ACT Training and Certification
The ACT Program is a good fit for those interested in helping families provide healthy, nurturing environments for their children. Those interested in conducting the program's nine-week sessions for parents and caregivers in their communities need to go through our training and certification processes to become an ACT facilitator.
Becoming an ACT Facilitator
An ACT facilitator is a professional coming from fields such as psychology, social work, nursing, early childhood education, among others, prepared and certified to facilitate the parenting program groups using the program standardized curriculum, materials, processes and protocols and has completed all the requirements as determined by the APA Violence Prevention Office. They also involve their organizations and get support to include the ACT program in their portfolio of activities for families.
The training and certification of ACT facilitators require that individuals:
- Have a minimum of an associate's degree, but a bachelor's degree is preferred.
- Have organizational support to implement the program in their communities.
- Have previous experience working with families and young children.
- Have previous knowledge about the program curriculum.
- Attend the two-day training workshop.
- Conduct one eight-week parenting program group after the initial training.
- Tape or film one activity in Session 6 and send to the ACT coordinator that conducting the training.
- Complete the ACT program checklist and send it to the ACT coordinating site.
Benefits for ACT facilitators include:
- The program training centers offer continuing education units for workshop participants.
- Access to an Evidence-Based, affordable program that is effective in helping culturally- and ethnically-diverse families
- Opportunities for professional development.
- Connection with a national and international network of thousands of professionals.
- Access to up-to-date, top-notch science-based information, resources, including tools on parenting, child development, violence prevention, bullying, the impact of violence, etc.