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Raising Resilient Parents

      ‘Raising Resilient Parents’ Course Expands  Sarah Condie, Co-Director of ADM’s Mental Health & Pastoral Care Institute, recently received the good news that more churches will have the chance to implement the ‘Raising Resilient Parents’ course, thanks to funding from Fuller Seminary in the United States.  The course – which is particularly aimed at first-time mums – was designed by Sarah in collaboration with Lyn Worsley, a clinical psychologist and director of The Resilience Centre. They have already successfully trialled the course at Church by the Bridge in Kirribilli, where Sarah is the part-time Women’s Minister and Lyn is also a congregation member.   Now, with the help of an extended grant from Fuller, the door has opened for the course to be run in other churches.     

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          
           
              Lyn Worsley (left) and Sarah Condie (right)  
           
          

         
      
       
    

  


     Sarah says,  “Lyn and I are very encouraged by this support from Fuller Seminary. Their interest in the project was sparked by the lack of similar courses (even in the US). So they saw a huge need for the course that we have developed.”    Sarah outlines how the funding could be used to further develop the course: “We would like to use this money to go towards funding our first ‘scholarship’, where we train a woman to run the course in her own church and partner with her in this training for 12 months.”  In the long term, Sarah and Lyn hope to equip and train many more churches to implement the course and to extend the four-week intensive course into a 12-month program that provides longer-term support and connection for parents through monthly discussion groups.  Please continue to pray with us for Sarah and Lyn, and for all the first-time mums who will experience this program – this year and in the future.    Find out more about ADM's Mental Health and Pastoral Care Institute ...   

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‘Raising Resilient Parents’ Course Expands

Sarah Condie, Co-Director of ADM’s Mental Health & Pastoral Care Institute, recently received the good news that more churches will have the chance to implement the ‘Raising Resilient Parents’ course, thanks to funding from Fuller Seminary in the United States…

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      Raising Resilient Mums  A new project to help build resilience in first-time mums is being launched this month by Sarah Condie, Co-director of ADM’s Mental Health & Pastoral Care Institute, who is also Women's Pastor at Church by the Bridge in Kirribilli, Sydney. Sarah is working in collaboration with Lyn Worsley, Clinical Psychologist and Director of The Resilience Centre, and member of Church by the Bridge.     

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          
           
              Sarah Condie, Co-director of ADM's Mental Health & Pastoral Care Institute, & Women's Pastor at Church by the Bridge, Kirribilli.    
           
          

         
      
       
    

  


     The project has become a reality thanks to a grant from Fuller Seminary. It will run for nine months and offer a series of three short courses to a large group of first-time mums, who already meet on a regular basis at Church by the Bridge. The courses include: ‘Resilient Mums’, ‘Attachment and Mental Health’ and ‘Emotional Coaching’.  Later in the year, Sarah and Lyn also plan to run a parenting course called ‘Circle of Security’. It is hoped that this model might help other churches learn how to better support and care for first-time mums as they adjust to this new season in their life.  Lyn and Sarah are both excited about the possibilities of this project. Lyn says: “Resilience is a skill that works best when there are already strong social connections provided by a family or a supportive community. Churches do community really well, so it will be exciting to help this church community develop skills in what The Resilience Centre does well.”   Sarah says: “In my role with the Mental Health & Pastoral Care Institute, I am acutely aware that becoming a mum is one of the most challenging seasons women face. Many women suffer from isolation and loneliness, as well as depression and anxiety. If we are able to do anything that equips women to face this season of life better, it is worth doing. If this project is seen to be successful, it may be something we can replicate in other church settings. That is exciting!”   Click here for more information and to receive updates about ADM’s Mental Health and Pastoral Care Institute.    

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Raising Resilient Mums

A new project to help build resilience in first-time mums is being launched this month by Sarah Condie, Co-director of ADM’s Mental Health & Pastoral Care Institute, who is also Women's Pastor at Church by the Bridge in Kirribilli. Sarah is working in collaboration with Lyn Worsley, Clinical Psychologist and Director of Resilience Centre and a member of Church by the Bridge.

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