Certificate inParent Coaching

Parent Coaching is helping someone become clear on their own parenting goals through listening, asking powerful questions, teaching skills and providing support to bring about change. This certificate teaches coaching skills to apply with parents and families. It provides a framework for parent coaching, its theories and its applications: with an emphasis on the benefits of Parent Coaching as a separate field.

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Parent Coaching Curriculum Overview

Parent Coaching is helping someone become clear on their own parenting goals through listening, asking powerful questions, teaching skills and providing support to bring about change. This certificate teaches coaching skills to apply with parents and families. It provides a framework for parent coaching, its theories and its applications: with an emphasis on the benefits of Parent Coaching as a separate field.

Research on the Parent Coaching Institute’s coaching model shows that parent coaching reduces parental stress, gives important resources, and helps parents learn and use their strengths and come to appreciate themselves and their children. The coaching model and approach is an added tool to parent educational techniques.

Candidates need a background in Family Life Education (FLE), parent education, social work, education, psychology and related field. This certificate is open to students currently enrolled in Family Life Education programs.
Certificate Courses (Must be taken in order)
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
FAS - 680 Parent Coaching 1: Thry/Prac 3
FAS - 481 Parent Coaching 2: 3
FAS - 682 Parent Coaching 3: Prof Appl 3
FAS - 683 Parent Coaching 4: Supervised 3

Students will study a variety of techniques that are unique in coaching parents. Attention will be directed at developing the studentÕs ability to evaluate and implement family life education knowledge while understanding the uniqueness of each individual family. It is bringing the student from theory to creating a solid and professional foundation for Parent Coaching.

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Students will broaden their knowledge of the field of parent coaching and sharpen their mindful parenting skills. It includes skills for coaching a variety of parenting challenges, behaviors, problems, concerns, issues, and special needs. Also included is a focus on couple relationships and recognizing spiritual needs.

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Students will apply the techniques and skills that they have learned with actual clients. The professors and cohort members will offer ideas and support to better their coaching sessions. The class contains details for your Parenting Consultant Business as well as gaining Parent Coaching skills. As a result of this class, you will feel like a confident Parent Coach.

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There is a required Fourth Class in the Parent Coaching certificate which offers supervision from a certified parent coach. This includes new tools, support, new perspectives, problem solving while being sensitive to the new coachÕs learning and coaching style. It opens up a new area of confidence for the coach. This class will be available when the student begins their coaching.

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Meet Your Professors

Dr. Michael Walcheski Associate Vice President for Graduate Studies, Chairperson of Department of Human Services, Professor of Psychology and Family Science

Dr. Walcheski is a nationally recognized expert in Family Science who conducts presentations and professional training sessions at academic conferences and education seminars.

Career Potential

To pursue a career as a parenting coach, students should plan to earn a minimum of a bachelor's degree. This certificate makes for a great addition as a current family life educator seeks to expand their practice.

  • Parent Educator
  • Family Life Educator

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