Resource Toolkit for Home Visiting and other Early Childhood Professionals

Below you will find a variety of topics which you can explore. Our goal is provide current research and resources to support you in your role of supporting infants, toddlers, young children and their families and caregivers. Each will link you to resources related to that topic; articles, webinars, websites, books and face to face training opportunities. If you have resources that you would like us to post and share with other home visiting and family support professionals, please send those to hvtta@uwm.edu.

Abuse/Neglect and Adverse Childhood Experiences

Articles

Online Training

  • Marks that Matter, Sentinel Injuries, and Other Opportunities for Child Abuse Prevention is a 25-minute module that will teach you about marks that matter and sentinel injuries, including why they are significant, who is at risk, and what to do if you suspect abuse. It is intended for childcare workers, child welfare workers, family support staff, and home visitors, but any person working with children will find it a useful tool.  This module can be viewed on your computer or mobile device.

Videos

Safety Tips

Tools

  • Take The ACE Quiz — And Learn What It Does And Doesn’t Mean, NPR
  • The Prevention Board along with Wisconsin Department of Children and Families, and Prevent Child Abuse Wisconsin (PCAW), a program of Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Community Services have created a Prevention Month Toolkit to provide ideas for planning a local event.
  • NEAR Science toolkit- Home visitors knowledgeable about ACEs research are interested in bringing this information to families but worry about causing harm. The NEAR@Home Toolkit toolkit addresses these concerns and provide strategies for engaging parents in discussing and using the ACEs questionnaire in a safe, respectful, and effective way for both home visitor and family.
  • Long-term consequences of Child Abuse and Neglect fact sheets
  • Talking with Parents about Child Abuse.  This tip sheet, developed for child care providers, has information relevant to home visitors and other family support professionals.
  • Talking to a Child who has been Abused.  This tip sheet, developed for child care providers, has information relevant to home visitors and other family support professionals.
  • The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Survey Toolkit for Providers  The Toolkit includes ACE survey administration, tips for administering the ACE survey, case studies, testimonials and key resources on ACEs   http://b.3cdn.net/ascend/2a85dfd53c97f9478b_kdm6bovi6.pdf

Websites

Assessment

Adult Mental Health

Professional Reading

Online Training

Websites

Videos

Assessment

Prevalence

Fact Sheets

Resources

Advocacy
Articles

Out of the Boardroom: How Nonprofit Board Members Can Be Effective Advocates in Troubled Times, NonProfit Quarterly /

Instructional
Advocacy 101 for Family Support Professionals

Talking Points
HV Talking Point – Home visitors can advocate for their roles and their programs as concerned citizens, during their own private time. You can use this document to help policy-makers understand the value of home visiting and your role
Value of PD Talking Points – Professional development helps family support professionals feel more confident and competent in their roles.

Website
Be an Advocate for Young Children, Supporting Families Together Association – Learn about different types of advocacy, how you can get involved, who to contact, and current advocacy alerts (eg. News from the WI Children’s Caucus, webinars, etc.)

AODA/Home Visiting
Online Modules

  • Relationships Matter!  Learn what professionals need to know about the role of relationships in the lives of women with mental health and substance use issues.  Transcripts, slides and audio recordings of the 2017 SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) webinars available. Online registration for these tutorials required. Tutorials are free to earn a Certificate of Completion, fee of $7.50 to earn NAADAC or NBCC CE units.
  • National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare (NCSACW) – U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Understanding Substance Use Disorders, Treatment, and Family Recovery: A Guide for Child Welfare Professionals.    This free tutorial requires online registration with the NCSACW.

