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DPH Family Leadership Institute

Join a creative opportunity and build leadership skills, parent contacts, and future opportunities for parent engagement.

To Plan Or Attend A Workshop

Call your Regional Coordinator or our toll-free line: 800-905-TIES (8437) to bring a workshop to your local group or area. We look forward to your call!

Family TIES Skill-Building Workshops Created to Support Families of Children and Youth with Special Needs

Parents of children with special needs manage busy lives and often lots of paperwork. Many ask, how do I keep it all straight? This workshop helps parents work with their own strengths and successes, providing concrete written materials to expand their organizational skills.

LET'S GET ORGANIZED participants take home a three-ring binder, organizational supplies, and lots of ideas on ways to bring order to the mountains of paperwork that relates to their child's medical and educational needs.

Workshops are available to parent groups at no charge. A minimum of 10 parents must attend.

Materials for this workshop are available in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian Creole, Vietnamese, and Chinese.

Contact your Regional Coordinator to ask about scheduled workshops - or to arrange one for your group, or call our toll-free line: 800-905-8437.

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Would you like to share your experiences with other parents?

Raising children brings unique gifts and perspectives to parents. By sharing the wisdom that comes from each challenge we face along the way, we lighten the load of those who follow us while validating the value of the lessons we have learned.

LISTENING & LEARNING is a workshop geared to build your listening skills, an important step to becoming a volunteer Support Parent for our Parent-to-Parent Program. We rely on Support Parents to offer compassionate listening to parents who are facing challenges in raising their children with special needs. Support Parents are trained to listen, share concerns, and offer information and support, while respecting confidentiality and cultural and individual differences.

Our Parent-to-Parent Program's Support Parent Training is available in English and Spanish.

Contact your Regional Coordinator or our toll-free line: 800-905-8437 and learn about scheduled workshops - or to arrange a training for your group or yourself, in the comfort of your home.

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The teen years can be difficult, both for young adults and parents. This workshop teaches organizational skills that teens need to take charge of their medical care. Modeled after the skill set in our LET'S GET ORGANIZED workshop, teens will learn about managing paperwork and making decisions related to their health.

This workshop is available only in English at this time.

Contact your Regional Coordinator or call our toll-free line: 800-905-8437 to arrange for a training for your group.

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Parent perspectives are important to our funder, the Mass. Department of Public Health (MDPH). Family TIES periodically recruits parents for MDPH to review current programs and create new ones. Would you share your thoughts about what works and what doesn't work, when it comes to agency services for your child and family? If so, THIS is the opportunity for you.

For details, call your Regional Coordinator. To enroll, simply download the form, complete, and return as noted on the form.

It's as simple as that!

For parents enrolled in the program, you receive periodic notices of opportunities to participate in surveys, focus groups, grant reviews, and other leadership activities where YOUR VOICE really can make a difference.


Call your Regional Coordinator or our toll-free line: 800-905-TIES (8437).

To download the form, simply click below:

Family TIES of Massachusetts is funded and supported by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Bureau of Family Health and Nutrition.