Parent Leadership Training Sessions Scheduled Statewide

News Release
For Immediate Release: 6/27/2019

Julie Naughton, Communications and Legislative Services, (402) 471-1695;


Lincoln – It's easy to become overwhelmed while raising a child with mental health and/or substance use disorders – but a series of training events aim to help parents gain skills and knowledge to be a voice at all levels on decision-making teams, as well as advocate for their own families.

Developed by families for families, Parent Leadership Training is an opportunity to come together to empower families with the tools, trainings, skills and supports to advocate for their own families, as well as be a representative of the family voice to promote system change. This can be in a direct way, such as families and youth actively participating in meetings, either in person or by phone, or an indirect way, such as families and youth who may not be able to attend meetings participate as the family and youth voice by reviewing and giving input on documents (policies, data, procedures, etc.) The training initiative is offered as a partnership within the system of care framework. The training is offered to families free of charge.

A Parent Leader is a parent who uses their personal experiences of raising a child with mental health and/or substance use disorders and are or have been involved in other systems such as Children and Family Services and/or juvenile justice to then represent the family voice within programs, agencies, and communities to make positive changes and to help shape the direction of policies, procedures, and services for all families.

There are two levels of the Parent Leadership training:

  • Level 1 is a two-day training with a lot of hands-on activities and interactions which focuses on where each person feels they are in their journey to be a parent leader. This training covers getting to know one's self, grieving processes and stages of change, communication, protective factors, problem solving/decision making, and cultural and family diversity. 
  • Level 2 is a one-day training that delves into serving on teams and offers more intensive training regarding system of care (to include values and principles, infrastructure, system partners and regional services and supports), being a team member, different types of teams, tools and processes teams use, reading and understanding data, role of family leaders (how to use personal stories to make an impact) and how to represent all families.

Upcoming trainings include:

CityLevel of TrainingDatesTimeContact
KearneyLevel 1 Saturday, July 20 and Sunday, July 219 am – 5 pmJodi Richards, or (402) 469-4763
KearneyLevel 2Saturday, July 279 am – 5 pmJodi Richards, or (402) 469-4763
ScottsbluffLevel 1Saturday, August 24 and Sunday, August 259 am – 5 pmSharon Dalrymple, or (402) 450-4339 (Sharon can be contacted for details about any of the training dates.)
OmahaLevel 1 Saturday, September 14 and Sunday, September 159 am – 5 pmJen Genzler, or (402) 281-8562
OmahaLevel 2Saturday, September 219 am – 5 pmJen Genzler, or (402) 281-8562
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