Parent Support Provider

NAMI Indiana is offering a one-week paid training course for parents, guardians or full-time caretakers, who want to work in the child mental health services system of care. Trainees will learn the skills needed to provide support to families with a child who is living with mental health challenges or serious emotional disturbances.

The candidate must have two years experience parenting or caring for a child with complex mental health and/or substance use disorders within the past eight years. This experience of navigating the necessary mental health and child-care systems will make them the ideal peer support provider.

The Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addiction is in the process of helping to create jobs for the Parent Support Provider.

NAMI Indiana will provide training for people from around the state to attend a training and help accomplish the first major step in earning a new certification to work in this field. Through a newly designed certification, known as the Indiana Certified Parent Support Provider (IN CPSP), a person will learn to help families navigate the many aspects of caring for a child with unique needs. These needs can include identifying community resources, crisis planning, medical record keeping, goal setting, self-advocacy skills, and much more. 

Along with the IN CPSP training, the CPSP will use his/her personal experiences to help and support other families who are caring for a child with mental health needs.

At the bottom of this page, you will find a IN CPSP sample job description and a White Paper, describing the purpose of the IN CPSP. 

To become a Certified Parent Support Provider, a candidate must first fill out an application, move through the screening process, and complete the 40-hour training course, which includes a post-course exam and course evaluation. This initial training will cover topics including:

Children's Mental Health
Family Support Services
Indiana Systems of Care
Trauma Informed Care
Juvenile Justice
School Systems

This training will give a candidate many of the necessary knowledge qualifications for potential positions that providers are considering for the future. NAMI Indiana is working closely with the State of Indiana to prepare this new workforce and to get feedback about the value of this training. The training is also a valuable opportunity for current Certified Recovery Specialists who meet the qualifications.

Benefits of CPSP training include:
Gaining skills for jobs of the future
Using lived experiences to help shape Indiana's systems of care
Gaining additional expertise for people currently working in systems of care
Providing feedback on how this training will look in the future

Our next training date is TBD. To get on our mailing list for updates, email Erin at 

Interested candidates should call Erin Tock at 800-677-6442 and/or download the application below and send it along with their resume to

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