Parent Consultant Training Institute

By Laura Yellick, Statewide Training Coordinator – Parent, Training and Information Center (FCSN)

Are you interested in learning more about special education law and process? Have you ever thought about how you can brush up on your special education advocacy skills? The Federation for Children with Special Needs will be offering several sessions of its popular Parent Consultant Training Institute program during this upcoming school year. This program is an 8 week course that covers a wide range of special education related topics including special education law and process, understanding the IEP form, writing measureable IEP goals, assessments and evaluations, 504 plans, school discipline, CBHI services, supporting students with complex healthcare needs, basic advocacy skills, dispute resolution options and more!

Workshops are presented by Federation staff members, distinguished attorneys and other professionals, representatives from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and the Bureau of Special Education Appeals (BSEA). If you are interested in learning more about this exciting opportunity you can visit the Federation’s website at or contact Laura Yellick at Session dates are as follows:

Winter 2015 – Boston
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)

Spring 2015 – Western MA
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)