Teachers, parent educators, counselors, social workers, community health workers, nurses, family support professionals, or anyone who has an undergraduate degree and related experience working with parents, along with passion and purpose for helping families thrive.
The first step is to send your application form (downloadable here). If you have any questions, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call: local (425) 449-8877, toll free (888) 599-4447. After review of your application, you will hear from us about the status of your phone interview.
Yes. You do need to have phone or Skype access for twice monthly 90-minute discussions with your course instructor and cohort. Since we have students from all over the world in our program, we accommodate various time zones as much as possible.
You can submit your application anytime and go through the application process, receiving your course materials several months before you actually start the Course 1 telebridge phone or Skype classes. We highly encouraged you to do this to ensure your spot. But each quarter we have a specific application deadline. Please see the Application Page for current deadlines.
The Parent Coach Certification® Training Program is divided into four graduate-level courses. Each course takes three months to complete. The entire program takes at least one-year to complete. For example, if you begin your phone classes for Course 1 in the Spring, you can expect to complete by the Spring of the following year. Usually it takes 2-3 months after the Course 4 phone class completion for students to complete their client case histories and practicum coaching hours. So while the courses complete within a year, it often takes three additional months for full completion.
The basic four courses are completed within one year. Students then have an extra three months, if they need them, to finish their practicum and their client case history, the final assignment in the program. Under special circumstance, students may extend for another three months if necessary without accruing additional fees. See chart above for more details.
No. The program is designed as a one-year program. Each course builds on the previous course/s. In addition, this gives students time to read, study, and absorb the concepts and also provides adequate time for the 100 required practice coaching hours that students begin after they complete Course 1.
No. There is no short-term course for receiving Parent Coach Certification®. PCI offers the exclusive Parent Coach Certification® training which means participants who receive this certification have successfully completed four graduate-level courses and a practicum consisting of 100 practice coaching hours. PCI holds the highest standards for parent coach training in the industry. The candidates we accept into the program have strong qualifications and are well-educated professionals in their field. We offer training in coaching skills and a conceptual framework for catalyzing a positive change process for such individuals. This takes time.
We estimate that if you spend 5-7 hours a week, each week, you can keep up with the readings and assignments. Some weeks may require a little more time; some a little less. When you begin your coaching practicum, you should plan for 3-5 hours a week for practice coaching in order to move forward in the program with ease and understanding.
Most students entering the program have a network of friends, relatives, and colleagues they can draw upon to find practice clients. We advise that at least for the first 1-3 months, students practice with people they know. If you are already working with parents, then you certainly can practice with these individuals as well. But we advise that you first do 15-25 hours of coaching practice with people you know. That way you can concentrate on learning the model as you begin your practice. From time to time, PCI can help you find parents to coach. But ultimately it is the responsibility of the students to find parents for their practice coaching hours.
Our phone and Skype conference classes are usually scheduled in the evening, for the convenience of working professionals. We also can arrange for morning or afternoon classes. The schedule for the phone or Skype classes for each quarter are given to the students well in advance so they can plan for them. But we realize that from time to time, schedules may conflict. So we record all classes and make them available to the students on the Student Portal of our website. We ask students to let us know in advance if they can’t make a specific class. If students miss more than two or three classes in a quarter, their certification may be in jeopardy because participating in the discussions with your instructor and cohort is an essential component of the program.
You must successfully complete four graduate-level courses, participate in 36 content phone seminar classes, and at least 9 process phone classes during Courses 3 and 4. Process calls give you an opportunity to coach a parent and receive feedback from an instructor and colleagues and also give you the opportunity to provide feedback to your colleagues, as well. In addition, you must demonstrate competency through class participation, assignments, papers and assessments, and give evidence of at least 100 hours of successful parent coaching using the PCI Coaching Model™ through accountability with the coaching log entries and by working closely with your instructors throughout your entire practicum experience.
For each course you receive a comprehensive syllabus and a Course Notebook of over 250 pages with detailed study materials. You are also required to buy several books for your studies. Courses also include a number of audio lectures and articles—all listed and provided for you on the Student Portal of our website.
