TJCPC Trainings

Parent Engagement Training Program

The Effective Parent & Child Engagement training program is a comprehensive intervention/prevention training series designed to reduce and/or prevent school truancy, drug abuse and other habits that may lead to youth delinquency or incarceration. This training series empowers parents to become meaningfully engaged in the lives of their children as a result of them attending the following training track comprised of four (4) consecutive, two (2) hour training sessions:


(1)       Communication

Talking to or Talking With – This session explores communication pitfalls while equipping the parent and child with techniques and strategies for effective communication. Both are engaged in classroom activities and are given take home assignments that promote skill application in the home. The process and value of both talking and listening are techniques emphasized in this session.

(2)        Effective Parenting

This session primarily focuses on parenting styles; understanding the concept of effective parenting and what that looks like in everyday life. The full range of effective parenting qualities are explored from love and nurturing, support, setting limits, role modeling, showing respect, through and including a range of experiences. This is a very interactive session that incorporates role playing as a teaching tool along with in class and home activities. Parents and their children identify the parenting styles currently used in their households; determining whether that style is working and how to adjust their parenting styles to become more effective parents.

(3)        Effective Advocacy

This session involves teaching parents to be effective and appropriate advocates for their children at schools, in the legal system and their communities. Parents are taught that advocacy begins with them. Basic advocacy skills are taught from the standpoint of guaranteed rights through and including the steps of advocating (approaching the right person, identifying needs, potential solutions, etc.). Both parents and students are introduced to the notions of “chain of command” and protocol. The trainer refers to the school district’s student code of conduct manual as a part of the training materials in this session and also makes certain that all individuals are familiar with their school’s Board of Trustee members and their functions. Parents have an in class assignment called an “Advocacy Plan” that requires them to apply the skills learned in this session and previous sessions. Both trainer and parents keep a copy for follow-up.

(4)        Parental Involvement: Parents Being Present –

This is the final session with a focus on the value of parents being involved in their children’s lives. The underlying goal of this session is to ignite an interest and commitment to be involved. The typical reasons for disengagement and in-involvement are discussed (feeling marginalized, not knowing “how” to enter into conversations & activities that make a difference in school, etc.) to facilitate parents openly identifying and understanding their previous lack of involvement. Levels of engagement are discussed and strategies for becoming involved are presented to both parents and their students. We help both parents and students recognize their niche and embrace it as their pathway to involvement in the schools, at home and communities. In class activities engage both parents and students.

Throughout the entire four (4) week training period, students are engaged in a series of activities designed to enhance, promote or encourage educational attainment, goal setting, life and academic skills development and leadership.

The Effective Parent & Child Engagement training program is another Center initiative to prevent and reduce juvenile crime and delinquency among youths in the State of Texas. This training is available upon request. Please contact Grady M. Paris, J.D. at 936-261-5211 or for further details.

Substance Use, Misuse, & Use Disorders Training Program

In 2016-17, more than 700 individuals participated in the Substance Use, Misuse, and Use Disorders Trainings.  This training program is available upon request. Please contact Dr. Broadus at 936-261-5258 or for additional information.


Basic (Core) Modules providing entry-level understanding of addiction

  • Core Module 1: Addiction: How Attitudes and Beliefs Drive Behavior
  • Core Module 2: Understanding the Science of Addiction
  • Core Module 3: Influencing Choices: Reducing Risk and Increasing Protective Factors
  • Core Module 4: Community Capacity: Developing the Tools for Change (Under Review)
  • Core Module 5: Reducing Risk: Combating Teen Stress through Skill Development
  • Core Module 6: Co-Occurring Disorders: When Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders Collide (Under Development)

Drug-Specific (DS) Modules (More advanced workshops about specific drugs of use)

  • Drug-Specific Module 1: What Your Teen Doesn’t Know: Marijuana and Synthetic Cannabinoids
  • Drug-Specific Module 2: What Your Teen Doesn’t Know: Stimulants and Synthetic Cathinones
  • Drug-Specific Module 3: Tobacco and e-Cigarettes: Vaping Is Not the Solution to Dependence
  • Drug-Specific Module 4: Opioids, Prescription Drugs: Rising Concerns Among Adolescents
  • Drug-Specific Module 5: Under-age Drinking: Culture, Peer Pressure, Beliefs, and the Teen Brain
  • Drug-Specific Module 6: Entactogens, Entheogens, and Empathogens: The Teenage Lure of Finding Oneself (Under Development)

