Parent to Parent (P2P) documents

The following are documents for Washington State P2P Coordinators.

P2P Coordinator Manual

Introduction and Table of Contents

Ch. 1 - Establishing a Program

Ch. 2 - Volunteer Recruitment and Retention

Ch. 3 - Volunteer Training

Ch. 4 - Community Outreach

Appendix A - Sample Forms, Tips, & Guides

Attributes (Qualities) of a Good Parent to Parent Coordinator

Coordinator Job Description

P2P New Coordinator Checklist 7-31-2018


Information on ACES


A. Abuse and Neglect

B. P2P Research


Also take a look at the “National Geographic video- “The Science of Stress” and some other supporting information.

Here is a video that support the brain research - the peer support part is about 42 minutes into the video.
National Geographic: The Science of Stress; YouTube,  (I specifically like the chart on page 10)

P2P Helping Parent (HP) Training Manual

Introduction and Table of Contents

  • Welcome to Holland by Emily Pearl Kingsley
  • Celebrating Holland-I'm Home by Cathy Anthony

Ch. 1 - Orientation

Ch. 2 - Emotional Adjustment

Ch. 3 - Communication Skills

Ch. 4 - The Helping Parent Role

Ch. 5 - Into the Community

Ch. 6 - Resources

Appendix A - Other Training Materials

P2P Helping Parent (HP) Powerpoint Manual - in Spanish

P2P Yakima Helping Parent Training Powerpoint Presentation in Spanish January 2017

(Compiled by P2P Yakima County)

English and Spanish resource for  Information about the school system in Special Education, stories from parents and students and much more.  Easy to understand and navigate.  How we can be a good advocate for our children using the same language as the professionals use.


On-Line Support Parent Trainings


GA On-Line Support Parent Training


PA On-Line Support Parent Training-brochure

PA On-Line Support Parent Training-instructions

Parent to Parent Contact List

See links to the right

About Parent to Parent /Ethnic Outreach

See links to the right

Parent to Parent Disability Information & Resource Brochure

See links to the right

Epilepsia en Washington

a DVD produced through a Washington State Department of Health Epilepsy grant and with a collaboration with CSHCN and P2P showing parents talking about the struggles they face. If you need copies of the DVD or have questions, click here to email Lorraine Van Brunt, Family Involvement Coordinator.

PowerPoint Presentations

Overview of Washington State P2P Programs - This presentation was given by Susan Atkins at the P2P USA Directors Leadership Institute in September, 2013.

Using Social Media to Facilitate Peer Support - This presentation was given by Cathy Murahashi in a webinar on November 19, 2013.

Using ACES in Parent to Parent Programs - This presentation was given by Cathy Murahashi in a webinar on February 19, 2015.
Accompanying Documents:

Take the ACE Quiz - and Learn What It Does and Doesn't Mean

Helping Parent Presentation ISECC by Cathy Murahashi July 19, 2013

Helping Parent Training by Cathy Murahashi July 19, 2013

Mindfulness & Meditation Resources - Thanks to Kate Orville for this info.  The Leveys introduce readers to dozens of mindfullness and meditation techniques, skillfully organized into five categories of practice, making Mindfullness, Meditation, and Mind Fitness a very comprehensive and easy-to-use resource for inner exploration and transformation.

King County Helping Parent Training for Dads, Grandparents etc. & Yahoo groups connection - Embedded within Information & Family Support at the Arc of King County is the Parent to Parent (P2P) program, which believes that often the most valuable form of support comes from other parents who have traveled the road before you. We understand the emotions, myths, and realities of parenting a child with a disability. We don't necessarily solve a family's problem, but we are willing to listen and share our own experiences.   Our staff is composed of parents, siblings, and extended family members of people with disabilities. P2P provides many opportunities for parents to connect through community events, support groups (both in person and virtual), and Helping Parent matches.

Through our Helping Parent program, we match parents looking for extra support with a Helping Parent, who has been trained to offer confidential, non-judgmental support and understanding. Our Helping Parents have access to a Yahoo support groups just for them, as well as leadership and advocacy opportunities throughout the year.

