle of Security International™.

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Thank you so much Heather! I have really enjoyed this course and I feel like I have learnt so much within it and I can't wait to put it all in action with my sons going forward.

Candice - 2 sons

Looking For Some Help With Your Child's Emotions?

Helping our kids with their emotions is a huge part of parenting... and often a challenging one! We all struggle at times and there's no such thing as the perfect parent, so any help we can get is another part of our Parenting Toolbox. 

Grab your copy of Heather's children's book My BIG Emotions and help your child with the words they need to describe how they are feeling.

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I participated in the Circle of Security online course in 2021. It was a joy to participate in this training. Heather's passion, enthusiasm & energy for what she teaches is contagious. She was encouraging and empowering. If you're looking to do Circle of Security I can't recommend Heather highly enough.

Katrina - 3 year old daughter

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