Training Activities since September 2016

Date Address Sponsor Hrs. Topics Total Participants
9/20/2016 Bryan Fire Department Station 5
2052 W Villa Maria Road
BVCOG 2 Core 1 13
9/27/2016 Bryan Fire Department Station 5
2052 W Villa Maria Road
BVCOG 2 Core 2 14
10/4/2016 Bryan Fire Department Station 5
2052 W Villa Maria Road
BVCOG 2 Core 3 11
10/14/2016 South Texas Area Regional Training, 7000 Padre Blvd LRGVDC 4 DS 1,

DS 2

10/17/2016 Angelina College
3500 South1st Street
Community Services Building, Room CS104 Conference Center
DETCOG 6 Core 1-3 76
10/26/2016 Henry Wade Juvenile Detention Center
2600 Lone Star Drive
NCTCOG 6 Core 1-3 40
11/4/2016 The Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, 1801 South Alameda Street, Ste 150 CBCOG 4 Core 1-2 32
11/15/2016 Nortex Regional Planning Commission, suite 200
4309 Jacksboro Hwy
NORTEX 8 Core 2 & 3,  DS 1 & 2 20
11/18/2016 The Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, 1801 South Alameda Street, Ste 150 CBCOG 4 DS 1 & 2 19
1/23/2017 New Horizons, 147 Sayles Blvd., Abilene, TX 79602 WCTCOG 4 Core 1 & 3 40
1/24/2017 New Horizons, 147 Sayles Blvd., Abilene, TX 79602 WCTCOG 4 DS 3 & 4 33
2/15/2017 The Menger Hotel, 204 Alamo Plaza, San Antonio, TX 78205 TJDA 2 Core 1 76
3/8/2017 2601 Gholson Road, Waco, TX 76704 HOTCOG 2 Core 1 26
3/28/2017 301 E. Mitchell, San Antonio, TX 78210 AACOG 8 Core 1 & 5, DS 1 & 4 18
4/4/2017 2601 Gholson Road, Waco, TX 76704 HOTCOG 2 Core 2 17
4/5/2017 NORTEX CARE Conference, Midwestern University, Clark Student Center, 3410 Taft Blvd, Wichita Falls, TX NORTEX 8 Core 1 & 5, DS 3 & 5 54
5/4/2017 Harris County Juvenile Probation Department,

University of Houston Downtown, Wilhelmina Cullen Robertson Auditorium, 1 Main Street, Houston, Texas 77002

H-GAC 2 Core 1 42


5/8/2017 El Paso County Sheriff’s Academy, 12501 Montana Ave, El Paso, TX 79938 RIOCOG 6 Core 1-3 22
5/9/2017 El Paso County Sheriff’s Academy, 12501 Montana Ave, El Paso, TX 79938 RIOCOG 6 Core 5, DS 1 & 3 27
5/10/2017 City of Marfa City Hall, 113 S. Highland, Marfa, Tx 79843 RIOCOG 4 Core 1 & 2 6
5/11/2017 City of Marfa City Hall, 113 S. Highland, Marfa, Tx 79843 RIOCOG 4 DS 3 & 5 3
6/6/2017 Region 5 Education Center, Edison Plaza, 350 Pine Street, #500
Beaumont, TX
SETRPC 8 Core 2 & 3, DS 1 & 2 11
6/21/2017 2601 Gholson Road, Waco, TX 76704 HOTCOG 8 Core 3, DS 1, 2 & 4 12
6/23/2017 CAPCOG
6800 Burleson Road, Building 310, Suite 165
Austin, TX  78744
CAPCOG 8 Core 1-3 29
08/7-10/2017 Cameron County Juvenile Probation Department, 650 Business 77, San Benito, TX 78586 LRGVDC 12 Day 1: Core 1-3            Day 2: SD 1, 2, 4  PENDING: Not included in statistics



Individual Trainings COGs Represented Hours of Training Number of Times Topic was Covered

Core 1 (Attitudes)

Core 2 (Science)

Core 3 (Risk/Protective Factors)

Core 4 (Building Community Cap – Under construction)

Core 5 (Teen Stress)

Core 6 (Co-Occurring – Forthcoming)

SD 1 (THC/Synthetic THC)

SD 2 (Stimulants/Synthetic Stim.)

SD 3 (Tobacco/E-Vaping)

SD 4 (Opioids)

SD 5 (Teen Alcohol)

SD 6 (Hallucinogens/Entactogens – Forthcoming)

27 13 (54.2%), Plus the TJDA 136 Core 1: 13

Core 2: 10

Core 3: 9

Core 4: 0

Core 5: 3

Core 6: 0

SD 1:    7

SD 2:    5

SD 3:    4

SD 4:    3

SD 5:    2

SD 6:    0