Promoting Parent Coaching, the Helpline, and Partnership Resources
Peer-to-Peer Parent Support - Video
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There’s nothing quite like being able to talk to another parent who has been in your shoes. That’s what our Parent Coaching program is all about. We have an amazing group of trained parent volunteers who live all over the country, who have all traveled the path of dealing with a child’s substance use. We pair up other parents – those who are still navigating the struggle of their own child using substances – with a coach of their own to help discuss their specific situation and learn evidence-based approaches to set the stage for positive outcomes. Parent coaches are there to listen, offer ideas and reaffirm that those who have a child using substances or with an addiction aren’t alone in this struggle.
Watch a few of our coaches talk about what Parent Coaching means to them, and why they believe peer support is so important:
Helpline Business Card
Parent Coaching - Offering Peer to Peer Support
Parent Support Postcard
Help + Hope by Text postcard
Partnership Resources - for Communities
Downloadable Resources Sheet
FAQs - Interested in Working with a Parent Coach
Parent Coaching takes place over the phone – over the course of about five one-hour calls – during approximately a six-week period. Interested parents, after talking with a Helpline Specialist, are paired up with a Parent Coach based on your time zone, though generally not in your immediate geographic area.
Parent Coaching includes the benefits of both shared experience as well as evidence-based techniques based in helping motivate someone to change. Through the Invitation to Change Approach, our Parent Coaches will help you learn evidence-based motivational and supportive techniques such as Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT), Motivational Interviewing (MI) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). During your coaching time, you and your coach will discuss your situation and identify ways in which you can help your family, and yourself, through this difficult and confusing time.
Parent Coaches are here to listen to you with empathy and understanding. They’re not here to “fix” things, but rather to offer compassion, guidance, and support to help empower you to help your child. If you are a parent or caregiver struggling with a loved one’s substance use and want to speak to someone like you, this is a great fit for you.
Some parents talk to a Parent Coach because their daughter has struggled on and off with opioids for the better part of a decade. Some parents talk to a Parent Coach because they just discovered their son was smoking pot and can’t seem to stop. Many of our peer Parent Coaches have struggled with similar dilemmas. There is no one size fits all and what works for one family may not work for another. Through talking with a Parent Coach, you may learn skills that will help you find your own answers.
If you’re interested in receiving parent coaching, begin by connecting with a Helpline Specialist first, via phone, email, text, or Facebook Messenger.
FAQs - Interested in Becoming a Volunteer Parent Coach
Right now, training opportunities are only available to those individuals who can make a commitment to become a volunteer Parent Coach. However, please contact us so that we can notify you if additional opportunities become available.