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Building Collaborative Relationships With Families

"Our expectations were that we would learn something we could use to engage parents and child care providers in meaningful dialogue. What we got exceeded our expectations, and was a fulfilling learning experience that taught us so much.

The video and print guidance materials were valuable resources and essential companion tools to the training.The personal feedback and the knowledge of the trainers contributed to our ability to both apply the training skills and teach others how to use them."

—Sarah Hoover, EdM
Faculty, JFK Partners
University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center
Department of Pediatrics

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Who Should Attend

  Infant-family professionals

Purpose of the Training

Strong outcomes are the goal of every infant-family professional. Strong outcomes for children go hand-in-hand with strong relationships with parents. This training cultivates collaborative skills that participants can apply to strengthen their family-centered practices. This “training for trainers” includes opportunities to connect knowledge with experience while learning new approaches and strategies. Instruction employs hands-on approaches to reinforce new content and strategies.

What You Will Learn 

  • The importance of the parallel process in relationships
  • The key concepts of self-awareness, careful observation, and flexible response
  • Strategies for promoting skills involving selfawareness, careful observation and flexible response
  • Awareness of the important of culture 

Training Materials

  • Print curriculum: six hours of detailed, user-friendly material
  • PowerPoint slides
  • Video: Learning and Growing Together with Your Child



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