Parent Coaching & Family Therapy

Family Support & Parent Training
“As soon as I saw what I was doing, everything fell into place.”
– Martina, a parent.

Social workers and other family and parent-support professionals use SPIN Video Interaction Guidance®  (SPIN®VIG) for Parent Coaching and Family Therapy as a direct service model to strengthen the parent-child relationships that are essential for healthy family functioning.

We usually do not train individuals or families directly.

BUILDING A PROGRAM AT YOUR AGENCY

Planning Meeting
A senior SPIN®USA trainer meets with agency directors or program managers to design a training program that fits your programs and services.

Introductory Training Course
Selected trainees (social workers, psychologists, family support staff) attend a three-day intro course.

Monthly Training
Trainees immediately begin using the Basic SPIN cycle of filming, analysis and providing coaching/therapy during collaborative review sessions with families in their homes. The training program provides each trainee with monthly, structured individual and group training/supervision.

Certification
These sessions lead to Video Interaction Guidance certification following 18 months of regular practice and training/supervision.

Because trainees begin using the model with families immediately, social workers, programs and families experience the training benefits right away.

HOW THE SPIN VIDEO INTERACTION GUIDER/FAMILY COACH USES THE BASIC SPIN CYCLE

Filming – Make a short 10 minute video of the family at home in a pleasant or calm activity.

Analysis – Analyze and edit the video to highlight the best interactions, to support the family’s own goals, and to plan collaborative review to support skill consolidation and development.

Collaborative Review – Show selected video to highlight and review strengths, motivate change; teach skills and set goals in detailed parent coaching sessions.

SPIN’S ADVANTAGES FOR HELPING PROFESSIONALS & THE FAMILIES THEY SERVE

  • Provides a strengths-based approach that helps parents see and learn from their existing competencies.
  • Guides parents to nurture and support their children positively and sensitively using both verbal and non-verbal responses.
  • Helps parents understand how their positive, nurturing interactions support the healthy development of their children.
  • Helps parents build toward a positive, language rich home environment.
  • Eliminates blame and focus on failure and dysfunction.
  • Raises hope.
  • Increases motivation for change by helping parents believe in their capacity to be “good parents”.
  • Enables social workers to achieve better outcomes, to re-ignite their beliefs in their work and to reduce burnout.

 

See also Training Basics

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