Our distance-learning training is unique and so successful because it is so very personalized. You are paired with a coaching buddy in Course 1 whom you can work and collaborate with. In addition, you can choose to be coached pro bono by a senior in our program so that you can discover what PCI coaching feels like as a client. Another great way to get your “people fix” is to attend a PCI conference or event. You will enjoy the people that you meet, their energy, and the synergy we all embody when we get together.
Yes. During Course 4 of the training program you have access to marketing ideas that have worked for other PCI Coaches. Upon graduation, if you choose to join the PCI Coach Network, you will have opportunities to take continuing education classes related to building your parent coaching business.
Your success is our success. We have made sure that you have the marketing tools you will need to help you get the word out about your practice. This field is wide-open and there are many, many opportunities. In addition, you can choose to be placed on the PCI Web site and receive parent referrals that way.
First of all, our training program is uniquely and exclusively designed for those seeking to work with parents to support them in their parenting challenges and enhance their family lives. We are not life or business coaches. Secondly, we are the first parent coach training program in the world. Gloria DeGaetano has pioneered the field of parent coaching. Now she is defining it with the highest standards in the industry, the most comprehensive curriculum, and the most clearly focused vision and mission.
The tuition fee is $5,800 for most countries. This payment gives you access to all four courses at the start of the program. It has the advantage of reading ahead and understanding what is to come in the training. It is helpful to “big picture” type people. You may opt to pay $6000 for the program with a payment plan of $1,500 for each course, paid quarterly. This payment plan gives you access to each course as you are ready to begin it.
Since we are not a college or university, we do not qualify to offer government loans. Occasionally to qualified candidates in need we can offer a discount on tuition. At times we also provide an “early bird discount,” offering a tuition discount for applications in early by a specified date. Please check our Program Overview page for more details. But we do not offer scholarships or work-study programs at the present time.
No. Our partnership with SPU does not include any religions affiliation. PCI is a secular training program, attracting a wide diversity of individuals with different faiths and beliefs from around the world. We tend to attract professionals of a spiritual nature, who are exceptionally heart-centered, compassionate, and believe their soul’s purpose is to help parents and children.
I found the PCI course to be well researched and put together. I learned so much through the course, the reading materials and the interactions that I had with PCI instructors. It has been an incredibly enriching experience completing this course.
Laura MarkowitzCape Town, South Africa
I found the course work so thought provoking, affirming and interesting that my hands often tingled as I took it all in. So, thank you. This has changed my life.
Fiona MooneyNelson, British Columbia
Gloria, I can’t thank you enough for all your support throughout my parent coach training. I’ve been on an amazing journey and have met some truly remarkable women like yourself. I can’t wait to begin my new career…Thank you so much for all that you have done and you do. You truly are an inspiration.
I just want to tell you thank you for crafting this magnificent program. Thank you for following your heart and now more that ever I know the world needs this approach to living. I am beyond excited to finally tell my story and move our mission of the PCI forward. Thank you for all you do!
Karina de la CruzHuntington Beach, California
Gloria, your vision is beautiful and strong. What the Parent Coach Certification® Program does is change lives on many levels, beginning with the students and then their (our) clients. Every day I coach a parent, it doesn’t seize to amaze me what happens in their lives—the magic and transformation in what generally seems “impossible” become not only possible, but real on the lives of families.
Patricia BarrosLoveland, Ohio
Gloria DeGaetano is the most dynamic, ‘outside-the-box’ thinker I have ever met. And this shows up in the Parent Coach Certification® Training Program curriculum she developed—big time. It’s such a joy and inspiration to be part of this innovative, cutting-edge program!
Elaine CooperPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania
The PCI’s brilliant parent coaching training program found me exactly when I needed it. I was hungry to embrace a respectful, innovative way to support parents and found exactly that, and so much more. I am forever grateful that I received my PCI parent coach certification, and that because of it. I was able to begin an exciting, new career. There is absolutely nothing else like this program out there that is so comprehensive and life-changing.