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To give professionals, parents and other caregivers the knowledge and skills to provide nurturing environments for young children by developing and disseminating innovative research-based products and training programs used in many disciplines and settings.

Nurse Family Partnership
Upcoming Seattle Events

New Nurse Family Partnership Sites - Start Here!

Training in the NCAST Parent-Child Interaction (PCI) Feeding & Teaching Scales is one of the components of the Nurse Family Partnership Program. Find out how to get started.





Amidst all the bad news, there is hope and it lies with people who won't let families fail. They are people who toil, innovate and inspire; people who never give up the struggle to make life a little better for children.

SUPERHERO FOR FAMILIES

The Healer, Kathryn Barnard

"She is a force of nature," says Dr. Ben Danielson, medical director of the Odessa Brown Children's Clinic in Seattle. "She has done what I don't think anyone else could do." He's talking about Dr. Kathryn Barnard, founder of the Center on Infant Mental Health and Development at the University of Washington. Opened in 2001, the center is a product of Barnard's passion for meeting the needs of the youngest and most vulnerable of children. It's also one of the only places in the country that provides specialized training in infant mental health.

The center is just the latest in Barnard's accomplishments in the field of infant development, which started with her groundbreaking research in parent-child interaction and how it effects a child's later physical, psychological and emotional health. Along the way, she has designed training programs for public health nurses who work with families of infants at high risk; created measurements for parent-child interactions, which are now used around the world; and helped design the national Early Head Start program for newborns to 3-year-olds. But to Danielson, Barnard's most significant achievement is the inspiration and wisdom she brings to others who work for the mental health needs of infants, a field once virtually ignored in our society.

Parentmap - Kathryn Russell Selk

 

Promoting First Relationships

October 17, 18, 19, 2012

Seattle

In this 3 day workshop participants learn a unique consultation and intervention strategy they can integrate into their work whether in the high-risk, special needs, child care or other early childhood fields. The Promoting First Relationships training program integrates theory, practice and intervention.

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Promoting Maternal Mental Health During Pregnancy Workshop

September 24 & 25 , 2012

Seattle

This 2 day workshop addresses the unique psychological and emotional challenges pregnant women face and the issues critical to the development of the early mother-child relationship.

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PCI Instructor Workshop

October 8-13 , 2012

Seattle

A 6-day Intensive Workshop to prepare professionals in the role of training others in the use of the NCAST Parent-Child Interaction (PCI) Feeding and Teaching scales.