Training, Supervision, And Certification Programs
Parenting: A Skills Training Program

For over three decades the National Institute of Relationship Enhancement® (NIRE) has been training mental professionals and paraprofessionals to lead parenting skills groups and/or to integrate parent skills training into their individual and family counseling. Although there are numerous parenting programs available for use by professionals, few of these programs offer comprehensive training in parenting group leadership skills. The purpose of the Parenting Skills Program Leadership Workshop is to provide participants with helpful knowledge and the acquirement of practical skills for working effectively with parents individually or in groups. Regardless of which parenting program you use, this is a workshop which can enhance your effectiveness. If you do not currently use a specific parenting skill program, this program will prepare you to use Parenting: A Skills Training Program, a parent education program developed by Louise Guerney, Ph.D.

Parenting: A Skills Training Program, by Louise Guerney, Ph.D.

This nationally recognized parenting program has been used widely with foster parents, parents in inner city and rural locales, Head Start parents, mothers in prison, parents of infants, pre-school, school-aged children and adolescents, as well as parents of children with disabilities. Extensive empirical research done on a number of these populations provides empirical support validating its efficacy and indicates that Parenting: A Skills Training Program, when conducted by trained leaders, uniformly produces desirable changes.

Two broad categories of parent-child communication and child management skills are covered. Classes emphasize skills training and practice but also include exploring realistic expectations, discussion and support for parents. Nine different manuals for applications with parents of pre-adolescents, adolescents, foster children and pre-schoolers are available, as well as three parallel manuals for parent education program leaders. Parents’ manuals are written at a 6th grade reading level, but are sophisticated enough for highly educated participants, resulting in a genuinely versatile program.

Parenting Skills Program Leadership Training Workshop

The purpose of this two-day skills training workshop is to provide the beginning parent trainer, or enrich the experienced parent trainer, with the generic leadership skills required to conduct effective parent education programs. This workshop will also benefit clinicians who desire a compact orientation package that will increase their ability to deal with parenting issues in their individual clinical work with children and families. This training-for-leadership workshop utilizes demonstration, modeling, skills practice and small group role-played leadership practice with feedback from the workshop instructor. Techniques for recruitment, maximizing attendance and participation, and modifying the program to permit its application to special circumstances facing workshop participants will be included. The Leadership skills learned can be generalized successfully for use with other skills- or discussion-oriented parenting programs.

Workshop Objectives
Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • List the skills of effective leadership to produce the best learning environment for parents
  • Describe how to overcome parents’ resistance and emotional obstacles to constructive change
  • Describe how to help parents overcome the temptation to punish too quickly and too often
  • Describe how to teach parents to understand their children and themselves
  • Describe how to teach parents to harness the power of positive reinforcement in discriminating ways
  • Describe ways to modify programs for use with individuals, special populations, and in private practice applications

Current Training Opportunities

On-Site Trainings
Currently, this Parenting Skills Program Leadership Training Workshop is only being offered on-site as requested by a local agency or other organization. The training workshop is tailored to meet your organization’s or group’s distinctive needs. For more information, please visit On-Site Training Workshops.

Video-based Home Study Program for Parenting: A Skills Training Program

NIRE’s Video-based Home Study Program, Leadership Training for Parenting: A Skills Training Program, with Louise Guerney, Ph. D., is available. The package includes 6 DVDs, a copy of Parenting: A Skills Training Program, a copy of Trainer’s Manual for Training Group Leaders to Conduct Parenting: A Skills Training Program, and 3 hours of telephone consultation/supervision. The cost is $450.00, plus S/H. To order, please visit our Bookstore.

CE Information
13 hours of CE credits are provided to psychologists, social workers and counselors.
For further information on CE credits, please see Continuing Education Information

To Arrange an On-Site Training:
Please call 301-680-8977 or e-mail