Date & Time:

20 - 22 June 2019, Thu - Sat (9am-5pm)

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A Schema Based Model For Family Intervention

Presenting the latest research and for the first time in Australia, introducing


Workshop Registration: $799 

Free GEP book for early registration*

3 day parenting workshop covering 6 modules and inclusive of refreshments, handouts and on-site parking. 

RACGP QI & CPD 40 Category 1 Points available (self-submission)

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Equipping Families!

While clinicians and community leaders attempt to help families resolve their diverse issues, many wonder: is there a preventive approach to equipping parents so that unhealthy patterns in families can be averted, families can be more connected, and children can grow up emotionally healthier and resilient? 

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Good Enough Parenting
A Solution!

Good Enough Parenting (GEP) is the solution to this pressing need. GEP is an in-depth, research-based, evidence-informed parenting program which zooms in on the emotional and psychological impact of adequately (and inadequately) meeting Core Emotional Needs. It is based on Schema Therapy and endorsed by Dr Jeffrey Young, Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University, New York, and Founder of Schema Therapy. 

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Good Enough Parenting with Movie Therapy®

Good Enough Parenting is unique as it incorporates Movie Therapy®, where appropriate movie snippets are shown to highlight key teaching points. GEP has been taught in many countries around the world and is accredited by Singapore’s Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) Family Matters Program Menu. This workshop is an Australian debut.

What To Expect At The Training

Who Should Attend:

• General Practitioners • Nurses • Counsellors • Therapists • Psychologists • Social Workers • Case Workers • Family Life Educators • Community Leaders

Learning Outcomes:

• Identify parenting and family issues using the Good Enough Parenting model

• Address problematic behaviour in children and engage couples in the intervention

• Gain a deeper understanding of key Schema Therapy tenets such as Core Emotional Needs, Maladaptive Schemas, Positive Schemas, Schema Domains and Coping Styles

• Learn the interplay of temperament, environment and parenting influences as key factors in the psychosocial and emotional health of children and adults, based on Schema Therapy

What You Will Receive:

• Certificate of Completion.

• Set of handouts.
• Lunch and tea breaks will be provided throughout the 3-day training Free on-site parking

Key takeaways from this training (and more!):

• Good Enough Parenting Model: The interplay of different factors on the outcome of parenting

• Core Emotional Needs vs Maladaptive Schema Domains

• 14 Positive Schemas

• 18 Negative Lifetraps or Schemas

• Three broad Coping Styles

• Nurturing vs Exasperating Interactions

• Specific ways to meet Core Emotional Needs

• Vortex of Conflict Escalation (and how to avoid it)

• Empathy and Validation of Feelings

• Four Domains of Moral Teaching

• Age-appropriate empowerment

• Needs, Wants, Rights and Privileges

• Learning-oriented vs Performance-Oriented Goals

• Power of Being Vulnerable and Forgiving

Relevant to Primary Care:

• Cross cultural mental health and application to Culturally And Linguistically
• Diverse (CALD) communities
• Teen depression and the association with the parent-child relationship
• Adult depression and the association with childhood trauma
• Identifying underlying causes of anxiety and panic attacks (using the negative schema questionnaire)
• Identifying areas of emotional weakness and strength (using the positive schema questionnaire)

Workshop Registration: $799 

Free GEP book for early registration*

3 day parenting workshop covering 6 modules and inclusive of refreshments, handouts and on-site parking. 

RACGP QI & CPD 40 Category 1 Points available (self-submission)

Or scroll down for more details!

About Our Presenters
John & Karen Louis

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John Louis holds a PhD from Stirling University, UK while Karen Louis holds a Master in Counselling from Monash University, Australia. John's research provided more robust empirical findings for their 'Good Enough Parenting' model, which were published in several reputable journals. 

He is a certified Schema Therapist and Supervisor who was trained directly by Dr Jeffrey Young, founder of Schema Therapy while Karen is a Master Solution Focused Practitioner.

