The Facilitator Training with Dr. Stephen Bavolek scheduled for Sept. 18-20 has been postponed. We apologize for any inconvenience. We are planning to reschedule in the spring, so if you are interested, please email Programs Director Sheri Hogg.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are the Nurturing Parenting Programs?

    The Nurturing Parenting Programs are a family-centered, trauma-informed initiative designed to meet each family's needs based on their parenting strengths and weaknesses. The programs are designed for each of the three levels of prevention that are commonly recognized in the fields of social work, mental health and medicine: primary, secondary and tertiary.

  • What are the long-term goals of the Nurturing Parenting Programs?

    The long-term goals are to prevent recidivism in families receiving social services, lower the rate of multi-parent teenage pregnancies, reduce the rate of juvenile delinquency and alcohol abuse, and stop the intergenerational cycle of child abuse by teaching positive parenting behaviors.

  • What do NPP facilitators do?

    NPP facilitators lead the Nurturing Parenting Program classes, providing a location and established day and time for the classes. The facilitators works with parents to teach them new strategies and skills that will empower them to make good and healthy lifestyle choices for themselves and their children.

  • Who is this training for?

    Any individuals or agency representatives who want to learn how to lead the program and help families in their communities.

  • Do Nurturing Parenting Programs really help parents and children?

    Nurturing Parenting Programs meet and exceed the Six Protective Factors identified by the government for the . prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect. Nurturing Parenting Programs are included in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices. Learn more

  • What will I learn at this Facilitator Training?

    The three-day training will focus on understanding the philosophy of nurturing parenting, assessing high risk parenting beliefs and environments, creating competency- based parenting lessons and programs tailored to meet the individual parenting needs of families, and implementing programs at the primary, secondary and tertiary levels of prevention.

    Participants will: experience a hands-on approach to implementing home-based, group-based and a combination home-based/group-based program models; learn how to administer and score the online versions of the Adult Adolescent Parenting Inventory (AAPI-2) and the Nurturing Skills Competency Scales (NSCS), and how to select the best Nurturing Program model for your agency; and learn how to monitor the success of families through on-going process evaluation strategies designed to measure the attainment of parenting knowledge and skills.

  • Will this training help me determine which Nurturing Parenting Program is right for my agency or practice?

    The training will prepare you to facilitate all of the NPP curriculums. Programs Director Sheri Hogg, who will lead the training, can work with you to determine which program option will best meet your clients' needs.

  • Why does the training cost so much?

    Led by Programs Director Sheri Hogg, the three-day training is an intensive review of all facets of the program. The cost of the training materials, which will you need as a facilitator, is included.

  • Is there a deadline to register?

    There is not a deadline, but the session is limited to 25 people, so early registration is preferred.

  • How do I sign up?

    If you're interested in attending a future Facilitator Training, please contact Programs Director Sheri Hogg at

  • I still have questions. Who do I contact?

    Contact Sheri Hogg, programs director, at 225-925-9520 or