The Nurturing Parenting Programs™ are trauma-informed, evidence-based and have a 33-year history of being recognized by evidence-based panels. The following are a few of the panels where the Nurturing Program has been listed and honored for the contribution to the field of Child and Family Welfare.

National Registry of Programs and Practices (NREPP), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse (CSAP); the Department of Defense (DOD); the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP); National Head Start; and numerous other national and state department of children protective services. Nurturing Programs are designed to prevent, intervene, and treat child abuse and neglect.


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Nurturing Program Facilitator Training

This training requires the purchase of at least one set of materials.  Infant, Toddler Preschool and/or NPF5-19

This Nurturing Program Facilitator Training is specially designed for professionals and paraprofessionals working with individuals and families through group, home based, and individual services. It follows the Nurturing Parenting Program™ philosophy that emphasizes the importance of raising children in a warm, trusting, and caring environment. It is founded on the belief that children who are cared for develop the capacity to trust, care, and respect themselves, others, living creatures, and their environment.

This course is currently being offered as an 18-hour, three or four-day training online

This training focuses on understanding the philosophy of nurturing parenting, assessing high risk parenting beliefs and environments, facilitating competency-based parenting lessons tailored to meet the individual parenting needs of families. Nurturing Program can be implemented at the primary, secondary, and tertiary levels of prevention services. Participants will learn how to monitor the success of families through on-going process evaluation strategies designed to measure the attainment of parenting attitudes, knowledge, and skills. Participants will experience an interactive approach to implementing individual, family, and group-based service delivery models. Participants will also learn how to administer and score the online versions of the Adult-Adolescent Parenting Inventory (AAPI-2) and the Nurturing Skills Competency Scales (NSCS); and how to select the best Nurturing Program curriculum to fit their agencies target population.

In this training, participants will learn:

  • The Nurturing Program research, values, and philosophy
  • The five parenting constructs of abuse and neglect
  • The Impact of maltreatment on development
  • How to assess high-risk parenting beliefs and attitudes
  • To ensure congruency between family needs and content delivery
  • To gather process and outcome data
  • To implement individual, family, and group service models to fidelity

Steps to becoming a certified facilitator.

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Assessment Training using AAPI, NSCS, and PARTI

In this two-day online training, participants learn to assess risks in parenting and family functioning using the Adult Adolescent Parenting Inventory (AAPI), Nurturing Skills Competency Scale (NSCS), and Parenting Attitudes about Raising Teens Inventory (PARTI) assessment tools.

The AAPI is a validated and reliable inventory used to assess parenting attitudes. Over 30 years of research has gone into refining the AAPI, and AAPI-2 has been used for almost a decade to evaluate the Nurturing Parenting Program along with many other parenting and family functioning service provision.

In this training participants will learn to administer, score, and interpret the data. This training should be taken after the initial Nurturing Program Facilitator Training and preferably within the first two to three months of program implementation.

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Fidelity Implementation Training

Learn to successfully implement Nurturing Programs with fidelity.

Topics include:

  • Fidelity Implementation with Evidence-based Intervention
  • Obstacles that Prevent Fidelity Implementation
  • Understand Adaptation
  • Utilizing the Session 7 Step Fidelity™ Implementation
  • Nurturing Program Delivery through Telehealth
  • Legal and Practice Concerns Through Telehealth Platforms
  • Telehealth & Nurturing Program Guidelines
  • Equity Service Delivery

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Fidelity Implementation Monitoring

Trainers and Fidelity Specialist are available to conducted formal fidelity audits reporting finding and giving recommendations.  This is recommended each year for agencies.

This on-site time can include direct observations, hands-on learning, training, coaching, review of session documentation, etc.

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Training of Trainers

This workshop is for experienced facilitators of the Nurturing Parenting Programs® who would like to train facilitators. This Training of Trainers is part of the process to becoming a Nurturing Program Certified Trainer. The agenda includes:

  • The Nurturing Parenting Program® philosophy, values, structure, and validation.
  • Review of current programs and materials and learn how to effectively fit diverse client needs to appropriate service model and curricula.
  • Current information on research and findings in the fields of parent education, child abuse and neglect, and cultural parenting issues and how to successfully incorporate the Nurturing Parenting Programs® into grant and funding opportunities.
  • Review of current Best Practices in multiple fields of service and systems of care.
  • How to conduct facilitator trainings to a diverse audience.
  • How to monitor the fidelity of Nurturing Parenting Programs®

Sustainability Plan

It is understood that for large agencies you may want to identify key people who may be good candidates to become trainers. In that way, you can set up internal systems within your agency so that staff are trained in-house during their orientation process. This will speed the process of direct implementation using the Nurturing Program material. These individuals must first go through the facilitator process then start Nurturing Program Implementation.

