Advanced Parent Leadership Training
The Advanced Parent Leadership Training is an intensive one or two day training focused on skills and competences relevant to being parent leaders in local communities. This training is great for parents who are at a point their family journey to use their experiences effectively to support other parents as well as inform the system. Attendees include parent support partners, parent advocates, NAMI program volunteers, and anyone else who wants a more formal foundational leadership training to develop or continue their learning as a leader. If you are ready to get involved and make a difference this training is for you.
The Advanced Parent Leadership Training focuses on skills and competences relevant to being parent leaders in local communities, whether informally or formally. Content includes:
- Facilitating groups, including content such as, group dynamics, planning, troubleshooting, etc.
- Navigating the system
- Building partnerships with professionals and community leaders
- Understanding the family journey and how that affects how families work with you
- Listening and other communication skills
- Setting boundaries
- Cultural competency
- Self Care
In return, parents are prepared to take the next step in a variety of roles that best meet their values and passion. VFN works to support and connect parents with similar passions towards making a difference for families that follow. Various opportunities include, leading support groups, educational courses, manning exhibitor tables, serving on various committees, planning VFN events and other parent leadership modeling that provides context and validity to the role.
This training is meant for parents or primary caregivers who have children and youth with mental health needs (or parents whose adult children were diagnosed as children) and want to use their experiences to help other parents. More specifically:
- They are employed as parent support partners or have the potential to serve in the role.
- They are supporting parents in their communities on a volunteer basis and want the formal training to continue to develop and support their skills or they have the potential to be leaders.
- They are at a point to begin to give back and want foundational knowledge and support.
Who Leads the Program
The Advanced Parent Leadership Training is led by trained parents and caregivers who have or had a child or youth with mental health needs. They are also parents who are experienced advocates and leaders in their communities. They may lead a parent support group, work as a parent support partner, or facilitate one of our parent education programs. They are passionate about supporting parents in their journeys and providing parents with the opportunity to advocate for themselves and their families and to speak up for all families in Virginia.
What People are Saying about the Program
“I enjoyed this and came away with a great level of confidence in doing what I do as a parent support partner.”
“I truly believe in this training! It has been helpful in my personal and professional roles.”
How to Find the Program in Your Community
The Advanced Parent Leadership Training is offered at least once a year to parents who are interested in furthering their professional development and learning of ways to give back. It is also offered to organizations and communities, as requested. It provides organizations and communities the opportunity to engage and support their parents.
Training is free and lodging is available for those traveling in. Child care and travel stipends are being available.
Upcoming Advanced Parent Leadership Training!
Thank you to everyone attending our spring training! We are unfortunately at max capacity!Our next training will be held this fall.
To be considered, pleaser register here. All attendees must be confirmed.
Biological, adoptive, kinship and foster parents of children and youth with a mental health issue who wish to give back to their peers through the parent movement, are encouraged to apply.
For more information, contact Sarah Wilson at email@example.com or 804-285-8264 x203.
How to Give Back
There is an opportunity for parents to be trained to facilitate the Advanced Parent Leadership Training in their community or for our local affiliates to offer the program in their community. In addition, we would welcome the opportunity to partner with local affiliates and organizations to host the Advanced Parent Leadership Training in their communities. For more information on either of these opportunities, contact Sarah at firstname.lastname@example.org or 804-285-8264 x203.