ACT Master Trainers/Coordinators are professionals with an advanced degree (MS, MSW, MFT, LPC, RN, MA, PhD, PsyD) in fields such as mental health and counseling, social work, education, school administration, nursing or primary care. They have longstanding experience in conducting training for professionals and program management, and have previous experience conducting the ACT Program with groups of parents and/or caregivers.

Individuals on this track will be invited to the annual leadership meeting in Washington, D.C. and to participate in webinars organized by the APA Office of Violence Prevention. They will have online access to purchase the program copyrighted materials.


The ACT Master Trainers/Coordinators are is responsible for:

  • Organizing and conducting the two-day workshops in their communities or states to train ACT facilitators. Facilitators are those who conduct the parenting program groups.
  • Ensuring facilitators’ adherence to the standardized curriculum, materials and protocols as defined by the APA Violence Prevention Office.
  • Ensuring certification of ACT facilitators.
Main Tasks Related to ACT Coordinators/Master Trainers’ Organization of the ACT Facilitator Workshop
  • Secure organizational and financial support to schedule and offer the workshops.
  • Recruit participants and verify their qualifications for the role of ACT Facilitator.
  • Online purchase of the ACT kits for participants.
  • Event planning to include marketing, registration, logistics, catering, evaluation and certificates.
  • Maintain contact with trained professionals and support them in program implementation.

Training and certification of ACT coordinators/master trainers are the responsibility of the APA Violence Prevention Office. The invitational training is conducted by the office director along with an experienced coordinator/master trainer. Registration is handled through SurveyMonkey.

Training Requirements
  • An advanced degree, but those with bachelor’s degrees and significant experience with training of adults and program management are encouraged to apply.
  • A letter demonstrating organizational support for the program.
  • A curriculum vitae or resume.
  • Must have been an ACT facilitator.
  • Previous experience training professionals and class management skills.
  • General knowledge of child development, adult learning and evaluation.
  • Involvement with promotion/organization of training for adults.
  • Good communication skills and proven ability to gather support for projects.
Program Delivery

1. The role, responsibilities and expectations of the ACT coordinator/master trainers

  • Ensure organizational support.
  • Ensure financial support.
  • Build community support.

2. Marketing of a program

  • Identification of the audience, development of marketing strategies and messages, highlight of program benefits and evaluation results.
  • Review of the program existing marketing materials and tools; development of new ones for specific groups and communities.
  • Spread the word about the program in the community through media, social media, direct contact.

3. Organizing the two-day ACT Facilitator Workshops

  • Identify previous experiences to pull from. 
  • Identify potential partnering organizations and participants. 
  • Develop strategies for recruitment.
  • Purchase materials online at secured access account.
  • Review of ACT program materials.
  • Have a logistic plan for location, catering, printing of materials.
  • Review training materials and evaluation instruments.

4. Review of The ACT Facilitator Manual content and materials

  • Main points in the manual: child development, emotion regulation, anger management, positive parenting, attention to good behaviors, control of media exposure, be involved and be present.
  • Conduct more in-depth review of challenging topics such as discipline, impact of exposure to vioence and abuse, and violence in the media.
  • Purchasing ACT materials through APA MyAccount system.

5. Review of adult learning principles

  • How adults learn.
  • Handling group challenging behaviors.
  • Motivational Interviewing principles and materials.
  • Cultural competency.

6. Program evaluation

  • Review of the “ACT Evaluation Guide” for instructions and instruments.
  • Be prepared to explain evaluation protocols and pre-and post-questionnaires for parents.
  • Make copies of the pre-and post-questionnaires.

7. Ensuring program fidelity

  • The ACT Activity Checklist Form: Where it is, how to use it, where to send it.
  • Instructions to be shared with ACT Facilitators about adaptation: What is adaptation? What can be adapted? When? Why? What additional materials can be added?
  • Follow up with trained ACT Facilitators: process, materials, frequency.

8. Staying connected with the APA Violence Prevention Office (VPO)

  • Certification process.
  • What APA VPO can offer: listserv, annual seminar, webinars, materials, support letter for proposals, speakers for conferences, ongoing consultation.
Trainer Certification Process

To be certified as ACT coordinator/master trainer, professionals need to:

  • Facilitate or co-facilitate one ACT facilitator workshop within one year of the online training.
  • Participate in the webinar series organized by the APA Violence Prevention Office in the year of training.
  • Submit annual action plan to the ACT national office at APA VPO.
  • Submit biannual data related to activities conducted during the year after the online training and after that.
  • Submit annual qualitative report of activities.
Workshop Preparation and Budget
Check list

First step

  • Create the budget.
  • Secure sponsor/s.
  • Engage in marketing and advertising, participant registration.
  • Confirm location, date, time.

Second step

  • Confirm list of participants.
  • Order ACT kits through the ACT site. 
  • Make copies of additional materials: agenda; evaluation questionnaires; Wheel of Feelings; homework sheets; worksheets.
  • Identify and contact caterer.

Third step

  • Send reminder to participants for registration confirmation.
  • Check logistics: room; materials; audio-visuals; catering.
  • Create name badges.

The day of the workshop

  • Have signs directing participants to workshop room.
  • Try out equipment.
  • Bring materials to the room: kits and others.
  • Set up tables: name badges, table tents, agenda, materials.
  • Locate restrooms.
  • Check catering arrangements.

Budget items sample

  • Materials: One ACT kit for each workshop participant.
  • Catering (optional): snacks, refreshments, lunch.
  • Coordinator/Master Trainer’s fee: 16 hours at the workshop +8 hours of preparation.
  • Photocopies of ACT materials for participants and marketing materials.

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