Registration for Training

The Family Nurturing Center of Texas and Praxis with Integrity offer a broad range of training to support you or your agency’s needs: Nurturing Parenting Programs training; Parent Coordination and Parent Facilitation training; Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health training; and Non-Profit Leadership training.

To register for any of our training programs, select the desired training from the calendar or visit our Events page for information about upcoming training and events.

Nurturing Parenting Programs™ Training

The Nurturing Parenting Programs are family-based and focus on increasing nurturing parenting skills. These programs include a variety of activities that work to build empathy, love and compassion, along with discipline to form healthy parent-child bonds.

Nurturing Parenting 3-Day Facilitation Training, read more...

Nurturing Parenting Program Three-Day Facilitation Training

This Nurturing Program Program Facilitator Training is specially designed for professionals 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.

The three-day training focuses on understanding the philosophy of nurturing parenting, assessing high risk parenting beliefs and environments, creating competency based parenting lessons and programs tailored to meet the individual parenting needs of families, and implementing programs at the primary, secondary, and tertiary levels of prevention. Participants will also learn how to monitor the success of families through on-going process evaluation strategies designed to measure the attainment of parenting knowledge and skills. Participants will experience hands on approach to implementing home based, group based and a combination home-based and group-based program models; 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 model for your agency.

In three days, participants will learn:

  • Nurturing Parenting philosophy
  • The five parenting constructs of abuse and neglect
  • Impact of maltreatment on brain development
  • How to assess high-risk parenting beliefs
  • To tailor make programs based on family’s needs
  • To gather process evaluation data
  • To evaluate pre-and post-program impact
  • To implement home and group program models

View more information about our Nurturing Parenting Program Facilitation Training.

Adolescent Focused Nurturing Parenting Training, read more...

Adolescent Focused Nurturing Parenting Program Facilitator Training

This Nurturing Program Program Facilitator Training is specially designed for professionals working with adolescents and/or their families through individual, group, or family sessions. 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 training includes information from four curricula. All curricula are available from the Family Development Resources Nurturing Parenting Programs website.

  1. It’s All About Being a Pre-Teen
  2. It’s all About Being a Teen
  3. Parents and Their Adolescents
  4. Nurturing the Families of Texas with Children 5-19

 

Family Functioning and Parenting Risk Assessment Training, read more...

Family Functioning and Parenting Risk Assessment Training using AAPI, NSCS, and PARTI

In this two-day 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. 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.

Participants learn to administer pre- and post assessments to yield the best results, to interpret the scores, and to apply this knowledge to provide quality implementation. This training should be taken after the initial three-day Nurturing Parenting Program Facilitation training, preferably within the first two to three months of running your nurturing program.

View more information about Assessment Training and AAPI, NSCS, and PARTI.

NP Advanced Implementation and Fidelity Training, read more...

Nurturing Parenting Program Advanced Implementation and Fidelity Training

Learn to successfully implement Nurturing Parenting Programs with fidelity.

Topics include:

  • Evidence-based and implementing with fidelity
  • Accountability measurements and forms
  • Home visits and group observation
  • Modifying lessons and sessions while maintaining fidelity to the model
  • Trauma Informed Care and intervention
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • Equity as it pertains to staff and clients
  • Monitoring client progress from session to session
Trauma Informed Intervention Training, read more...

Trauma Informed Intervention Training

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

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 support and empathy to others.

Nurturing Fathers Program Training, read more...

Nurturing Fathers Program Training

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

Involved fatherhood is often associated with the development of caring and nurturing practices by men toward their children. For fathers, being involved with their children is an “opportunity to develop the sensitive, caring parts of themselves”. (Coltrane, 1996, p.117)

Men who invest in their emotional connection to their children, often improve their marital relationships as well. (Carlson & Turner, 2010)

Evidence of the presence of nurturing fathering is the most consistent predictor of gender equality. (Coltrane, 1996)

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Nurturing Parenting Training of Trainers Workshop

This Nurturing Parenting Training of Trainers Workshop is designed for experienced facilitators of the Nurturing Parenting Programs™ who would like to train facilitators. 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.

