Larissa hails from that Wide Brown Land in the Southern Hemisphere – Australia. Larissa first attended a Parent Effectiveness Training (P.E.T.) course over 20 years ago, and has been teaching P.E.T. continuously since 1996. She found the concepts and skills life changing, and wanted to share the benefits by teaching the course to others. Importantly, Larissa endeavours to ‘practice what she preaches’ with her own family. She utilised the skills every day over her 14 years working on a parent help line. Larissa has been a passionate advocate for P.E.T in many arenas, including public policy; writing, researching and presenting conference papers; and writing occasionally for on-line journals. She has recently launched her own website (www.parentskills.com.au), which has encouraged her to dabble in blogging.