Certified Family Support Partner


The Certified Family Support Partner (CFSP) training course is 40 hours of training to prepare parents/caregivers who have lived experience raising a child with a mental health diagnosis and experience navigating child-serving systems in becoming Certified Family Support Partners. CFSPs assist other parents who are raising children with mental health diagnosis or a co-occurring mental health diagnosis and substance use disorder to support the parents and family members by helping them understand the children’s behavioral health system, how to use their story to assist other caregivers, and act as a mentor, coach or guide. The role of the CFSP is non-clinical.

Application Process:

Course Modules:

  • Introduction to the Role of a CFSP
  • Ethics and Professionalism
  • Use  your Story Appropriately
  • Listening and Responding Skills
  • Communication Styles
  • Self-Care Begins with Self-Awareness
  • Mentoring Skills
  • Stages of Change
  • Building Collaborative Relationships and Advocating
  • Serious Emotional Disturbance (SED) & Substance Use Disorders (SUD)
  • The Children’s Mental Health System of Care
  • Cultural Humility and Trauma-informed Care
  • The Child with a Mental Health Diagnosis/SED and Family Dynamics
  • Navigating Child-serving Systems Part I: Preparing for Meetings
  • Navigating Child-serving Systems Part II: How to Find Resources
  • Treatment Plans and Service/Recovery Plans
  • Steps Toward Certification


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Requirements and Costs

Degrees and Certificates

Certificate of Completion


Skills, Traits, and Prep Classes

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Lived experience raising a child with a mental health diagnosis or co-occurring mental health diagnosis and substance use disorder and experience navigating the children’s mental health system
  • Write a short essay regarding this lived experience – Enrollment is by application only.

Minimum Age Requirement



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Certified Family Support Partner

04/01/17 to 5/04/17

This course will be held at the Ada County Campus in a non-traditional schedule as follows

  • Saturday Sessions from 08:00AM to 04:30PM
    • April 1 and 8
  • Tuesday and Thursday Sessions from 06:00PM to 09:00PM
    • April 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, and 27
    • May 2 and 4


Program fee:  $395

Class costs and fees are subject to change without notice.


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Ada County Campus Pintail Center

1360 S. Eagle Flight Way, Boise, ID 83709