Home Visiting Consortium Trainings

One of the goals of the Home Visiting Consortium is to support a comprehensive professional development system for Virginia Home Visitors by offering high quality training through a sustainable, competency-based, tiered system that promotes best practices, incorporates current research and is linked to Virginia’s evaluation outcomes. The Home Visiting Consortium offers Core and Specialized trainings for home visitors and their supervisors.
Please note important information about the target audience:
Live trainings are for home visiting staff members who are currently employed by one of the following Virginia home visiting programs:
  1. BabyCare
  2. CHIP
  3. Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE)
  4. Early Head Start/Head Start home based services
  5. Healthy Families
  6. New Parent Support (Military)
  1. Nurse-Family Partnership
  2. Parents as Teachers
  3. Part C Early Intervention
  4. Project Link
  5. Resource Mothers
  6. Virginia Healthy Start

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Core Home Visiting Training Modules

1.

Home Visiting Introduction Series

 

        a. Home Visiting 101

Online

Description
Home Visiting 101

Time Needed to Complete:
45 minutes

This training provides an introduction to the profession of home visiting and its importance for children, parents and families. It includes information about early brain development, toxic stress, ACEs and protective factors. Included in the training is a description of home visiting programs in Virginia and how they fit into the larger system of care for children and families. The training also includes guidance for developing a resource and referral tool kit through community mapping.

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        b. Home Visiting 102

Online

Description
Home Visiting 102

Time Needed to Complete:
30 minutes

Home Visitor Skills and Strategies. This training explores the daily activities of a home visitor and provides an introduction to some of the skills that can improve a home visitor's effectiveness. The training will discuss the strength-based approach, counseling strategies, strategies for parent education and support, and effective communication skills.

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        c. Home Visiting 103

Online

Description
Home Visiting 103

Time Needed to Complete:
30 minutes

Professional Practice. This training describes qualities and behaviors that are essential to professionals in home visiting, including documentation skills, maintaining boundaries, using time management principles, and burnout prevention through self-care. The training also provides an introduction to the benefits of Reflective Supervision.

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2.

Adult Mental Health – A Critical Component in Early Childhood Development

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Description
Adult Mental Health - A Critical Component in Early Childhood Development

Time Needed to Complete:
6 hours

This training introduces home visitors to basic information about mental health disorders, including perinatal depression, and provides an understanding of how trauma, abuse and violence affect a person's mental health. It prepares home visitors to recognize women and families at risk for mental health issues, develop a plan for referral, and support families with mental health or substance use disorders.

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3.

Social Emotional Development of Young Children

Online

Description
Social Emotional Development of Young Children

Time Needed to Complete:
90 minutes

This module focuses on the continuum of social emotional development for children from birth to five years. It puts this continuum in the context of family and culture, explores research on social emotional development, presents a pyramid model as framework for support, and shows the value of personal experience and responses.

The training gives strategies to support social emotional wellness in all young children, making every effort to prevent the occurrence or escalation of social emotional problems in children at-risk. It gives tools to remediate problems that surface and refer children and their families to appropriate services.

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Social Emotional Development of Young Children

You are about to enter the VEIPD Training Site


New users to the VEIPD site will need to create an account. This is not the same as your Home Visiting Consortium account. If you need assistance with registration or accessing this module, please contact help@veipd.org.

IMPORTANT: After completing the course, you must follow these
steps to receive credit:

1. Print out your certificate.
2. Fax, email, or mail a copy of your certificate to:
    Heather Taylor, Training Coordinator
    MSC 9009
    800 South Main St.
    James Madison University
    Harrisonburg, VA 22807
    Fax: 540-568-6409
    homevisitingconsortium@jmu.edu

Returning users to the VEIPD site, log in to begin training.

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4.

Confidentiality for the Home Visitor: Your Client’s Right and Your Responsibility

 

        a. Part I - Confidentiality Principles

Online
Description
Confidentiality Principles

Time Needed to Complete:
25 minutes

This training provides an overview of best practices in protecting client confidentiality. Discusses professional, ethical and interpersonal considerations in confidentiality in home visiting. This is the first in a three-part series that includes parts b and c.

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        b. Part II - Confidentiality and the Law

Online
Description
Confidentiality and the Law

Time Needed to Complete:
25 minutes

This training discusses the primary laws governing confidentiality in Virginia. Provides guidelines on what information is protected and when disclosure may be appropriate. This is the second in a three-part series that includes parts a and c.