In addition to in-person and one-on-one support options, we're also proud to offer close to 20 virtual support groups for a variety of communities: single parents, parents of medically complex children, parents of adults, dads only, and so much more.  For information about our online support options, including groups based on diagnosis, region of the county, specific life circumstances, and more, click here:
For information about Parent to Parent in King County, including Helping Parents, click here:
For information about services and support available for Spanish speaking families, click here:
For African American community support contact Richard Mullen at 206-829-7036 OR

Skagit P2P Helping Parent Training - Presented by Heather Milliren, Skagit County P2P on April 29, 2015.  NOTE: This is for reference only and not to be copied by other programs.

Skagit P2P Helping Parent Training "Communication" section
Helping Parent Training: Whatcom County P2P - Grief Section - Presented by Karlene Umbaugh, P2P Whatcom. Note: One should not use this material without research, especially on secondary loss. Rachel Naomi Remen's "Kitchen Table Wisdom" is a great resource on grief.

Links to various video clips that were a part of this presentation:

  1. WA Parent to Parent Video series on YouTube
  2. Brene Brown's "Empathy vs. Sympathy"
  3. "Welcome to Holland" poem by Emily Perl Kingsley as performed by Ron Silcock
  4. "Welcome to Holland" poem by Emily Perl Kingsley (with nice visuals and background music)
  5. 'Sunshine After the Storm" how P2P can help by Rachel Nemhauser

There are many different visualizations on YouTube for "Welcome to Holland". This is just a sample of what's available.

“Welcome to Vegas”, by Tracie Hoppis parent from Yakima-"When Andy was diagnosed with Autism, our lives were anything but serene and peaceful.  Sleepless nights, wild tantrums and marathon meltdowns, food phobias, restrictive and repetitive behaviors, invisible “triggers”, and daily sensory overload.  I think our lives more closely resembled Las Vegas! "

Finally, Karlene Umbaugh of Whatcom P2P uses mini containers of Playdough as a hands on activity during her training. She sets these out on the table and asks that each participant shape the Playdough into an animal that best represents themselves. Toward the end of the training she allows time for each participant to explain their animal. This offers insight about that participant for her to keep in mind when making a match.

If you have questions about the above Skagit or Whatcom County materials, please contact them directly.  Click here for their contact information.

Go To Meetings and Coordinator Training Webinars

NOTES: P2P Webinar on April 29, 2015

NOTES: P2P Webinar November 3, 2016

NOTES: Coordinators Training Go to Meeting February 8, 2017 facilitated by Susan Atkins

NOTES: P2P Go to Meeting February 15, 2017 (English and Spanish)

NOTES: P2P Webinar May 10, 2017 (link from Seattle's Children's Duncan Seminar is no longer available on line-please request copy to be emailed to you from )

NOTES: P2P Coordinators Webinar December 6, 2017 (PowerPoint)

VIDEO: P2P Legislative Information Webinar with Donna Patrick (you will need to fill out the registration page and it will take you to the video - the first 15.5 is getting everyone on and rid of the may want to fast forward) 

Coordinator Trainings

NOTES: P2P Coordinator's Training Wenatchee September 21st-22nd 2016

Evaluation Tools from:
Yakima in English (in Spanish), Thurston, King (# 1 Event Evaluation - # 2 Helping Parent Training Evaluation - # 3 Feedback Monkey Survey - # 4 June Survey Results - # 5 Support Group Evaluation)

NOTES: P2P Coordinators Training Yakima September 24th-25th 2017 (Table of Content

1) P2P Training 9-25-17 Agenda-day 1
2) P2P Training 9-26-17 Agenda-day 2
3) Holland attachment
4) Follow-up ideas from training (Tracie Hoppis) Yakima
5) Telling Your Story Attachment
6) Telling Your Story with a Purpose Facilitator Guide and Curriculum
7) P2P Yakima Training Sept 2017 Partners4Housing flyer Pam Blanton
8) Notes from the 2017 September Coordinators Training
9) Training Input for WAStateP2P Sept 2017 Yakima
10) WA State Child Health Notes October 2017


Conference Call Notes

P2P Conference Call 3-4-14

Additional Documents

Apple Health, Private Insurance and DD Waivers...Who's Got You Covered (Informing Families)

Personal Care Services (for undocumented) and those not served by DDA

P2P Connection Newsletter issue 71 - Travis Alert Law

How to take a BREAK from all the Bad News out there

Article: "Life After High School, ten skills to teach your child" by Diane Adreon, M.A.

