Parent Coaches

Our group of Parent Coaches offers peer-to-peer support and assistance to families who are dealing with their teen or young adult’s substance issues. All of our Parent Coaches have been there. They’ve been through the struggle of caring for a child with a substance use issue – some are still going through it.

Who are Parent Coaches?

All of our Parent Coaches are volunteers who have been personally affected by a family member’s – usually a child’s – substance use. Some have children in recovery; some have lost children; and some have children who are relapsed or are actively using. All of them have been there.

Since 2013 more than 100 parents have been trained to be Parent Coaches by our clinical partners at the Center for Motivation and Change. Trainings have been held in New York, Boston, Houston, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, and Oklahoma City.

Parent Coaches are not psychotherapists nor is Parent Coaching considered a substitute for psychotherapy. Parent Coaching should never be used as a substitute for professional counseling, legal, financial or medical services. The Coach’s role is not to provide “the answer” or give solutions to the issues your family is facing. What may have worked for your Coach may not be helpful to you. Their role is to listen with empathy; support you as you problem-solve; and to guide you through ideas that may be helpful to you. Parents seeking support and Coaches typically have five conversations on the phone, usually about 45 minutes in length, over the course of 5-6 weeks.

Our current roster of active Parent Coaches includes:

Pat A., New Jersey Pernilla B., New Jersey Sandy B., Idaho
Shannon C., Minnesota Valerie C., Virginia Dean D., Michigan
Karen E., Pennsylvania Ron G., Kansas Cathy K., California
Judy K., Florida Paul K., Massachusetts Sharon L., Pennsylvania
Brigitte M., Georgia Denise M., New Jersey Kim M., Indiana
Lea M., Illinois Marissa M., Indiana Kim O., Arizona
Lorraine P., New York Patty S., Alabama Laurie W., Pennsylvania

The coaching service is offered via our Helpline based on a caller’s situation, so to connect with a coach one must first call our free Helpline to speak with a specialist. Unfortunately, we currently have greater demand for Coaching than Coaches available, so we cannot make coaching available to every caller who seeks it.

If you are interested in becoming a Parent Coach, or hosting a Parent Coach Training in your community, please contact us.