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Educational Groups and In-House Counselling 


Dudley Lodge is more than just about assessing your parenting skills.We want to help you to be the best parent and role model you can be for your child. We encourage and support you to do this through Practical Skill Sessions, Discussions, Scenarios and more. We also run group sessions that include:

  • Cooking Club

  • Play Sessions

  • Freedom Promgramme - Domestic Abuse

  • OK Group - Self Esteem Work

  • Protection Group

  • In-House Counselling

Cooking Club

Helping you to understand what healthy eating is, weaning process for your baby, food hygiene, the benefits of 5 a day, portion control, understanding food labels and how to provide healthy meals on a budget.

Play Sessions

These are held each week in the centre playroom. Allowing you and your child to develop play skills and learn new ways of interacting with your child(ren)

Freedom Programme – Domestic Abuse

The freedom programme is a group for women who have suffered domestic abuse. However, we do understand that men can suffer domestic abuse from their parent and so the group is suitable for both men and women. People who attend can sometimes have been abusers themselves or victims and witnesses of domestic abuse themselves as a child. We focus on the personality of ‘the dominator’ in the session and explore the different characters they may display.

Each week we look at one characteristic and explore how their behaviour affects us and our children. We also look at their beliefs and attitudes and how to spot the early warning signs of an abuser. After attending a Freedom Programme many women and men have said that they understand their partner’s behaviour more and they become more aware of what is happening to them. They have also said that they can then make different choices and feel comfortable with doing so for themselves and for their children.

We understand that this topic can be very triggering for people who have been a victim or witness of domestic abuse and we try to talk about it in a very positive progressive way but feel free to take the group at your own pace and take some time out if ever you feel it is getting too much.

OK Group – Self Esteem Work

Our ‘OK group’ looks at self-esteem, confidence and assertiveness skills. The group aim is to support parents and carers in their wellbeing and ability to care for their child(ren). Some things that the group covers include: Learning how to develop your child’s self-esteem, rights, and responsibilities, the parenting role, ingredients for a healthy relationship and coping strategies for reducing stress and anger.

Protection Group

Protection Group helps parents learn about safeguarding and protection, so they can recognise risk keep their children and themselves safe.

In-House Counselling

We work closely with Phoenix Psychological Services who provide in-house counselling and psychotherapy to parents who are identified as being in need of therapeutic support.

Support can be provided for:

  • Family relationship work.
  • Anger management.
  • Anxiety.
  • Confidence and self-esteem work.
  • Attachment problems.
  • Depression, persistent feelings of sad or unstable mood.
  • Post-traumatic stress
  • Bereavement and loss