NCAST Programs - Promoting Nurturing Environments for Young Children

Special Opportunity to See Dr. Bruce Perry this May in Seattle!

Dr. Bruce Perry,  Working With Young Children and Families: How Development and Neurobiology Can Inform Your Practice - May 21, 2018 Register here

Promoting First Relationships in Pediatric Primary Care (MOC available)May 20, 2018  Special Pricing!  Register here     

Promoting First Relationships 2-day Learner Workshop - May 22 & 23, 2018 Register here   

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On-site workshops are available for the following programs:


·        Promoting First Relationships 2-day Learner Workshop


·        Promoting First Relationships in Pediatric Primary Care 1-day workshop


·        Promoting Maternal Mental Health During Pregnancy 2-day workshop


·        Introduction to Infant Mental Health 1-day workshop


Contact the NCAST office for information on bringing these workshops to your agency, 206.543.8528


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

Dr. Bruce Perry - May 21, 2018 - Seattle

Dr. Bruce Perry - May 21, 2018 - Seattle


8:30 AM - 4:00 PM 

Working with Young Children and Families: How Understanding Development and Neurobiology Can Inform Your Practice

The development of a young child is profoundly influenced by experience.  Experiences shape the organization of the brain which, in turn, influences the emotional, social, cognitive and physiological activities.  Insights into this process come from understanding brain development.  Trauma, neglect, chaos, threat and abnormal patterns of emotional, social, cognitive and physical interactions with young children lead to an array of brain-related problems. This presentation will review clinical work and research that can help us better understand the impact of adverse experiences on childhood and then suggest new directions for clinical practice including discussions related to the importance of relational repetition, regulation and "dosing". 

Dr. Perry's presentation will:

  • Provide an overview of key principles of neurodevelopment crucial for understanding the role of experience in defining functional and physical organization of the brain
  • Describe the emerging clinical and research findings in maltreated children that suggest the negative impact of abuse, neglect and trauma on brain development
  • Outline the clinical implications of a neurodevelopmental approach to child maltreatement

About Dr. Bruce Perry:   Dr. Perry is the Senior Fellow of the ChildTrauma Academy, a not-for-profit organization based in Houston, Texas and adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University of Chicago. Dr. Perry is the author, with Maia Szalavitz, of The Boy Who Was Raised As A Dog, a bestselling book based on his work with maltreated children and Born For Love: Why Empathy is Essential and  Endangered. His most recent multimedia book, BRIEF: Reflections on Childhood, Trauma and Society was released in 2013. Over the last thirty years, Dr. Perry has been an active teacher, clinician and researcher in children's mental health and neurosciences holding a variety of academic positions. Dr. Perry has conducted both basic neuroscience and clinical


5.5 CEU's available, forms available at conference or pay below.

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Price: $175.00

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Continuing Education Credit is available for the following workshops:

Promoting First RelationshipsPromoting Maternal Mental Health During and Dr. Bruce Perry Presentation. 

Price: $45.00

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Promoting First Relationships® Learner Workshop - May 22 & 23, 2018 - 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 15 CEU's, purchase above.

 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM both days

Price: $425.00

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Promoting First Relationships® in Pediatric Primary Care - May 20, 2018 - Seattle -Special Rate!

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 2018.

Special pricing for this workshop includes full day training and complete curriculum package!


Price: $125.00

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