Building Partnership Skills: NCFPP Activities & Goals: 2016-2019

A priority goal of the Family Voices National Center for Family/Professional Partnerships is to train and provide ongoing support to families, especially racially and ethnically diverse families of children/youth with special health care needs, as well as youth themselves, to increase their knowledge, leadership skills and abilities to partner with professionals at the systems level. To accomplish this goal, the NCFPP in partnership with the Statewide Parent Advocacy Network (SPAN) will conduct in person training sessions in three regions of the country each year and will provide ongoing technical assistance to family leaders and Title V partners.


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Read below for further information about NCFPP training and technical assistance initiatives:

1. Developing Families as Partners:

    • Train the Trainer Workshops:  The NCFPP will provide one-day Train the Trainer workshops across the country for Family-to-Family Health Information Centers (F2Fs), Family Voices State Affiliate Organizations (SAOs), and other organizations serving families, including state MCH agencies, to implement the Serving On Groups that Make Decisions curriculum.  The purpose of Serving on Groups training is to prepare and support anyone who is currently serving, or wants to serve, on a decision-making group.  This curriculum was researched, developed, and written collaboratively by a broad stakeholder group of statewide agencies, school representatives and family members. The result is a guide that focuses on a specific skill set using research-based strategies. The curriculum is broadly applicable to a diverse audience based on skills needed for an effective and robust decision-making group.  The curriculum covers the following topics:
      • Opportunities to Get Involved
      • Types of Groups
      • Processes Groups Use
      • Tools Groups Use
      • Tips and Strategies for Groups
      • Understanding Data
      • The Role of Families on Groups
      • Skills for Serving on Groups
      • Telling Your Story to Make a Change
      • Engaging Diverse Families in Systems Change

Train the Trainer participants will commit to identifying and recruiting a small cohort of diverse families (7 to 10) and providing them with the serving on groups training with follow up mentoring and support.

  • Technical Support:The NCFPP will undertake a variety of activities to support family organizations as they roll-out the Serving on Groups training in local communities. Webinars, ECHO technology, “communities of practice”, activities from Community Organizing and Family Issues, and other methodologies will be used to share lessons learned and provide resources to support trainers and mentors of diverse family leaders.

2. Helping Professionals Partner with Families: The NCFPP will increase the capacity of professionals to meaningfully engage families through a few strategies:

    • Training:: In concurrence with the above training and at other events, such as Association of Materanl and Child Health Programs, Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health, and Parent to Parent USA conferences, the NCFPP will offer a one-day training, Leading by Convening: The Partnership Way.  This collection includes tools to help state agencies and other professional organizations with stakeholder groups coalesce around issues; ensure relevant participation of stakeholders including families and youth; do substantive work together with stakeholders; and measure progress in enhancing depth of interaction/engagement of diverse stakeholders.  Additionally, The NCFPP will offer an intensive virtual training series for state teams of Title V and family organization staff on the collaborative action team process to facilitate shared leadership and action planning. Each session will incorporate time to address topics identified through needs assessments, training evaluations and needs that arise through the on-going TA. The Leading by Convening training series includes: Session 1- Shared Leadership: Parents as Partners, and Introduction to the Collaborative Action Team Process: Getting Started & Mobilizing the Team; Session 2- Collaborative Action Team Process: Setting Direction & Taking Action; Session 3 - Collaborative Action Team Process: Reviewing & Refining.
    • Technical Assistance: Family Voices will provide ongoing coaching and consultation to support implementation via quarterly web-based meetings for the participating state teams, sharing what works, engaging in mutual problem solving, and building capacity to implement effective strategies to meaningfully engage parent partners and actively employ a shared leadership model.


Training Events

November 15 and 17, 2017  Washington, DC

  • 11/15, Serving on Groups, a Train the Trainer Workshop
  • 11/17, Leading by Convening
  • More information and registration coming soon!  Email for info.

May 3-4, 2017  Utah Family Voices, Salt Lake City, UT

  • 5/3, Serving on Groups, a Train the Trainer Workshop
  • 5/4, Leading by Convening

February 22-23, 2017  Parents Reaching Out, 1920 Columbia Dr. SE, Albuquerque, NM

  • 2/22, Serving on Groups, a Train the Trainer Workshop
  • 2/23, Leading by Convening

October 27-28, 2016  Sheraton Hotel, 870 Williston Rd, Burlington Vermont

  • 10/27, Leading by Convening
  • 10/28, Serving on Groups, a Train the Trainer Workshop



Next Training Event:

  • November 15 and 17, 2017, Washington, DC

Serving on Groups Train-the-Trainer and Leading by Convening workshops will be offered in conjunction with the 2017 Family Leadership Conference. 

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