There were great celebrations at Dundalk’s Crowne Plaza Hotel on Tuesday last when parents and indeed their babies who had participated in community based Incredible Years parent programmes graduated and received their certificates from Fiona Murphy, General Manager with the HSE in Louth.
Two groups graduated, namely: 'The Incredible Years Parent and Baby Programme' - led by Public Health Nurses Cathy Rabbat and Johana Doyle with Frances Durnin, Development Officer (Antenatal and Baby Programmes) with The Genesis Programme; and the The Incredible Years Toddler Programme - led by Sharon Scott, a student from DKIT’s Social Care degree programme on placement with The Genesis Programme, volunteer and a former parent programme participant Lilian Amushan and Claire Gleeson, Development Officer (Early Years Programmes) with The Genesis Programme.
Jonathan Reid, one of the parents who graduated said: ‘The programme helped me to play with my son, to spend time with him and learn about his wants and needs’.
At the event Fiona Murphy, General Manager, HSE Louth who the day said: ‘The programme has shown me that spending time with my son playing helps me to understand presented the certificates said: ‘I would like to congratulate The Genesis Programme on their work and to say that the HSE in Louth are delighted to be associated with and to lend their support to the Incredible Years Programmes. The programme is a fantastic example of best practice in parenting programmes and has been developed in a multi agency context. The involvement of Public Health Nurses demonstrates our commitment to the initiative. Congratulations to the parents graduating today and all involved in the roll-out of the programmes.’
Also speaking at the event, Programmer Manager with The Genesis Programme, Hugh Doogan said: ‘One of the key objectives is to embed programmes in service delivery across all relevant agencies. It is an area based programme with an area-based approach. I would like to congratulate the parents and indeed their babies graduating today and the Group Leaders who supported them throughout the programmes. I would like to acknowledge the key role the HSE and the Public Health Nurse Service have played and their ongoing support.”