The Parent Consultant Training Institute

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
  • 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.

Details about Summer 2021 PCTI Sessions

(Registration CLOSED) PCTI Summer 2021 5-Day Intensive Dates : June 21 – 25, 2021, Monday – Friday 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM

PCTI Summer 2021 Asynchronous Dates: July 7 – August 2, 2021


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.