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Parent Leader Institute

Professional development for Parent Leaders using their family’s lived experience with mental health to support other families of children and youth facing mental health crisis.  Join us to reflect, connect and grow as a professional or volunteer peer leader! 

The Parent Institute will consist of four consecutive virtual sessions the first four Mondays in November

(November 2nd, 9th, 16th, and 23rd, 2020)

The Institute sessions are free but registration is required.

Learn more about the sessions here.

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What is the Parent Leader Institute?

The Parent Leader Institute provides professional development and networking opportunities for parents and/or caregivers serving in a peer-leadership role in the areas of mental health and co-occurring substance use disorders. The Parent Institute offers the opportunity for unique and personalized growth and development for these individuals in order to better equip them to use their lived experience to offer support, education, or advocacy to youth, young adults, other parents/caregivers, or to inform and support system partners.

Attendees include those in paid roles, youth or family support program partners, and those in unpaid roles, such as support group facilitators, peer advocates, peer education leaders, etc.

Each year’s institute focuses on specific content or topic areas in response to needs expressed by our community. You can always expect:

  • Connection, Networking, and Resource Sharing
  • Targeted Content Learning
  • The opportunity to offer input on the direction on the Virginia Family Network

If you have additional questions about the Parent Leader Institute, please reach out to
Mary Beth Walsh, Acting Director of Programs, at

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