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 2019-JUNE 2020 Program

We hope to offer this program next at Adelphi’s Hauppauge Center. Applications are rolling. Please indicate your preferred site when submitting your application. Courses will be confirmed when minimum enrollment is reached.
Early bird special: Register by April 30, 2019 and get free registration at our May and July workshops in New York City!

About the Program

This is an intensive year-long training program designed for parent educators, teachers and 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 healthier development in children in important ways, i.e., social-emotional, cognitive, language, etc.

Through the theoretical lenses of attachment, emotion 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. We will focus on the developing parent-child relationship and the inextricable links between each domain will be examined. A component on the processes of program delivery and the principles of parent guidance will teach the skills for the application of this new knowledge. 

Through these ongoing seminars as well as four (4) full-day workshops, participants 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 important areas of development, including a combination of lectures, didactic and experiential learning covering the development of the family, the parent-child relationship and the developing child – from infancy through adolescence. There will be opportunities for participants to further discuss and integrate the program content through a reflective examination of their own work. Participants will build their capacity to better understand parents, children and the relationship, and be better equipped to help parents meet their children’s needs.

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 or baccalaureate degree program in a human services discipline 
  2. Current résumé
  3. Letter of recommendation from a supervisor or colleague who is familiar with your work
  4. Brief statement about what you hope to gain from this program

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

Class size will be limited.

Please note: Applications will not be considered until ALL materials are received.

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

All seminars begin mid-October and continue through June.

The Core Seminar meets on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.


Adelphi University Hauppaugue Center
55 Kennedy Drive
Hauppaugue, NY 11788               

Dates: October 2019 – June 2020

Curriculum Highlights

Child Development: Infancy to Adolescence

The Development of the Parent-Child Relationship

The Developing Family

The Process of Parent Guidance and Education


Andrea Caligiuri, M.A.Ed., has worked with young children and families for 32 years at the Adelphi University Alice Brown Early Learning Center (ELC). Currently, Andrea serves in a dual capacity as a classroom teacher and the Senior Support Staff. Through one-on-one mentoring and group trainings/discussions she guides and educates both parents and ELC professional staff in their efforts to support and facilitate healthy social and emotional development for children and families. Her work at the Alice Brown Early Learning Center has been inspired by principles of the Reggio Emilia approach to early care and education of young children. At the heart of the approach is a deeply rooted belief that relationships are the key to helping children and families flourish. Andrea completed both Postgraduate Certificates in Parent Education and Parent Guidance, and Parent-Infant Mental Health at Adelphi University.

Deanne Yaklin, M.S.W., LCSW is a clinical social worker who has been working with children and parents for the past twenty years.  She started her work with young children and mothers in a Domestic Violence program in Ann Arbor, Michigan and went on to get her master’s degree in social work from the University of Michigan where she specialized in therapy with children and social work in schools. She has postgraduate training from NYU in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy with Children, a Postgraduate Certificate in Parent Education and Parent Guidance as well as a Postgraduate Certificate in Parent-Infant Mental Health from Adelphi University. She has worked with parents and children in homes, clinics and schools in Detroit, Philadelphia and New York City. She currently works in a group practice in New Jersey, specializing in relationship-based therapy with children and parents to address developmental and behavioral concerns, trauma, grief and loss, anxiety and mood disorders.

Required Full-Day Workshops

Required workshops are included in the program fees. Workshop dates are TBD.

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:

Complete the application form and mail it along with the $15 application fee and supporting documents to:

Adelphi University Institute for Parenting
P.O. Box 701
Garden City, NY 11530

Please make your check payable to Adelphi University.

Credentialing Information and Continuing Education

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

  • Social Work
  • LMHC
  • LMFT

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.

Mental Health Counselors: Adelphi University School of Social Work is recognized by the NYS Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0068. Please be advised that the learner must complete all parts of the course in order to earn the certificate for contact hours.

Marriage and Family Therapists: Adelphi University is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider for continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists. #MFT-0038. Please be advised that the learner must complete all parts of the course in order to earn the certificate for contact hours.


For further information, please contact:

The Institute for Parenting
Linen Hall, Lower Level Room 8
p - 516.237.8513
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