Simplicity Parenting Family Life Coach Training FAQ


Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of people take this training?

Parents (or grandparents) with children of all ages who want to help families in their communities, while at the same time learning skills to help their own parenting. Participants are also Educators, Therapists, Social Workers, lay people who work with parents in their communities, Special Education Teachers, School teachers, Day Care Providers, Early Childhood Kindergarten and other School Directors and Administrators.


How much does this training cost?

$980 Early Bird fee: $880 We offer an Early Bird discount of $100 for registrations made within the Early Bird period which extends from the opening of registration to 1 month before the training begins.

This cost includes a wealth of learning materials and other materials for your use in your practice as a Simplicity Parenting Family Life Coach; help with marketing your parent coaching; connection with your global community of peer Coaches, and monthly Mentor Calls with your trainer after the training. Please note that as our Simplicity Parenting online community offerings develop, some aspects of post-training support will change. You will be informed about these changes as they unfold.

Please note that your tuition fee includes a $150 non-refundable administration fee.

We offer payment plans so that you can pay your tuition over time as three payments.

How often is the training offered?

We offer this training twice a year, each Spring, roughly early February through April, with the 5 conference calls on a weekday; and each Fall, late September through November, with the calls on Saturdays. Please note that as we add additional Trainings – Discipline and Guidance Coach and emotional Self-regulation coach trainings – this training may be offered only once a year after 2018.

How much can I charge when I offer groups or workshops in my community after the training?

We recommend that you check fees charged in your community for yoga classes, as a comparison guide. We suggest an average $210 for the seven group gatherings, adjusted according to your unique community. You will learn how to offer the material as single workshops, or short series of workshops, or as seven gatherings. You may like to consider a Pioneer Price for your first offerings; and discounts for couples, and for dads!

What are the learning materials?

  • A power point presentation with matching 20 hours of video modules containing instruction by Davina Muse
  • A detailed curriculum for delivering a 7-gathering series of groups for parents in your community
  • Support for adapting the materials for workshops
  • Instruction in group dynamics, group leader skills, and how to deliver the material and the curriculum
  • Many materials for Simplicity Parenting group work: posters and ideas for experiential learning for group work
  • Support materials for starting group offerings
  • Co- learning with your co-participants in the training via the 5 conference calls
  • Role-playing
  • Two phone calls with Kim John Payne to introduce you to the big picture of Simplicity Parenting

 How much time should I allow for study during the training?

Depending on your study skills, we suggest 3-5 hours a week during the weeks between the 5 conference calls, for reading, listening and watching your training materials, and submitting the simple assignments. The more attention and time you give, the more you will learn. Participants who are using English as a second or third language may need to allow more time for study.

Are continuing education credits available for taking this training?

The training is not approved for CEU’s by any particular institution. However, some regulating Boards will accept the customized letter we can provide, for 20 hours, including 10 hours of interactive contact. Please check with your local Board.

Please note that the Care Professionals Seminar, offered twice a year, is approved for 6 CEU’s

 How long does it take to build a business as a Simplicity Parenting Family Life Coach?

Please understand that especially if you are a newcomer to the field of parent support, it may take several years to build a niche for your offerings in your community. If you already work with parents and families, this work will enhance and maybe transform what you offer.

Please check with your local community business advisors about tax and other issues so that you build your business in a fiscally responsible manner.

Can I take the training from outside the USA?

Yes! Much of the learning material is downloadable video modules for self-paced individual study. You can buy Skype phone minutes very inexpensively to pay for attending the conference calls from anywhere in the world.

 Do I need a computer or any special skills to do this training?

You will need to able to look at a power point presentation on a computer during the conference calls; download and watch the video modules; and have email for communicating with your learning community. You will need to be able to upload and send documents and download attachments. You will need to be able to click on links and access your learning material on our website.

Many of our participants have found gaining familiarity with new technology and skills a valuable part of the training experience.

What if I have to miss a call?

All the conference calls are recorded, and are available for 6 months after the training so you can easily catch up, and refresh later. We encourage you not to miss more than two calls

Differences from other Simplicity Parenting programs?

This training offers at least 20 hours of instruction via conference phone calls, downloadable videos, and MP3 recordings.

Our Simplicity Parenting for Care Professionals Seminar offers 6 hours of instruction in three 2-hour classes on three consecutive days via a power point presentation and conference call. It is approved by the National Institute of Social Workers for 6 CEU’s. We will offer this seminar twice in 2018. Please see the information for Care Professionals on our website.

Please contact for more information.

Do you offer On-site Family Life Coach Trainings?

We are happy to collaborate with any community that would like an on-site training. This would involve that community finding at least 15 participants, a good location and a Site Coordinator. We provide registration administration, ongoing guidance and written materials as support.

Please let us know if this is of interest and we can have a chat about it:

What happens after the training?

  • You will be invited to post your profile and announcements about your Simplicity Parenting Coach offerings on our website page > Help for Parents: “Find a Coach near you”
  • You are able to use the name Simplicity Parenting, with its growing international and national recognition, for promoting your work.
  • You are invited to join our online forum for Simplicity Parenting Family Life Coaches, for support, and sharing information with our international community of trained coaches.
  • You are invited to attend monthly free mentor calls with Davina Muse and other Coaches for ongoing support as you build your Simplicity Parenting Family Life Coach practice.
  • You have indefinite access to your online learning materials.

Please note that as our Simplicity Parenting online community offerings develop, some aspects of post-training support will change. You will be informed about these changes as they unfold.

What do graduates of the training say about it?

“I would recommend this training to others whether they are parents, teachers, counselors or anyone that works with families and/or children. It provides such an understanding of the modern family and the problems that most are probably facing on one level or another. The material is presented in such a way that it is easily comprehended and easily applied in ones daily life. I have been recommending Kim John Payne’s book for years to parents of whom I teach the children in school. There has always been good feedback and after this training I feel much more able to dive into some more strategies- digging below the surface with parents when they are experiencing the soul fevers which are so prevalent today. Davina provides wonderful examples of just how to talk to the parents, elicit important information and how to give both the listening ear and support they may need. I will definitely be drawing upon her wisdom.”

-Mother, M.Ed., Educator Spain


“It is a wonderful course filled with amazing learning materials full of wisdom, knowledge and tools for coaches to take forward and help parents with. I really enjoyed the set up of the course and getting to hear the other participant’s perspectives and questions. It really helped me get so much more out of the learning experience. I am excited to see where my journey as a Simplicity Parenting Coach will take me.”

Single Mom of two Canada


 The training offers a comprehensive insight in Simplicity Parenting, based on the book but supplemented with lots of additional material like video modules, articles and first-hand experiences. The training prepares you very well for conducting your own groups, tailored to your and your community’s needs. The material is very well worked-out, with lots of support directly in the material, but also through mentoring even after the training. Being a Simplicity Parenting Family Coach is a wonderful way to help families find their own way to a happier and satisfying life.

Mom of three, MD Georgia 2016


 I don’t think I could be fostering these two children if I had not done this training three years ago.

Mom of one, Foster Mom of two. NY 2016

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