ERIC Number: ED489380
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Parent Mentor Training Manual: Training Parents of Children with Special Needs to Provide Peer Mentoring
Schmitt, Paul; Armenta-Schmitt, Fernanda
Blind Childrens Center
In general, families have the opportunity to determine the kind of lives they wish to lead. In order for families of children with special needs to exercise such self determination, they require opportunities that perpetuate a sense of well being, strengthen natural abilities, and promote an internalized sense of competency. They may have to learn skills to successfully navigate such systems as medicine, education, social services, therapeutic treatment, psychology, law and insurance. These skills and motivations best flourish in an environment that provides access to knowledge and information, and opportunities to rehearse and master new skills. As a whole, service providers have finally begun to embrace the notion that parental involvement is the primary factor in fostering family and child success. And, across the board, and are committed to the principal that a family's capacity to advocate for their own needs is the key to that success. The quality of care an individual parent receives impacts the quality of care they in turn give to their children, partners and families. The table of contents contains the following 9 chapters: (1) About This Training Project; (2) Hiring a Mentor; (3) Change; (4) Orientation; (5) Clinical Supervision; (6) Cultural Competence; (7) Skill Development; (8) Outreach; and (9) Monitoring and Evaluation.
Blind Childrens Center, 4120 Marathon St., Los Angeles, CA 90029-3584. Tel: 323-664-2153; Fax: 323-665-3828.
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Blind Childrens Center, Los Angeles, CA.