Partners in Parenting: Education (PiP-Ed)

PiP-Ed is a new, updated version of the award winning, evidence-based parenting program ‘Partners in Parenting’. The program is designed to support parents of teenagers struggling with school attendance (often called ‘school refusal’) in the context of anxiety and/or depression, by equipping parents with strategies to improve their parenting confidence and support their teen’s mental health and education. The program is self-guided and completed entirely online.

A note on language:

Although widely used, we acknowledge that the term ‘school refusal’ is not universally accepted as the best term to describe the behaviour. You may see other terms used, including ‘school phobia’, ‘school avoidance’, and ‘school can’t’. For simplicity, we use the term ‘school refusal’ throughout this program. We acknowledge that there are numerous and interacting child, family, school, community and other circumstances that contribute to a child’s attendance at school.

Introductory video

Watch this short video to learn more about the PiP-Ed program.

Evidence-based parenting program

PiP-Ed content is based on:

  • High-quality research evidence and international expert consensus
  • Parenting guidelines: ‘Responding to school reluctance or refusal: Strategies for parents’ and ‘Reducing teenagers’ risk of depression and anxiety disorders: Strategies for parents’
1,500+ families helped

Our research trials with over 1,500 Australian parents show that PiP is effective, with benefits for both parents and teens.

If you’d like more information about the evidence for our programs, feel free to contact us.

Who is this program for?

Parents/guardians of teenagers aged 12 to 18 who:

  • are refusing school due to anxiety and/or depression
  • reside in Australia
  • are fluent in English
  • have regular internet access

The program is not recommended as a sole source of support for young people experiencing school refusal. We recommend seeking professional support from a mental health and/or education professional alongside completing this program. Although all parents are able to take part, please also note that the program content is not tailored for parents of teenagers living with Autism Spectrum Disorder or intellectual disability.

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What’s in store for you?

PiP-Ed aims to empower you to understand your teen’s school refusal, anxiety and/or depression, and respond with confidence. The program includes practical, evidence-based and expert-endorsed strategies designed to build your skills and confidence.

Get personalised feedback

Your journey starts with an online assessment. This allows us to give you personalised feedback about your parenting. Based on this feedback, we'll recommend specific modules for you.

Access up to 13 interactive online modules

We will recommend you modules to complete, but you can choose the modules you want to do, and the order in which you do them.

It can be hard for parents to tell whether changes in their teen’s behaviours are a normal part of adolescence, or a sign of a mental health problem. In this module, we’ll take a closer look at depression and anxiety disorders in teens, including how you can support your teen’s mental health now and into the future.

Connect is about empowering you to change your behaviour so you can positively influence your teenager. We’ll talk about ways to build your relationship and communication with your teenager.

We all feel anxious at times, and it’s important for teenagers to learn to manage their everyday anxiety. ‘From surviving to thriving: Helping your teenager deal with anxiety’ will talk about ways that you can support your teenager to cope with the fears and worries they will inevitably face.

When teens refuse to attend school, the problem can be more complex than it initially appears. This module will help you develop a solid understanding of the problem, to equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to support your teen to engage with school.

To give your teen the best chance of overcoming school refusal, it’s essential to work together with your teen, the school, and any other professionals involved. This module is about how you can work together effectively to develop a tailored plan to support your teen.

Teenagers need the adults around them to set clear boundaries and expectations for their behaviour. This module will help you to establish clear expectations that your teen is likely to follow.

Parents play an important role in helping their teenagers learn to manage conflict. ‘Calm versus conflict’ aims to help you manage conflict at home, to create a safe and supportive environment for your teenager.

As teenagers begin to place greater emphasis on their peers, parents still play an important role in helping their teens to develop social skills. This module helps you to support your teen to develop social skills across a variety of settings.

‘Nurture roots’ is all about finding a balanced way to stay involved in your teenager’s life while also allowing them to ‘leave the nest’ and develop age-appropriate independence.

Getting enough sleep, eating well, being physically active, and not using alcohol or drugs can protect our physical and mental health. This module is all about helping you to support your teenager to develop good health habits.

Problems are a part of life. As teenagers mature, they need to learn strategies to tackle the problems they will face throughout their life. ‘Partners in problem solving’ focusses on how you as a parent can support your teenager to develop good problem-solving skills.

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought with it many new challenges for parents and families. This module aims to support you and your teen to navigate the ‘new normal’ and respond to the challenges of the pandemic with confidence.

It is normal for a teenager’s mental health to fluctuate. Maintaining the Gains is about how you can support your teen to continue looking after their mental health, even when challenges or setbacks arise.

Fits your lifestyle
  • Only 20-35 minutes per module
  • Complete the program at your own pace
  • Entirely online
  • Both desktop and mobile versions available
Fun and interactive
  • Learn practical strategies through interactive activities and video-based scenarios
  • Hear from teenagers, parents, and educational professionals with lived experience of school refusal
  • Apply your module learnings through weekly goals
Free to join
Joining PiP-Ed won’t cost you a cent! You will be invited to complete an optional survey at the end of the program.
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