NCAST Programs - Promoting Nurturing Environments for Young Children

Upcoming Seattle 2017/2018 Workshops

Introduction to Infant Mental Health Workshop September 20th Register here 

Promoting Maternal Mental Health During Pregnancy - October 9 & 10 - Register here   

Promoting First Relationships® 2-day Learners Workshop - November 2 & 3 Register here

Parent Child Interaction (PCI) Teaching Scale Workshop - November 15-17 Register here

Attachment, Neurodevelopment and Psychopathology Workshop, Patricia M. Crittenden, PhD, January 31, February 1 & 2, 2018 Register here                                                                                                                                                    


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

To be notified of the dates for the next Promoting First Relationships in Pediatric Primary Care 1 day workshop in Seattle, send an email to

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, Very Young Child Development & Bx, Attachment, Separation, Trauma, Grief & Loss, Pregnancy & Early Parenthood. Toxic Stress, Attachment Theory and Parenting Bx. Direct Service Skills: BabyCues, Observation and Listening.  Systems Expertise: IMH Resources/Next Steps, Community Resources.

This workshop is available for STARS credit.

Hours are 9:00 - 4:30

Price: $80.00

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Promoting Maternal Mental Health During Pregnancy Workshop - October 9 & 10, 2017

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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The Infant Mental Health Core Competencies addressed in this workshop here . . .

This workshop is approved for 12.6 CEU's - Pay for CNE below.


Price: $425.00

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CNE - Fee

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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Promoting First Relationships® Workshop - November 2 & 3, 2017 - Seattle

Product ID: PFR-SEA

Professionals who work with caregivers and young children (0-3) often see the need to support and guide caregivers in building nurturing and responsive 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 reflectivdialogue. These approaches allow participants to apply the framework directly to issues faced in their work environment.  In this 2-day 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 (in clinic or the home) 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 the intervention and gain competence, and thus investment in their caregiving.

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."

  This workshop is eligible for 14.5 CEU's. Purchase above.

Price: $425.00

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Parent-Child Interaction (PCI) Assessment - Teaching Scale - Nov 15-17, 2017

Product ID: PCIW-REG

Watertown Hotel - Seattle - November 15, 16, & 17

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: $625.00

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Attachment, Neurodevelopment, & Psychopathology Workshop - January 31, February 1 & 2, 2018

Product ID: ANP


Patricia M. Crittenden, PhD

This 3-day course focuses on the development, prevention, and treatment of psychological disorder. It weaves together theory, human development, assessment, case examples, and treatmentapplications to reframe maladaptive behavior in terms of strategies for self-protection. The course focuses on development from infancy to adulthood, emphasizing the process of adaptation and developmental pathways that carry risk for psychopathology. The model used is the Dynamic-Maturational Model (DMM) of attachment and adaptation developed by course instructor Patricia M. Crittenden, Ph.D.

Additional information here . . . 

Location TBD - either the University of Washington or Seattle University Campus

Early Bird Rate $375 by December 1, 2017 - After December 1, 2017 $395


Price: $375.00

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