From Pennsylvania P2P: The Importance of and Tips on Matching

From New Jersey SPAN/AMCHP: Documents from the State Site Visit
These documents cover how they provide family leadership to diverse families and collaborate with so many organizations.

Personal Style Inventory - Source: David Merrill & Roger Reid, Personal Styles and Effective Performance

Parent to Parent Organizational Crosswalk

New IFS Waiver DDA documents

1) Informing Families New IFS Waiver DDA bulletin

2) DDA Waiver Services by Waiver

3) New IFS Waiver DDA powerpoint

4) IFS Waiver Flyer

5) IFS Community Engagement flyer

6) IFS Peer Mentoring flyer

7) IFS Person Centered Planning flyer

8) Individual and Family Planning Services Waiver

9) New Services Under the IFS Waiver Explained

10) Peer Mentoring Contract Talking Points

11) Waiver Services Descriptions for Clients

Peer Mentoring Waiver Service DDA  written by State P2P Coordinator Susan Atkins

More Resources:

Resources for Every Day Help:  The Arc of Tri-Cities/P2P Program
(ABA info; Potty Training; Sensory; Eating Issues; Getting Haircut; Going to the Dentist; Sleep Issues; Tummy Issues; Diet & Nutritional Therapy; Communication; Blood Draws; Vision Therapy; Seizures; IEP Help; School/Community/Peer Training About Autism; Sibling Education & Support)

Understanding the Bigger Picture Island P2P Winter 2018

Autism Resources:

Autism with 2018 Online Lectures (main link)

Online lectures: 2016 LECTURES
Autism 201: The State of Autism in 2016 - Raphael Bernier, PhD, and Jim Mancini, MS, CCC-SLP
Autism 202: Addressing Challenging Behavior Part 1 of 2: Use of Applied Behavior Analysis to Assess and Treat Disruptive Behavior - Eric Boelter, PhD, BCBA-D
Autism 203: Addressing Challenging Behavior Part 2 of 2: Strategies for Home and School - Nancy Rosenberg, PhD, BCBA-D
Autism 204: Helping Children with Autism who Struggle with Restrictive Eating: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Improving Mealtimes - Danielle Dolezal, PhD, BCBA-D
Autism 205: Understanding Developmental Disability Administration (DDA): New Pathways to the Future - Ed Holen, executive director, Developmental Disabilities Council
Autism 206: Transition to Adulthood – Community-Based Housing Options for Adults with Disabilities Instructors: Vicki Isett and Pam Blanton, Community Homes, Inc.
Autism 207: Transition to Adulthood – Connecting to Vocational, Educational, Social and Wellness Resources Instructors: Ben Wahl, MSW, Aspiring Youth, and Therese Vafaeezadeh, ARNP
Autism 208: Transition to Adulthood – Social-Sexuality Education for Young People with Autism Instructor: Britta Saltonstall, PhD, BCBA 
Autism 209: Multicultural Issues and Autism Spectrum Disorder Instructors: Robin Tatsuda, MSW, ARC of King County, and Sayaka Omori, MEd, Open Doors for Multi-Cultural Families 
Autism 210: Benefits of Mindfulness Instructors: James Mancini, MS, CCC-SLP, and Felice Orlich, PhD 
Autism 211: In Our Own Words: A Panel of Adults With Autism Spectrum Disorder Gary Stobbe, MD, director the University of Washington Adult Autism Clinic

