Become trained in delivering ADAPT

Free intensive training offered in groundbreaking, evidence-based program for military parents
April 16-19, May 14-17, 2018 | Minneapolis, MN

Thanks to a federal grant, ITR is offering a tuition-free, two-week intensive training in delivering the groundbreaking parenting program for military families, After Deployment, Adaptive Parenting Tools (ADAPT). The training is open to any organizations that work with military families and is not limited to licensed clinicians.

The program is based on 50 years of research on effective parenting, and has been tested with more than 600 military families in randomized-control trials. This training marks the first opportunity for outside organizations to adopt the program and reap the demonstrated benefits for military parents and children.

Below is more information on the program. Additional details are available at

We will be hosting two informational calls to answer further questions:

  • Tuesday, Dec. 12 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. CST
  • Monday, January 8 from noon to 1 p.m. CST.

Those calls will be hosted on WebEx at and by phone at 1-866-282-7366, code: 741 362 502.

Contact Tanner Zimmerman, CRF Project Manager at or 612-624-7722 with any questions.

Military parents face unique challenges. Deployed parents may be gone for months, living a starkly different lifestyle than their family back home. Partners shoulder the burden of raising children and managing family affairs by themselves. Children are often anxious about the safety of their deployed parent, and the new rhythms of a one-parent household.

The challenges of parenting combined with the increased stress and potential trauma of military deployment can have serious consequences for the wellbeing of parents and children.

To address this need, researchers at the University of Minnesota developed ADAPT as the first and only “evidence-based” program  — meaning it is based on rigorous scientific research — that is designed to strengthen parenting in military families with school-aged children.

The program teaches parents how to regulate their emotions, build healthy relationships with their children and partners, and set their children up for success at home and in school.

ADAPT has been evaluated in randomized control trials (the gold standard of social science research) with more than 600 families. Results show that ADAPT significantly improves parenting, and parents’ confidence. And, in turn, effective parents have children who show fewer behavior problems, less anxiety and depression, greater interpersonal strengths, better self-esteem, and more positive attitudes towards school. In addition, parents self-reported reduced depression, PTSD, and suicidal tendencies.

About the training
ADAPT features intensive up-front training and coaching in order to ensure success and longevity in the organization. Organizations must send a group of at least three participants in order to qualify.

This training will take place in two four-day sessions,  April 16-19 and May 14-17, 2018. It will be hosted at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN. After the trainings, participants will receive weekly one-on-one coaching to provide feedback and support.

A federal grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is allowing us to offer the training and ongoing coaching tuition-free. Participants from out of town must cover travel and lodging expenses.

Long-term sustainability is a core feature of the ADAPT approach. The Center will assist organizations in sustainably implementing the program, including a “train the trainer” opportunity in 2021.