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        c. Part III - Confidentiality in Practice

Online
Description
Confidentiality in Practice

Time Needed to Complete:
20 minutes

This training presents interactive video scenarios for application of principles and legal factors in confidentiality. This is the third in a three-part series that includes parts a and b.

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5.

Child Development

        a. Child Development 0-3

Online

Description
Child Development 0-3

A training provided by the Infant & Toddler Connection of Virginia

Time Needed to Complete:
2 hours

This training, produced by Virginia Commonwealth University, gives an overview of the physiological, linguistic, social emotional and psychosocial development of children from birth to 3 years of age. It guides home visitors in recognizing normal developmental sequences and understanding environmental and cultural influences on development. The training gives the home visitor the knowledge to recognize atypical development and make appropriate referrals to other services.

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Child Development 0-3 Years

You are about to enter the Infant and Toddler Connection Training Site


New users to the site will need to create an account. This is not the same
as your Home Visiting Consortium account. Select the "Training Modules”
tab. Select Course Number 101 - Child Development.

IMPORTANT: After completing the course, you must follow these
steps to receive credit:

1. Print out your certificate.
2. Fax, email, or mail a copy of your certificate to:
    Heather Taylor, Training Coordinator
    MSC 9009
    800 South Main St.
    James Madison University
    Harrisonburg, VA 22807
    Fax: 540-568-6409
    homevisitingconsortium@jmu.edu

Returning users to the Infant and Toddler Connection site,
log in to begin training.

If you need technical assistance with this course, contact Cori Hill, by email at cfhill@vcu.edu or by phone at 540.943.6776.

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        b. Child Development 3-5       

Online

Description
Child Development 3-5

Time Needed to Complete:
45 minutes

This training gives an overview of typical child development for children ages three through five. With this knowledge, you will have the tools and information you need to talk with parents about typical and atypical development, educate parents about how they can support their child's development, and learn skills for talking with parents about the need for early identification of delays and disabilities.

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6.

Ages and Stages Questionnaire and ASQ-SE Training

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Description
Ages and Stages Questionnaire and ASQ-SE Training

This training is now offered on-site by supervisors and home visitors interested in the training should speak to their site supervisor for more information.

Contact your supervisor to register

7.

Reproductive Health

Online

Description
Reproductive Health

45 minutes

This module discusses reproductive health and the home visitor's role in teaching women and men about their reproductive health. Reproductive health includes male and female anatomy, conception, pregnancy planning and prevention, perinatal health, and sexually transmitted diseases. This information and activities will equip home visitors with information and strategies to talk with clients and educate them about their reproductive health.

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8.

Prenatal Basics for Home Visitors

Online

Description
PRenatal Basics for Home Visitors

60 minutes

This training is a basic overview of the prenatal period. Home visitors will gain information about healthy prenatal development and potential threats to the mother's and baby's health during the prenatal period. They will learn techniques for providing education to expectant parents to promote maternal and child health during pregnancy..

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Prenatal Basics for the Home Visitor

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9.

Nutrition Across the Lifespan - Part 1 (Part 2 coming soon)

Online

Description
Nutrition Across the Lifespan
Part 1 - Nutrition Basics


25 minutes

This training is a basic overview of healthy nutrition. Home visitors will learn information and skills to educate families about the importance of healthy food, nutrition, and physical activity for the health and well-being of children and adults. They will also gain skills for cultural competency related to food practices and traditions.

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Nutrition Across the Lifespan - Part 1

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10.

Screening and Brief Intervention Skills: A Series for Home Visitors

a. Part I – Why Screen Women for Substance Use, Intimate Partner Violence, Mental Health and Perinatal Depression?

Online

Description
Part I Why Screen Women for Substance Use, Intimate Partner Violence, Mental Health and Perinatal Depression?

Time Needed to Complete:
45 minutes

This training introduces home visitors to screening clients for substance use, intimate partner violence and mental health issues. It provides a statistical overview of the prevalence of these concerns and gives information about the impact they have on health and well-being in the home. The training also demonstrates best practices for screening, including frequency, different tools available, and techniques for creating a comfortable and successful screening environment.

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Part I Why Screen Women for Substance Use, Intimate Partner Violence, Mental Health and Perinatal Depression?

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b. Part II - Motivational Interviewing for Home Visitors

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Description
Part II - Motivational Interviewing for Home Visitors

Time Needed to Complete:
6 hours

Pre-Requisite - Part I - Why Screen Women for Substance Use, Intimate Partner Violence, Mental Health and Perinatal Depression?

