Parent Support Provider

NAMI Indiana is offering a one-week training course for parents, guardians or full-time caretakers, who want to work in the children's system of care.  Obtaining certification as Parent Support Providers (PSP) can be the first step towards working in the children's mental health system.  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.  The young person affected as a child cannot be over 30 yrs old. This experience of navigating the necessary mental health and child-care systems will make them the ideal peer support provider. Currently many IN Certified Parent Support Providers are employed as part a Wraparound team as a family support trainer, others use their newly acquired skills for professional development, and in other agencies as employees and volunteers. 

 The Indiana Certified Parent Support Provider (IN CPSP) 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 an 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 submit an application and resume, 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

Employment
Currently many IN Certified Parent Support Providers are employed as part of the WRAPAROUND Service Program. 

Benefits of CPSP training include:
Gaining skills needed for parent peer support for future jobs and for your community 
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

Training 1 Date - January 22, 23, 24, 28, 29, 2019  
Time:9AM-5PM 
Place -Key Consumer 4755 Kingsway Dr. Suite 325, Indianapolis, IN 46205
Training 2 Date - April 2019 
Place - TBD We are considering going up north to Fort Wayne. 

To apply, download the printable application below (directions to submit included) or click here 
Questions? To learn more, email Joanne Abbott at jabbott@namiindiana.org or call 1-800-677-6442. ext 106
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Barbara Thompson,
Jan 6, 2016, 7:45 AM
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Joanne Abbott,
Jan 5, 2019, 8:16 AM
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Barbara Thompson,
Jan 6, 2016, 7:44 AM