Levels of Training

Work through the different Levels of Promoting First Relationships® training to hone your infant mental health observation and reflection skills.

Level 1:  Knowledge Building

The Promoting First Relationships® (PFR) Level 1 Learner workshop is designed to give service providers knowledge about using the Promoting First Relationships program within their practice. This engaging and interactive workshop provides foundational knowledge in attachment theory and promoting secure caregiver-child relationships, development of self for infants through preschoolers, understanding and intervening with challenging behaviors, building caregiver reflective capacity, and use of PFR consultation strategies. Participants receive the full curriculum and reproducible parent/caregiver handouts to begin using in their work. The 14-hour workshop is delivered virtually over 4 half days, or in-person over 2 full days.

Level 2:  Skill building

Level 2 Certified Provider Training includes 15 weeks of online, mentored professional development to support providers in becoming certified in our evidence-based home visiting model.

During this process, providers hone their infant mental health observation and reflection skills as they view and discuss professionally filmed PFR intervention sessions with caregivers and young children. They also enhance their practice skills as they intervene with a caregiver/child dyad at their own site to deliver the 10-week PFR intervention. Providers are supported in their learning as they reflect on videos of the dyadic interactions and how to implement the PFR concepts and consultation strategies.

Level 3:  Agency Trainer

This program is by invitation only. Certified Promoting First Relationships (PFR) Providers with high fidelity to the model are eligible to participate in PFR level 3 Agency Trainer training. Participants receive 15 additional weeks of mentoring from a PFR Master Trainer as they implement the PFR intervention with a 2nd dyad, grow in their PFR expertise and reflective consultation skills, and learn how to train others at PFR level 2.

The Agency Trainer model provides a way to sustain and grow the PFR program within the organization. Agency Trainers provide level 2 training to staff within their organization, conduct regular reflective consultation with their PFR trained providers, and provide overall support for the program within their organization.