Professional Reading

Websites

  • My Baby and Me  https://www.wwhf.org/mybabyandme/  A free program, sponsored by the Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation, to help Wisconsin women achieve a healthy and alcohol-free pregnancy through screenings, research-based education, phone counseling and text message support.
  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. CDC’s webpage that defines Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders and provides facts, causes, signs, diagnosis and treatment information.  Headings on this web page include:  Research and Tracking, Data and Statistics, Free Materials, Alcohol Use During Pregnancy, Education and Training, Articles, Multimedia and Tools, and Information for Specific Groups. https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/fasd/index.html
  • National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) is one of the 27 institutes and centers that comprise the National Institutes of Health (NIH). NIAAA supports and conducts research on the impact of alcohol use on human health and well-being. It is the largest funder of alcohol research in the world. https://www.niaaa.nih.gov/

Videos

Building Collaborations

Professional Reading

Videos

Local Organizations

Child Health and Development

Activities

Fact Sheets

Articles

Online Training

  • Marks that Matter, Sentinel Injuries, and Other Opportunities for Child Abuse Prevention is a 25-minute module that will teach you about marks that matter and sentinel injuries, including why they are significant, who is at risk, and what to do if you suspect abuse. It is intended for childcare workers, child welfare workers, family support staff, and home visitors, but any person working with children will find it a useful tool.  This module can be viewed on your computer or mobile device.
  • The Wisconsin Department of Health Services Women, Infants, and Children Program site provides an online training course on anthropometrics: weighing, measuring, and interpreting measurement results.

PowerPoints

Resources to Share

  • Prevent Blindness Wisconsin offers fact sheets about screening for and protecting children’s vision.
  • Preventative Pediatric Health Care Chart
  • Head Start Go Smart offers physical activity suggestions and resources, arranged by age of the child, beginning at birth.
  • Bright Futures Guidelines is designed to provide a common framework for well child care from birth to age 21. Explore the Bright Futures materials and tools. If you are asked for a username/password, click cancel, and you should still be routed to the page.
  • UW Extension’s Parenting the First Year Newsletters available in both English and Spanish. Monthly downloadable newsletters highlighting developmental milestones in a baby’s first year of life and tips for parents to support their baby’s development. Written at a 5th grade reading level.
  • UW Extension’s Parenting the Second and Third Year Newsletters available in both English and Spanish. Bi-monthly downloadable newsletters highlighting developmental milestones for toddler and tips for parents to support their baby’s development. Written at a 5th grade reading level.
  • UW Extension’s Parenting the Preschooler fact sheets address topics within the categories of Health Bodies and Minds, Learning and Changing, and Relationships. They focus on the development of preschoolers and how parents can support their child’s development.
  • Feelings Poster
  • 5 Steps for Brain-Building Serve and Return
  • Kids in the monitoring zone: What to do next ASQ
  • Milestone Tracker Mobile App, Milestones matter! Track your child’s milestones from age 2 months to 5 years with CDC’s easy-to-use illustrated checklists; get tips from CDC for encouraging your child’s development; and find out what to do if you are ever concerned about how your child is developing. Photos and videos in this app illustrate each milestone and make tracking them for your child easy and fun!
  • Text4Baby. The National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition supports Text4baby, a free mobile text messaging service that provides moms-to-be, new moms and family members with information to help them care for themselves and their baby throughout pregnancy and the baby’s first year.

Tools

  • The Well-Visit Planner is based on national recommendations for parents/guardians of children 4 months to 6 years old. This web tool will result in a personalized visit guide of questions and topics for a child’s next well-child visit.  This was developed as a project of The Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative and Oregon Health and Science University.  English and Spanish.

Videos

Websites

 

Subtopics

Immunizations

Children with special needs

  • Wisconsin First Step is an information and referral service hotline with phone and online chat forums and a resource directory to assist Wisconsin families and providers working with children and youth with special needs.
  • Family Voices of Wisconsin promotes family-centered care for all children and youth with special health care needs and/or disabilities. Family Voices provides tools for families to make informed decisions, advocates for improved public and private policies, forges partnerships with families and professionals, and serves as a health care resource.
  • Since early treatment can improve outcomes for children diagnosed with autism, Autism Speaks stresses the importance of learning early signs of autism. The site offers a helpful Video Glossary that is acceptable after a brief registration: https://www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism/learn-signs

Infant and Early Childhood Safety and Injury Prevention

  • Children’s Safety Network offers information on a wide variety of child injury prevention topics, with links to further resources.
  • Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin provides Safe Sleep information in English and Spanish.
  • Safe Kids Wisconsin has information on child injury prevention programs and events, including statewide car seat check dates and links to resources such as the Safe Sleep Cribs for Kids.