In the Nurturing Program Trainer fidelity system no individual is allowed to become a training if they themselves have not implemented Nurturing Program directly to treatment level participants.

Organization/Agency Trainer Requirements

Successful completion of a Nurturing Program Facilitator Training conducted by a Recognized Lead National Trainer/Consultant followed by:

  • Minimum three years’ experience as facilitator and experience facilitating at least two Nurturing Parenting Programs® as written for the complete number of sessions (Full Fidelity).
  • Expertise in the philosophy and goals of Nurturing Parenting Program® as demonstrated by successful group or home-based implementation of the programs.
  • Expertise in and administration of the Adult-Adolescent Parenting Inventory (AAPI-2) and other assessments and inventories of the Nurturing Parenting Programs®.
  • A letter from your supervisor attesting to your success as a trainer within your designated agency and attesting to your facilitation of the listed NPP Curricula.

This training is only offered in May and December.  Space is limited.

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Specialized & Agency Specific Training


Nurturing Program for Families 5-19™

This is an evidence based, trauma informed and nationally validated family systems model that focuses on:

  • Bonding & Attachment
  • Healthy Relationship Maintenance
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Healing & Recovery
  • Empathy & Self-Awareness
  • Sense of Belonging
  • Self-Identity & Self-Worth
  • Age Appropriate Expectations
  • Dignified Discipline Alternatives

The strength of Nurturing Program for Families 5-19™ is based on serving a tertiary/treatment population which can be determined when administering the Adult Adolescent Parenting Inventory (AAPI). This built-in objective evaluation Tool has a 33-year history of research. Families with children ages five to nineteen engage in both affective and cognitive leaning. Families reach competencies through lessons that encourage and sustain attitudinal and behavioral change.

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RACISM AS TRAUMA,

Racism as Trauma

Over the past 30 years, educators, child welfare, mental health, criminal justice, and other service professionals have been introduced to the evolving theory of trauma-informed practices. Care tends to focus on facilitating an individual’s or family’s recovery and resiliency. But what if the very country you live in is traumagenic? This talk explores the 400-year history and impacts of the USA’s racial hierarchy, its implications for all Americans, and what helping professionals can do to make a difference.

Who Should Attend: Front-line Workers and Leadership in:

  • K-12 Education
  • Higher Education
  • Child and Family Welfare
  • Behavioral/Mental Health
  • Criminal Justice
  • Medicine and Healthcare

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Co-Parenting and Kinship Training

Nurturing Program Co-Parenting definition includes all adults that tough the lives of children throughout their childhood. We consider biological , kinship, step, grand parents, older siblings, aunts/uncles, foster and adopted parents as co-parents. Services offer a mutually supportive, compassionate, nonjudgmental relationship between you and your Nurturing Program facilitator that allows you to successfully identify and navigate the challenges co-parenting brings.

The Nurturing Program Co-Parenting Program meets and exceeds the six protective factors identified by the government for the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect while reminding us that old school parenting education can hurt more than help with high-conflict co-parents.

Co-parents participating in the Nurturing Program learn the following:

  • How to grow in empathy as a means to decrease reactivity and conflict
  • How to identify and meet their adult needs constructively while understanding and meeting their children’s needs
  • How to identify and overcome destructive attitudes affecting their role as a parent and co-parent
  • How to learn emotional regulation for themselves and model it for their children
  • How to effectively communicate, resolve conflicts, reduce stress, and problem solve parenting and co-parenting issues.

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Nurturing Fathers Program Training

The Nurturing Fathers Program is an evidence-based training course designed to teach parenting and nurturing skills to men.

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Nurturing Families with Children with Special Health Needs

The Family Nurturing Center of Texas offers this specific Facilitator Training upon request.

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TRAUMA INFORMED ,

Trauma Informed Training

The Family Nurturing Center of Texas seeks to educate our communities about the impact of trauma on communities, clients, co-workers, friends, family, and frontline staff.

This training will assist participants to become “Trauma Informed” in their day-to-day work with others. Participants will recognize that people have many different types of trauma in their soul. As helping professionals we must be more cautious to not re-traumatize individuals. Participants will understand the importance of providing much-needed equitable support and empathy to others.

The Family Nurturing Center of Texas offers this specific Trauma Informed training upon request.

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Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health

Sonya Thorn, MSOL, LCSW provides prevention and treatment-oriented training to teach professionals And professional  how to better understand and work with adults and children who have experienced a lot of trauma and are currently in hurting. (physically and emotionally).

