NCAST Programs - Promoting Nurturing Environments for Young Children

Seattle Workshops 2016

Promoting First Relationships® in Pediatric Primary Care February 27

Promoting First Relationships® Feb. 22 & 23 - Workshop Full - Registration Closed 

Register Now for the next PFR WorkshopJuly 12 & 13

Introduction to Infant Mental Health - March 24  

Promoting Maternal Mental Health During Pregnancy - May 9 & 10                                                                

Parent-Child Interaction (PCI) Feeding Scale Workshop   - June 6, 7, 8                                                            

Parent-Child Interaction (PCI) Instructor Workshop - September 26-30

Promoting First Relationships®  in Child Care Fall 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® in Pediatric Primary Care -February 27th- 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, lunch, 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. If you are interested in receiving MOC for this workshop, please contact the NCAST office

Space is limited, register today. Register below for workshop.

Price: $250.00

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Introduction to Infant Mental Health Workshop - March 24th

Product ID: IMH

Introduction to Infant Mental Health Workshop - University of Washington Campus

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 is available for STARS credit.

Price: $60.00

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Promoting Maternal Mental Health During Pregnancy Workshop - May 9 & 10

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

Your 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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Price: $395.00

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Product ID: CNE

Continuing Education Credits for Promoting Maternal Mental Health During Pregnancy Workshop, May 9 & 10 - Seattle

Price: $40.00

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Parent-Child Interaction (PCI) Assessment - Feeding Scale - June 6, 7, 8

Product ID: PCIW-F-REG

  Watertown Hotel - Seattle

This workshop presents a unique opportunity to become reliable in the NCAST Parent-Child Interaction (PCI) Feeding 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 feeding situation.  All participants will attempt reliability and have the opportunity to become certified* to use the NCAST PCI Feeding Assessment scale.

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

Who Should Use the PCI Feeding 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.

Price: $595.00


Promoting First Relationships Workshop - July 12 & 13

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 . . .

"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 . . . 

This workshop is approved for 14 CEU's and is also available for STARS Credit. 

Price: $395.00

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NCAST PCI Instructor Workshop - September 26-30, 2016 - 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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Promoting First Relationships® in Pediatric Primary Care "On-Site" Workshop


This university based program which helps pediatric primary care providers support stable and secure early parent-child relationships is now available for on-site training at your agency. Promoting First Relationships in Pediatric Primary Care operationalizes attachment and child development theory into applied practice and intervention strategies which 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 -

Promoting First Relationships in Child Care Workshop

Product ID: PFR-CC REG


This workshop is being rescheduled for Fall 2016.  Please check back in August for new dates.  Thank you.

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.

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


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