Parenting tends to be focused on discipline and helping parents understand developmental stages of children. HCDPs on the other hand are learning to see themselves and their children using a 'whole person framework' which includes much of what we would teach in a parenting class but goes far beyond it. For example--nutrition--very few parenting classes teach parents to be experts in good nutrition. Yet, we now know that if we want our children to achieve their full potential, it is really important to understand good nutrition and how to bring it into the daily life dynamic. So, HCDPs would be very aware of and implementing a high quality nutrition plan for their children while also teaching their children how important good nutrition is on a daily basis. Another example--very few parenting classes focus on areas such as financial responsibility, community connections, environment stewardship, how to create healthy relationships as adolescents or even ensuring that exercise becomes a consistent part of a family's life. Typically when we do a parenting class--parents go through a 2-6 week program and then head home to implement it--some do, some don't but there's no way to measure implementation levels, outcomes etc. It's different when we hire HCDPs because this is their work requirements/outcomes and just as you go to work each day to be the best at what you do, so true for the HCDPs.
If we can get this pilot off the ground, HCDPs are professionals who are like other professionals who work in a business and have relationships with many other business owners. The key here is that while all HCDPs may be parents, not all parents are employed HCDPs! You really have to wrap your head around dropping the term 'parents'....and shift it to employees who are human capacity development professionals who work within their home but also are teamed with other professionals who co-support, encourage and are focused on the outcome of ensuring that children learn to build their own whole lives.
Yes, the training starts with understanding wholeness as a framework for designing our lives--as children and adults. Thus, the Human Capacity Development Porfessional (HCDP) "employee" is hired and then trained to understand and use this basic framework. (I've been teaching this for 20 years) Then intense levels of detail in each of the 16 core areas/5edges. So for example, the nutrition piece--HCDPs would over time (training is on-going) become nutrition experts, capable of healthy menu design, growing food, food preparation and also ensuring that as their children grow, they learn/understand how nutrition is connected to health, academic success etc. (remember, the long term goal of HCDPs is to help their children be aware of their wholeness, how to take responsibility for creating a life using the wholeness framework as the guide). This is not a quick fix training--this is on-going in many areas of the Life Puzzle. As well, the HCDP staff are working together in a team and designing on-going training too as they become ever more capable of implementing this with all the children of the team (and please note--this will also include working with children and adults with disabilities and also seniors who may be living in the home--i didn't highlight this in the original writings because there wasn't sufficient space!). Our HCDP employees see themselves as going to work each day and becoming experts over the course of their employment with the realization that as they grow ever-more in the depth of their knowledge, their own children benefit as does the community around them. The Life Puzzle model I've been working with for over 20 years and it is concrete and tangible with down to earth, practical knowledge that we all need to know in order to own our own live--and yet most folks will acknowledge, they've never been taught this information!). Quickly folks who use this model realize that it is very much about improving their own personal lives as well as their children so there's a lot of win-win in becoming an employee of ICV, and going through the training isn't to 'please an employer', it is to improve their own lives/children. Does that answer your question?
This is just in the idea stage. What has been created is the 'human capacity development' training portion. This is the core of the 'work' they would be employed to do. Launching a pilot project will require finding a location/team of people. I'm not currently in a position to do this as I am in the process of moving from NC to FL. This is designed to be a replicable project. If you'd like to discuss this further, you can contact me at Ann@lifepuzzle.com.