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Parent Consultant Training Institutes
Do you find yourself wishing you knew more about laws that support your child/student or that you wish you understood the Individual Education Program (IEP) process better or how to request a special education evaluation? Stop wishing and register for the “Parent Consultant Training Institute” near you!

The Parent Training and Information Center at the Federation for Children with Special Needs is offering an opportunity for Massachusetts parents and professionals to learn more about the state and federal Special Education laws and process. We believe that parents and professionals who understand the process are better able to collaborate effectively to develop supports and services that enable children/students with disabilities to succeed.

The extensive agenda includes speakers from the Massachusetts Department Elementary and Secondary Education, distinguished attorneys and other professionals in the field of special education. Some of the topics that are presented are: Federal (IDEA 2004) and State Law, Individual Education Program (IEP), Writing Measurable goals, objectives and benchmarks, Program Quality Assurance and the due process system, Access to the General Education Curricula, Evaluations, Positive Behavioral supports, Effective Communication, Transition for students 14-22 and more!

In addition, participants have the option, through an internship, to acquire the necessary skills to assist parents of children with special needs to effectively design and/or manage their children’s special education program. Participants who choose to meet the requirements of the internship are issued a Certificate of Completion, with which some professionals have been granted PDPs from their school districts. This Federation supervised internship requires 25 hours of phone consultation at a Federation site as well as 25 hours of advocacy at no fee based on Federation referrals. Participants who elect to only attend classroom sessions are issued a Certificate of Attendance.

Participants should possess knowledge of special education legislation or experience in working with parents of children with special needs.

Tuition for parents is $325, professionals $425. Limited scholarships are available for parents through the Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council (MDDC). You may contact them directly at 617-770-7676 for more information or to apply for a scholarship.

To apply: Download the application or call the office and request an application by mail. Fill it out and send it in with your payment. Even if you are applying for funding or a scholarship, you must send in your application as soon as they are being accepted. You must send payment with your application, or send a note attached to the application regarding your payment circumstances. You will receive an email to confirm receipt of your application. Those who are accepted into the class will receive another email soon thereafter. We usually receive more applications than we have space so, if for some reason you are not accepted into a class, we encourage you to apply again. For more information regarding the Parent Consultant Training Institute, please contact Laura Yellick at lyellick@fcsn.org.

Download an application to attend a Parent Consultant Training Institute.

2014-2015 Sessions:

Boston Fall 2014
Location: Federation for Children with Special Needs
529 Main Street, Suite 1M3
Boston, MA 02129
Time: 9:30 - 3:30 each day
Session Dates: Thursdays (October 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th, November 6th, 13th, 20th and December 4th)

Dalton Fall 2014
Location: Berkshire County Arc
65 Depot Street
Dalton, MA 01226
Time: 9:00 - 4:00 each day
Session Dates: Mondays (September 29th, October 6th, 20th, 27th and November 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th)

Boston Winter 2015
Location: Federation for Children with Special Needs
529 Main Street, Suite 1M3
Boston, MA 02129
Time: 9:30 - 3:30 each day
Session Dates: Tuesdays (January 27th, February 3rd, 10th, 24th , March 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th)

Western MA Spring 2015
Location: TBA
Time: TBA
Session Dates: Tuesdays (April 7th, 14th, 28th, May 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th and June 2nd)

Summer 2015
Location: TBA
Time: 8:30 - 4:30 each day
Session Dates: Monday - Friday ( June 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 25th and 26th)



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Federation for Children with Special Needs
The Schrafft Center
529 Main Street, Suite 1102
Boston, MA 02129
Phone: (617) 236-7210
MA Toll-Free:(800) 331-0688
Fax: (617) 241-0330
Email: fcsninfo@fcsn.org