Learning Programs

Deciding Together/MAPP Leader Certification

Deciding Together/MAPP Leader Certification

Designed as an alternative to the standard GPS II/MAPP program, Deciding Together brings the preparation and selection process to individual families who cannot participate in group meetings. This program includes seven family consultations that thoroughly prepare families for their fostering role. Each prospective foster/adoptive parent must also complete six workbooks. Certified GPS II/MAPP leaders can become certified Deciding Together leaders by completing a two-and-a-half-day Deciding Together training workshop.

Who Should Attend?

This course is designed for Foster care and adoptive caseworkers, supervisors, homefinders, Directors of Social Services, and agency administrators in ACS Provider Agencies.

Benefits of the Program

Participants will:

  • Be provided with the knowledge and skills necessary to support individual families to ensure they are prepared for fostering using seven family consultations.
  • Complete weekly assignments from workbooks provided to them.
  • Be able to deliver the seven meetings and will also receive a video and workbooks to use with each family.

Course Prerequisites

Prior to attending this course, learners are required to have completed:

  • The GPSII/MAPP Leader Certification.

Course Components

Once enrolled in the course, learners will complete:

  • An online pre-test accessed through the Cornerstone Learning Management System.
  • A 2.5-day instructor-led workshop.
  • An online post-test accessed through the Cornerstone Learning Management System.

Completion of all components is necessary to receive a Certificate of Completion.

Continuing Education Credits

There are no CEUs associated with this course.


To register and for more information about this course, please contact Marta Colon at [email protected]. For more information about the Workforce Institute, please email [email protected] or call (212) 748-1898.

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