Meeting Parents Where They Are- FAN Approach to Relationship Based, Reflective Practice

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Date(s) - May 10
All Day

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*Approved for 6 CEU’s* for Social Work, Mental Health Counseling, Marriage & Family Therapists, CASAC (5.5 hours), Psychology & Education (at school discretion)
Friday, May 10, 2019
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.
Early Registration (if by April 12, 2019): $105
Regular Registration (after April 12, 2019): $115
Group Rates:
Agencies sending 6 or more staff to a single full-day workshop are eligible for a Group Rate.
  • Early Registration: $95/registration
  • Regular Registration: $105/registration
*Please inquire for very large groups
About the Program
Developed at Erikson Institute, FAN offers not only a conceptual model but also a practical navigational tool to operationalize the attunement process. Practitioners learn to read parent’s cues for engagement and match their interactions to what the parent is showing they are most able to use in the moment. The FAN uses four core processes to match to the parent’s cues: Empathic Inquiry when feelings are primary, Collaborative Exploration to think together, Capacity Building to learn new skills, and Integration to build reflective capacity. The fifth, Mindful Self-Regulation, helps the home visitor track and regulate their own responses. The ARC of Engagement provides direction on how to prepare for and then structure parent contacts using open-ended questions to build collaboration and reflection. Recent research found that home visitors trained in the FAN showed increased reflective capacity and decreased burnout. Supervisors were more able to manage their own emotions, encourage reflection in their supervisees, and support attunement with parents. Participants will be introduced to the Supervisor FAN, which applies the same concepts of attunement in relationships to reflective supervision. Learn More >>
About the Instructors
Linda Gilkerson, PhD, LSW, is a professor at Erikson Institute where she directs the graduate training programs in infancy and infant mental health. She founded Erikson’s first clinical initiative, Fussy Baby Network, a national model home visiting program for parents of infants under one year. Dr. Gilkerson is the developer of the FAN (Facilitating Attuned Interactions), an approach that is used widely in home visitation, early intervention, early childhood mental health consultation programs, and physician training to facilitate parent engagement and reflective practice. Her research and publications focus on relationship-based approaches and reflective supervision in a range of settings. She was a long-time board member of Zero to Three, lead or served on many early childhood task forces in Illinois and was recently awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Bright Promises Foundation for her work on behalf of young children.

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