On-Line lectures: 2017 LECTURES
Autism 201: The State of Autism in 2017 With Jim and Raphe Instructors: Raphael Bernier, PhD, and Jim Mancini, MS, CCC-SLP
Autism 202: Autism Genetics: What Parents Should Know Instructors: Heather Mefford, MD, and Jennifer Gerdts, PhD
Autism 203: Making Friends on the Playground: Social Skills Support in School Instructor: Jill Locke, PhD
Autism 204: Parent Training to Address Problem Behaviors of Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder Instructor: Karen Bearss, PhD
Autism 205: Autism and Police: Staying Safe Together Facilitator: Robin Tatsuda, MSW
Autism 206: Transition to Adulthood: Finding a Job Instructors: Richard Wilson, MPA, and Maureen Roberts, MEd, CRC
Autism 207: Transition to Adulthood: Keeping a Job Instructors: Gina Solberg, CESP, and Abbey Lawrence, MEd, BCBA
Autism 208: Screening for ASD: A Preventative Intervention Approach (video not yet available) Instructor: Lisa Ibanez, PhD
Autism 209: Early Intervention in Autism: An Overview of the Seattle Children’s Autism Center Model Instructor: Mendy Minjarez, PhD
Autism 210: Autism From a Sibling’s Perspective: A Panel Discussion Facilitator: Tammy Mitchel, sister; manager, Alyssa Burnett Adult Life Center

You can view all Autism 200 Series lectures from the past two years on the Autism 200 Series playlist.

Additional Autism resources:
For additional resources, visit the Autism Center Resources page or The Autism Blog, authored by Seattle Children's Autism Center. The world of autism spectrum disorders is constantly changing and we at Seattle Children’s Autism Center are eager to share with parents and caregivers what we continue to learn. The Autism Blog is designed to be a resource on autism as well as to give you an opportunity to comment on our posts and engage with our experts.

Camp Resources:

Summer Camp Resource Guide from Seattle Children's Center for Children with Special Needs

Children with Special Health Care Needs or On-going Healthcare Needs: 

Care Notebook Documents and Forms (Organize Your Child's Healthcare Information)

  • Track appointments, clinic information, diet, behavior and more!

*Please email if you would like to request one copy of English and one of Spanish Resource Guide for your organization. If you would like to pick up more copies from our office, please contact us with at least two weeks notice. Budget constraints prohibit bulk mailing of Resource Guide.

County Resource Lists

  • County specific resources for families of children with special needs
  • Download and print to use with families

Resource Guide (formerly Starting Point Guide) for children with special health care needs is now available!

  • Directory of statewide resources for advocacy, child care, dental, diagnosis, financial help, insurance, mental and behavioral health and more
  • Tips and information on care for children with special health care needs
  • Available in English and Spanish*

Grief and Loss Resource Information:

Lion King story

How do you help a Grieving Friend? "Refuge in Grief" video

Empathy from Dr. Brene Brown: Spanish     English

Healthy Relationship and Sexuality Education Resource Information:

The Arc of King County received grant to provide healthy relationship and sexuality education to students with I/DD as well as staff a Resource Line for individuals with disabilities, their families, and community to ask questions, find resources, and develop strategies that promote healthy and safe interpersonal relationships including intimate relationships. You can contact our "Relationships & Sexuality Resource Line" at 206.829.7059 any time.

  • FLASH Comprehensive sexual health education curriculum from King County-FLASH is a widely used comprehensive sexual health education curriculum developed by Public Health - Seattle & King County and designed to prevent teen pregnancy, STDs, and sexual violence. FLASH is available for elementary, middle, high school and special education classrooms.
  • The foundation of our program is built from the curriculum developed by Theresa Fears, MSW at The Arc of Spokane titled "Healthy Relationships Workbook". Theresa is VERY giving with her knowledge and resources!

Puberty: Special Needs May Complicate Things (Island P2P February 2018) 

Sexuality and DD Talking with Your Kids: Developmental Disability and Sexuality Online Courses with Katherine McLaughlin

  • We Understand the Challenges of Addressing Sexuality with People with Developmental Disabilities. Learn the skills you need to teach the people you care about, work with, or live with about sexuality education. We have online training, curriculum, and live workshops to help staff, educators, direct support professionals navigate the topic of sexuality. 

Transition Resources:

Adolescent Transition Resources (Seattle's Childrens)

Planning for Transition to Adulthood for Youth with Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities (CSHCN & DOH)

Transition (Children's Village-Yakima)

Transition in Spanish (Children's Village-Yakima)

Transition to Adulthood and Financial Planning (Arc of Tri-Cities)

Walla Walla Transition Checklist (Walla Walla Valley Disability Network)