Site Index | CDE Offices | Staff Directory


* * CDE will be closed on Monday, Dec. 24 and Tuesday, Dec. 25 for the Christmas holiday. * *

Parent Counseling and Training

Parent/Family Image (Large)

The purpose of Parent Counseling and Training is to assist parents in acquiring skills to support the implementation of their child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP). In some cases this may involve helping the parent to gain skills needed to support IEP goals and objectives at home. This purpose can be accomplished by:

  • Assisting parents in understanding the educational needs of their child,
  • Providing parents with information about child development,
  • Providing support and basic information about a child’s initial placement in special education, and
  • Providing parents with contact information about parent support groups, financial assistance resources, and other potential sources of information or support outside the school system.

Parent Counseling and Training is intended to benefit the child by helping them to make greater gains toward meeting their IEP goals and objectives because important learning supports will be provided both at school and at home.

Parent Counseling and Training: Guidelines for Colorado Parents and Educators (PDF)


For more information about services for Parent Counseling and Training, please contact:

Joyce Thiessen-Barrett
Email Joyce Thiessen-Barrett
Phone: (303) 866-6876

Quick Links


Contact Us

Colorado Dept. of Education
201 East Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80203
Phone: 303-866-6600
Fax: 303-830-0793
Contact CDE

CDE Hours
Mon - Fri 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
See also: Licensing Hours

Educator Licensing 

WCC Access