The VOPEA (Virtual Online Parents Empowerment Academy and Professional Parent Advocacy Training Classroom and Course Platform) is the beginning of a new era of virtual unity, collaboration, and parent and caregiver learning. The primary purpose and long-term goal of VOPEA is to improve the wellbeing of families raising children with mental health disabilities, who struggle with accessing appropriate services and supports because of barriers which include but are not limited to childcare issues, lack of economic resources, transportation issues, and their own healthcare needs.
While VOPEA will not replace the Professional Parent Advocacy Training real-time offerings, it will provide an opportunity for parents to participate via a virtual classroom, so that parents and caregivers don't lose a level of educational interaction and bonding with their peers that is an integral component of the training.
Empowering the Parent & Family Team
NJPC is offering a FREE five-week Professional Parent Advocacy Training program for parents, grandparents, foster parents, adoptive parents, and other caregivers raising children with emotional and behavioral challenges who are involved in the mental health, juvenile justice and/or child welfare system. Parents and caregivers attending the training are given the opportunity to strengthen their knowledge of the systems that serve their families, their rights and responsibilities within those systems, and the advocacy, professional, and collaborative skills needed to successfully negotiate those systems. Parents and family members will become better able to advocate for themselves and their communities, resulting in increased access to appropriate care and treatment for all children. The Professional Parent Advocacy Training is approved for foster, adoptive and kinship training credit through NJDCF. Lunch will be served and early registration is recommended.
Download the Registration form HERE or complete the online registration form below and clicking on the REGISTER button.
For additional information, call Pamela at 908-994-7471, 888-548-6572 (NJPC)
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