What Is The Parent Empowerment Program (PEP)?

The Parent Empowerment Program (PEP) is a training program for Family Peer Advocates (FPAs). PEP training introduces new FPAs to their role and to the skills they will need to effectively engage and empower parents.

PEP Training includes self-paced online modules, a multi-day, “live” training on Zoom, and a series of coaching phone calls  Successful completion of the Parent Empowerment Program (PEP) Training is required for anyone seeking a Family Peer Advocate Credential in New York State.

Who Should Participate in PEP Training?

FPAs have lived-experience as the parent (biological, foster, adoptive) or primary caregiver of a child/young person with significant social, emotional, developmental, medical, substance use and/or behavioral needs. FPAs provide a service called Family Peer Support.


How Do I Access the Online PEP Training?

When you click the button below you will be redirected to the Self-Learning Center hosted by our partners from the Community Technical Assistance Center of New York (CTAC). This is where you will access the online training modules.

Additional information about each level of PEP Training is listed in the menus below.

CLICK HERE for a ‘Getting Started’ guide.

Access Code: FPATraining

PEP Level 1 Online Training

Choose this pathway if…

  • You are a parent or primary caregiver with ‘lived experience’ navigating one or more child-serving systems for your child with social, emotional, behavioral, developmental, or complex health care needs; and,
  • You already have a job as an FPA or if you might be interested in becoming an FPA in the future; and,
  • You have never taken and completed ‘traditional’ PEP Training (5-day in-person training).


PEP Level 2 Online Training

Choose this pathway if….

  • You have completed the PEP Level 1 Online Training.
  • Access will be automatically granted upon completion of the Level 1 post-training self-efficacy questionnaire and post-training knowledge survey.

PEP Level 2 In-Person/Virtual Training

Continue with this pathway ONLY if…

  • You hold a current FPA Provisional Credential; and,
  • You have completed ALL of the Level 1 and Level 2 online modules; and,
  • You are currently providing services that fill within the role of a FPA (employment or volunteer); and,
  • You are available to participate in the full training along with 6 weekly coaching calls (schedule TBD).

Availability is limited to the first 16 eligible registrants. If you do not yet meet training requirements, your registration will be cancelled.



1-hour Orientation on June 10 @ 9:30am – 10:30am
4-Day Virtual Training on June 13-14 and 17-18 @ 9:30am – 3:00pm each day

Trainees are also required to participate in 16, one-hour coaching calls following completion of the virtual training. We will meet on Mondays & Wednesdays @ 9:00am – 10:00am from 7/1 through 8/28, skipping 8/19 and 8/26.

June Registration is currently full! Email FPACredential@ftnys.org to be added to wait-list.


1-hour Orientation on August 19 @ 9:30am – 10:30am
4-Day Virtual Training on August 22-23, and 26-27 @ 9:30am – 3:00pm each day

Trainees are also required to participate in 16, one-hour coaching calls following completion of the virtual training. We will meet on Tuesdays & Thursdays @ 9:00am – 10:00am from 9/10 through 11/7, skipping 10/3 and 10/8.

August Registration is OPEN! Email FPACredential@ftnys.org to register today


Contact Us

For all general inquires about the FPA Training & Credential pathway, please email FPACredential@FTNYS.org or call (518) 432-0333 ext.18 and leave a voicemail.

Please allow up to 3 business days for a reply.

Family Training Coordinator

TJ Curtis, BA, FDC, FPA-P
Training & Workforce Development Department
(646) 276-0534