The Parent Consultant Training Institute (PCTI)

The Parent Consultant Training Institute (PCTI) is an intensive training program designed to provide all 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 Plans
  • Family Engagement
  • Effective Communication
  • Problem Resolution Service (PRS) Complaints
  • Mediation
  • BSEA Appeals

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

An optional Information Center internship is available to those who complete the PCTI and wish to further develop their skills. Please click on this link or contact Ingrid Arvidson ( to learn more about our internships.

We highly recommend that PCTI attendees have some familiarity with special education procedures (i.e., FCSN Basic Rights Series Workshops: Evaluation and Eligibility, Understanding the Individualized Education Program, Transition Planning for ages [14-22]). A list of free workshops presented by the Federation can be found by clicking on this link.

Parent Leadership Program in Portuguese

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This fall, we are offering an intensive training program in Portuguese (September 10th – November 5th). Meetings will take place virtually on Tuesdays from 6pm-8pm and Saturdays from 10am-1pm. The first day and last day of the course will be in-person.

Future PCTI Sessions

We will have information regarding future PCTI training dates soon! Please fill out this form to receive updates regarding upcoming PCTIs, including training dates and registration information.


PCTI Continuing Support

The PCTI offers continuing support for interns and PCTI graduates.

If you have questions or need assistance fill out this intake form or call 617-236-7210.

The Information Center interns work closely with Federation staff, who are available to provide support as required for individual interns.  Our staff is available for consultation throughout the Information Center internship and beyond, should questions arise.

Continuing education and networking opportunities are available to you through webinars and our Network Series, educational sessions on special education topics for interns, PCTI graduates, SESPs, and SEPAC officers offered virtually periodically.