Institute for Parenting


Post Master’s Training Program in Parent Education and Parent Guidance

A comprehensive one-year program for parent educators.

Overview of our October 2016-June 2017 Program

About the Program

This is an intensive year-long training program designed for parent educators, teachers and/or clinicians who work with parents and/or children. Its goal is to promote a deepened understanding of the theories, values and principles that inform this work. There is a growing body of knowledge supporting the notion that parent guidance and the participation of parents in parent education programs, enhances parent-child interaction leading to healthy development in children in important ways, i.e., social-emotional, cognitive, language, etc. Through the theoretical lenses of attachment, emotional 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. Also there will be a focus on the developing parent-child relationship. The inextricable links between each domain will be examined. A seminar on the processes of program delivery and the principles of parent guidance will provide the skills and information for the application of this new knowledge. 

Through these ongoing seminars as well as four (4) full-day workshops, participants will study a wide range of information. They 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 model, teach and reinforce parents’ ability to create the healthiest of environments for their children.

Who Should Attend

  • Human services professionals who have completed an advanced degree, e.g., M.S.W, Ed.D., Ph.D., M.D.
  • Human services professionals who have completed a bachelor’s degree and have experience working as parent educators
  • Human services professionals whose role with parents and families influence the direction of their lives
  • Parent educators and Clinicians who are currently working with parents and families

Program Components

  • Core Seminars: The curricula for these seminars will focus on a variety of important areas of development. The seminars will include a combination of lectures, didactic and experiential learning covering the development of the family, the parent-child relationship and the developing child: infancy through adolescence. There will be opportunities for participants to further discuss and integrate the program content through discussion and examination of their own work. Through this reflective process participants will build their capacity to better understand parents, children and the relationship and be better equipped to help parents better meet their children’s needs. In addition, 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.

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.

  • Required Full Day Trainings/Workshops: Training on a variety of relevant topics will be offered. There are four (4) required workshops for the program. The Master Series training topics are chosen to enhance and supplement the curriculum of the certificate program. Students are welcome to register for additional full-day workshops/trainings at a reduced rate.

Admission Requirements

  1. Proof of degree, i.e., copy of transcript or diploma from an advanced degree program in a human services discipline 
  2. Proof of degree, i.e., copy of transcript or diploma from a baccalaureate degree program in a human services discipline 
  3. Current resume
  4. Letter of recommendation from a supervisor or colleague who is familiar with your work
  5. Brief statement about what you hope to gain from this program.

Certificate Requirements

The Certificate will be awarded at the end of the program. Participants will be able to receive Continuing Education credits and contact hours for the program from a variety of disciplines. The program consists of a total of 100 Contact Hours. 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)

When and Where


Adelphi University
Garden City, NY 11530


All seminars begin mid-October and continue through June.

The Core Seminar meets on the following Tuesday evenings from 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.


October 2016 18, 25
November 2016 1, 8, 15, 29
December 2016 6, 13
January 2017 10, 17, 24 ,31
February 2017 7, 14, 28
March 2017 7, 14, 21, 28
April 2017 4, 18, 25
May 2017 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
June 2017 6, 13 (makeup date)

Curriculum Highlights

Child Development: Infancy to Adolescence

  • Major Developmental Theorists
  • Temperament
  • Social and Emotional Development
  • Cognitive Development
  • The Importance of Play
  • Emotional and behavioral regulation

The Development of the Parent-Child Relationship

  • Becoming a Parent
  • Attachment Theory
  • Infant Brain Development
  • Mutual Regulation Theory
  • Reflective Functioning, Sensitivity and Attunement
  • Capacity to Parent- Goodness of Fit
  • Moral Development
  • The Impact of Trauma

The Developing Family

  • Influence of Family of Origin
  • Family Systems Theory
  • Family Traditions and Values
  • Family Dynamics
  • Family Support
  • The Role of the Parent
  • Stages of Parenting
  • Parental Philosophy
  • The Role of Culture in the family
  • Community Involvement and Resources

The Process of Parent Guidance and Education

  • Comprehensive Overview of the Field of Parent Guidance/Education
  • The Strengths Perspective
  • The Four Pillars of Parent Guidance
  • Positive Guidance-Discipline
  • The Relationship of the Parent Educator and Parent
  • Creating Positive Parent-Child Relationships
  • Training/Facilitation/ Clinical skills for Service Delivery
  • Handling Parental Resistance
  • Group Dynamics and Facilitation Skills
  • Practicum Experiences and Applied Assignments


Instructors for the program are Adelphi University interdisciplinary faculty, Institute for Parenting staff and experienced clinicians and professionals in the fields of parenting; infant and early childhood mental health and parent education. 

Required Full-Day Workshops

Required workshops are included in the program fees.

Friday, November 4, 2016
Here I Am! Help Me Grow! The Emotional Development of Infants and Toddlers in a Relational Context
IMH specialist Kathleen Baltman
UJA-Federation of New York, 130 E. 59th St., New York, NY 10022

January 13, 2017
The Art and Science of Evaluating Very Young Children in a Relational Context
Mindy Kronenberg, Ph.D., and Amy Dickson, Psy. D.
Adelphi Garden City Campus, University Center

March 31, 2017
Perceiving is Believing: How Video Replay Guides Clinicians’ Insights and Influences Parental Behaviors and Beliefs
Susan C. McDonough, Ph.D., M.S.W., IMH-E® (IV)
UJA-Federation of New York, 130 E. 59th St., New York, NY 10022

May 5, 2017
Threat, Trauma and Mentalization in Parent-Infant Intervention
Arietta Slade, Ph.D.
UJA-Federation of New York, 130 E. 59th St., New York, NY 10022

Program Fees

Nonrefundable Application Fee: $15

Program Cost: 3,300 (Includes weekly seminars and 4 full-day workshops)
Total Program Cost: $3,315 (Call to discuss payment options if needed.)


Apply by Mail:

Download the application form (PDF) and mail along with $15 registration fee and supporting documents to:

Marcy Safyer Ph.D., Director
Adelphi University Institute for Parenting
P.O. Box 701
Garden City, NY 11530

Please make your check payable to Adelphi University.

Students who have been accepted to the program can register online.

Credentialing Information and Continuing Education

  • Social Work
  • Psychology
  • NBCC

This program has been approved for a total of 100 NYSED continuing education credits/units/hours.

Social Work CEUs: Adelphi University’s School of Social Work is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0032.

CASAC training hours: Program information has been submitted for approval to the New York State Office of Addiction and Substance Abuse Services Education and Training for credits toward recredentialing.

Psychology CE credits: Adelphi University is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education credits for psychologists through the Adelphi University School of Social Work. Adelphi University maintains responsibility for the program and its content. Attendance to the entire conference is required. No partial credit is given. To apply for CE credits, contact the Institute for Parenting at 516.237.8513.

NBCC Credits/Hours:
Adelphi University Institute for Parenting is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP™) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.

*The University reserves the right to cancel this or any program due to insufficient enrollment. Registrants will be notified and full refunds will be issued.


For further information, please contact:

The Institute for Parenting
Linen Hall, Lower Level Room 9
p - 516.237.8513
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