Community Distance Learning Training

During the first 10 weeks, trainees will view professionally filmed PFR sessions with caregivers (parents and child care providers) and young children (infant, toddler, special needs). The DVDs were developed and narrated by Dr. Jean Kelly, PFR director. After viewing each tape, master trainers and trainees will meet every other week on-line to reflect on the filmed sessions and the PFR infant mental health essentials.

The curriculum includes the following elements:

  • Elements of a Healthy Relationship;
  • Attachment Theory and Secure Relationships;
  • Reflective Capacity Building;
  • Development of Self for Infants and Toddlers;
  • PFR Consultation Strategies; Challenging Behaviors; and
  • Intervention Planning.

During the next 10 weeks, trainees will be mentored weekly on-line as they implement PFR with caregiver/child dyads at their own sites. Sessions will include reflection on videos of the dyadic interactions that trainees upload to a secure website, and discussion about how to implement the PFR concepts and consultation strategies.

For more information, please contact Jennifer Rees, rees@uw.edu.

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PFR 2-Day Workshop

Promoting First Relationships program integrates theory, practice and intervention. Trainers use various learning approaches including case studies, role-playing, and reflective dialogue. These approaches allow participants to apply the framework directly to issues faced in their work environment. Professionals who work with caregivers and young children (0-3) often see the need to support and guide caregivers in building nurturing and responsive relationships with children. Promoting First Relationships gives professionals the knowledge, tools, and strategies to do so. Continue reading