Motivational Interviewing for Home Visitors is an interactive workshop that presents the principles, methods and spirit of Motivational Interviewing techniques. Participants will have an opportunity to directly observe, experience, and practice basic motivational interviewing skills.

Motivational Interviewing is based on the philosophy that people are able to find solutions themselves if approached with respect and positive regard and that everyone has the capacity to make healthy changes.

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c. Part III – SBIRT for Risky Health Behaviors (Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment)

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Description
Part III - SBIRT for Risky Health Behaviors (Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment)

Time Needed to Complete:
6 hours

Pre-Requisite - Part II - Motivational Interviewing for Home Visitors.

The Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment tool guides the home visitor in assisting clients with both immediate feedback on potentially harmful behavior and a longer-term solution through referral to additional treatment or resources beyond what the home visitor can provide. This training explains the use of the tool and teaches how best to do a brief intervention and how to use screening tools including Virginia's Behavioral Health Risks Screening Tool for Women of Childbearing Age.

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11.

Substance Use: Risks and Effects in Pregnancy and Early Childhood Development

Online

Description
Substance Use: Risks and Effects in Pregnancy and Early Childhood Development

Time Needed to Complete:
60 minutes

This module describes the disease model of addiction and the impact substance use and addiction have on women and their unborn babies, infants and children. Participants will learn about the home visitor role in identifying possible substance use, making referrals and helping clients overcome barriers to treatment. The module includes a video about Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome and soothing techniques home visitors can teach their clients. Finally, the module discusses important substance use legislation that all home visitors must know.
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Project Connect: Creating Futures Without Violence

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12.

Virginia Project Connect: Creating Futures Without Violence

a. Virginia Project Connect: Creating Futures Without Violence - Live training

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Description
Virginia Project Connect: Creating Futures Without Violence

Time Needed to Complete:
4 hours

Target Audience: Home visitors and others working in a home (non-clinical) setting with families at risk for and/or experiencing sexual/domestic violence.

This training provides a comprehensive model of public health prevention and intervention to improve health and safety for victims of sexual and domestic violence. As a result of the training, home visitors will have assessment strategies and tools, training curricula, educational materials and policy/procedure guidance to better identify and provide support and referral to individuals and families impacted by sexual and domestic violence.

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b. Virginia Project Connect: Creating Futures Without Violence - Online supplemental modules

Online

Description
Virginia Project Connect: Creating Futures Without Violence

Time Needed to Complete:
4 hours

Target Audience: Home visitors and others working in a home (non-clinical) setting with families at risk for and/or experiencing sexual/domestic violence.

This training provides guidance and training to home visitors and other health care providers on how to assist clients experiencing domestic and sexual violence, including reproductive coercion. These online modules do not substitute/replace the four-hour live training workshops which offer practical experience, discussion, and skills building critical to effective violence prevention and early intervention but, instead, offers participants continuing education on priority topic areas and advanced training on issues not currently covered in live workshops.
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Project Connect: Creating Futures Without Violence

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13.

Promoting Healthy Homes for the Home Visitor

Online

Description
Promoting Healthy Homes for Home Visitors

Time Needed to Complete:
45 minutes

This training teaches how surroundings and environment affect overall child development with an understanding that a positive environment promotes healthy development. It educates about potential health concerns in the home, including physical risks, indoor and outdoor concerns, and stress from emotional or substance abuse problems. It guides home visitors in how to assist families in completing a home health and safety plan and in identifying community resources through appropriate referrals to any outside agencies.

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Promoting Healthy Homes for the Home Visitor

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14.

Mandated Reporters: Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect

Online

Description
Mandated Reporters: Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect

A training provided by the Virginia Department of Social Services

Time Needed to Complete:
1 hour 10 minutes

This training gives an overview of what constitutes child abuse and neglect under the Code of Virginia, including physical, emotional and sexual abuse as well as medical and general neglect. These types are defined and the student is given criteria for recognizing cases of abuse and neglect.

The training offers guidelines on when and how to report to Child Protective Services cases of abuse or neglect that the student suspects from perception or observation of children or caretakers. It also outlines what to expect when making a report.

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Mandated Reporters: Recognizing and
Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect

IMPORTANT: After completing the course, you must follow these
steps to receive credit:


1. Print out your certificate.
2. Fax, email, or mail a copy of your certificate to:
    Heather Taylor, Training Coordinator
    MSC 9009
    800 South Main St.
    James Madison University
    Harrisonburg, VA 22807
    Fax: 540-568-6409
    homevisitingconsortium@jmu.edu

Register and Begin Mandated Reporters Training

15.

