The UMBC Home Visiting Training Certificate Program is currently offering it’s 7 six- hour in person training sessions, which cover topics such as Communication (two days), Parenting, Substance Abuse, Mental Health, Healthy Relationships, and Culture. Two types of professionals participate in the training: home visitors and their supervisors from various jurisdictions across the state of MD. Participants will receive one of two certificates: 1) a Home Visitor Certificate (43 hours) or 2) a Home Visitor & Supervisor certificate (45 hours). The training is conducted at the training center at UMBC South Campus Research & Technology Park.
The training center is also developing separate trainings for 1) Substance Exposed Newborns, 2) Coaching and Supervision, and 3) Goal Planning Strategy. More information will be forthcoming as we pilot and implement these trainings.
As part of training, home visitors and supervisors participate in an evaluation. This is embedded in the 42 hours of in-class curriculum content and will involve completing short surveys and interviews at the beginning and end of each training day. It may also consist of completing a more time-involved evaluation (e.g., responding to standardized mothers as if in a real home visiting scenario) at the beginning of the first day of training and end of the last day. Receiving a certificate is contingent upon completing all the course activities and course evaluations and demonstrating adequate performance during the course of the training programs. These evaluations will also help Training Center faculty and staff to continuously monitor training success.