Empowering Parents of Youth With Severe Behaviors Through Peer-Delivered Support

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 4,9
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Session 7: Psychological Services for Specific Groups of Students

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. conceptualize the Parent Support Partners (PSP) framework and its research base.
  2. extend PSP outcomes for youth with serious emotional disturbance into useful parent engagement and empowerment strategies.
  3. pinpoint specific sample characteristics that contributed to parents engaging in a peer-delivered intervention.


How can we best support parents of children with significant social–emotional–behavioral challenges? Parents of this group of children face unique barriers to mental health services. This poster presentation provides school psychologists with program evaluation outcomes of a statewide parent intervention, delivered by parents with lived experience. The Parent Support Partner (PSP) Project is aimed at meeting the needs of vulnerable families of youth identified with serious emotional disturbance (N = 464). Intervention outcomes and implications are reviewed.



Lindsay Poole, Michigan State University
John S. Carlson, Michigan State University


Kimberly S. Batsche-McKenzie, Justin Tate


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