Lead Prevention

Cultural Competence

Websites

  • Adoption
  • Mental Health Services
  • Services
  • Children’s Bureau Express
  • National Center for Cultural Competence, Georgetown University.  The mission of the NCCC is to increase the capacity of health care and mental health care programs to design, implement, and evaluate culturally and linguistically competent service delivery systems to address growing diversity, persistent disparities, and to promote health and mental health equity.
  • The Cross Cultural Health Care Program offers a Cultural Competence Resource Guide for health and social service providers.
  • University of Kansas Community Health and Development Center’s Community Toolbox, Cultural Competence in a Multicultural World, features 11 topics related to Culture and Diversity.
  • African American Lives Today, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation & Harvard School of Public Health.  Find research data from a national survey examining African-Americans’ views on their personal and family lives, community, experiences of discrimination and financial situations.  There are links to research on health issues faced by African-Americans in our country.

Videos

Online Training Resources

  • Allies for Reaching Community Health Equity offers monthly online training events.  For a calendar of online training events, check out the Culture of Health Institute for Leadership Development (CHILD).
  • 5 Diversity Modules include a General Diversity Module, Amish Culture, Hispanic Culture, Hmong Culture and Native American Culture for general audiences and adapted modules for clinical providers from the La Crosse Medical Health Science Consortium, UW Lacrosse.
  •  “Wisconsin social workers can get continuing education units for seven online Cultural Competence and Diversity courses offered through CE Units: Continuing Education at Home. These courses range in cost from $5 – $40, depending on credit hours.”
  • Working With the African American Father: The Forgotten Parent
    Authors: California Social Work Education Center
    includes objectives, agenda, and trainer and trainee
    materials to develop professional practice working with African-American father’s and address systemic biases.

Professional Reading

Resources

Domestic Violence

Advocacy

  • Survivors of Domestic Violence May Enroll in Health Care at ANY TIME Health centers and domestic and sexual violence advocacy organizations can partner to support survivor health and prevent violence. Through cross-trainings and warm referrals, providers and advocates are able to provide comprehensive coordinated care for survivors and their families.
  • National Network to End Domestic Violence Take Action NNEDV asks advocates and allies to contact Congress at key times to influence legislation and funding for domestic violence programs.  NNEDV will ask you to make phone calls, send an email or take action on social media sites.  Taking a few minutes to contact your elected officials can mean a world of difference to a survivor of domestic violence.

Professional Reading

Learning Modules

  • Domestic Violence: Understanding the Basics
  • DVeducation.ca, sponsored by Women’s College Hospital, Canada, has learning modules targeting health care professionals and others can benefit from the information, as well.  You must register to access the free modules.  Embed link in title. 
  • How Much Do you Know About Stalking? Quiz from the Stalking Resource Center of the Nat’l Center for Victims of Crime, from the Office of Violence Against Women, U.S. Dept. of Justice. Embed link in title of quiz.
  • Intimate Partner Sexual Abuse:  Adjudicating this Hidden Dimension of Domestic Violence This online course covers the legal, medical and social science aspects of intimate partner sexual abuse. It is focused on judges but is also intended for a multidisciplinary audience including court personnel. You can treat this website as a course and take it straight through or as a resource, accessing the background resources, modules, developing issues, recommendations and case studies on an as-needed basis.  Registration is required for the free modules, developed by the National Judicial Education Program of Legal Momentum.
  • See the Signs: Speak Out Free bystander training programs available from a partnership of the Ohio Domestic Violence Network, the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, JWI, No More and Avon Foundation.  Be an Upstander, learn how to Recognize, Respond and Act. Check out these free online modules, available in English and Spanish, with registration.

Resources for Parents

  • Children and Domestic Violence Fact Sheet Series – The National Child Trauma Stress Network Domestic Violence Collaborative Group announces a new series of fact sheets created for parents whose children have been affected by domestic violence. The set of 10 fact sheets gets to the heart of the experiences and needs of these children and families, and offers education in support of their resilience and recovery.
  • Resources for Families What do kids need?  Find Best Practices for serving children, youth and parents experiencing domestic violence.
  • The Childhelp National Abuse Hotline  is available 24 hrs. a day, every day of the year.  All calls are anonymous and toll-free.  Communication is available in 170 languages.  Downloadable resources, related to safety plans, dealing with difficult behavior words of encouragement for children and more, are also available.

