There are so many emotions a parent or caregiver goes through when their child struggles with substance use, and there is often a lot of unsolicited advice and judgment as well. Because of this, addiction is often a very isolating disease. Looking back, many parents who have been through the journey of a child’s addiction express that what they would have wanted most was to talk to a confidant and friend who understood.
Parent coaching provides parents with compassionate support from someone who has been in their shoes.
Read more about how parent coaching started and why we are renaming our coaching program – the Hedrick Parent Coaching Program.
Who is eligible?
If you have been personally affected by your child’s substance use and you are at a place where you’re ready to share your time and wisdom with other parents and families, we invite you to become a parent coach. You are not required or expected to have a professional background in addressing substance use or counseling.
How to get started
Upcoming training sessions
Frequently asked questions
Will I coach people in my community?
Not necessarily. The Partnership receives requests for parent coaches from across the country through our helpline. When matching parents with a trained parent coach, we try to keep them in the same time zone.
I am interested in the training, but am unable to commit to be a parent coach. Can I still participate?
Right now, training opportunities are only available to those individuals who can make a commitment to become a volunteer parent coach. When completing our survey, please note that you are unable to commit to volunteering at this time; we will notify you if additional opportunities become available.
I already volunteer in my own community. How will being a parent coach benefit me?
Our current parent coaches have repeatedly expressed that learning CRAFT and Motivational Interviewing, and then applying those skills as a parent coach, has helped them in their personal lives and in their work. Parent coaches learn from some of the top clinicians in the nation and then have the opportunity to use what they’ve learned by helping families from all walks of life. Parent coaches also learn from one another.
My child is actively using substances. Can I be a parent coach?
Yes. Our parent coaches have a wide range of experiences. Some have children in long-term recovery; some have children who are actively using substances; and some parents have lost children to addiction. Our only condition is that your commitment to parent coaching does not jeopardize your child’s progress toward a healthy recovery.