We are hosting a leadership training for parents and caregivers of children and youth with emotional, behavioral, substance use, or mental health challenges. The purpose of this training is to enable parents to become leading advocates for themselves and other families with lived experiences. Individuals who attend this training are ready to learn about the benefits of using their own strengths and talents to help empower other families; ready to establish a Family Support Network in their community; interested in one-on-one parent matches; seeking volunteer opportunities, and willing to participate in conferences, workshops, and meetings. We provide on-going training, technical assistance, and networking opportunities to empower you as you develop advocacy skills and prepare to serve on local, state, and national committees.
Criteria for Attendance:
1. Be a parent or primary caregiver* of a child with emotional, behavioral, or mental health needs and/or a substance use disorder.
2. Be willing and ready to provide support to other families with lived experience.
3. Be willing to promote mental health and family-driven care support.
*Primary caregiver (biological, adoptive, or foster parent or grandparent or other individual providing primary care to the child).