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

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Date(s) - May 10
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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With Linda Gilkerson, Ph.D.

About the Program

Attunement refers to the experience of feeling connected and understood, which opens up space for change and trying new ways of relating. Within attuned interactions, safety increases, anxiety lessens, and capacity is released. This session will present the FAN (Facilitating Attuned Interactions), a framework for attunement to self and other within helping relationships. 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.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Define the five core processes of the FAN and describe when to use each process.
  2. Utilize the ARC of the visit to structure encounters and promote collaboration.
  3. Identify own signs of dysregulation and use Mindful Self-Regulation to bring themselves back to balance.
  4. Use the FAN as a tool for reflection to understand when and why matches and mismatches occur in communication, and how to repair mismatches

The workshop begins at 9:00 a.m. Please arrive at 8:30 a.m. to register.

About the Instructor

Linda Gilkerson, Ph.D., 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.


Early registration deadline is by April 12, 2019.

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Adelphi University is committed to providing an environment which is responsive to the needs of individuals with disabilities including students, faculty, administrators, staff and the larger community. The institution is equally supportive of full compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended. The Committee on Individuals with Disabilities (CID) pledges continued active support in achieving universal access and ensuring that academic programs, facilities, and activities are made available to all students, employees and visitors with disabilities.

Accommodations will be made to support learners with special needs to participate in the training/workshop. Please contact the Institute for Parenting Coordinator at 516.237.8513 to request such accommodations.

Credentialing Information and Continuing Education

New York State Office of the Professions (NYSED) regulations require that participants must be present for the entire approved educational activity, 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., in order to receive continuing education credits.

There is no accommodation in the State Regulation for late arrival, late return from lunch or breaks, or early departure. At present, there is no procedure for granting partial credit for approved continuing education events.If there are any changes in State Regulation, this policy will be updated accordingly.

This program has been approved for the following continuing education credits:

  • Social work (6 hours)
  • LMHC (6 hours)
  • LMFT (6 hours)
  • CASAC Renewal (5.5 hours)
  • Psychology (At school discretion – 6 hours)
  • Education (At school discretion – 6 hours)

Successful completion for the award of approved continuing education credits requires attendance at entire training/workshop and submission of a completed evaluation form.

Cancellation Policy

No refund can be made for cancellation seven or fewer working days before the event or for no-shows. Cancellations more than seven working days before a workshop will result in a refund less a $15.00 cancellation fee. Requests for refunds must be received in writing.

All registered participants will be notified via email if there is a training/workshop cancellation. Registered participants will be offered a full refund or registration in another offered training/workshop.


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We welcome all organizations that share our mission of supporting the mental health of young children.

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