NCAST Programs - Promoting Nurturing Environments for Young Children

Seattle Workshops 2015 & 2016

Parent-Child Interaction (PCI) Assessment - Teaching Scale - Oct. 19-21 - Filling fast, register today

Promoting Maternal Mental Health During Pregnancy - Nov. 2 & 3

Introduction to Infant Mental Health - Nov. 4 - Workshop Full - Next Workshop March 2016, contact the NCAST office to be notified by email.

NCAST PCI Instructor Training - Nov. 16-20

Promoting First Relationships® - Feb. 22 & 23, 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


Parent-Child Interaction (PCI) Assessment - Teaching Scale - October 19-21

Product ID: PCIW-REG

Watertown Hotel - Seattle - October 19-21

This workshop presents a unique opportunity to become reliable in the NCAST Parent-Child Interaction (PCI) Teaching Assessment Scale, learning from the source and transforming the way in which you view the parent/caregiver-child interaction. For more information on the scale . . . .

During this 3-day course, you will learn the valuable skills of precisely observing both caregiver and child and their dyadic interaction during a teaching task.  All participants will attempt reliability and have the opportunity to become certified* to use the NCAST PCI Teaching Assessment scale.

Tuition & fees includes an administration manual, assessment scale pad, administration toy kit, reliability testing & certificate.

Who Should Use the PCI Teaching Assessment Scale?

  • Public Health Nurses
  • Researchers
  • Social Workers
  • Infant Mental Health Specialists
  • Occupational & Physical Therapists
  • Early Intervention Workers

"I will never look at parent-child interaction in the same way again. This training has taught me to leave my biases at the door and focus on the positive. I am forever changed." RN, New York City

"Dr. Kathryn Barnard told our instructor group that people who study the Parent-Child Interaction scales never see a parent-child pair in quite the same way again. My experience supports this. You develop a new perspective and enhanced insight into everyday interactions and their consequent impact on children's developmental potential." Early Parenting Consultant & Instructor

Learning the scale may meet some of the screening, assessment, and observation competencies for certification in infant mental health. *If you do not attain reliability during the workshop, private arrangements can be made to attain reliability with a second or third attempt if needed. Attaining reliability cannot be guaranteed.

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Price: $595.00

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Promoting Maternal Mental Health During Pregnancy Workshop- November 2 & 3, 2015

Product ID: PMMH-SEA

Watertown Hotel - Seattle

This workshop addresses the importance of helping the pregnant woman achieve a healthier mental and emotional state during pregnancy, to improve the chances that she and her child will experience a healthier relationship. Promoting Maternal Mental Health During Pregnancy training covers issues critical to the development of the early mother-child relationship including . . .

  • High-risk pregnancies
  • Unresolved grief or loss
  • Normal, typical course of pregnancy
  • Domestic violence
  • Women experiencing depression or other mental health disruptions

Fee covers tuition and all curriculum materials including two Promoting Maternal Mental Health During Pregnancy books, one covering Theory and Practice and one on Interventions, an assessment guide, and a CD with 56 reproducible handouts/interventions.

What participants are saying . . .

"Excellent. Fantastic. I love that I'm leaving with real, simple interventions that I can start using tomorrow. A very practicial application to help Mom through all aspects of pregnancy."

"The presenter was good at connecting the concepts in a personal and positive way."

"I feel more confident in being able to help my families."

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12.6 CEU's available for this training - $40 fee

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Price: $395.00

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Infant Mental Health Workshop- November 4th

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 & Trauma
  • Attachment Theory & Parenting Behavior
  • Cultural Humility
  • 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.

Workshop Full - Registration Closed  

Next Workshop - March 2016 - Date will be posted early November

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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.

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."

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Price: $395.00

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NCAST PCI Instructor Workshop - November 16-20, 2015

Product ID: PCI-REG

Watertown Hotel - Seattle

Want to join our exclusive team of PCI Instructors from around the world?

The NCAST PCI Instructor Workshop is a 5-day intensive workshop to prepare professionals for the role of training others in the NCAST Feeding & Teaching Scales and other supplementary NCAST programs. The workshop is typically held twice a year in Seattle, once in the Spring and again in the Fall. This workshop is designed for professionals working with families with infants and young children who have a role in the ongoing training of community health care service providers in their local area.Those planning to use the PCI Feeding and Teaching Scales in research are encouraged to apply. Admission to the workshop is granted from NCAST Programs. For further information on becoming an instructor . . .

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Price: $1,200.00

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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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