Certificate in Parenting Education for Parent Educators

Baton Rouge, LA
Wednesday, February 12, 2014


Certificate in Parenting Education for Parent Educators

Provided by the LSU School of Social Work in collaboration with the
Louisiana Parenting Education Network (LAPEN)

Seven individual training sessions, starting on February 12, 2014
and running through May 7, 2014.

Louisiana Resource Center For Educators
5550 Florida Boulevard
Baton Rouge, LA

All sessions start at 9:00 a.m. and finish at 12:15 p.m.

Registration Deadline is February 7, 2014 at 4:30 PM


Parenting education is a key element of service provision in many human services settings. Whether parents are involved in school-related activities, post-divorce mediation, the child welfare system, mental health services, or self-enrichment programs, parenting education programs touch the lives and future welfare of thousands of children and their families. The need, therefore, for high-quality, standardized training in parenting education is a pressing concern in the human services.

The LSU School of Social Work Certificate in Parenting Education will provide foundational knowledge in the delivery of parenting education services. The content of the certificate curriculum is guided by the 9 areas of core competencies for parenting educators developed by LAPEN, including:  

  • Child Development
  • Family Dynamics
  • Child Guidance
  • Health and Safety
  • Diversity
  • Professional Practice
  • Learning
  • Community Contexts
  • Assessment and Evaluation

The Certificate in Parenting Education is designed to address the needs of parenting educators for a more solid knowledge-base in the core issues of greatest concern to parents. The Certificate Program is not designed, however, to prepare parenting educators to deliver specific parenting education programs. Rather, participants will acquire the basic foundational knowledge needed to build expertise in delivering parenting services, which they will then be able to expand upon as they acquire specialized training in their fields of interest.


Frequently Asked Questions

Who is it for?

The Certificate in Parenting Education is targeted to current parenting educators or professionals who plan to become involved in parenting education and who have an undergraduate or graduate degree in a related field.

Can I get Continuing Education Credits for my attendance in the certificate program? If so, how many?

A total of 20 Continuing Education Units are available for social workers through the LSU School of Social Work.  Credits offered will be counted as 17 General CEUs and 3.0 Ethics hours. If you would like to earn CEUs through another academic discipline, please contact the LSU School of Social Work.

Can I attend only the sessions I want to attend, without completing all 20 hours?

Yes. Even though all 20 hours will be required to obtain the Certificate, you may attend as many of the sessions as you like, and receive 3 CEUs for each session you attend.

Are there any other requirements, besides attendance at the 7 sessions, to earn the certificate?

Yes, participants who would like to have the certificate will also be required to pass an exam, offered at the end of the trainings.


The specific content of the 7 classroom sessions will be the following:

Session 1, February 12, 2014. Individual Growth in Human Contexts

Facilitator: Rhonda Norwood, PhD, LCSW
3.0 General CEUs

Theories of human growth and development

  • Basic ages and stages of development from prenatal through adolescence
  • Attachment and parent-child relationship development
  • Major developmental tasks in childhood
  • Implications of early development for the life-span

Session 2, February 26, 2014. Family Development in Social Contexts

Facilitator: Katherine Stamps Mitchell, PhD
     3.0 General CEUs

  • The family as a system and social institution in society
  • Importance and effects of mothers, fathers, grandparents, or other caregivers in children’s lives
  • Rising family instability and related issues, including multipartnered fertility, multiple households, co-parenting, stepfamilies, and single parenthood, and strategies to support children

Session 3, March 12, 2014. Family-School Partnership
Facilitator: Judith Rhodes, PhD, LMSW
    3.0 General CEUs

  • How children learn: learning styles, preferences, modalities, strengths, weaknesses, and work habits
  • Critical roles of parents/families as primary teachers in the early learning of children
  • The importance of early literacy and family literacy in children’s learning
  • Ways parents can effectively advocate on behalf of their children
  • Ways to facilitate parent involvement in schools/child care settings (including communication, learning at home, parenting, decision-making, volunteering and collaborating)

Session 4, March 26, 2014. Child Guidance, Ethics, and Parental Supervision

Facilitator: Barbara LeBlanc, LCSW
      2.0 General CEUs, 1.0 Ethics CEUs

  • Positive and negative forms of guidance and discipline
  • Importance of home environments and parent-child activities on children
  • Impact and importance of parental supervision and involvement for children and adolescents
  • Development of self-control, empathy, and moral competence in parents and children
  • Professional ethics in family support and parent education

Session 5, April 9, 2014. Working with families of children who have been abused or neglected

Facilitator: Rhenda Hodnett, PhD, LCSW
      3.0 General CEUs

  • Understanding the definitions of child abuse and neglect (CAN), including state statutes and procedures for reporting CAN, common causes of CAN, and characteristics of adults who abuse and/or neglect
  • Understanding the cumulative effect for children exposed to violence in the home, community, schools and the media
  • Parental influences on brain and neurological development
  • Essential components of safe and healthy indoor and outdoor physical environments
  • Helping parents create physically and emotionally safe environments for their children
  • Important considerations for working with substance abusing caregivers; parents who do not live with their children (i.e. incarcerated or non-custodial parents); substitute or temporary parents such as foster parents; relative caregivers, etc. 