Websites

  • The Domestic Violence Resource Network (DVRN) is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to inform and strengthen domestic violence intervention and prevention efforts at the individual, community, and societal levels. It currently includes two national resource centers, four special issue resource centers, three culturally-specific resource centers, the National Domestic Violence Hotline, and the National LGBTQ DV Capacity Building Learning Center
  • The National Domestic Violence Hotline aids victims of domestic violence 24 hours a day. Hotline advocates assist victims, and anyone calling on their behalf, by providing crisis intervention, safety planning and referrals to local service providers. The hotline receives more than 24,000 calls a month.  800-799-SAFE (7233)
  • End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin mission is to promote social change that transforms societal attitudes, practices and policies to prevent and eliminate domestic violence, abuse and oppression. Their website includes resources access to services, economic justice, legal issues, public policy, outreach to underserved communities and more.
  • Futures Without Violence provides resources and training related to all aspects of violence, including webinars, resources on a continuum of topics related to violence, and downloadable articles/manuals.
  • For almost two decades, the National Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence (The Center)  has supported health care professionals, domestic violence experts, survivors, and policy makers at all levels as they improve health care’s response to domestic violence. The U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Family & Youth Service Bureau, funds the Center. Embed link in italicized name.
  • The National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health was established in 2005 with funding from the FVPSP. Its mission is to develop and promote accessible, culturally relevant, and trauma-informed responses to IPV and other lifetime trauma so that survivors and their children can access the resources that are essential to their safety and well-being.
  • State and national resources for domestic violence, includes a safety plan, national domestic violence hotline, state-by-state legal information, and more
  • Help for Abused and Battered Women provided by HELPGUIDE.org, a trusted guide to mental, emotional and social health through a partnership with Harvard University
  • National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center The Mission of NIWRC is to support culturally grounded, grassroots advocacy and to provide national leadership to ending gender-based violence in Indigenous communities through the development of educational materials and programs, direct technical assistance, and the development of local and national policy that builds the capacity of Indigenous communities and strengthens the exercise of tribal sovereignty. Access educational and advocacy resources on this website.
  • The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV), a social change organization, is dedicated to creating a social, political and economic environment in which violence against women no longer exists.
  • Youth.gov Victims of teen dating violence often keep the abuse a secret. They should be encouraged to reach out to trusted adults like parents, teachers, school counselors, youth advisors, or health care providers. They can also seek confidential counsel and advice from professionally trained adults and peers.  Find resources for teens involved in abusive relationships here.

Toolkit

  • Transitional Housing Toolkit This toolkit is meant to provide transitional housing providers with easy access to information and resources to enhance services to survivors. The information provided here addresses frequently asked questions, common challenges, best practices, templates for adaptation, and resources for additional information and assistance.

Webinar

  • Domestic Violence Oklahoma State Department of Health. Oklahoma Home Visitor Training. Enter ‘Oklahoma Home Visitor Training, Domestic Violence webinar’ in website’s search bar to gain access to the training.
  • Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Oklahoma State Department of Health. Oklahoma Home Visitor Training. August 2008 – Prevention Webinar presented by the Federal Interagency Work Group on Child Abuse and Neglect’ in website’s search bar to access webinar
Engaging Families

Professional Readings

Online Training

  • Boosting School Readiness through Effective Family Engagement Series, “What you do and say matters! Explore and practice everyday strategies to develop Positive Goal-Oriented Relationships with a family. Four different simulations provide strategies and opportunities for you to practice skills to build bonds with families, help families develop and set goals, explore strength-based attitudes during challenging times, and have conversations about developmental concerns.  Head Start Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center, U.S. Dept. of Health Services

Recognition

Toolkits

  • Resources including Public Service Announcements, media strategies and talking points are available by clicking the link to the Parents Anonymous NPLM toolkit.

