Larissa Dann

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Parent Effectiveness Training (PET), Be Your Best (BYB), Instructor Training Workshops (ITW)

Canberra and surrounding district. Able to travel.

I am an experienced P.E.T. instructor, having taught P.E.T. since 1996 to over 1000 parents. Importantly, I use the P.E.T. skills while raising my children - I endeavour to 'practice what I preach'. I have an Honours degree in Science, a Diploma in Counselling, and am an accredited mediator. In 2007 I was awarded the ACT Adult Learning Outstanding Teacher/Tutor award. Professionally, I worked as a counsellor, then manager, in a community organisation that specialised in counselling parents, children and young people. As manager and worker, I found the P.E.T. skills to be transferable across the workplace. I am a passionate advocate of P.E.T., and have presented posters on the topic at several international parenting conferences, as well as writing several articles on various aspects of P.E.T. I am a past member of the board of ETIA, and was the voluntary CEO in 2009/10. I am a blogger and writer, writing for my own website, and as both a paid and unpaid blogger on local and international websites.

"I did the Parent Effectiveness Training (PET) course six years ago when I had a three year old and a one year old. I was looking for an alternative way of connecting and parenting my boys without having to resort to yelling, getting frustrated and yes, "losing it" with them. An out-of-control grown up is a scary sight for small children!

Larissa Dann has been teaching this course for many years (I think her eldest child is now at University) and I highly recommend this course. It taught me to stop, breathe and work out who's problem it was (was it a problem for me or was it the child's problem), how to express my feelings on the problem and how to come up with a win-win solution with the kids.

It also taught me a great deal about Active Listening, clarifying communication and generally made me see things in a whole new light. The course runs over eight weeks and I saw a huge improvement with my relationship with my children, even at that young age. I still use the skills now. It's not a quick fix and you do have to work at it but the proof is most definitely in the relationship you build with your children (and by default, any adults around you - I often use the skills on my work colleagues!)



From anonymous feedback at the end of the course:

  • “Larissa was thoughtful and provided a mix of approaches which were great/funny/interesting, and encouraged participation well. Great personal insights and examples.”
  • "Thank you, Larissa.  You’re an amazing teacher. I think that’s been part of the power of the whole course – I don’t think just anyone could have delivered these same messages.  You’ve got brilliant skills in imparting your wisdom."
  • "Larissa you are absolutely fantastic! You beat all of the psychologists and counsellors we've seen through the years"
  • "Wonderful teacher.  Imparts skills in a highly respectful and empowering way."
  • "Larissa is an amazing teacher - open, honest, patient, friendly and supportive."
  • “Very much appreciated the examples from your own life and parenting, know that we’re all human, all trying.”
  • “Thanks Larissa. You have really had such a positive influence on me and my children. This has been a very positive turning point for us.”
  • “Terrific. Good listener and teacher. A great ability to transfer skills.”