John and Karen's passion in helping marriages and families spans three decades. They developed Good Enough Parenting (and its prequel, the “I Choose Us” Marriage Program) as a response to the pressing need of equipping parents to prevent maladaptive lifetraps (or schemas) from developing in children.

Since the launch of Good Enough Parenting in 2009, they have trained over 1,000 Facilitators from Asia, Europe, North America and Australia, and several countries in Central & South America and Africa. Their 3 books: Good Enough Parenting (Christian and secular versions) and I Choose Us are available via and have been translated into seven languages. The Louis have been married for almost 30 years and have two adult children who are now married.

About Our GEP Facilitators/Trainers
Dr. Mark Timlin and Vicki Timlin

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Mark currently works part time as a Refugee Health Fellow for Monash Health, covering the South East Region. He has also worked as a General Practitioner for EACH in the East Region of Melbourne. He provides primary care services for refugees and trains other doctors to better manage patients from a refugee background. Marks past experience includes working in the prison system and in the Emergency Department.

In addition to his medical work, Mark works part time managing a Charity, HOPE worldwide (Australia). Mark and his wife Vicki worked overseas in Afghanistan and Pakistan for a few years. For his humanitarian work Mark was awarded an MBE for services to health care and education in 2004.

In respect to the GEP program, Mark and Vicki were trained by John and Karen Louis in 2011 and have conducted a number of workshops in Australia, Papua New Guinea and India. They have three children, Aisha (15), Joel (13) and Caelan (11).

Mark is passionate about preventing and alleviating harm and poverty through his medical work and this also extends to utilising the GEP program to prevent emotional trauma and build resilience in children.

What Are Professionals Saying:

In a world of too much information, Good Enough Parenting teaches parents how to meet core emotional needs, and, at the same time, how to avoid passing down their own dysfunctional behaviors. Schema Therapy has been successful with adults, but I have always wanted to see someone do something on preventing schemas, or Lifetraps, in children, and here it is!

- Dr Jeffrey Young, Dept. of Psychiatry, Columbia University, NY, Founder, Schema Therapy

Good Enough Parenting has definitely created more awareness for me in relation to both my parenting as well as professional development skills. With the insight and awareness, I hope to better my relationship with my children. Professionally, am glad I have another evidence-informed parenting strategy to share with my clients, to facilitate the problem-solving process.

- Geraldine Yang, Principal Counselling Psychologist, Singapore

Good Enough Parenting was better than good, it was great! I have been to numerous training sessions on Marriage, Behavior and Parenting, but none as practical and beneficial as GEP. GEP takes an in-depth look in the before, during and after of parenting. We laughed, cried, learned, and shared our victories as well as defeats. Everyone who attended the workshop was truly blessed by this training. It is a MUST for parents as well as grandparents!

- William R. Scott, PhD in Educational Psychology, Gainesville, Florida

Indeed an excellent course that intrigued me even when I saw the brochure. A timely course that addressed my concerns on systemic issues that was affecting families and taught me how to address it effectively. Its fundamental principle of the family being the nucleus and parents being the conduit and catalyst of change is a strong message. Along with the imperative to address active negative schemas in one's own life and getting to the 'root' of the matter are 'wow' moments during the course. Especially love the Repair & Reconnect part which helps me as a mother in my journey with my children and this is something I would love to share to my colleagues.

- Annu Ratha Jayaram, School Counsellor, Singapore

Workshop Registration: $799 

Free GEP book for early registration*

3 day parenting workshop covering 6 modules and inclusive of refreshments, handouts and on-site parking. 

RACGP QI & CPD 40 Category 1 Points available (self-submission)

Certified GEP Facilitator

Completing the GEP Professional Training qualifies participants to be a ‘certified GEP Facilitator’. They can utilize the principles taught for one-to-one sessions with parents as well as small group discussions.


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