The early years of a child’s life are very important for his or her health and development. Healthy development means that children of all abilities, including those with special health care needs, are able to grow up where their social, emotional, and educational needs are met. Having a safe and loving environment and spending time with loved ones―playing, singing, reading, and talking―are very important. Proper nutrition, exercise, and sleep also can make a big difference in child’s development which impacts their entire life.
Thanks to years of extensive research in the field of childhood development, we know much about the risks of childhood as well as how to foster a healthy young adult. However, bringing this information in to daily life is challenging to every parent, even in the best of circumstances.
The Certified Parent Training Workbook and Curriculum seeks to support a parent by offering this research in an easy to understand and easy to apply way. Through the use of practical tools like the Parenting Log and House of OK'ness this approach looks at parenting through a learning, compassionate lens.
The Certified Parent Training Specialist I & II (CPTS) training offers an in-depth, easy to follow curriculum for the specialist and/or parent to follow. The three-module curriculum has 12 work- through training sessions with exercises for the parent to complete at the end of each session.
Module I seeks to empower a parent to gain a better understanding of themselves in Parenting Yourself. Expanding awareness around the caregiver’s triggers and developing a self-care regimen is the first step in being a better parent to any child. Equally important to developing a deeper understanding of a child is the parent's awareness to the role they play in the relationship with their child. Learning to management conflict, resolve crises, and setting boundaries starts with the parent learning how to self-regulate first. Unique to CPTS, is SIPS, a four-step verbal language sequence for any caregiver to use when conflict starts to arise. The Parenting Log becomes a weekly staple for any parent open to learning and applying new skills and tools a healthier parenting style.
Parenting Your Child in Module II opens with a developmental view of childhood to help any parent or caregiver gain a greater understanding of their child. The early years of a child’s life are very important for their health and development. Healthy development means that children of all abilities, including those with special health care needs, can grow up where their social, emotional, and educational needs are met.
Finally, once a parent learns to better parent themselves and then their child, it is time to explore Module III: Parenting the Relationship. How we connect with the children around us will either offer them a sense of safety and care or bring them anxiety and fear. Learning to connect in a healthy way while building strong principles and values is a cornerstone of positive parenting. Learning to do this takes practice, fun, and support.
As a Certified Parent Training Specialist, you will gain knowledge on how best to support a parenting struggling in their parenting style and seek to empower them with new tools.
This 2-day training leads to the Certified Parent Training Specialist (CPTS) credential from the National Anger Management Association (NAMA). Please read about NAMA and the CPTS credential here.