Content and Format

To become a Nationally Certified Parent Leader, one must meet the following criteria and requirements:

  • Be/was in a parenting/caregiver role
  • Successfully complete 32 hours of face-to-face National Certification training
  • Participation in coaching sessions over 4-6 months
  • Demonstrate the development of all 10 Parent Leadership Competencies

Three distinctive components ensure the development of all 10 Leadership Competencies (5 Exemplary Leadership PracticesTM, Communication, Cultural Responsiveness, Ethics and Professionalism, Life’s Balancing Act, and Individualized Action Plan): 1. 32 hours (over 4 days) of comprehensive training utilizing didactic learning, small group discussion, and experiential exercises with individual assessments; 2. Development and Implementation of an Individual Action Plan and 3. A Series of Coaching Sessions. Completion occurs within 4-6 months.

Participants will make personal video or audio recordings for learning purposes. Assessment and feedback will occur throughout the Certification Process by National Trainers. Each participant will be assigned a Coach. During the four-six months following the face-to-face training, coaching sessions will be scheduled through Skype with participants to ensure the successful implementation of Action Plans and application of evidence-based, leadership learning competencies. This innovative format includes assessment, feedback and peer support to ensure successful completion of this National Certification Program.

Research-Based Learning Competencies
The theoretical basis and importance of National Certification of Parent Leaders is confirmed in numerous published studies identifying the positive results of peer to peer support and meaningful Parent Leadership outcomes in child welfare, mental health, wraparound, and education (Anthony, Berrick et al, 2009; Munson et al, 2009; Kutash et al, 2010; Hoagwood et al, 2010; Polinsky et al, 2010, 2011). Successful family engagement is an essential ingredient to ensuring the achievement of the five protective factors of the strengthening families approach (Pion-Berlin et al, 2011). For more than five decades research has established that effective parent engagement ensures school readiness, produces higher gains in scores for math and reading and increases graduation rates (Mapp, 2012). Furthermore, the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration and the Center for Medicaid & CHIP Services highlighted peer support for parents and youth as key community-based services that significantly improve the quality of life for children and youth with severe mental health conditions and their families (May 7, 2013).

Parents will Gain Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities on:

  • The 5 Exemplary Leadership Practices
  • Transform Values into Action
  • Envision the Future
  • Encourage Positive Change
  • Empower through Shared Leadership®
  • Inspire Success
  • Communication
  • Public speaking
  • Media training
  • Telling my story
  • Cultural Responsiveness
  • Scope and nature
  • Strategies
  • Ethics and Professionalism
  • Boundaries
  • Confidentiality
  • Dilemmas & Resolutions
  • Life’s Balancing Act
  • Time and stress management
  • Mindfulness
  • Sense  of Humor
  • Asking for Help is a Sign of Strength®
  • Individualized Action Plan
  • Coaching on 10 Leadership Competencies
  • Timeline & results

$3,000 per participant (discounted from $3,200);

Groups of 10 or more from one agency: $2,800 per person; please call for further information.

Once you have registered online, an invoice will be sent to the contact and billing email provided.

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