GPS- Parent Support Group Facilitator Training - Seattle

Jul 05 2018

GPS- Parent Support Group Facilitator Training – Seattle

October 10, 2019 @ 8:30 am – October 11, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
2100 Building, Community Room B
2100 24th Avenue South Seattle
WA 98144
Perinatal Support Washington

Thursday, October 10th and Friday, October 11th
Registration: 8:00am
Training is from 8:30am-5:00pm

Presenters: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

Lunch on your own


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

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. Providers of services to ALL parents are invited to participate in this training.


Limited Scholarships available:
Consideration is given to applicants who are:
1. planning to or already run a new parent support group,
2. is from a community that has historically been unserved or underserved,
Please write a brief statement about your plans for providing a parent support group, how you will provide services to communities that have historically been under-served, and how you hope this training will impact your community or community you serve. Please be sure to include brief info about yourself including your job title and role and what geographic area/county you will work in. Email information to Deadline to apply is Friday, September 13th.