Webinar Recording: Initiating sensitive conversations with parents

Meetings and conversations between teachers and parents can be quite challenging, particularly when teachers are required to raise sensitive issues. Broaching delicate topics such as poor behaviour, learning difficulties and mental health concerns can often be fraught with high emotion, defensiveness and denial from parents. In this webinar, Michael Grose helps teachers to initiate sensitive conversations and work collaboratively with parents to maintain the best interest of the child.

Key learning and discussion points include:

  • Preparing thoroughly in advance of raising a sensitive topic with a parent
  • Methods for framing communication to overcome parent denial and defensiveness
  • Managing the emotional levels of parents so that both teachers and parents feel safe and secure in the conversation
  • Building confidence and maintaining composure when meeting with parents
  • Developing a range of higher level meetings skills to increase meeting effectiveness
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Michael Grose, founder of Parenting Ideas, is one of Australia’s leading parenting educators and an award-winning speaker who has been informing and inspiring audiences around Australia, and internationally for more than 20 years.

He is a bestselling author of 12 books for parents including the best-selling Why First Borns Rule the World and Last Borns Want to Change It, and his latest release Anxious Kids: How children can turn their anxiety into resilience which he co-authored with Dr Jodi Richardson.

Michael has had parenting segments on The Project, The Today Show, Weekend Sunrise, 3AW, ABC radio and more. He has contributed to Huff Post, Kidspot and Mamma Mia, and is a former columnist with News Ltd and Fairfax newspapers.

Michael holds a Master of Educational Studies. He’s also the parent of three children who have all successfully flown the parenting nest.