The Parent Consultant Training Institute (PCTI) is an intensive training program designed to provide military-connected and civilian parents and professionals with a solid foundation in special education laws, procedures, and related subjects. Class size is limited, so register early! The training generally consists of 40-54 hours of instruction and includes topics such as:

  • Basic Rights in Special Education
  • IDEA and MGL c 71B legislative history
  • Special Education advocacy and implementation of the law
  • Writing Measurable IEP Goals
  • Effective Progress and Hot Topics
  • Neuropsychological Evaluations
  • Academic Evaluations
  • Discipline and Suspension
  • Introduction to the Transition Planning Process
  • Transition Assessments
  • Section 504
  • Families and Culture
  • Effective Communication
  • Problem Resolution Service (PRS) Complaints
  • Mediation
  • BSEA Appeals

Examples of presenters can include Federation staff, attorneys, and experts in the field of special education, representatives from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and the Bureau of Special Education Appeals (BSEA), among others.

Prior to the current pandemic, students participated in an optional internship program. However, this component is currently being revised to best reflect the health safety needs of participants and mentors.

We recommend that PCTI attendees have some familiarity with special education procedures. A list of free workshops presented by the Federation can be found here.


Update: February 10, 2021

We have reached capacity for our upcoming Winter 2021 PCTI session. Please click on the following link if you would like to be added to the waitlist.

  • Winter 2021 Waitlist link.

Details about Winter 2021 PCTI

Session Dates :  Wednesdays, February 24, 2021 – April 14, 2021 (optional 9th day Friday, April 16, 2021)

Session Times:   10:00 AM – 12:00 PM (presentation 1) and 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM (presentation 2)