A baby alone does not exist.
A baby can be understood only as part of a relationship.
D.W. Winnicott

A child/adult does not exist.
A child/adult can be understood only as part of a relationship.
All therapeutic work is done within a nurturing relationship foundation!

Sonya possesses a wealth of clinical expertise in the field of Infant Mental Health, acquired by providing statewide trainings and teaching of university undergraduates and graduate students in the field of Infant Mental Health. Her 27 years of experience can assist agencies in their diverse training needs. She is an expert in developing systems that work effectively to provide an array of comprehensive services to children and families.

The Family Nurturing Center of Texas offers this specific Infant Mental Health Training upon request.

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LEADERSHIP,


Leadership qualities refer to how effective the leader is at managing interactions with others. Simply put, we lead through relationships. How we lead is important: how we treat others, how we interact, how we resolve conflict, and how we provide feedback all directly influence our staff members experience of their work.

Although effectiveness as a leader is often measured in quantitative outcomes—increasing school readiness, decreasing incidences of abuse and neglect, increasing vaccination rates—it is our ability to reflect on and optimize our relationships that makes these goals achievable. It is our skill in connecting with others, guiding and mentoring them, that makes good numbers a natural outgrowth of good relationships. In other words, our accomplishments are a reflection of what our relationships have allowed us to achieve.

Non-Profit Leadership Coaching

Leadership Training Topics

  • Developing Your People
  • Leadership Mentoring
  • Reflective Leadership
  • Balancing Leadership and Management Tasks
  • Reexamining Agency Mission and Objectives
  • Fostering Relationships and Supervision of Unpaid Employees (Interns/Volunteers)
  • Women Leaders in Non-Profit Settings
  • Equity and Racism

Leadership Coaching for Healthy Outcomes

Typical Topics Covered

How do you react under friction?

When confronted with something challenging, it’s human nature to go into our own familiar reactive behaviors. Our reactions tend to be some form of evading and avoiding, or speaking up without regard for how our speaking is received. In the course, you will become familiar with your personal reactive style. You will also be shown how to slow down your reaction long enough to make new choices.

Moving beyond “my view” versus “their view” to find the intersection of both

Let’s be honest. Often, without conscious thought, we hold other’s points of view as less important than ours. Recognizing the validity of another’s viewpoint is a crucial leadership skill. You will see how to separate facts from your interpretation of those facts. This skill alone can aid you in resolving issues in a way that honors each person’s point of view.

How can you avoid having your future be your past repeated?

According to research in how the mind works, most learning takes place by the age of 13 and tapers off by the early 20’s. Beyond that, the majority of adult thoughts and behaviors are simply the past repeated. You will learn how to recognize these barriers and generate new neuropath ways consistent with a higher level of leadership.

Are you on autopilot?

In the split-second before you speak, several things are occurring that will determine the outcome of the conversation. You will see how it is possible to stay connected in conversation, even when you are upset, without endorsing another’s behavior or changing your view.

Are you listening, or just waiting to speak?

The most respected and effective leaders are those who truly listen, beneath words to what was meant. You will see how your own thoughts and reactions filter what you hear. In that space where you can see what shapes your thoughts, emotions and reactions, you can stretch to make new choices.

Leadership One on One Coaching

Leadership and Administrative Systems Support

We offers services in these areas:

  • Developing Systems and Structures for Organization Learning & Improvement
  • Supervising Diverse Staff & Teams with Diverse Needs
  • Nurturing Program Fidelity Audits
  • Recognizing the Difference between Leading & Managing
  • Strategic Planning
  • Collaborations & Outside Partnership Skills
  • Development & Maintenance of a Volunteer & Internship Site to Meet Multiple Agency Needs
  • Managing Change While Increasing Quality
  • Understanding & Incorporating Reflective Leadership
  • Executive/Leadership Coaching Skills
  • How to Motivate and Actively Engage Staff
  • Managing Day-to-Day Tasks While Incorporating Big Picture Thinking

Training Fees

Training Fees for Individuals and Agencies

Individual Participation

  • Individuals wanting to go through a  Nurturing Program training, register online at
  • Trainings are offered throughout the country and 4-6 times/year in Austin Texas and virtually.
  • Space is limited and fills up quickly for individual trainings. You can also Contact Us directly to reserve slots.

Agency Contract

Hosting Agency provides:

  • Free training site with easy access to airport, restaurants, and hotels.
  • Comfortable, well-lit training room with internet access and DVD/PowerPoint capabilities and seating for 15 (minimum) to 25 (maximum) participants at tables and chairs.
  • Short list of affordable local lodging options.
  • Circulation of brochure via email to your community partners (if needed).
  • Purchase and set up of light morning and afternoon break snacks and beverages.
  • Will receive training workbook for each participant (curricula purchased separately).

