WHO Caregiver Skills Training Program: Master Trainer Workshop




Format: 12 virtual sessions, via MyCourses McGill
Trainer(s): Lucia Murillo Chacko, Marla Cable, Rebecca Fenton
Dates: Intensive Course, January 23-27, 2023 daily 1-4pm EST; Community of Practice, February 1-22 and March 1-15, 2023 weekly 2-4pm EST
Price: FREE 
Language: English

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About the Master Trainer (MT) Workshop

Become a Master Trainer for the Caregivers Skills Training (CST) Program, and help caregivers of young children with neurodevelopmental conditions, including autism, learn the skills needed to support their child's growth and development.

Gain knowledge and skills to:

  • Teach caregivers to use evidence-based strategies with their children promoting shared engagement, social skills, and positive behaviours through play and daily home routines
  • Implement the CST Program in your routine services
  • Train and supervise others to carry out the intervention with you.


MT Workshop Expert Trainers

Expert trainers offer support to CST MT Workshop participants and their local organizations via training, supervision, and implementation guidance:

  • Lucia Murillo Chacko, CST Focal Point, Associate Director, Clinical Services and Inclusion, Autism Speaks
  • Marla Cable, CST Master Trainer, Resource and Training Centre Coordinator, Giant Steps School
  • Rebecca Fenton, CST Master Trainer, Project Coordinator, Yukon Autism Services


About the CST Program
  • Developed by the World Health Organization, with support from Autism Speaks, and used in 30+ countries to help address widespread shortage of evidence-based early intervention
  • For caregivers of 2- to 7-year-old children with neurodevelopmental conditions, including autism
  • Aims to empower parents and caregivers with knowledge, skills, and resources to help better support their children and improve wellbeing 
  • The CST Program includes nine group sessions and three individual coaching visits that cover topics such as communication, daily living skills, positive behaviour and engagement, as well as caregiving coping skills
Video of Introducing the Caregiver Skills Training Program


MT Workshop Details

The CST MT Workshop consists of:

MT Intensive Course

5 half-day courses

January 23 to 27, 2023, daily from 1 to 4 p.m. EST (10 a.m. to 1 p.m. PST)

  • Courses cover the content of the CST and offer instruction on the delivery of the 9 group sessions and 3 individual visits.
  • Didactic content will be supplemented by skill-based training.
  • Note: Trainees will be asked to record themselves practicing newly-learned skills with several volunteer families representative of CST’s target audience. These confidential recordings will be used to provide feedback to trainees, and may also be discussed during the Community of Practice interactive sessions with the MT Workshop Expert Trainers and peers.
Community of Practice

7 interactive sessions

February 1, 8, 15, 22 and March 1, 8, 15, 2023, from 2 to 4 p.m. EST (11 a.m. to 1 p.m. PST)

  • Focuses on improving fidelity to the CST intervention model via weekly viewing and coding of intervention videos, and group discussions.
  • Provides support for implementation efforts.

The CST MT Workshop will take place in English, but materials will be available in both English and French.


Eligibility and applications

Spaces are limited. Priority given to candidates who:

  • Are interested in integrating the CST Program as part of their routine services and sustaining it over time, including training others to deliver the program
  • Have the necessary experience to deliver early intervention for neurodevelopmental conditions, including autism
  • Work in clinical or community settings that offer services to families and young children, in particular those that have the capacity to reach underserved groups
  • Can attend all of the sessions in the CST MT Workshop.

Application deadline: Now closed

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Download CST MT Workshop Application Information for more details: PDF iconcst_mt_workshop_application_information.pdf


Information Session

CST MT Workshop Information Session ft. Lucia Murillo Chacko, PhD

Our virtual information session took place on Wednesday, November 2, 2022. To learn more about the workshop, watch a recording of the presentation online


Our capacity building initiative receives generous support from the government of Canada and foundations. We are grateful to all the families and professionals who are partners in achieving our long-term aim of improving quality of life for autistic individuals and their families.


Contact Information

Martine Habra, PhD, Research Associate
The Neuro, McGill University
autism [at] mcgill.ca
Office Phone: 
(+1) 514-444-6920
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