Role playing in the Dec. 2015 Family Development Credential training.
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Participants practicing communications skills in a PSWS training (12/2015)

PS: It Works! Strengths Based Communication Skills Training

PS: It Works! Strengths Based Communication Skills Training is based on the Parenting Skills Workshop Series© curriculum - a Cornell Cooperative Extension publication. The training is designed for parenting educators and others who work with parents/caregivers/children/families and who wish to gain experience with the Parenting Skills Workshop Series©. The program model is easily replicable, inexpensive, and builds upon partnerships among agencies. The 2-day training includes:

  • An overview of empowerment as developed by the Family Matters Project of Cornell University
  • A short review of Arnold Goldstein's structured learning method
  • Introduction of Enhanced Parenting Skills curriculum and discussion topics: parenting styles and discipline, child development, cultural influences, environmental issues
  • Discussion and practice of the five Parenting Skills Workshop Series skills: Encouragement, Can Do, Choices, Self Control, Respecting Feelings
  • Active participation and role play within small groups
  • Introduction and overview of Parenting Skills for Literacy

The 2-day Facilitator Training will prepare professionals to reinforce use of the five communication skills with clients, and to conduct or make referrals to the Parenting Skills Workshop Series or the Parenting Styles Workshop Series. Past workshop participants include: parenting educators, DSS personnel, social workers, teachers, child care providers, mental health professionals, alcohol & drug rehab counselors, human service workers, counselors, coaches, people working with children/adults/families.
*This program is optimally based on a co-facilitator model. Training activities will demonstrate this approach. It is advantageous for more than one person from an agency to attend the training.

Visit our Calendar of Events for upcoming dates and the current registration fees/materials.


Anna Steinkraus
Family & Community Development Program Coordinator
(607) 272-2292 ext. 145

Last updated July 9, 2022