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.

Summer 2022 Online Five-Day Intensive Session Dates (6/27/22 – 7/01/22) 

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Our 5-day intensive Summer 2022 Session will include five consecutive days full of live presentations and activities beginning at 9:00 AM  and ending at 4:00 PM, hosted on the Canvas learning platform. 

Summer 2022 Asynchronous Session Dates (7/11/22 – 8/08/22)

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Our Asynchronous Summer 2022 Session will be hosted on the Canvas learning platform and consist of weekly online modules and participation  activities. As members of our online community, participants will engage in discussions and regularly complete assigned weekly readings and activities. Weekly modules begin on Mondays and end on Sundays at 11:59 PM.  



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.