NCAST Programs - Promoting Nurturing Environments for Young Children

Seattle Workshops 2015 & 2016

Promoting First Relationships® - Feb. 22 & 23, 2016

Introduction to Infant Mental Health - March 24, 2016 - Fills quickly, register early

Promoting First Relationships®  in Child Care April 8, 2016


NCAST also offers "on-site" workshops for Promoting First Relationships, Promoting Maternal Mental Health During Pregnancy and the new Promoting First Relationships® in Pediatric Primary Care - For more information contact the NCAST office    206.543.8528


Promoting First Relationships Workshop - Feb. 22 & 23, 2016

Product ID: PFR-REG

2-day Learner Workshop - Seattle

Professionals who work with caregivers and young children (0-3) often see the need to support and guide caregivers in building nurturing relationships with children. Promoting First Relationships® workshop gives professionals the knowledge, tools, and strategies to do so. The Promoting First Relationships program integrates theory, practice and intervention. Trainers use various learning approaches including case studies, role-playing, and reflective dialogue. These approaches allow participants to apply the framework directly to issues they face in their environment.

In this 2-day learner's workshop, participants learn a unique consultation and intervention strategy that they can integrate into their work whether in high-risk, special needs, child-care, or other early childhood fields. The strategy can be used one-on-one with parents and aslo with child care providers and early childhood teachers responsible for group care. Because Promoting First Relationships is a positive, strengths-based model, caregivers are typically open to intervention and gain competence, and thus investment, in their caregiving.

Your fee covers tuition and all curriculum materials including the Promoting First Relationships manual, video and packet of reproducible parent handouts.

What participants are saying . . .

"I loved the video examples which really helped illustrate the principles."

"Straightforward and doable, lots of real life examples and opportunity to reflect in groups."

"I liked how the case studies cemented the concepts."

"I particularly liked the group discussions, latest research information and the handouts."

About the trainers . . . 

Price: $395.00

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Introduction to Infant Mental Health Workshop- March 24th

Product ID: IMH

Introduction to Infant Mental Health Workshop - University of Washington

Sponsored by Washington Association for Infant Mental Health and presented by NCAST Programs

This introductory workshop in Infant Mental Health will discuss how an infant's positive attachment to her or his primary caregivers is the foundation for healthy social, emotional and cognitive development. You will learn how the presence of a secure, nurturing relationship between a child and his or her primary caregivers protects the developing brain. Topics covered will include:

  • Toxic Stress 
  • Attachment Theory & Parenting Behavior
  • Child Development Milestones
  • Early Social & Emotional Needs
  • Baby Cues

About the trainer . . .  

Participation in this 1-day Infant Mental Health workshop will count towards meeting some of the competencies needed to qualify for WA-AIMH endorsement®, especially in the area of Theoretical Foundations for Levels I & II. For more information on endorsement, visit the endorsement tab on WA-AIMH's website ( This workshop will also be available for STARS credit.

Price: $60.00

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Promoting First Relationships in Child Care Workshop - April 8th

Product ID: PFR-CC REG

In this new 1-day workshop, you will learn about the principles developed in the Promoting First Relationships® (PFR) Program. This is an evidence based program which has shown to be effective in home visiting service provision.

This workshop, geared toward the needs of those who provide child care for young children, will focus on:

  • how babies communicate non-verbally
  • the importance of the relationship between providers and children and how to nurture this relationship,
  • how to understand and reframe challenging behaviors,
  • how to use Promoting First Relationships to formulate a plan for addressing difficult child behavior in the child care setting.

About the trainer . . . 

Fee covers tuition, Promoting First Relationships caregiver manual, and a CD with reproducible parent handouts. This workshop will be available for STARS credit.

Price: $195.00

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Promoting First Relationships® in Pediatric Primary Care On-Site Workshop



This university based program that helps pediatric primary care providers support stable and secure early parent-child relationships is now available for on-site training at your agency. This program operationalizes attachment and child development theory into applied practice and intervention strategies. Helps parents analyze possible causes of challenging behaviors and offers concrete solutions to typical issues parents bring to well child visits.

What participants are saying . . .

"I liked the clear concepts, videos and examples to illustrate. Excellent training!"

"Presenters were approachable, down-to-earth and well prepared to demonstrate and speak about PFR."

"I liked the videos, WCC visit examples, handbook and handouts. I'm excited to use them in clinic. This was a great training, appreciated the personal stories and experiences."

"Videotapes were outstanding, case histories were excellent."

 Why use Promoting First Relationships® in Pediatric Primary Care?

  • Early Brain and Child Development (EBCD) is a strategic priority of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
  • Prevents later social and emotional difficulties by supporting the parent-child relationship early on.
  • Supports parents in learning about children's social and emotional needs underlying challenging behaviors.

Who is using Promoting First Relationships® in Pediatric Primary Care?

  • Pediatricians and Family Physicians
  • Pediatric and Family Nurse Practitioners
  • Care managers and other providers at community health centers

Contact the NCAST office about bringing this training to your agency -

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