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Partnering Course

Parenting Mental Health / Partnering Course

Partnering not Parenting ™ 12 Week Course

It’s finally here! We’re delighted to announce the launch of our new and expanded Partnering not Parenting™ course which will begin on May 3rd 2021.


Partnering not Parenting™ is the compassionate approach to help you support your child through their mental health issues by changing and challenging your behaviour. Devised by Suzanne Alderson when her daughter was depressed and suicidal, it has helped countless families to connect, heal and support their child to resilient recovery. 

The course takes place over 12 weeks and includes all you need to know to effectively ‘Partner’ your child when they have a mental health issue as well as keep your own sense of sanity and calm. 

It will help you understand, empathise and connect with your child and support you to come through this extraordinary experience in the best possible shape yourself and as a family. 

There are 12 weekly modules that are delivered to you by email and that include video, audio and worksheets. You’ll get to review the resources in your own time and will have access to the materials for as long as you need them. 

But the magic really happens when you connect with other parents facing similar challenges to you in our special Partnering not Parenting™ Facebook group. In previous cohorts, the group has been a source of continuous support and real friendship. (Many of our previous course attendees are still in touch daily!) You’ll be joined with those who start the course with you – so you’ll go through each week together and build special bonds and connections with others in similar situations. 

Each month Suzanne will join the group for a Live Q&A session to talk through the challenges you’re facing and celebrate the lessons you’re learning. She is on hand to answer questions in the group on an ad hoc basis.

Course Outline

Stand Down

Week 1

Week 1 Includes: 

  • Preparing to Partner, not Parent - why are you here? 
  • What is Partnering? 
  • Self care for the selfless!

Week 2

Week 2 includes:

  • The Mindset Shift
  • Acknowledging what you are going through
  • What’s your story? What are your needs? 
  • Getting comfortable with uncertainty

Week 3

Week 3 includes:

  • Understanding your child’s reality 
  • Grief and Guilt
  • Acceptance

Week 4

Week 4 includes:

  • You are the blueprint - your power, role and responsibilities
  • Changing the way you communicate
  • Reflections on your behaviour 
  • Check in 

Stand Beside

Week 5

Week 5 Includes: 

  • Short Term vs Long Term Thinking 
  • Assumptions
  • Expectations

Week 6

Week 6 includes:

  • Building Trust
  • Consistency and connection 
  • Patience

Week 7

Week 7 includes:

  • Defining agency and control 
  • Empowering your child with choices

Week 8

Week 8 includes:

  • Dealing with frustration and anger - yours, theirs and others
  • Reminders on acceptance 
  • Check in

Travel Together

Week 9

Week 9 includes:

  • Boundaries 
  • Respect 
  • Practical Partnering - how to get your child the help they need

Week 10

Week 10 includes:

  • Difficult decisions 
  • New opportunities 
  • Practical Partnering - decisions around school and work 

Week 11

Week 11 includes:

  • Building resilience 
  • Reflecting on your mental health 
  • Practical Partnering - revisiting grief and loss

Week 12

Week 12 includes:

  • How to move forward when you feel you’re stuck
  • Illness, Condition, Destiny? 
  • Practical Partnering - reminders on your power and what’s really important 
  • Final reflections
The partnering course has been so enlightening - it starts and ends with you ….. I didn’t expect that but it has helped me so much. even though my daughter is recovering it is so very useful & a life long skill as it applies to lots of ou relationships. I would highly recommend it.
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Course Participant, 2019

About the Course Creator:

Suzanne Alderson founded the community and  charity Parenting Mental Health following her daughter became depressed, anxious and suicidal following a period of severe bullying. Suzanne decided that there wasn’t enough support, understanding or compassion for parents and that actually, they were an integral part of a child’s recovery from poor mental health. 

In 2018, Suzanne was recognised by Facebook for her fight to end generational mental illness. Suzanne is a trained mental health first aider, an ambassador of the mental health charity Kaleidoscope Plus Group and a regular speaker on mental health. 

For more information, visit

Parenting Mental Health Founder Suzanne Alderson

Ready to get started?

  • Option 1

  • £ 150 12 Week Course
  • Partnering not Parenting™ course


    Private Facebook group


    Monthly Q&A Live.

    (£300 to non PMH Community members)



  • Option 2

  • £ 350 12 Week Course
  • Partnering not Parenting™ course


    Private Facebook group


    Monthly Q&A Live.


    12 hours of Zoom's with Suzanne

    (£750 to non PMH Community members)

  • Option 3

  • £ POA 12 Week Course
  • Partnering not Parenting™ course


    Private Facebook group


    Monthly Q&A Live.


    1 to 1's with Suzanne

    Please get in touch to discuss requirements

If you want to take the course but would prefer to pay in 3 instalments, please get in touch with us. This option is only open until 26th April 2021.