Parent/Caregiver Training Resources


What Does “No Child Left Behind” Mean for My Child?

Parents and families have a lot to worry about when it comes to their child’s success in school. This training helps parents and families better understand No Child Left Behind, including information on: Standards, School Improvement, School Choice, and Supplemental Educational Services.

*this training was developed specifically to assist schools in meeting State and Federal requirements under the Elementary Secondary Education Act (ESEA)

Common Sense Parenting

Common Sense Parenting is an award winning, practical, skill-based parenting program that teaches parents and caregivers easy-to-learn techniques and logical strategies to address everyday issues of communication, discipline, decision-making, relationships, and self-control.  The Parent Council has rated Common Sense Parenting as ‘Outstanding’ and the program is the winner of the National Parenting Center’s Seal of Approval. This training is an excellent resource for relative caregivers. The cost for each parent is $180.00 for the 6 sessions. This price includes a book for each parent and study materials.

How can Supplemental Educational Services help my child?

Under No Child Left Behind, some students are eligible to receive extra services. This training helps parents and families understand Supplemental Educational Services, who is eligible, parent choice, and how to work with providers to increase their child’s academic success.

*this training was developed specifically to assist schools in meeting State and Federal requirements under the Elementary Secondary Education Act (ESEA)

Child and Adolescent Development

Kids are always changing and this training provides an overview of the developmental milestones in the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development of children and adolescents from ages 0-18 years.  To better serve participants’ needs, this training can be structured to target specific ages and developmental stages.  All information provided is based on best practices and the latest research from the National Institute of Mental Health, the Tennessee Department of Health, and the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities.

Keeping It Positive

Children do not come with handbooks. However, this training can help parents/caregivers understand normal childhood development and provide specific tools and strategies to use in dealing with childhood behaviors.

We’re All In This Together

It takes a village to raise a child but sometimes it is difficult to build that support system. This training works in two parts to help create a successful network of services each child. The first part increases the skills and abilities of parents, relative care givers and foster parents to work with teachers, doctors, mental health and social service professionals.  The second part focuses on how professionals can work in partnership and collaborative networks to build support and services for children and families.

When Parents Need Support: Working with Your ADHD Child

Parents express concern when their child is diagnosed with ADHD. Providing information to parents/caregivers and educators on ADHD and as well as positive behavioral strategies to implement in home and school enables parents to maintain a positive relationship with their child.

How To Make A Smooth Transition

Dealing with change successfully can mean success for youth, parents and teachers throughout the school year. This multi-tiered training focuses on the key academic transitions for children and their families: early childhood to pre-k or Kindergarten, elementary to middle school and middle school to high school.  Each training module focuses on a different transition, so that parents/caregivers can better understand the behavioral and academic expectations for each, the critical role they play in preparing and supporting their child, and the roles of teachers, principals, and other school staff as their children’s progress.

Continuing Education At Home

A child’s education should not stop when they walk out the school doors. The goal of this training is to increase awareness of why parents/caregivers should encourage learning in the home.  The training gives parents/caregivers strategies they can use to set expectations for learning and provide support for their child’s home and study time.

Being Involved = Success for Your Child

Parents/caregivers of middle school and high school students often deal with the struggle of granting their child more independence and maintaining active involvement in their school.  This training provides information from studies that show the positive link between parental involvement and school attendance, improved academic outcomes and graduation rates. Parents/caregivers will leave this training with strategies on how to stay more involved with their children’s school, teachers, and academics.

Mental Health: A Training Curriculum for Caregivers

The target audience for this training is relative caregivers, foster parents, and parents and provides information on the process of assessment and diagnosis, psychiatric disorders in infancy, childhood, or adolescence, and treatment options.

Helping Your Child To Acheive

What is a parent or teacher to do when a child is not engaged in learning? This training equips parents with strategies to engage and excite their child in learning.

Response to Interventions (RTI)

The state of Tennessee is moving to providing RTI for students identified at risk academically and/or behaviorally. This training provides information to parents on the RTI process, their role, and working with school staff.

Love. Read. Learn

Parents are their child’s first and most important teacher. This training provides parents with “in the moment” strategies to reinforce 5 critical skills for their child to become a successful reader. Parents of children ages 4-8 will benefit and enjoy this interacting training.

Parent 2 Parent Advocacy Training

Parent 2 Parent Advocacy Training is an 18 hour course that provides the following:

  • Understanding System of Care philosophy and TVC services
  • Having a better understanding of Mental Health Disorders that affect children and adolescents
  • Knowing how to access both private and public mental health systems
  • Being able to help another parent via phone  to strategize meeting his/her child’s needs and access services
  • Meeting with parents to review IEPs and plan strategy for meetings
  • Attending IEP meetings as an observer
  • Encouraging the beginnings of and/or holding a support group in your area

A Parent’s Support System

Each birth parent, foster parent and relative caregiver can become overwhelmed with the stress of raising a happy, healthy and successful child. This training provides well-deserved support in helping to reduce that stress by helping caregivers to: effectively communicate concerns, work together with professionals to access services, learn new skills, understand their rights, and implement appropriate conflict resolution skills.  Caregivers are provided with the tools to not only express their concerns but to begin to build appropriate working relationships with involved systems.

Positive Behaviors Intervention

This training focuses on providing parents/caregivers an understanding of normal childhood development and providing specific tools and strategies for the parent/caregiver to use in dealing with childhood behaviors.

Psychiatric Medications for Children and Adolescents: A Guide for Caregivers

This training provides caregivers of children and adolescents with information on the reasons for considering psychiatric medications, the need to develop a comprehensive treatment plan, guidelines for medication administration, and the types of psychiatric medications for children and adolescents (including side effects).

Working With Professionals

This training has been developed in 2 parts: the first part of the training increases the skills and abilities of parents/relative care givers/ foster parents to work with teachers, doctors, mental health and social service professionals. The second part of this training focuses on how professionals can work in partnership and collaborative networks to build support and services to children and families.

Building an Effective Child and Family Team

This training provides information on Child and Family Teams for family members.  The Department of Children Services and Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities use this model to facilitate a team approach to achieve permanency for children and developmentally disabled adults.   The TVC training focuses on increasing the family’s skills in identifying the types of resources, services, and supports needed and how to bring formal and informal supports together to assist the family in maintaining their child in the home and community.

Effective Advocacy Skills

This training has been developed to assist birth parents, foster parents, and relative care givers they feel overwhelmed and need supports in learning how to effectively communicate concerns, to work to together with professionals in accessing services and learn new skills, to understand their rights, or how to implement appropriate conflict resolution skills.  This training provides caregivers with the tools to not only express their concerns but to begin to build appropriate working relationships as equal partners with involved systems.

Parenting Assessment

Each birth parent, foster parent and relative caregiver can become overwhelmed with the stress of raising a happy, healthy and successful child. This training provides well-deserved support in helping to reduce that stress by helping caregivers to: effectively communicate concerns, work together with professionals to access services, learn new skills, understand their rights, and implement appropriate conflict resolution skills.  Caregivers are provided with the tools to not only express their concerns but to begin to build appropriate working relationships with involved systems.