Autism Spectrum & Language Delays Parent Program Certification
“A Certified Group Leader is someone who has been certified/accredited after demonstrating competency in facilitating groups using the IY standard materials, methods, processes and protocols.”
We are excited that you are interested in Incredible Years® Autism Spectrum & Language Delays Parenting Group Leader Certification! Please browse through the information on this page and contact us with your questions. We are happy to assist you through this process.
Step 1: Send in your DVD for review (see #9) and certification fee along with the following forms: Application Form (#1), Brief letter summarizing the session/topic covered and population served, as well as ONE Self Evaluation that corresponds to the DVD session you are sending for review (this counts as one of the four total peer/self evaluations).
Step 2: Once your DVD review passes, you will be asked to send in the remaining paperwork – see notations below.
- Application form. (Send with DVD.)
Basic Parent Certification Application
- One-page letter discussing your interest in becoming certified, your goals plans and philosophy of effective parenting and your clinical experience. (Send after passing review.)
- Confidential background questionnaire about your professional experience. (Used to improve the quality of our trainings and materials.) (Send after passing review.)
Background Questionnaire for Parent Group Leaders
- Two letters of reference. (Send after passing review.)
- Weekly and final evaluations by parents (see manual for forms) for two full groups. (Send after passing review.)
- Attendance list for each of two groups (50% of parents must finish groups, min of 6). (Send after passing review.)
- Leader checklists for two full groups. 6+ sessions. (Send after passing review.)
- Submit a peer-evaluation and a self-evaluation for each of two groups. (Send one self evaluation with DVD, send remainder after passing review.)
Peer & Self Evaluation (Parent) (Editable form)
- Certified mentor or trainer’s supervisory feedback review of your group session. This review can be done on site or, you may submit a DVD video review. The review expects the following protocols to be met:
Parent Group Leader Process Checklist Autism Process Checklist (Supplement - Use with Full Basic Checklist)
See Application Information section for further information about preparing your DVD.
Note: Your DVD must demonstrate the points contained in the Group Leader Process Checklist. If it does not meet these requirements a second DVD must be submitted. USB memory stick or DVD only (NTSC or PAL format). No mini DV or other small formats accepted (please call about converting).
There is a certification application fee of $525 which includes detailed DVD video review and supervisory report (up to two video reviews), registration process, and certificate of certification. Additional video review, if needed, is billed at the rate of $90 per hour. The certification application fee must be received for the DVD to be reviewed. If the supervisory report has been approved by a certified mentor (rather than an Incredible Years trainer) then the cost of certification is $175.
Send Application Materials and Certification Fee to:
Incredible Years, Inc.
1411 8th Avenue West
Seattle, WA 98119 USA
Attend Approved Training Workshop:
Only those candidates who have successfully completed the approved training qualify to submit a certification application. Approved training consists of a 2-day workshop offered by a certified mentor or trainer of group leaders. *Currently the Basic Parent Group Leader Training is a prerequisite for this training.
Conduct a minimum of 2 groups, utilizing the Autism Spectrum & Language Delays Parenting video series (each group lasting a minimum of 12 weeks). The optimal number per group is 12-14 parents. It is required that more than 50% of those starting the program complete all sessions (minimum 6 parents finishing the groups). A list of dates, locations, and number of attendees must be submitted.
Submit to the Certification Committee Workshop Session Checklists for 2 complete groups. See the Parent Program resources page for the Autism Spectrum & Language Delays Parenting Program Leader Agendas and Checklists
Submit to the Certification Committee weekly evaluations by each parent who attends each of the 6+ sessions for both groups.
Submit to the Certification Committee final program evaluations (Final Satisfaction Questionnaire) by each parent who attended the two groups.
Peer and Self-Evaluation:
Submit 2 Peer and 2 Self-evaluations using the form below from two different group sessions. (A total of four evaluations will be submitted.)Peer & Self Evaluation (Parent)
Feedback from Certified Mentor or Trainer:
Telephone consultation from Certified/Accredited Mentor or Trainer. Group leaders may request telephone consultation, which is provided by a Mentor or Trainer. Consultation calls are contracted through IY office.
In-Person Consultation workshops led by Certified/Accredited Mentor or Trainer. These workshops consist of 6-8 pairs of group leaders who present videos of their parent groups for peer review and feedback from IY Mentor or Trainer. Agencies may request these consultation workshops at their site or send group leaders to regularly held workshops in Seattle.
DVD review of complete parent group session by IY Certified/Accredited Mentor or Trainer. After submitting a DVD recording of a complete parent group session, the group leader will receive a detailed written report of their performance. The report will provide specific feedback for the group leader. Two complete DVD reviews are included in the certification fee. For each additional DVD review (beyond the first two), a fee is required due to the time intensive process of the review and preparation of the written report. Most group leaders submit at least two DVDs (at different times, from different groups) before obtaining final approval.
The DVD should be labeled, identifying the program (Autism Spectrum & Language Delays Parent Program) and submitted with the group leader’s self-evaluation checklist and must meet minimal requirements for following session protocols.
Please see the Tips for Preparing your DVD for review below.Tips for Preparing DVD for Review (Parent)
(Certified group leaders are expected to attend a 1-day renewal consultation workshop every 5 years.)