Hosting Agency costs:

  • Pays the Trainer directly for training fees $1500/day in-state (Texas rates) $2000/day out of state = $4500-$6000 for the 3-day training. If you want to host for 50 people, the training rate will double.
  • Pays for trainer(s) lodging, flight, or ground transportation and meal per diem (average $1500/trainer in state & $2000/out of state).
  • Hosting Agency can charge participants up to $375 for the training and they pay host agency directly.
  • This training will happen on the date decided by Trainer and hosting agency regardless of number of participants.

Agency Hosting

Hosting Agency provides:

  • Free training site with easy access to airport, restaurants and hotels.
  • Comfortable, well-lit training room with internet access and DVD/PowerPoint capabilities and seating for 18 (minimum) to 25 (maximum) participants with tables and chairs.
  • Short list of affordable local lodging options.
  • Circulation of brochure via email to your community partners.
  • Purchase and set up of light morning and afternoon break snacks and beverages.
  • Will receive training workbook for each participant (curricula purchased separately).

 Hosting Agency costs:

  • Pays the Trainer directly online for individual participants from hosting agency $375/participant. All other participants pay online after date has been set.
  • Once there are 18 -20 paid participants, host agency can have up to 2 free slots.
  • Agency understands that if we do not get the minimum paid participants (18 -20), the training will be cancelled and postponed for a different date.


  • Develops the training brochure and provides it to hosting agency
  • Advertises the program through state and national websites
  • Trainer pays their own lodging, travel, and meals
  • Trainer provides participants with training workbooks (a cost of $375 for 25 individuals)

Registration for Training


The Family Nurturing Center of Texas and Praxis with Integrity offer a broad range of training to support you or your agencys needs.

To register for any of our training, select the desired training below.

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I just wanted to say that your training was “Awesome.”  I was totally moved by your presentation and I definitely held my tears “back” in many instances throughout those (3) days.  Keep up the Great work!!! You are truly making a difference in the lives of many, many, people…

I have realized that it was for the sake of (my children) and for many other families that I come across on a daily basis…  I have learned that, we need to really “feel” what our children are going through and allow them to express themselves, instead of “shutting them down” so fast & hurting them…  By no means you put a (guilt trip) on anyone during the conference, but I can definitely see where I can change a whole lot, for the sake of my children, from this point forward…I appreciate you, your time and your hard work.

Ebony Shelton, MSW

Awe-Inspiring Consultants, Inc.

Sonya is an excellent presenter, experienced and delivered a wealth of knowledge. She is truly a poster child for the Nurturing Program; I appreciated her flexibility, recommendations, and helpful nature. Most impactful to me is that Sonya is absolutely passionate for her work which is evident in her training courses.

Tina Torres, MS, MFCT

Children Coordinator

Sonya is one dynamic trainer who provides you with all the skills, tools, and confidence to present best practices to your audience, whether it is professionals or families. Attending Nurturing Parenting Training to become a facilitator or a trainer of trainers is the best experience I have received as an individual and a professional. The knowledge gained is instantly promotes health and wellness. It was just awesome and a very enjoyable learning experience.

LaSandra Jones

Education, OJJD

I counsel and work with women who have problems with substance abuse or substance dependency at Aliviane Tigua Women’s and Children Recovery Center. I learned and enjoyed the training Sonya provided. There were many scenarios in our class that in reality are useful in our facility, which is especially important, in addition to education on the addiction itself. The nurturing program is going to not only teach our ladies to nurture their children but to nurture themselves. This training to me personally was food for the soul. Thank you, Sonya.

Laura Faudea, LDDC

ECI - El Paso, Texas

I recently began my career in the substance abuse and mental health field. Our target population are mothers from the ages of seventeen years and older. We are a residential facility that has the luxury to see those mothers interact their their children on a daily basis. The training from Sonya was very educational, motivating, and inspiring. Our training class interacted very well with one another and I can honestly say that many of us took more than one thing from the training. I look forward to implementing the new strategies that we were taught in Sonya’s class in our facility; I know we are going to see some amazing results with the mother-child interaction.

Cynthia Gomez

PPW Case Manager

I have worked in the field with children and families for 17 years and have always looked for the best way to help families connect, love and grow. This training with Sonya Thorne on the Nurturing Parenting program has been not only refreshing but rejuvenated the passion inside of me about why I work in the field I work in.  She allowed for us to transform as professionals through Nurturing Parenting who we are and providing us with new thoughts, ideas and skills to continue helping families grow with the NP program. Thank you Sonya, for continuing to inspire, motivate and provide best practices to the professionals in the field.
Cheyenne Massey, AAA PsyD

WestCare California