A comprehensive one-year program for professionals that promotes a deepened understanding of the theories, values, and principles that inform your work with parents.

This is an intensive year-long training program designed for parent educators, teachers, child welfare case workers, and clinicians who work with parents and children. Its goal is to promote a deepened understanding of the theories, values and principles that inform best practices to engage families and promote healthy development.

There is a growing body of knowledge supporting the notion that professional guidance and support enhance parent-child interactions, leading to healthier development in children in social-emotional, cognitive, language, and academic domains.

Through the theoretical lenses of attachment, emotion 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. We will focus on the developing parent-child relationship and the inextricable links between each domain. A component on program delivery and the principles of parent guidance will teach the skills for the application of this new knowledge.

Through these ongoing seminars as well as four (4) workshops totaling 24 CE hours, participants 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 coach, teach, and reinforce parents’ ability to create the healthiest of environments for their children.

Program Components

The curricula for these seminars will focus on important areas of development, combining lectures, didactic and experiential learning covering the family, the parent-child relationship, and the developing child from infancy through adolescence. Participants will discuss and integrate the program content through a reflective examination of their own work. Seminars are designed to give participants a solid understanding of the requirements for effective program delivery. Participants will have the opportunity to apply this knowledge, discuss cases, and receive feedback on their work.

Workshops on a variety of relevant topics will be offered by the Institute for Parenting at Adelphi. These workshops enhance and supplement the curriculum of the certificate program and offer CE hours for SW, Psy, and MHC.

Program Info

Who Should Attend

  • Human services professionals who have completed an advanced degree (e.g., MSW, EdD, PhD, MD)
  • Human services professionals who have completed a bachelor’s degree and have experience working as parent educators
  • Human services professionals whose role influences the direction of families’ lives
  • Parent educators and clinicians who are currently working with parents and families

Dates, Times, and Modality

All seminars begin in September and continue through May.

The Core Seminar meets on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. via Zoom. The link will be provided upon receipt of tuition or an agreed-upon payment plan.

Curriculum Highlights & Topics

  • The Development of the Parent-Child Relationship
  • Current Research on Brain Development and the Impact of Early Environments
  • Introduction to Attachment Theory and Attachment Behaviors
  • Core Concepts in Interpersonal Neurobiology
  • Understanding how the Parent-Child Relationship promotes capacities for self-regulation in children
  • Child Developmental Pathways: Infancy to Adolescence
  • Child Behavior as Communication of Individual Needs
  • Parenting Theory and Research
  • Introduction to Evidence-Based Practices in working with parents
  • Impact of Stress & Trauma on Parenting Practices and Child Development
  • The Process of Parent Guidance and Education from a Strengths-Based Perspective

Certificate Requirements

The Certificate will be awarded at the end of the program when requirements (attendance, participation, final assignment) are met. This program meets partial requirements for certification as a New York State Parent Educator through the New York State Parenting Education Partnership (NYSPEP) and for Infant Mental Health Endorsement® through the New York State Association for Infant Mental Health (NYS-AIMH).

Program Cost & Fees

  • Nonrefundable Application Fee: $15
  • Program Cost: $3,300 (Includes weekly seminars and 4 workshops)
  • Total Program Cost: $3,315 (Call to discuss payment options if needed.)

Our Faculty

Marilus Castellanos, LCSW, has been working with parents for over 15 years in a variety of settings including early care and education, home visiting, child welfare, and as a bilingual and bicultural trauma therapist. She is currently the Senior Program Director of Early Childhood Mental Health and Family Wellness at University Settlement in New York City. She has advanced training in a range of interventions and modalities, and has created and deepened collaborations between family-serving systems in order to support parents and families in accessing the programs and services necessary to ensure a pathway to wellness.

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