Implementing Parenting Inside Out

Which version of PIO is right for your program?

There are four versions of Parenting Inside Out (PIO) that vary in length and the number of activities they contain.

The longest version of PIO, developed for prison settings, is 90 hours in length. It consists of 36, 2.5 hour lessons taught over 12 weeks (3 classes/week).

For institutions will less programming time available, there is the 60-hour version of the curriculum. The 60-hour program has been used in prisons and in jails with inmates who have longer sentences. It consists of 30, 2-hour lessons that can be taught over 10 weeks (3 classes/week) or 14 weeks (2 classes/week).

The community version consists of 24 2-hour sessions and is appropriate for parents who are in work release programs or on parole or probation. Parents may or may not have custody of their children, or may be seeking visitation.

The jail program is the shortest program, consisting of twelve 2-hour classes. Parents are encouraged to take the longer community program after they release.


Becoming a certified  PIO coach requires completion of a 12-hour training program. The training is interactive and is delivered in a webinar format. The 12 hours of training occur over a three month period. Coaches must complete the first eight hours prior to starting to teach PIO. Two additional hours occur one month later and the final two hours occur one month after that. The elongated training process allows us to train coaches on material shortly before they will be delivering it to parents, and it gives coaches the opportunity to talk with the trainer after having delivered part of the curriculum. This model best prepares coaches to deliver PIO with high fidelity. We reserve the right to cancel any training session with fewer than four enrolled trainees.

2018 Training Schedule

Session 1.1 & 1.2 Session 2.1 & 2.2 Session 3.1 Session 4.1        Openings
January 8 January 10 February 4 March 4          4
January 22 January 24 February 20 March 18          8
February 12 February 14 March 4 April 1          8
February 25 February 27 March 25  April 15          8
 March 11  March 13  April 15  May 13          8
March 26 March 28 April 22 May 13          8