This two-day training shares the principles of Visit Coaching: Emphasis on 0-5, a model that focuses on the strengths of the family and the needs of the children. Family time with children in out-of-home care is an underutilized service that can be the most significant assistance the child welfare agency provides for safe reunification. Visit coaching is fundamentally different from supervised visits. The coach is actively involved in guiding parents in meeting their children’s needs and making each visit fun for the children.
This specific offering will focus on visit coaching with parents of young children ages 0-5. While the practice is similar, the focus on 0-5 will provide Quick Guides, and strategies for coaching parents/caregivers on the activities that increase connection, stimulate interaction through play and cue to the daily needs of their young child.
Visit coaching includes:
- Supporting parents to articulate their children's needs to be met in each visit
- Helping parents plan how to give their children their full attention at each visit
- Preparing parents for their children's behavior
- Appreciating parents’ strengths in attuning to their children and coaching them to enhance their responsiveness
- Supporting parents in coping with their feelings in order to visit consistently and keep their anger and depression from getting in the way of paying full attention to their children during their family time