Parents as Teachers (PAT) requires that all parent educators and supervisors within affiliates complete the Foundational and Model Implementation Training before serving families. In addition to these required trainings, PAT National offers a number of other trainings focused on specific populations served by the model. A number of individuals working across the state for Texas Parents as Teachers are certified to offer various trainings. Regional and national trainers in Texas are based in the following cities: Amarillo, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, Leander, Longview, McAllen, New Braunfels, and San Antonio.
Below are brief descriptions of the Foundational and Model Implementation Training, non PAT trainings, and the trainings Texas staff have conducted in addition to a calendar of upcoming trainings and a form to request trainings. If you are interested in requesting a training in your area, please contact our office directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 214-363-8661.
FOUNDATIONAL & MODEL IMPLEMENTATION TRAINING
Foundational Training is a three-day long, intensive exploration of the three main areas of emphasis in the Parents of Teachers model: parent-child interaction, development-centered parenting, and family well-being. The training includes the examination of how these areas of emphasis are built into the curriculum and the research supporting the use of these components in the model.
Model Implementation Training builds on the Foundational Training, focusing on the implementation of the Parents as Teachers curriculum. This two day training focuses on how to effectively replicate the model and quality assurance at all levels. The completion of both the Foundational and Model Implementation Training certifies a program and its educators in the model, allowing them to begin serving families. For more information on these trainings click here.
TEXAS TRAINING OFFERINGS
Parents as Teachers recommends a number of additional trainings for a variety of assessment tools required by the model. In addition, the National Parents as Teachers office has developed several population specific trainings (e.g. teen parents, children with special needs, group facilitation, etc), which they can provide at cost to sites. Below are three of the assessments Texas Parents as Teachers Regional Trainers are equipped to provide around the state. For more information contact the state office or use the form below.
Ages & Stages Questionnaire 3 (ASQ-3): This is a developmental assessment designed to help service providers establish children's development in five key areas: communication, fine motor, gross motor, problem-solving, and personal-social. This assessment helps providers identify how children are progressing developmentally while also identifying potential delays that may require further evaluation. Parents as Teachers utilizes this assessment to establish a baseline for child development and to guide activities and topics within service delivery.
Ages & Stages Questionnaire: Social Emotional (ASQ:SE): This is a supplemental assessment to the ASQ and specifically explores the last area of development: personal-social. The ASQ:SE focuses on seven areas: self-regulation, compliance, social-communication, adaptive functioning, autonomy, affect, and interaction with people. Like the ASQ-3, this screening helps provide a baseline for a child's development and an opportunity to identify potential delays.
Life Skills Progression: This is a strengths-based family centered assessment designed to help service providers better understand how families are faring and what challenges they face. This assessment helps providers identify strengths but also areas of potential improvement and need. Parents as Teachers utilizes this assessment to establish a baseline for families and assist them in seeing their strengths in their lives, particularly around their parenting skills.
To learn more about the trainings offered by Parents as Teachers National Center (PATNC) or to register for them visit the training page of their website or click here.