NCAST Programs - Promoting Nurturing Environments for Young Children

Upcoming Seattle 2017 Workshops

PCI Instructor Workshop - May 1 - 5, Register here 

Promoting First Relationships® in Pediatric Primary Care Workshop - June 3 - Seattle - Register here

Promoting First Relationships® Learners Workshop - June 15 & 16  Register Today, Limited Space 

Introduction to Infant Mental Health Workshop September 20th Register here


A List of Infant Mental Health Core Competencies addressed in NCAST workshops here 

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Promoting First Relationships® in Pediatric Primary Care - June 3, 2017 - Watertown Hotel, Seattle

Product ID: PFR-PED

A 1-day workshop for primary care pediatric providers to learn about the importance of early attachment and the relationship qualities that enhance social-emotional development.

How Can Promoting First Relationships help medical providers in pediatric primary care? PFR-PPC will help you:

  • UNDERSTAND how to promote and support stable and secure early parent-child relationships in everyday office visits
  • BEGIN TO SEE attachment behaviors and elements of healthy relationships that are happening in patient encounters through the use of videos and case studies
  • LEARN skills that can be used by medical providers to strengthen a caregiver-child relationship during both well child care and challenging behavior visits
  • REALIZE how both parents and medical providers can feel an increased sense of competence and confidence in addressing the social-emotional health of young children with PFR-PPC

What is Promoting First Relationships in Pedatric Primary Care?

  • A university based program adapted by pediatricians to help pediatric primary care providers support stable and secure early parent-child relationships
  • A framework that operationalizes attachment and child development theory into applied practice and intervention strategies specifically for the pediatric office visit
  • A curriculum that also provides well-child check handouts for each visit (newborn - three years old) to share with parents
  • Consultation strategies to promote infant/toddler mental health

Who Should Attend? Pediatricians, Pediatric and Family Nurse Practitioners, Care Managers and other providers at community health center.

About the Trainers - Jeannie Larsen, MD, is a Primary Care Pediatrician at Allegro Pediatrics in Bellevue, Washinginton and is a co-author of Promoting First Relationships in Pediatric Primary Care.  Nancy Thordarson, MD, is an affiliate assistant professor at the University of Washington and a Pediatrician at the Everett Clinic. Nancy is co-author of Promoting First Relationships in Pediatric Primary Care.

Fee includes tuition, PFR in Pediatric Primary Care manual, and CD with handouts for well child visits across the first 3 years.


Part 4 MOC credits are now available for using PFR skills in your practice!

Seattle Children’s Hospital is pleased to offer Part 4 Maintenance of Certification credits in conjunction with the NCAST workshop, Promoting First Relationships® in Pediatric Primary Care (PFR-PPC). Upon completion of the MOC project, participants may earn 25 credits of Part 4 MOC credit from participating boards of the American Board of Medical Specialties.

Requirements for completion:   Physicians will need to have attended a one-day PFR-PPC workshop.  Workshop content may then be practiced and documented through the completion of a short checklist of the key PFR skills at each of 10 patient visits during 3 PDSA cycles.   Skills on the checklist that are applied during a patient encounter are tabulated and reported to the group at the end of each cycle.  Opportunities for additional education, support and discussion with both project leaders and participants is provided once monthly. Participants will be expected to participate in a minimum of three MOC Project team meetings to be scheduled at the end of each cycle that review progress, discuss challenges, and offer mentoring.  

Part 4 MOC credits will be granted following successful completion of required enrollment, participation, and submission of forms to the Seattle Children’s Hospital MOC Portfolio Program.  

Registering for MOC credits: A $250 administrative fee is submitted to Seattle Children’s at the time of enrollment. Sign up for the Part IV MOC will be at the conference with credits awarded by December 2017.

Price: $275.00

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Promoting First Relationships Workshop - June 15 & 16, 2017 - Seattle

Product ID: PFR-REG

2-day Learner Workshop - Seattle - Watertown Hotel

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 also 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, all curriculum materials including the Promoting First Relationships manual, video and a packet of reproducible parent handouts.

What participants are saying . . .

"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."


This training will address the following Infant Mental Health Competency Guidelines:  Theoretical Foundations: Relationship-focused practice, Infant/Very Young Child Development, Attachment, Separation. Trauma, grief and loss. Infant/very young child and family-centered practice. Direct Service Skills: Responding with Empathy, Observation and Listening, Listening and Responding with Empathy.

This workshop is approved for 14.5 CEU's - purchase CE below

Price: $425.00

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Product ID: CNE

Continuing Education Credit for either Promoting First Relationships or Promoting Maternal Mental Health During Pregnancy Workshops only.

Price: $45.00

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NCAST PCI Instructor Workshop - May 1-5, 2017 - Seattle

Product ID: PCI-REG


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.

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Price: $1,200.00

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Introduction to Infant Mental Health 1-day Workshop - September 20, 2017

Product ID: IMH

Introduction to Infant Mental Health Workshop - University of Washington Campus

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
  • Early Social & Emotional Needs
  • Baby Cues
  • Resources & Next Steps

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This training will address the following Infant Mental Health Competency Guidelines:  Theoretical Foundations: Infant, Young Child Development & Bx, Attachment, Separation, Grief & Loss, Pregnancy & Early Parenthood. Direct Service Skills: BabyCues, Observation.  Systems Expertise: IMH Resources/Next Steps, Community Resources.

This workshop is available for STARS credit.

Price: $80.00

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