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Step Parenting Workshop

This is a research based programme written by Dr Lisa Doodson that has been specifically designed for individuals and couples in stepfamilies. It offers support and advice on a range of problems common to many stepfamilies. The course is delivered as a single one day course. The workshops are run by Dr Doodson or an experienced parenting facilitator and include a mix of presentations, exercises and group discussions.

Topics Covered within the workshops
  • Identifying stepfamily myths and realities
  • Developing realistic expectations
  • Reducing ambiguity and clarifying roles
  • Developing a strong couple relationship
  • Balancing costs and rewards in your relationship
  • Learning to effectively co-parent
  • Identifying positive step parenting styles
  • Learning to use effective communication
  • Dealing with stress and anxiety



Next Scheduled Courses

The next workshop is  scheduled for Saturday 20th May 2017 and will take place in Maidenhead, Berkshire. The cost of the workshop is £175 per couple and includes lunch, refreshments and course materials. If you would like more information or receive notification when the dates for the course next year are released please contact

Comments from recent course attendees


'Lisa has offered me invaluable, friendly support and has given me achievable coping strategies to deal with what felt, at times, like an unchangeable situation.  Things looked much brighter immediately after seeing her for the first time and she has made me feel much calmer and happier than I have done for ages'.        

                                                                                                               SH, London, March 2011

'I found Lisa's knowledge and experience of the stepparenting field invaluable to me, also exchanging views and 'hints and tips' with other stepparents has been really helpful.'                                                                                              Susan, Reading, Sep 2011

'This is just a quick update to tell you how much your step parenting course that we attended in February helped us. I think that the children growing up and becoming more mature has also been a factor, but without your course we would still be in a muddle. We are having more fun as a family and I am pleased to say that my husband and my youngest son are actually enjoying each others company'

                                                                                                         Christina, London, April 2012