Workshops

Learn how to unite with your partner, resolve issues and transform your home into a supportive and peaceful place …ALL IN ONE DAY!

Couples in a blended family often find themselves unprepared to cope with the complex challenges they face. Unfortunately most leave it far to long before seeking help; some only as a last resort.  Ensure you don’t become another statistic by learning how to unite with your partner to blend successfully and help children adjust to step family life.

If you relate to any of these points, now is the time to attend our workshop:

  • You want to learn skills and strategies to enjoy a good or even better relationship
  • One of you thinks you need help, even if the other doesn’t (waiting until they do risks your relationship deteriorating)
  • Conflict is not resolved and issues are starting to create a wall between you
  • You think the children are to blame for the problems in your relationship (everything is fine when they’re not there)
  • You want to avoid common mistakes many couples in a step family make
  • You want your relationship to last the distance this time
  • You’re wondering if it’s really worth all the effort

You’ll learn what separates couples who succeed, from those who don’t and get practical solutions to overcome the obstacles

Topics include:

  • Developmental stages your family will go through
  • Realistic expectations for your family
  • Crucial advice on how to achieve and sustain a great couple relationship
  • Successful parenting strategies covering: Discipline, Stepparenting, Loyalties (feeling torn), Helping children adjust
  • Ex-partners
  • Insights from the last research on what it takes for your family to succeed
  • Plus much more…

Workshops are suitable for couples preparing to blend through to those who have been living together many years. Regardless of where you’re at you’ll go away feeling equipped, refreshed and inspired towards success so come and join us!

Numbers are limited.  Workshops regularly sell out.  Register now to secure your place!

You’re guaranteed to come away with new insights, skills and strategies. Much of the learning is experiential and is not covered in written books.

“Tell me and I’ll forget  Show me, and I may not remember.  Involve me, and I’ll understand.”  Native American Proverb

Past couples have found this workshop extremely beneficial.  Come along and be involved.  This is an experience you don’t want to miss out on!

Auckland: Saturday 15th March 2014  SORRY SOLD OUT!

Venue: The Parenting Place,300 Great South Road, Greenlane, AUCKLAND

Phone: The Parenting Place: 09 524 0025

Please click here to register

Wellington: Saturday 21st June 2014  SORRY SOLD OUT

Time: 9am – 4pm

Venue: ARL House, 19 Cornwall Street, Lower Hutt

Click here to register for the Wellington Workshop

Auckland: Saturday 7th March 2015

Time: 8.30am – 3.30pm

Venue: The Parenting Place,300 Great South Road, Greenlane, AUCKLAND

Phone: The Parenting Place: 09 524 0025

Please Click Here to register (Note: you will be taken directly to the Parenting Place website)


Don’t wait until it’s too late.  Invest time into your relationship now and you’ll reap the rewards!

Here’s what past attendees have said they enjoyed and gained from their one day workshop experience:

  • Conflict and communication strategies
  • Wealth of information.  Pulling from real, personal experiences, totally recommend.  Thank you.
  • Was a great experience – open chat, great environment to talk and share
  • Being with a group of like-minded people with similar experiences.  Helped reinforce what we hope to achieve
  • Got some really good strategies and insights
  • Covering all the issues and giving strategies
  • Was great to interact and talk through things as well
  • Powerful tools for our future
  • Hope and confidence 2nd time round will work
  • Interacting and resolving issues with partner directly – useful advice and insights

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About Adele and Mike Cornish

Adele Cornish is an author, speaker and International Blended Family Advisor.  She has utilised her social work background and personal experience to extensively research and address the unique challenges blended families face.  Adele has developed a programme that currently teaches practical skills and strategies to blended families worldwide, enabling them to overcome the common obstacles to success. She has appeared on national television and radio, published a book and written magazine feature articles on topics relating to blended families.  Adele’s husband Mike has been instrumental in facilitating many Divorce Care courses which provide hope and guidance to those who have been through a divorce.  Adele has been a stepmother for nineteen years. She and Mike and have a blended family with five children.

We also offer professional development training

Auckland: Friday 23rd May 2014

This one day workshop run through NZAC is for professionals working with blended families such as counsellors, social workers, psychologists, school staff, health professionals and clinicians.  Focus is on equipping professionals with insights and strategies to assist them to effectively support children and couples living in a step family.

Please Note: Workshop numbers are limited and previous workshops have been sold out. You must register to secure your place.

“The seminars were like a sigh of relief for me, a comfort to know that there are others out there that have the same feelings in their blended family. Since attending your seminar I have felt more and more at peace about my feelings toward my ‘step child’.” Nicki

“Great! Practical, easy to understand and apply strategies.” Frank Eijgenraam (Counsellor)

“I found the seminar encouraging and despite knowing no one at the seminar beforehand I didn’t leave feeling I had been amongst strangers but ordinary people with the ordinary problems seeking solutions and help to make their new families work better. I gained some new strategies and had quite a few laughs in the process.” Michelle

“My fiancé and I both found the seminar on blended families to be very useful. We both took some great learning’s from the seminar and I think it has brought us closer together as a couple.” Nicola Hancock

“Even though we have been in a blended family for a while this seminar definitely gave my husband and I lots to think about and talk about. I think it is just brilliant and such a worthwhile ‘tool’ for every blended family.” Rachael Lock

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