Training & Resources

Tools in Your Toolbox

One of the ways that we can find some relief is with parent training. It can help us interact with our kids in a connected way, as well as to avoid conflict, and de-escalate conflict. Here, we share helpful resources that our families have found to be supportive.

Training and Reading We Found Helpful

Mental Health and Autism Insurance Project

The idea for the Mental Health and Autism Insurance Project came about when parents came together and realized that their health plans were providing few, if any, services for our children with ASDs.

A non-profit was formed in 2009. Our mission is to assist families with children with autism spectrum disorders (and later other mental health conditions) to obtain medically necessary treatments through their health plans, so that they can ultimately reach their full potential.

We do this by fielding questions from the public, offering seminars to the public, educating legislators and regulators on laws that will protect these populations, and providing direct services to assist families with obtaining single case agreements, writing appeals and requesting regulatory intervention.

We also help providers and the facilities that serve them by offering pre and ongoing authorizations, appeal writing, billing (for facilities), collecting unpaid claims, and other services, as needed.

Mental Health Association in Michigan

On August 23rd, 2022 The Mental Health Association in Michigan along with Advocates for Mental Health for MI Youth hosted a public policy roundtable webinar. This covered important topics such as accessing the system, access to services, and available supports. It also addressed potential solutions for when the system doesn’t work as it should.  

Trust Based Relational Intervention

Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI®) 

Strong Faith-Based Approach to Parenting Model – TBRI® is an attachment-based, trauma-informed intervention that is designed to meet the complex needs of vulnerable children. TBRI® uses Empowering Principles to address physical needs, Connecting Principles for attachment needs, and Correcting Principles to disarm fear-based behaviors. While the intervention is based on years of attachment, sensory processing, and neuroscience research, the heartbeat of TBRI® is connection.

    NAMI Basics

    NAMI Basics is the new signature education program for parents and other caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illnesses. The NAMI Basics course is taught by trained teachers who are the parent or other caregivers of individuals who developed the symptoms of mental illness prior to the age of 13 years.

    The course consists of six classes, each lasting for 2 ½ hours. Classes may be offered weekly for six consecutive weeks, or may be offered twice per week for three weeks to accommodate the hectic schedules of parents. All instruction materials are FREE to participants.


      The Explosive Child: CPS Model

      The Explosive Child: CPS Model (Collaborative & Proactive Solutions)

      An experienced therapist offers  groundbreaking and compassionate techniques for helping chronically inflexible children, who suffer from excessively immoderate tempers, showing how brain-based deficits contribute to these problems and offering positive and constructive ways to calm things down.

        Reading Materials

        Michigan Alliance for Families

        • Michigan Alliance for Families offers a wide variety of training on things from IEP process to guardianship options. Many of the trainings are recorded and available in the archives.

        "Finding You" Podcast

        “Finding You” podcast with Dr. Brad Reedy of Evoke Therapy

        These broadcasts offer parents and other family members the tools, insight, and support they need to navigate life’s challenges. This free resource offers anyone the chance to improve their relationship with a child, sibling, parent, or spouse struggling with mental health or addiction issues.

        The Association for Training on Trauma Attachment in Children (ATTACh)

        The Association for Training on Trauma and Attachment in Children (ATTACh) is a national and international coalition of parents, caregivers and professionals working to give all communities the support they need to make healing children more hopeful and more effective. We know what you’re going through. We want to give you better ways to help.

        The Nurtured Heart Approach

        The Nurtured Heart Approach – A revolutionary approach to support and empower parents and caregivers in cultivating Inner Wealth™ in themselves and others fostering fulfilling and generative relationships.

        • The website includes a primer on NHA Approach
        • An NHA Film ‘A Better Way’
        • Courses (Both Free and Paid)

        Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

        Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT)  is a type of cognitive behavioral therapy. DBT may be used to treat suicidal and other self-destructive behaviors. It teaches patients skills to cope with, and change, unhealthy behaviors.



          At Boys Town, we provide an array of life-changing youth care and health care services that meet each child and family exactly where they are so they get the right kind of care, at the right time, in the right way. Whether caring for a child in crisis, treating complex health care conditions or helping families find the parenting resources they need, Boys Town is here for you and your family with expert, compassionate care and a proven track record of helping children and families heal and grow in mind, body and spirit.

            • Includes downloadable Tools, Parenting Guides, and Free Email Series