Training for Professionals

Encouraging family participation in education and healthcare leads to better outcomes.

Education and healthcare professionals have high expectations for family engagement; however, families are often unaware of these expectations, for many reasons.

Professionals often don’t know where to begin when it comes to increasing family participation in school or in the hospital. Madvocator’s school- and healthcare-centered advocacy programming engages professionals and organizations in building communication practices that encourage family engagement and contribute to mutually beneficial relationships that promote the best outcomes for children and families.

Critical thinking is at the core of Madvocator’s professional seminars and programs, with the goal of helping education and healthcare professionals facilitate trusting relationships that benefit the child and the family in the health care and/or school settings.


  • Encouraging Family Engagement through Communication
  • Helping Families Get Organized for Success

Education Professionals

Thinking Critically to Increase Parent Engagement in the School Setting

State teaching standards include expectations for engaging parents and families. For example, the teaching standards for the State of Ohio require that “teachers share responsibility with parents and caregivers to support student learning, emotional
and physical development and mental health.”

In order to foster family engagement in the school setting, education professionals must be able to think critically about their own communication practices. This training focuses on critical thinking and communication as a core competencies in sharing responsibility with parents and caregivers.

Healthcare Professionals

A Day in the Life: Caregiving for the Child with Medical Complexities

This one-hour seminar focuses on the challenges, barriers and rewards of providing safe and effective home care for a medically complex child. This session is appropriate for health care and case management professionals as well as families of medically complex children.

Comments on this training:

“It has given me a perspective that will enable me to be more compassionate to the family’s needs and encourage them to practice self care as well as reach out to other families in similar situations for community support. I feel that I have a better understanding that will enable me to just be present and listen to them share their struggles and to be able to know that these feelings are common.”

“I will definitely share this information with co-workers and stress the fact that, the education that we give to the parents on caring for their child, is not all that these parents are going to need to be successful in the home environment.”

“This [training] has helped me to be mindful of the stress that families of medically complex children face and the importance of establishing a supportive and collaborative relationship with these families.”

Thinking Critically to Engage Patients and Families in the Healthcare Setting

Critical thinking is a core competency for improving patient and family engagement in the health care setting. Participants assess their own critical thinking and examine how it influences their practice, focusing how to improve communication with patients and families.