GPS- Parent Support Group Facilitator Training - Yakima

Jul 05 2018

GPS- Parent Support Group Facilitator Training – Yakima

June 5, 2019 @ 8:30 am – June 6, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
The Klickitat Room
105 S. 2nd Avenue. Yakima
WA 98902
Perinatal Support Washington
This free training is open to providers and community members located in Central and Eastern Washington.
See below for information on how to apply to attend the training.
The training is offered by Perinatal Support WA through a grant from Strengthening Families
Washington at the Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF).


Wednesday, June 5th and Thursday, June 6th
Registration: 8:00am
Training is from 8:30am-5:00pm both days
Lunch provided


Mia Edidin, LICSW
Crystal Gurney, CD(DONA)

GPS Group Peer Support© is an evidence-informed group model that will give you the map to support parents in your community. GPS for Parents© is an empowering group experience that provides a place for parents to address the challenges they face, hear from others on the path, gain perspective and strength, and chart a course through challenging times. ‘

This model can be used in a wide variety of settings including those running postpartum support groups, breast/chest feeding groups, psychoeducational groups for parents with kids 0-3, for families in the NICU, perinatal loss groups, and any group in which parents are asked to share and listen.


1. Learn how to provide an evidence-informed model that incorporates cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, mindfulness-based stress reduction and psychosocial education in a warm and accessible group model

2. Learn group leadership skills to provide trauma-informed, empowering group environments through both didactic and experiential learning modalities

3. Explore cultural messages and myths that can undermine confidence, competence and mental health

4. Learn how to provide a population and culturally sensitive, group model for diverse communities

5. Include the values and soul of your community into the heart of GPS Group Peer Support©

6. Merge GPS Group Peer Support© with already-existing educational curricula and learning objectives to enhance deeper engagement


  • 14 CEU’s approved for LICWs, LMHCs, and LMFTs
  • 14 Contact hours are pending for RNs

This Program has been approved for 14 CEUs for Licensed Social Workers, Mental Health Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapists by the Washington State Society for Clinical Social Work.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 17084 for 14 contact hours

GPS for Parents© is based on over 15 years of model development by both Annette Cycon and Liz Friedman in their work as the co-founders of MotherWomans Postpartum Support Initiative and through their development of the MotherWoman Support Group Model.

This training is open to experienced and first-time group leaders.

Directions to apply:
To apply to attend this training free fo charge you must live in Central or Eastern Washington and intend to start a new parent support group or currently run a new parent support group. Priority will be given to those who meet the guidelines on a first come first serve basis. For information on the guidelines and directions to apply,  please review the following document:  Support group facilitator guidelines.