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Advanced Certificate Program in Parent Education

October 2014–June 2015

Adelphi University
Garden City


- Who Should Attend
- Program Components
- Admission Requirements
- Certificate Requirements
- Program Location, Dates, and Times
- Core Seminars: Curriculum Highlights
- Required Workshops
- Program Fees
- Credentialing Information and Continuing Education

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The Institute for Parenting’s Post Masters Training Program
in Parent Education and Parent Guidance

This program is an intensive year-long training program designed for parent educators and/or clinicians who work with parents. Its goal is to promote a deepened understanding of the theories, values and principles that inform this work. There is a growing body of knowledge supporting the notion that parent guidance and the participation of parents in parent education programs, enhances parent-child interaction leading to healthy development in children in important ways, i.e., social-emotional, cognitive, language, etc. Through the theoretical lenses of attachment, emotional regulation and interpersonal neurobiology- to name a few- participants will build a solid foundation of knowledge about parents and children. Child development will be studied from infancy through adolescence across a variety of domains. Also there will be a focus on the developing parent-child relationship. The inextricable links between each domain will be examined. A seminar on the processes of program delivery and the principles of parent guidance will provide the skills and information for the application of this new knowledge. 

Through these ongoing seminars as well as five (5) full-day workshops, participants will study a wide range of information. They will be immersed in a learning process that will focus on the challenges, issues, and dilemmas that shape their work with parents. Participants will learn important concepts in working with developing families, while enhancing their skills to model, teach and reinforce parents’ ability to create the healthiest of environments for their children.

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Who Should Attend

  • Human Services Professionals who have completed an Advanced Degree, e.g. M.S.W, Ed.D., Ph.D., M.D.
  • Human Services Professionals who have completed a Bachelors degree and have experience working as Parent Educators
  • Human Service Professionals whose role with parents and families influence the direction of their lives
  • Parent Educators and Clinicians who are currently working with parents and families

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Program Components

  • Core Seminars: The curricula for these seminars will focus on a variety of important areas of development. The seminars will include a combination of lectures, didactic and experiential learning covering the development of the family, the parent-child relationship and the developing child: infancy through adolescence. There will be opportunities for participants to further discuss and integrate the program content through discussion and examination of their own work. Through this reflective process participants will build their capacity to better understand parents, children and the relationship and be better equipped to help parent’s better meet their children’s needs.
  • Program Delivery Seminar: The curriculum for this seminar is designed to give participants a solid understanding of the requirements for effective program delivery. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to apply this knowledge and receive consultation/supervision on their work. Video vignettes and opportunity for video feedback will be available.
  • Required Full Day Trainings: Training on a variety of relevant topics will be offered. There are 5 required workshops for the program. The Master Series training topics are chosen to enhance and supplement the curriculum of the certificate program. Participants will be required to attend a total of 5 Full Day Trainings.
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Admission Requirements
  1. Proof of degree, i.e., copy of transcript or diploma from an advanced degree program in a human services discipline.  
    or
  2. Proof of degree, i.e., copy of transcript or diploma from a baccalaureate degree program in a human services discipline
    and 
  3. Current resume.
  4. Letter of recommendation from a supervisor or colleague who is familiar with your work.
  5. Brief statement about what you hope to gain from this program.

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Certificate Requirements

The Certificate will be awarded at the end of the program. Participants will be able to receive Continuing Education credits and contact hours for the program from a variety of disciplines. The program consists of a total of 100 Contact Hours.

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Program Location, Dates, and Times

Program will be offered on the Garden City Campus
All Seminars begin mid-October and continue through June.

The Core Seminar meets on the following Wednesday Evenings from 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

October 2014 15, 22, 29
November 2014 5, 12, 19
December 2014 3, 10
January 2015 7, 14, 21, 28
February 2015 4, 11, 25
March 2015 4, 11, 25
April 2015 15, 22, 29
May 2015 6, 13, 20, 27
June 2015 3, 10, 17

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Core Seminars: Curriculum Highlights

Child Development: Infancy to Adolescence

  • Major Developmental Theorists
  • Temperament
  • Social and Emotional Development
  • Cognitive Development
  • The Importance of Play
  • Emotional and behavioral regulation

The Development of the Parent-Child Relationship

  • Becoming a Parent
  • Attachment Theory
  • Infant Brain Development
  • Mutual Regulation Theory
  • Reflective Functioning, Sensitivity and Attunement
  • Capacity to Parent- Goodness of Fit
  • Moral Development
  • The Impact of Trauma

The Developing Family

  • Influence of Family of Origin
  • Family Systems Theory
  • Family Traditions and Values
  • Family Dynamics
  • Family Support
  • The Role of the Parent
  • Stages of Parenting
  • Parental Philosophy
  • The Role of Culture in the family
  • Community Involvement and Resources

Integrative/ Reflective Consultation

  • Ongoing Case Consultation

Program Delivery Seminar: Curriculum Highlights

The Process of Parent Guidance and Education

  • Comprehensive Overview of the Field of Parent Guidance/Education
  • The Strengths Perspective
  • The Four Pillars of Parent Guidance
  • Positive Guidance-Discipline
  • The Relationship of the Parent Educator and Parent
  • Creating Positive Parent-Child Relationships
  • Training/Facilitation/ Clinical skills for Service Delivery
  • Handling Parental Resistance
  • Group Dynamics and Facilitation Skills
  • Practicum Experiences and Applied Assignments

Instructors for the program are Adelphi University interdisciplinary faculty, Institute for Parenting Staff and experienced clinicians and professionals in the fields of parenting; infant & early childhood mental health and parent education.


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Required Full-Day Workshops


TBA: Workshop information will be posted shortly.


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Program Fees
Nonrefundable Application Fee: $15
Seminar Fees: $2,850
Trainings/Workshops: (discounted price for participants for 5 workshops): $450
Total Program Cost (call to discuss payment options): $3,315

Download the application form (PDF 68KB) and mail along with $15 registration fee and supporting documents to:

Marcy Safyer, Director
Adelphi University Institute for Parenting
P.O. Box 701
Garden City, NY 11530

Please make your check payable to Adelphi University.


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Credentialing Information and Continuing Education

  • Social Work
  • CASAC
  • Nursing
  • Education
  • Psychology
  • NBCC

This program has been submitted for approval for a total of 100 continuing education/training/contact hours.

Although non-credit bearing, this Continuing Education program is the equivalent of 7 credits.

Social work CEU’s are given through the New York State Chapter of the NASW.

CASAC training hours: Program information has been submitted for approval to the New York State Office of Addiction and Substance Abuse Services Education and Training for credits toward recredentialing.

Education hours/credits: May be received at the discretion of your school. We are happy to provide any information you may need to help towards your approval

Psychology CE credits: Adelphi University is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education credits for psychologists through the Adelphi University School of Social Work. Adelphi University maintains responsibility for the program and its content. Attendance to the entire conference is required. No partial credit is given. To apply for CE credits, contact the Institute for Parenting at 516.237.8513.

NBCCNBCC Credits/Hours:
Adelphi University Institute for Parenting is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP™) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.

Nursing Contact Hours: This activity has been submitted to the Arizona Nurses' Association for approval to award contact hours. The Arizona Nurses Association is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

*The University reserves the right to cancel this or any program due to insufficient enrollment. Registrants will be notified and full refunds will be issued.


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For additional information about this program, please contact:

Marcy Safyer, LCSW-R
Linen Hall, Room 11
p - 516.877.3060
e - msafyer@adelphi.edu

The Institute for Parenting
Adelphi University
1 South Avenue
P.O. Box 701
Garden City, NY 11530-0701

f - 516.237.8512
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