The HVTCP piloted the 6 final training modules with groups of home visitors and supervisors in Maryland in the Fall of 2015 and Spring of 2016. Home visitors and supervisors who complete the full training sequence of 6 modules earn a certificate from the UMBC Division of Professional Studies.
The trainings are designed to function as a sequence, and at the completion of all modules, participants receive a certificate of completion of the entire sequence.
Descriptions of the modules are provided below:
- Motivational Communication Concepts and Skills
This workshop will highlight a variety of communication challenges and offer skills to enhance effectiveness of home visitor conversations and communications. After reviewing basic interviewing and listening skills, home visitors and supervisors will learn about the tasks of the stages of change so they can understand how caregiver’s language can reflect either change or sustain talk. In the afternoon session basic strategies that can decrease caregivers’ reluctance and resistance and increase caregivers’ motivation to change will be taught and practiced. Interactive exercises and simulations will be used to create and active learning environment to develop basic skills in managing ambivalence, listening with head and heart, and creating productive working relationships.
- Creating Healthy Partner and Family Relationships through Home Visiting
This workshop will teach home visitors and supervisors how to support safe and healthy partner and family relationships. Home visitors will first learn to assess partner and family communication and conflict management patterns to identify signs of family distress including domestic violence. Then home visitors will learn how to have sensitive conversations with clients about partner and family violence, communication and conflict management patterns. Skills taught will include domestic violence safety planning, identifying community referral resources to support clients, and modeling healthy communication and emotion regulation. Various interactive activities will allow home visitors to practice their skills in communicating with families about healthy relationships and referring to appropriate resources in the community.
- Promoting Healthy Child Development and Positive Parenting through Home Visiting
This workshop will highlight advanced topics in parenting and child development to build upon home visitors’ competence in working with families. In this training, home visitors and supervisors will learn how to observe and assess parent-child relationship health and successfully engage families about topics such as behavior management, child feeding, safe sleep practices, and parenting stresses. The focus will include how to effectively engage parents with different cultural values, how to negotiate different parenting beliefs within a family, and how to support families in seeking out community child care resources. Interactive exercises and simulations will be used throughout the workshop to teach and build home visitors’ skills to engage and support families.
- Supporting Families’ Mental Health through Home Visiting
This workshop will teach home visitors how to assess for mental health needs in families, support access to mental health services, and model positive coping strategies. Additionally, home visitors will learn techniques to tolerate their own distress and support their own mental health so they more effectively serve their families’ mental health needs. First, home visitors will learn how to identify emotions and symptoms of mental distress and how to talk about these symptoms sensitively with families. The role of biological factors, environmental stressors, and protective factors involved in mental health will be discussed, in addition to issues of stigma and safety. Home visitors and supervisors will learn about suicide risk indicators and making effective mental health referrals. Role-playing activities throughout this module will allow home visitors to practice their skills in supporting individuals and families in seeking mental health services in the community.
- Addressing Substance Misuse through Home Visiting
This workshop will improve home visitors’ and supervisors’ knowledge, skills and confidence in dealing with substance misuse in families. Prior to attending an in-person skills-based training, home visitors will first complete an online module to learn basic content in epidemiology and the critical features of substances, their use and their health impacts on children and families. In the in-person portion of this workshop, home visitors will learn how to effectively screen families for substance misuse. They will also apply their acquired knowledge to practice by learning how to communicate with caregivers and families about substances. Participants will be informed about various treatment options and resources for substance misuse. Participants will learn motivational enhancement techniques to effectively support families in seeking referral resources.
- Cultural Competence and Home Visiting with Diverse Families
This workshop will highlight advanced topics in cultural competence to assist home visitors and supervisors in their work with diverse populations. Home visitors and supervisors will learn the following, through role playing exercises and online learning modules.
Photo: Graduates of the Spring 2016 and Fall 2017 certificate program with HVTCP training staff