Iowa Center for Evaluation & Research
DMC Resource Center

Family Navigator training

The National Resource Center is collaborating with the University of Iowa Center for Child Health Improvement and Innovation; Access for Special Kids (ASK) Resource Center; and the National Alliance on Mental Illness Iowa-Iowa, Inc. (NAMI) to offer a new training for parents who are currently employed or have expectations to be hired as Family Peer Support Specialists or family navigators within Pediatric Integrated Health Homes.

These family navigators bring to their work the lived experience of being the primary caregiver of a child who has experienced Serious Emotional Disturbances (SED). 

The objectives of the training are to:

  • Define and understand the application of the “Principles of Family Support”
  • Delineate strategies to empower parents and caregivers to advocate in multiple systems including the education and behavioral health systems
  • Delineate strategies to incorporate culturally competent practices into family-to-family support
  • Outline strategies to form community connections which enhance overall wellness and natural supports for families
  • Understand the definitions and implications of ethics, confidentiality, and communication for effective change within the role of family support
  • Summarize the foundational concepts of parenting for resiliency

A series of four trainings around Iowa are being made possible through funding from the Iowa Department of Human Services through its contract with Magellan Behavioral Care of Iowa for the Iowa Plan, Behavioral Health Medicaid Community Reinvestment.  

Click here to register for the upcoming training. Click here for the FPSS Training flyer.

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