Community Training

Level 1: Knowledge Building

2-day Learner’s Workshop. Next workshop dates are February 24 and 25, 2015 in Seattle, WA.
On-Site Workshops are also available. For more information on bringing this training to your agency, please contact NCAST: 206-543-8528 ncast@uw.edu  www.ncast.org

Our two-day workshop is designed to give service providers knowledge about using Promoting First Relationships within one’s own practice. The workshop is taught by PFR Master Trainers and includes the curriculum, parent handouts, and training in the following:

  • 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
  • Intervention Planning Development

Level 2: Skill Building

There are two training models for skill building:

On-Site Learner Model is a mentored model where a PFR Master trainer works on-site with service providers within their own practice setting mentoring the trainee in the use of PFR methods and consultation strategies. The Learner Model consists of a total of 20 mentored visits with two different families. Each mentored visit lasts 2 ½ hours and includes a 75-minute visit with the family and a 1-hour reflection with the mentor afterward.

Distance Learning Model: In response to the many requests for online training, we are now offering a mentored, on-line training program. Applications are currently being accepted. You may read below, or click on this link for more information about this option. (PFR Distance Learning Flyer).

Learners will work individually or in pairs with one of our Promoting First Relationships master trainers.
 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 tapes were developed and narrated by Dr. Jean Kelly, the founder and developer of PFR . 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.

Pre-requisites:
 2-day PFR Workshop through NCAST in Seattle. Or an on-site workshop delivered in your area may be arranged through NCAST.
 Access to a computer with internet access and a video camera to record sessions during the second 10 weeks.

Costs for 6-Month Mentored Training Program:
 Individual mentoring: $2800
 Pair mentoring (two individuals simultaneously; preferably from the same agency): $1900 each, or $3800 for the pair

Contact: Jennifer Rees, PFR Program and Training Director, rees@uw.edu, for more information.