Level 1:  Learner Workshop

Level 1 Learner Workshop participants will gain the knowledge, tools and strategies to guide and support caregivers in building nurturing and responsive relationships with their children. Participants will better understand how to help caregivers meet the social and emotional needs of young children, using a strengths-based video feedback approach grounded in attachment theory and reflective practice principles.

What will be covered during the Level 1 Learner Workshop?

The PFR Learner Workshop is designed to give service providers knowledge about using Promoting First Relationships (PFR) within their practice. 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. In the PFR Learner workshop, participants learn a unique consultation and intervention strategy they can integrate into their work whether in high risk, special needs, child care, or other early childhood fields. The strategy can be used one-on-one with parents (in clinic or the home) and also with child care providers and early childhood teachers responsible for group care. Because Promoting First Relationships is a positive, strengths-based model, caregivers are open to the intervention and gain competence, and thus investment, in their caregiving.

The 14-hour workshop can be delivered in-person (2 full days) or virtually (4 half days). Participants receive the PFR manual, 20 reproducible parent/caregiver handouts, and training in the following:

  • Elements of a Healthy Relationship
  • Attachment Theory and Secure Relationships
  • Reflective Capacity Building • Development of Self for Infants through Preschoolers
  • PFR Consultation Strategies
  • Challenging Behaviors
  • Intervention Planning Development
Who should use Promoting First Relationships®?

Infant Mental Health Specialists, Child Welfare Providers, Social Workers, Home Visitors, Early Interventionists, Family Service Workers, Childcare Providers, Early Childhood Education Teachers, Public Health Nurses

What do participants say?

“I loved the video examples which really helped illustrate the principles.”

“Straightforward and doable, lots of real life examples and opportunity to reflect in groups.”

“I liked how the case studies cemented the concepts.”

“I particularly liked the group discussions, latest research information and the handouts.”

Workshops are held virtually 3–4 times per year • Cost is $640 per person • Agencies can arrange their own workshop if training a group of people • Please contact pcrp@uw.edu to learn more