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Parent Consultant Training Institute (PCTI)


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 consists of 40-54 hours of classroom 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

Presenters 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.

Upon completion of the classroom component, students participate in an optional internship program.

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.

Registration is now closed for the Fall 2019 Brockton PCTI and the Winter Framingham 2020 PCTI. We have canceled our spring PCTI.

Registration is open for the Summer Intensive in Sturbridge (June 22-26). 

The Framingham course runs from 9:30 to 2:30 on Tuesdays (January 7, January 14, January 21, January 28, February 4, February 11, March 3, & March 10). 

There is an optional ninth day for those who want to complete the internship. That session will take place at FCSN’s Boston office. In addition to class time, participants are expected to complete approximately 1.5 hours per week of additional coursework virtually. The virtual coursework will include videos, discussion boards, blogs, and other media that support and complement the course material.

There is a one-week intensive version of PCTI in Sturbridge from June 22-26. The intensive course runs from 8:30 to 4:30 for five consecutive days.