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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 open for the Brockton PCTI. The course will take place at the Brockton Arc (1250 West Chestnut St., Brockton, MA 02301) and runs from 9:30 to 2:30 on 8 consecutive Wednesdays. 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.

This session will run September 18th, 25th, October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, and November 6th with November 13th reserved as a snow day. November 20th we will host an optional day for those who want to complete the internship. This final day will be held in the Boston office.

Information about other training opportunities is coming soon!