Facilitator Training: EEMpact Parenting of Infants and Young Children, Spring 2021

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EEMpact Parenting of Infants and Young Children (IYC) is a world-recognized comprehensive outcomes-based parenting program for families that have infants or young children with special needs or medical diagnoses and conditions. EEMpact Parenting IYC program is delivered to parents over an immersive ‘retreat’ weekend or through weekly scheduled sessions.

BONUS TRAINING INCLUDED: In response to COVID and the significant shift in the way that we connect with our patients and families, we have developed an effective new program delivery approach with the combination of hard copy materials, online videos, and live Zoom sessions. Bonus training for this new approach will be provided after course completion.

This course, EEMpact Parenting IYC Online Training, is a 12-week course for clinical social workers and other healthcare professionals to learn how to host and facilitate EEMpact Parenting Programs.

To increase accessibility and learning immersion, the course includes hard-copy materials and will deliver weekly content and modules via an online learning platform called Teachable. Several live Zoom sessions will be scheduled where the program Founder, Danna Merritt, will review course content and provide coaching.

Participants will need to pass the test at the end of each module with a score of at least 80% to progress from one module to the next. At the completion of all of the modules, a participant will receive their certificate that they are trained and certified to host their own EEMpact Parenting programs.

10 modules in 12 weeks

  • Pre-work: Expectations and how to succeed with this course
  • Module 1: EEMPact Parenting Program Welcome and Getting Started
  • Module 2: Understanding Your Parenting Style
  • Module 3: Recognizing Your “New Normal”
  • Module 4: Learning Why Your Children Misbehave
  • Module 5: Connecting With Your Emotions and Feelings
  • Module 6: You and Your World View
  • Module 7: Learning About Your Self-Esteem
  • Module 8: Tackling Your Problems and Issues
  • Module 9: Improving Your Communication Skills
  • Module 10: Building Your 5-Point Plan

BONUS TRAINING: In response to the shift in the way that we connect with our patients and families, we have developed an effective new program delivery approach with the combination of hard copy materials, online videos, and live Zoom sessions. Bonus training for this new approach will be provided after course completion.

SPECIAL NOTE: The EEMpact Parenting of Infants and Young Children is the updated name and brand for the Parents Empowering Parents (PEP) program that was launched and used in the bleeding disorder community since 1996.


Your Instructors


Danna Merritt, MSW
Danna Merritt, MSW

Danna is a licensed clinical social worker with over four decades of experience working with families that have children with serious medical conditions and special needs. She founded the original EEMpact Parenting program over twenty years ago and launched the Energizing & Empowering Minds non-profit in 2016 to continue to ensure that parents have access to the support that they need. Danna retired from Children’s Hospital of Michigan and lives in Noblesville, Indiana. She is a mother of two daughters with six grandchildren. She enjoys spending her spare time with her family creating experiences and memories.


Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
This course will begin on May, 2021. New modules will be released each week. Participants will need to complete the module video, downloads, and quiz prior to moving to the next module. This course will complete prior to the end of July, 2021.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! However, since this both online content and hard-copy training materials that will be shipped to the participant prior to the start of the program, there will be no refunds.
Who should take this course?
This course has been uniquely designed for professionals that want to host and facilitate parenting programs like: Professionals working in a medical or clinical environment, Social Workers, Nurses, Physicians, and Teachers. Parents that have children with medical diagnoses or conditions that will be peer-facilitators during programs being hosted by a social worker, nurse, or physician need to take this course. Parent scholarships are available. Please contact [email protected] for more information.

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