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PARENT TRAINING

What training programs are offered for parents?
Parent programs in Spanish
Who would arrange for these services?
What fees are involved and who usually pays for parent services?
Previous audiences and comments from participants
Parent-related publications

Parent training videos

What training programs are offered for parents?

CONFLICT RESOLUTION IN SPECIAL EDUCATION TODAY is a one-hour overview covering: formal and informal indicators of conflict, state and nationwide statistics and trends, and how to know how your own schools and districts are doing in this important area. Specific recommendations for building strong teams while minimizing conflict are also presented. A similar program tailored for school personnel is available, and the material has been developed into Nicholas Martin's acclaimed book published in 2004 by Brookes Publishing and already in its third printing. For a description of the Guide to Collaboration, click here.

STRENGTHENING RELATIONSHIPS WHEN OUR CHILDREN HAVE SPECIAL NEEDS This program presents an overview of the ten challenges commonly associated with raising a child with special needs. This topic is the subject of Nick Martin's book by the same name, published by Future Horizons in 2004. For details about this book, click here. It is also available in Spanish as "Fortaleciendo Relaciones...," described below.

RESOURCES AND RECOMMENDATIONS FOR PARENTS WHEN CHILDREN HAVE SPECIAL NEEDS This two-hour workshop consists of experiential exercises to promote awareness and dialogue among parents raising children with disabilities. It is designed to assist parents to learn from each other about the services and resources available in their immediate communities, and the alternatives that help families remain strong. Also available in Spanish as "Recursos Y Recomendaciones" (see below).

FEELING BETTER WHEN WE FEEL BAD provides the skills so very necessary for managing such challenging emotions as fear, grief, anger, and many more. This experiential workshop provides a variety of specific and proven techniques that can be of great practical value in many aspects of everyday life.

THE MAGIC OF METAPHORS provides a simple, yet powerful, imagery technique with a wide variety of practical applications, such as resolving troubling emotions, raising self-confidence, promoting inner peace, and many more.

A DAY FOR PARENTS This four to six-hour workshop integrates all of the above-mentioned programs and is designed to provide independent segments so that parents can attend for those topics that are of greatest interest to them and for whatever time they have available. Frequently offered by school districts as a service to parents, this program can be presented with separate Spanish and English segments or with simultaneous or consecutive interpretation.


Parent programs in Spanish
All of the above-mentioned programs are available in Spanish. For their descriptions in Spanish, please click here.

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Who would arrange for these services?
Parent training programs are usually sponsored by individual school districts or cooperatives (perhaps by a director of special education) and by parent support groups and resource centers. Regional service centers and state departments of education are other possibilities, often as part of a local or annual conference.

What fees are involved and who usually pays for parent services?
Parent training is usually funded by a school district, an educational cooperative, or a parent support organization. State and local conferences may also have budgets for speakers. Fees vary according to whether single or multiple engagements are contracted, whether travel and accommodations will be involved, and whether financial assistance is required. Under certain circumstances, fees may be greatly reduced or even waived.

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Previous audiences and comments from participants
For a list of previous audiences and comments from participants about Nick Martin's training programs, click here.

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Parent-related publications
A number of Nick Martin's books and articles were specifically designed to assist parents of children with special needs. For details about the Center for Accord's publications, click here.

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Parent training videos
A number of Nick Martin's most popular parent presentations have been recorded and posted so that parents may view, share, and benefit at any time that is convenient for them. They are posted at no charge, and most are in both English and Spanish. For details, click here.

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