Bright Futures and the Medical Home

Online

Description
Bright Futures and the Medical Home

Time Needed to Complete:
45 minutes

This training teaches you strategies for helping families navigate the healthcare system. You will learn the qualities of medical and dental homes. You will learn about strategies and resources, including Bright Futures, for helping your families connect with medical and dental homes and prepare for health care visits. When you have completed this training, you will be equipped to partner with families and the medical home.

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Bright Futures and the Medical Home Module

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16.

Breastfeeding - A Series for Home Visitors

 

        a. Secrets of Baby Behavior

Online

Description
Secrets of Baby Behavior

Time Needed to Complete:
45 minutes

This training, adapted from the "Secrets of Baby Behavior” training developed by the USDA Special Project Grant for WIC, gives home visitors in-depth information about infant behavior to share with new and expecting parents. It is a pre-requisite for three HVC trainings, Breastfeeding, Child Development 0-3 (Virginia Early Intervention Training) and Child Development 3 -6.

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        b. Three Step Counseling Strategy

Online

Description
Three Step Counseling Strategy

Time Needed to Complete:
45 minutes

This training, adapted from the WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor training developed by the USDA Special Project Grant, teaches home visitors about an effective strategy for helping a client move towards healthy changes in her life. The Three-Step Counseling Strategy uses open-ended questions, affirmations, and education to learn about a client's goals for healthy changes, their readiness to make changes, and to determine the information and education that would be most helpful to the client.

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        c. Helping Mothers Choose Breastfeeding

Online

Description
Helping Mothers Choose Breastfeeding

Time Needed to Complete:
45 minutes

This training will give home visitors and paraprofessionals who work with pregnant women and families information they can use to promote breastfeeding. The training offers information on the benefits of exclusive breastfeeding, strategies to help mothers overcome common barriers they might face in choosing or initiating breastfeeding, and strategies to prevent and deal with common problems. The training includes "red flags” to watch for that indicate that a mother may need additional help as well as resources that may be available to support pregnant and breastfeeding mothers

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        d. Helping Mothers Initiate Breastfeeding

Online

Description
Helping Mothers Initiate Breastfeeding

Time Needed to Complete:
45 minutes

This training will give home visitors and paraprofessionals who work with pregnant women and families information they can use to promote breastfeeding. The training offers information on the benefits of exclusive breastfeeding, strategies to help mothers overcome common barriers they might face in choosing or initiating breastfeeding, and strategies to prevent and deal with common problems. The training includes "red flags” to watch for that indicate that a mother may need additional help as well as resources that may be available to support pregnant and breastfeeding mothers

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        e. Helping Mothers Continue Breastfeeding

Online

Description
Helping Mothers Continue Breastfeeding

Time Needed to Complete:
45 minutes

This training will give home visitors and paraprofessionals who work with pregnant women and families information they can use to promote breastfeeding. The training offers information on the benefits of exclusive breastfeeding, strategies to help mothers overcome common barriers they might face in choosing or initiating breastfeeding, and strategies to prevent and deal with common problems. The training includes "red flags” to watch for that indicate that a mother may need additional help as well as resources that may be available to support pregnant and breastfeeding mothersd Development 3 -6.

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17.

Cultural and Linguistic Competency

Online

Description
Cultural and Linguistic Competency: Essential for Providers of Parent Support

Time Needed to Complete:
45 minutes

This training provides an introduction to culture and how it may impact work with families. It includes tools for self-assessment and strategies to increase one's own cultural competence. The training discusses strategies for responding to culturally-based parenting practices that are unfamiliar to the home visitor. The training also discusses the importance competence in communicating effectively and convey information in a way that is understood, by people with limited English proficiency. Finally, the training includes information and a video describing techniques for working with a language interpreter to deliver a home visit.

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18.

Working with Pregnant and Parenting Teens

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Description
Working with Pregnant and Parenting Teens


This classroom-based, interactive training will teach home visitors best practices for working with pregnant and parenting adolescents. They will explore their own values, beliefs and biases about serving pregnant and parenting teens and will identify ways to use this information to improve home visiting services. Participants will learn the differences between teen and adult parenting and learn to identify and respond to mental health issues in teens. The training also covers risk and protective factors, basics of adolescent development and learning styles.


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Specialized Training Modules

1.