Agenda for Training of Trainers Workshop

The agenda for this three-day workshop includes:

  • The Nurturing Parenting Program philosophy, values, structure, and validation.
  • Review of current programs and materials and how to effectively utilize them to fit agency needs and client populations including practical applications of group processes and dynamics; training styles, activities, use of A/V materials; and assessment and program evaluation strategies (including the Adult-Adolescent Parenting Inventory (AAPI-2).
  • 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 Programs into grant and funding opportunities.
  • How to conduct Facilitator training.
  • How to monitor the fidelity of Nurturing Parenting Programs.

Training of Trainer Facilitator Requirements

To become a trainer for the Nurturing Parenting Program facilitation training requires successful completion of a three-day Nurturing Program Facilitator Training conducted by a Recognized Trainer/Consultant followed by:

  • A minimum of 2 years of experience as a trainer and experience facilitating Nurturing Parenting Programs as written for the complete number of sessions.
  • Expertise in the philosophy and goals of Nurturing Parenting as demonstrated by successful group or home-based implementation of the programs;
  • Expertise in the Adult-Adolescent Parenting Inventory (AAPI-2) and other assessments and inventories of the Nurturing Programs;
  • For an organization, a letter from your supervisor attesting to your success as a trainer within your designated agency. For National Training of Trainers designation, two letters of recommendation attesting to your success facilitating the program and your abilities as a trainer.

Parenting Facilitation and Parenting Coordination Training

The Nurturing Parenting Programs™ are trauma-informed, evidence-based programs recognized by the National Registry for Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse (CSAP); the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP); and numerous other national and state organizations. Nurturing Programs are designed to prevent, intervene and treat child abuse and neglect.

Praxis with Integrity Consulting, PLLC, and Presswood Resolutions, PLLC, have teamed up to provide you with a training program that complies with the laws governing Parenting Facilitation and Parenting Coordination under the Texas Family Code.

Refer to the Texas Family Code sections 153.610 and 153.6101 for more information on requirements for becoming a Parenting Facilitator or Parenting Coordination.

6-Hour Nurturing Co-Parenting Training, read more...

Six-Hour Nurturing Co-Parenting Training

This six-hour Nurturing Co-Parenting Program (NCPP) training combines the Nurturing Parenting Program™ principles and structure with mediation and conflict resolution services. This training—designed for professionals working with separated, divorced, high-conflict, or blended families—helps parents establish a healthy co-parent relationship by increasing parental empathy while reducing parental conflict and the risk factors that influence children’s adjustment in high-conflict families and situations.

Conflict and parenting issues have substantially changed over the last decade and we need to adapt our interventions to meet the complex needs of today’s families. NCPP is a prevention, intervention, and treatment program designed for families typically referred for Parent Coaching, Parent Facilitation or Parent Coordination by Guardian ad Litems, family attorneys, judges, and mental health/social services providers.

The process of divorce is a traumatic experience for adults and children. The therapeutic services offered through the Nurturing Program will equip Parent Facilitators and Parent Coordinators with skills used to increase empathy and self-worth in all family members participating in services. NCPP teaches co-parents and blended families:

  • How to recognize when their empathy is low, causing reactive and negative behaviors.
  • How to identify and meet personal needs constructively while understanding and meeting their children’s needs, particularly as they relate to current trauma and loss.
  • How to identify and overcome destructive attitudes affecting their role as a parent and co-parent.
  • How to regulate their emotions and sustain healthier family roles and decrease in-home violence.
  • How to effectively communicate, resolve conflicts, reduce stress, and problem solve parenting and co-parenting issues instead of using the court system to resolve conflict.
16-Hour Laws Governing Parenting Facilitators and Parenting Coordinators Training, read more...

16-Hour Laws Governing Parenting Facilitators and Parenting Coordinators Training

Are you offering Parenting Facilitation and Parenting Coordination services? Get compliant with the laws under the Texas Family Code by attending this informative two-day seminar.

To qualify as a Parenting Facilitator, the Texas Family Code Sec. 153.6101 (d) requires you to take 16 hours of training in the laws governing parenting coordination and parenting facilitation and the multiple styles and procedures used in different models of service. This course fulfills this 16-hour requirement. Note: the Nurturing Parenting Program Three-Day Facilitation training also fulfills this 16-hour requirement.