Session 6, April 30, 2014.
 Assessment and Evaluation for Parenting Education

Facilitator: Tim Page, PhD, LMSW
     2.0 General CEUs, 1.0 Ethics CEUs

  • Understanding key concepts and terms related to assessment and evaluation
  • Identification of key assessment and evaluation tools in the field of parent education and family support
  • Selection of effective, evidenced-based programs for the population being served and implementation with appropriate fidelity
  • Integration of needs assessment and evaluation in the continuing improvement of programs

Session 7, May 7, 2014. Diverse Families in Diverse Contexts

Facilitator: Elaine M. Maccio, PhD, LCSW

2.0 General CEUs, 1.0 Ethics CEUs

Specific needs and characteristics of diverse family systems including:

  • Adolescent parents
  • Single, married, divorced parents, and blended families
  • Families with members who have chronic illnesses or disabilities
  • Parents from diverse cultural or linguistic backgrounds -- understanding and respecting family history and cultural heritage
  • Families with gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender members


Presenter Profiles 

Rhenda Hodnett, PhD, LCSW

Rhenda Hodnett, PhD, LCSW  is the Child Welfare Administrator for Louisiana’s Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) and has worked in public child welfare for more than 25 years.  Her work has been concentrated on behalf of, and directly with parents and caregivers of children who have experienced abuse or neglect.  In addition, Dr. Hodnett has specialized training in the Nurturing Parenting Program which is particularly applicable to parents who are vulnerable and at high risk for abuse and neglect.  


Barbara Leblanc, LCSW

Barbara LeBlanc, LCSW, BACS, has worked at The Parenting Center at Children's Hospital since 1988, first as assistant director. She became director in August 2005. Barbara teaches Theories of Child Development as an Adjunct Professor at Tulane School of Social Work. She serves on the National Parent Education Network as Chair-elect and is part of the Guidance Team of the Louisiana Parenting Education Network.


Elaine M. Maccio, PhD, LCSW

Elaine Maccio, PhD, LCSW
joined the faculty in 2006. She earned her MSW in 1998 and her Ph.D. in 2004 from the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York. She began her career working with LGBT youth in a drop-in center. Her research interests include LGBT quality of life and discrimination.


Rhonda Norwood, PhD, LCSW

Rhonda Norwood, PhD, LCSW has 13 years of clinical experience in early childhood mental health, and she is currently the director of an Infant Mental Health clinic that specialzes in working with maltreated children. Dr. Norwood has also served as adjunct faculty for the LSU School of Social Work. 


Katherine Stamps Mitchell, PhD

Katherine Stamps Mitchell, PhD
 is an assistant professor in the School of Social Work. Her research and teaching interests focus on the sociological study of family processes over the life course, especially the production and reproduction of social stratification. She is particularly interested in how families affect children’s outcomes.


Timothy Page, PhD, LMSW

Timothy Page, PhD., LMSW
 is the Betty J. Stewart Associate Professor of Social Work Practice with Children at LSU’s School of Social Work. He has been a faculty member at LSU since 2001. His main areas of research are narrative assessments with young children and the Circle of Security parenting intervention.


Judith Rhodes, PhD, LMSW

Judith Rhodes, PhD, LMSW, Assistant Professor/Research with the LSU School of Social Work in the College of Human Science and Education, Office of Social Service Research and Development. She teaches courses related to youth-at-risk and consults for educational and social service agencies. Dr. Rhodes has experience in the educational field, including adult education, intervention for youth-at-risk, and non-traditional teaching of home educated children. Dr. Rhodes serves on the American Council for School Social Work Executive Board.



Contact Information

  • Anne Williams, LCSW
    Office of Training & Education Programs
    LSU School of Social Work
    311 Huey P Long Fieldhouse
    Baton Rouge, LA 70803


Payment Instructions

  • Full 7-Session Parent Training Certificate Program - $245.00
    ($35 per session)

    Individual Growth in Human Contexts - $40
    Rhonda Norwood, PhD, LCSW

    Family Development in Social Contexts - $40
    Katherine Stamps Mitchell, PhD

    Family-School Partnership - $40
    Judith Rhodes, PhD, LMSW

    Child Guidance and Ethics - $40
    Barbara LeBlanc, LCSW

    Working With Families of Children Who Have Been Abused or Neglected - $40
    Rhenda Hodnett, PhD, LCSW

    Assessment and Evaluation for Parenting Education - $40
    Tim Page, PhD, LMSW

    Diverse Families in Diverse Contexts - $40
    Elaine Maccio, PhD, LCSW

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