Engaging Fathers in their Children's Lives

Online

Description
Engaging Fathers in their Children's Lives

Time Needed to Complete:
30 minutes

This training provides the information, resources, and skills home visitors need to engage fathers in home visiting and in their children's lives. As a result of the training, home visitors will learn how father involvement benefits children, mothers and fathers and will learn strategies for overcoming barriers that may keep fathers from being involved. This training includes excerpts from the 2014 Virginia Home Visiting Conference panel on "Dads are Important Too! Engaging Fathers in Home Visiting”.

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2.

Breastfeeding – a 9-hour online course for nurses and other medical professionals

Online

Description
Breastfeeding

Time Needed to Complete:
20 hours

This training will explain current trends in breastfeeding, including the importance of breastfeeding to infant development. It explains the importance of encouraging clients to breastfeed their children for at least the first year. It also gives guidelines for maternal health in pregnancy and information to help address misconceptions and common questions.

This online course covers 6 topics ranging from Current Trends in Infant Feeding to Prenatal Nutrition and Breastfeeding Education to the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative. This course is a stand-alone resource offering comprehensive information on breastfeeding. There is no charge for Virginia Residents.

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Breastfeeding Training Course

The Virginia Department of Health has provided a grant to offset the cost of this training for Virginia residents and organizations. If you are a Virginia resident, your residency will be authenticated during registration. After registration, follow the link in the upper right corner of the screen to "Check Out" to receive your coupon code. Choose the $99 course (which is free with the coupon code).


IMPORTANT: After completing the course, you must follow these
steps to receive credit:

1. Print out your certificate.
2. Fax, email, or mail a copy of your certificate to:
    Heather Taylor, Training Coordinator
    MSC 9009
    800 South Main St.
    James Madison University
    Harrisonburg, VA 22807
    Fax: 540-568-6409
    homevisitingconsortium@jmu.edu

Register and Begin Breastfeeding Training

3.

Abusive Head Trauma (Shaken Baby Syndrome): Prevention and Education Techniques for Home Visitors

Online

Description
Abusive Head Trauma (Shaken Baby Syndrome): Prevention and Education Techniques for Home Visitors

Time Needed to Complete:
45 minutes

This training gives the home visitor an understanding of why babies are at risk for injury from shaking and describes the developmental factors for normal infant crying. The home visitor will be able to share information about the risk of abusive head trauma and how to prevent it with parents. They will also be able to help families recognize triggers and apply techniques for relieving frustration non-violently.

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4.

Personal Safety for Home Visitors

Online

Description
Personal Safety for Home Visitors

Time Needed to Complete:
1 hour

Home Visiting is a generally safe area of practice. Occasionally, though, situations come up where a home visitor may be in an unsafe setting.

This training will give home visitors an overview of personal safety, describing what factors contribute to unsafe situations while travelling to and from the home visit and while in the home. The home visitor will learn how to prepare for home visitors with safety in mind and recognize and avoid unsafe situations. The training will also show demonstrations of basic self-defense techniques.

This training is not a definitive or comprehensive personal safety or self-defense course. Any tactics or advice given should be used with the guidance of your supervisor.

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5.

Family Engagement and Retention Strategies for Home Visitors

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Description
Family Engagement and Retention Strategies for Home Visitors

Class time:
5 hours

This training, designed for direct service staff and their supervisors, discusses the meaning of family engagement and retention in the home visiting setting. It provides strategies for retaining clients in home visiting programs and shows how changes in the family situation may impact home visits. The training includes the creation of family engagement and retention plans for home visitors to use in the field. It also facilitates information sharing among attendees through group exercises.

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6.

Reflective Supervision

Classroom

Description
Reflective Supervision

Time Needed to Complete:
6 hours

This training will prepare supervisors to use reflective supervision practices to support home visitors in meeting these challenges more effectively.. Home visitors spend long hours in the car, they are often isolated, and they are regularly confronted with the many challenges that families experience on a day-to-day basis. This training will give supervisors tools to support their staff and assist them with the stresses of their daily work. Reflective Supervision is for supervisors in programs serving pregnant women and families with children from birth to five years.

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7.

Building Parent Strengths: Applying Trauma-Informed Skills and Reflective Practices in Home Visiting Work

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Description
Building Parent Strengths: Applying Trauma-Informed Skills and Reflective Practices in Home Visiting Work

Time Needed to Complete:
6 hours

This training uses the most current information in Neuroscience, Epigenetics, ACE and Resiliency (NEAR) to teach home visitors how to use reflective practices and trauma informed approaches with parents in ways that will enhance goal-setting and build parental resiliency. Home visitors and their supervisors will learn to recognize how their own life experiences influence their work with families and the impact that this work has on them physically and emotionally while also teaching effective strategies for self-care.
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