This course is designed to provide detailed information regarding the laws governing the Parenting Facilitator and Parenting Coordinator roles under the Texas Family Code. This course will equip participants with the ethics guiding their role as a Parenting Facilitator or Coordinator and will prepare professionals to testify confidently in court if required.

Please be certain prior to beginning work with a family that you are able to document your training according to the Texas Family Code.

Family Violence Training, read more...

Family Violence Training

The Family Nurturing Center of Texas is committed to advancing the movement to end family violence. This workshop is designed to develop and enhance family violence advocacy skills in professionals. It provides information on the dynamics of family violence, the effects of violence on children, and the impact of violence on the community.

Participants will be able to:

  • Learn basic counseling skills and how to apply them to facilitate change and decrease the impact of violence in family systems.
  • Recognize and respond appropriately to issues of diversity and equity among clients and staff.
  • Complete the qualification requirements set forth by Sec. 153.610 and 153.6101 of the Texas Family Code to become a Parenting Coordinator or a Parenting Facilitator.

What does Family Violence mean?

Under Texas law, “Family Violence” means any act by a member of a family or household against another member of the family or household that is intended to result in physical harm, bodily injury, assault, or sexual assault or that is a threat that reasonably places the member in fear of imminent physical harm, bodily injury, assault, or sexual assault, but does not include defensive measures to protect oneself.

Family violence also includes what is considered “Abuse” against a family member or household member. “Abuse” of a family member includes the following acts or omissions by a person against a family member:

  • Mental or emotional injury to a child that results in an observable and material impairment in the child’s growth, development, or psychological functioning;
  • Causing or permitting the child to be in a situation in which the child sustains a mental or emotional injury that results in an observable and material impairment in the child’s growth, development, or psychological functioning;
  • Physical injury that results in substantial harm to the child, or the genuine threat of substantial harm from physical injury to the child, including an injury that is at variance with the history or explanation given and excluding an accident or reasonable discipline by a parent, guardian, or managing or possessory conservator that does not expose the child to a substantial risk of harm;
  • Failure to make a reasonable effort to prevent an action by another person that results in physical injury that results in substantial harm to the child;
  • Sexual conduct harmful to a child’s mental, emotional, or physical welfare, including conduct that constitutes the offense of continuous sexual abuse of young child or children under Section 21.02, Penal Code, indecency with a child under Section 21.11, Penal Code, sexual assault under Section 22.011, Penal Code, or aggravated sexual assault under Section 22.021, Penal Code;
  • Failure to make a reasonable effort to prevent sexual conduct harmful to a child;
  • Compelling or encouraging the child to engage in sexual conduct as defined by Section 43.01, Penal Code, including conduct that constitutes an offense of trafficking of persons under Section 20A.02(a)(7) or (8), Penal Code, prostitution under Section 43.02(a)(2), Penal Code, or compelling prostitution under Section 43.05(a)(2), Penal Code;
  • Causing, permitting, encouraging, engaging in, or allowing the photographing, filming, or depicting of the child if the person knew or should have known that the resulting photograph, film, or depiction of the child is obscene as defined by Section 43.21, Penal Code, or pornographic;
  • The current use by a person of a controlled substance as defined by Chapter 481, Health and Safety Code, in a manner or to the extent that the use results in physical, mental, or emotional injury to a child;
  • Causing, expressly permitting, or encouraging a child to use a controlled substance as defined by Chapter 481, Health and Safety Code;
  • Causing, permitting, encouraging, engaging in, or allowing a sexual performance by a child as defined by Section 43.25, Penal Code; or
  • Knowingly causing, permitting, encouraging, engaging in, or allowing a child to be trafficked in a manner punishable as an offense under Section 20A.02(a)(5), (6), (7), or (8), Penal Code, or the failure to make a reasonable effort to prevent a child from being trafficked in a manner punishable as an offense under any of those sections.

Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Training

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

Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Training, read more...

Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Training

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 Thorn 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 19 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.

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

 

Non-Profit Leadership Training

Sonya Thorn and PRAXIS with integrity provide prevention and treatment-oriented training to teach professionals how to better understand and work with adults and children who have experienced trauma and are currently in hurting places physically and emotionally. For more details, visit our Services page.

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, M.S.W.

Awe-Inspiring Consultants, Inc.