This two-day professional development opportunity is designed for multidisciplinary providers to incorporate elements of the Brazelton Touchpoints approach into their practice setting. In this training, practitioners explore the key elements of Touchpoints including: developmental framework, systems theory, relational framework, cultural sensitivity and reflective practice.
A Systemic Mental Health Consultation and Professional Development Model: Family Connections Training Program
Brazelton Touchpoints Center Training Institute
The Brazelton Touchpoints Center is offering a two-day training program as a resource for mental health practitioners, educational and family service worker supervisors, home visitors, directors, program managers and others working with young children and their families to implement Family Connections into practice in community settings.
- Explore how Family Connections further enhances mental health consultation services to young children, their families, and early childhood professionals.
- Explore how Family Connections supports further professional development for early childhood professionals.
- Present the Family Connections practice framework, goals, objectives, and outcomes.
- Illustrate Family Connections and Tell Me A Story training modules for providers and parents through presentations, case vignettes, and interactive exercises.
Family Connections provides an evidence-based, system-wide model for mental health consultation and professional development specifically focused on building professional capacity, promoting the mental and social-emotional well-being of young children, their families, and providers, and understanding and supporting families facing depression and other adversities. It was developed with the support of the US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Head Start Innovation and Improvement Grant to Boston Children’s Hospital.
The Brazelton Institute is a training institute for clinicians and researchers, which provides training on the Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale (NBAS) and the Newborn Behavioral Observations (NBO) systems.
The NBO is a clinical relationship-building tool used by pediatricians, nurses, infant mental health specialists, physician and occupational therapists, social workers, early intervention providers, home visitors, and other allied health professionals, to help parents understand their baby’s language and promote a positive relationship between parent and child from the very beginning.
The NBAS, now in its fourth edition, is the most comprehensive examination of newborn behavior available to researchers today. It is used by researchers to study the effects of a wide range of perinatal variables such as prenatal exposure to alcohol, tobacco, cocaine and other drugs, low birth weight, environmental toxins, cesarean section, and other pre- and perinatal variables.