About Us

We’re two adults who have gone through parenting and now have adult children.

We have both sprouted from ‘helping professions’ and joined forces to create an exclusive set of workshops to support parents all the way from pregnancy through to P Plates.

Licensed To Parent is here to provide parents with the clarity, education and skills they need to raise, and indeed enjoy raising, well balanced children. The main objective of our work is to ensure the ongoing growth and well being of their children which will give them the best possible start in adult life.


For parents at all stages

The parent to be

This is a super exciting time where parents to be are highly motivated to be as best prepared for the pending arrival of their child.

The Parent to Be Workshop

The pre & primary school parent

Parenting this age group can be incredibly rewarding and also really challenging.

Pre & Primary School Parent Workshop

Parents of Teens

The turbulent teenage years – probably the most challenging time for all concerned!!

The Parents of Teens Workshop

Especially for dads

It is becoming increasing evident that dads play a crucial role in the development, health and wellbeing of their children.

Especially for Dads Workshop

Individual training

We now offer the Tuning in to Kids/Teens workshops in a one-on-one intensive format.  Parenting issues can also be brought as the focus in a counselling session.

Individual Training Workshop

About the Trainers

Howard & Deborah

Howard Todd-Collins

Director & Trainer


Howard holds a Masters Degree in Counselling and Human Services and is a qualified member of the Australian Counselling Association. He is the director of Men and Relationships Counselling, a private psychology practice in Melbourne CBD and Bayside. Howard and his associates specialise in working with men and those in relationship with them.

Howard is a father to his adult daughter. His personal and professional interest in parenting converged shortly after he became a dad. He founded The Active Fathers Group, a monthly group for expectant fathers. He is the creator of the Good Blokes, Great Dads program which was recently a featured workshop at the Melbourne Pregnancy, Babies and Children’s Expo. He is a contributing writer to the online Parenting Insights magazine.

Howard has appeared on Channel 9’s Today Show discussing Post Natal Depression in Men, and featured in an article on the same topic in The Age newspaper.

Howard is an accredited facilitator of the Tuning in to Kids/Teens series of workshops and currently co-facilitates these programs.

Deborah Albrecht

Director / Trainer

Deborah Albrecht

Deborah holds a Bachelor of Arts in Drama and Psychology, a Bachelor of Education and a Diploma in Transpersonal Art Therapy. She is trained in Adolescent Counselling, Psychodrama, Emotion Focused Therapy and ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy). Deborah has been teaching in the Steiner system for over 20 years.

Her interest in healthy human development led her to be trained as a facilitator for the Tuning In To Kids/Teens workshops. She now facilitates these programs, as well as runs a private counselling and art therapy practice. Deborah has also been involved with program development and facilitation of workshops for adolescents at risk in the community sector.

Deborah is the devoted mother to adult twin daughters and recognises that the role of parent is one of the most important roles and stages in ones life – one that is continually challenging and continually offering opportunities for one’s own personal growth.