The Professionals Intensive in Hand in Hand Parenting

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The Professionals Intensive in Hand in Hand Parenting. CAMFT CEU approval #142145.


Learn the latest developmental neuroscience and valuable new skills for supporting parents and children in your practice.

Emotional and behavioral issues are of real concern for increasing numbers of families. And the evidence is mounting that when stress is high for either the child or the parent, good support is needed for both. But it’s not always easy to bring parents useful, actionable information and help in a therapeutic setting so that both they and their children can move forward.

Join us for an eight-week intensive course in Hand in Hand Parenting, designed for therapists, social workers, early childhood educators, childcare providers, clergy, and medical professionals who serve and care about families. Your choice of class sessions. The online classroom is open and ready for you now.

Based on a new way of understanding emotional relationships in the family and strengthening the parent-child connection, the Professionals Intensive course will deliver:

  • Expertise in the Hand in Hand Parenting approach. You will practice in your own family and in your professional practice.
  • Discussion of developmental theory and neuroscience, with a focus on practical and experiential application.
  • Guidance on using these practices both in your family and with your patients.
  • Opportunities to share your own experience.

The Professionals Intensive in Hand in Hand Parenting meets the qualifications for 14 to 18 hours of continuing education credit (total depends on the length of your weekly mentoring call) for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Course completion certificates will be issued at the end of the course upon receipt of a completed course evaluation. We cannot guarantee the acceptance of CAMFT-approved CEUs in other US states or anywhere outside the US. If you have questions about earning CEUs, contact us at

Learning Goals and Objectives
By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • describe, demonstrate, and employ the main concepts and tools of the Hand in Hand Parenting approach in your practice with stressed parents and/or children;
  • assist stressed parents to release stored tension in a therapeutic or educational setting by replicating the Hand in Hand learning environment model, a well-tested mix of mentoring, information-sharing, Q & A, and confidential listening time that promotes emotional recovery and behavioral change in the parent leading to an improved parent-child relationship;
  • understand, explain, and cite the research that underlies the Hand in Hand connection-focused parenting approach;
  • navigate and employ the trove of Hand in Hand Parenting resources, many of them free, available to support you in your work with parents;
  • if you wish, continue your relationships with your cohort of smart, caring professionals to strengthen your network of support.

“A unique element of this course is the opportunity to participate in a multidisciplinary, and often international, mentoring group where participants can experientially engage with the Hand in Hand Parenting tools and collaborate with colleagues who are exploring this approach in a wide variety of professional settings and within their own families. The cross-disciplinary conversations that go on in these mentoring calls have been a true professional highlight for me!” -Maya Coleman, Ph.D. Clinical Psychologist

Class Format

  • Small-group mentoring via a weekly conference call.
  • A portion of each mentoring session devoted to your specific questions and experience.
  • An online classroom with materials for on-going discussion and sharing of ideas.
  • All participants will also have full access to the videos and written materials from our Hand in Hand Parenting Starter Class, including the Parent Handbook.

Rich learning will take place as you spend several hours weekly practicing new skills with the parents and children in your family and profession. You may want to begin thinking about scheduling regular time with a child to deepen your learning experience.

Additional educational materials and research will be made available to match your particular interests and client needs.

Total weekly time commitment of 4-6 hours per week.

Each weekly instructional section is led by one of the following Instructors:

Maya Coleman, Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, M.A. in Special Education/Learning Disabilities

Clinical Psychologist in private practice in Washington, D.C. since 2012. Her emphasis is in using Hand in Hand Parenting in these areas: parent-child relationship therapy for children birth to 6 years; support for parents of children with developmental and behavioral challenges; attachment-focused, trauma-informed services for adoptive and foster families; and professional development trainings in trauma-sensitive classroom practices for preschool programs. Maya currently leads a research project on training Early Childhood Educators in the use of Hand in Hand Parenting as a trauma-informed practice in Head Start and other preschool communities. Instructor/Trainer in Hand in Hand Parenting since 2013.

Shelley Macy, M.A. in Human Development

Preschool teacher 1975 to 1990. Lead Instructor and curriculum developer, Early Childhood Education Faculty, Northwest Indian College, 1989 – 2015. Her expertise is in using Hand in Hand Parenting in under-served communities in these areas: training and mentoring Early Childhood Educators; working with parents and children in the preschool and Community College setting. Shelley has published research from a multi-year project employing the Hand in Hand Parenting approach in Early Childhood Education in a Native American community in Bellingham, WA. Instructor/Trainer in Hand in Hand Parenting since 2009.

Pamela J. Oatis, MD, FAAP. Pediatrician; Medical Director of Ethics at Mercy Hospital, Toledo OH; Medical Director of Pediatric Palliative Care at Mercy Hospital

Her expertise includes using Hand in Hand Parenting in these areas: treating children of families challenged by poverty in an urban setting; and building a multidisciplinary, hospital-based team to work with families whose children require palliative care. Pamela has conducted a multi-year statewide research project in Ohio to train Public Health nurses in one aspect of Hand in Hand Parenting. Instructor/Trainer in Hand in Hand Parenting since 2009.

Robin Setchko, LMFT, M.A. in Counseling

In private practice since 1991. Robin co-owned and directed a summer camp for 50 young people ages 8 to 14, training and supervising all counselors and staff for 8 years. Her expertise includes using Hand in Hand Parenting in these areas: her work as a therapist with parents; bringing the approach to preschool staff, parent, and community groups in Sonoma County, CA; and in using Hand in Hand Parenting with older young people, adolescents, and parents of adolescents. Instructor/Trainer in Hand in Hand Parenting since 2010.


The next session will begin the week of September 21, 2020.

These are only examples of some of the typical times:

  • Section A: with Shelley Macy, MA, at 4pm PST on Tuesdays
  • Section B: with Robin Setchko, LMFT, at 9:30am PST on Wednesdays
  • Section C: with Pam Oatis, M.D. at 6am PST on Thursdays
  • Section D: with Maya Coleman, PhD Clinical Psychologist, at 9:30am PST on Thursdays

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What outcomes are possible?

Helping Children in a Medical Setting

“In my practice, I have noted that when I use Staylistening and Playlistening tools in the ER, the children recover from their fear and anxiety of painful procedures more quickly. They also engage in their care and ‘allow’ me to obtain their vital signs more easily. I use calico dolls to play listen and perform ‘procedures’ on them. The dolls express their fears and worries and the child is encouraged to support the doll while he/she has the procedure. Then I move to the child and we do it together. Most of the time, the child will then offer themselves for the procedure.” — Brooke Batchelor, R.N.

For Further Inquiry and Exploration:

If you have ADA requirements in order to participate, please contact Hand in Hand to request reasonable accommodations.

*Accreditation Notice: Hand in Hand Parenting is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs. Hand in Hand Parenting maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

1 review for The Professionals Intensive in Hand in Hand Parenting

  1. Jeff Buckner

    Highly recommended.

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