Dair’s Parents’ Programme (DPP)

This is a unique fourteen-week facilitated programme for parents who themselves experienced CSA.

Each two-hour session has a specific theme pertinent to parents with experience of CSA: We are aware that our trauma affects every aspect of our lives, including our parenting. Breaking the cycle is very important to us, and informs the DPP sessions.

The pilot – which was run early in 2020 – was evaluated upon completion, where its unique features were highly commended.

Each week, participants spoke their truth, and were attentively and
respectfully heard, with no reactive avoidance – no blaming, shaming, or attempts to ‘fix’. This was a new experience for all of them.

The group continues to meet weekly; in a looser, support-group format.

DPP was designed by Hazel Larkin, drawing on her skills and experience, honed over 20 years’ of group facilitation, and her academic background.

Influenced by the work of Judith Lewis Herman and Diya Kallivayalil, Hazel co-facilitated the programme with a qualified male psychologist.


DPP Sessions 2020 /2021

Dair’s Parent’s Programme will be offered in Dublin, Cork, and Galway from February of 2021. This programme, like all of Dair’s activities, is a not-for-profit exercise.

The programme runs for 14 weeks, after which the members will be invited to meet, weekly, to offer support to each other on an ongoing basis.

The initial 14 weeks will – of necessity – take place over Zoom, but it is hoped that in-person meetings will take place towards the middle of the year. This is part of the reason for keeping participants in groups – or ‘pods’ – that are geographically close to each other.

There is a sliding scale for fees, and participants are invited to choose the level which is most comfortable for them:


This programme is only for parents who experienced sexual abuse as a child.

The programme will involve a group of up to 10 people being together for 2 hours each week.

Each session will have a theme (such as Trauma; Trust; Boundaries; Self-care; Dealing With Flashbacks, etc.) relevant to us, and our parenting experiences.

Participants will be invited to reflect on, and discuss, their experiences relevant to the theme of the week. No one will be pressured to speak, but we expect to create an environment of safety, where people will be comfortable contributing.

For more details, please contact us.

To register, please click here.

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