Videos

Early Intervention Video Library “This video library is designed to be a central resource for EI videos which can be used for professional development, preservice preparation, public awareness, and individual study. These videos address a variety of topics and represent EI as provided in a variety of states. All videos embedded in this site are available as free resources.”

Ethics and Boundaries
Ethics and Boundaries

Professional Reading

Health Insurance and Other Benefits

Resources

Websites

  • Covering Kids Wisconsin The Covering Kids & Families initiative seeks to enroll eligible, uninsured children and adults in Medicaid and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP).
  • Prenatal Care Coordination is a Medicaid and BadgerCare Plus benefit that helps pregnant women get the support and services they need to have a healthy baby.
  • Covering Wisconsin, Their mission is to connect residents with and promote effective use of insurance coverage and other programs that support health. The site includes How to Sheets, Find Local Help, Help Using Health Insurance, tips for applying for Medicare, BadgerCare Plus (Medicaid) and the Health Insurance Marketplace.
  • IPV Health. IPV Health cultivates partnerships between health care providers and domestic violence advocates to promote survivor’s health and safety.

Online Training

  • Get Ready for the Health Insurance Marketplace – A 30 minute, interactive training toolkit developed through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) that describes the health care law, how it works, and why it is important for uninsured individuals with behavioral health conditions.
Home Visitor Safety
Professional Reading

PowerPoint

  • Home Visiting Safety, Home Visitation Leadership Advisory Coalition (HVLAC)
  • Home Visitor Safety, MIECHV Program Training Module. Adapted from the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare Family and Community Services: Social Worker Academy – Worker Safety

Videos and Training Modules

Knowing about Community Resources

Scavenger Hunt
An activity that can be done to help new staff learn about community resources is a “scavenger hunt”. New staff are given a list of community resources – ones that they would frequently come in contact with in the course of their duties – and are required to go there, get information, learn about the resource somehow. The whole day is spent doing this, at the end of the day they report back to ‘home base’ and the supervisor – it can be done with small groups because it is more fun than going by yourself. Great for new staff and interns. You could choose places such as WIC, the county, Salvation Army, housing, a food pantry. And maybe throw in a couple ‘fun things’ too – lunch at a park that would have a great playground for kids or music during the summer over lunch hour. It is a fun way for staff to get experience with resources – before taking a family there.

Parenting

Articles

Videos

Websites

Subtopics

Reproductive Health

  • Up-to-date, consumer-friendly reproductive health information for families can be found at Besider.org

Breastfeeding

Tobacco

  • Wisconsin Tobacco Quit Line: 800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669), TTY: 877-777-6534
  • Program/ resource: Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation has information for expecting and new mothers and health professionals on First Breath and smoking cessation.
  • Resource to share: You Quit, Two Quit gives facts about quitting and tips for panning to quit for families, as well as guidance for counseling women who smoke.

Crying

Parent Leadership

Articles

Professional Reading

Toolkit

Websites

Webcasts

Poverty and Financial Capacity Building

Links

Webinars

  • Program Strategies to Improve Housing Stability for Vulnerable Families
    Presenter: Tanya Tull, ScD, President/CEO, Partnering for Change
    This presentation describes the evolution of the Housing First/Rapid Rehousing approach to ending and preventing family homelessness and the key components necessary to make it work. Challenges are identified and explored, as are options for overcoming barriers. The session will cover how to work with hosing authorities, nonprofit affordable housing developers, private market landlords and management compaines and “screening and assessment” tools to help determine appropriate services, financial assistance and housing types for families based on need.
Pregnancy and Maternal Health

Online Training

Professional Readings

Websites

Assessment

Professional Practices and Skills for Working with Families
Program Administration
Program Evaluation
Professional Reading

  • Replicating Evidence-Based Home Visiting Models: A Frame work for Assessing Fidelity, 2010
    Author: Deborah Daro
    The third in a series of briefs on a cross-site evaluation of 17 programs adopting, implementing, and sustaining evidence-based home visitation programs. The article provides good ideas/examples of how a state or program can monitor and evaluate model fidelity.
  • W.K. Kellogg Foundation Evaluation Handbook, 1998
    Author: W.K. Kellogg Foundation
    Description: Handbook written for project directors who have direct responsibility for the ongoing evaluation of Kellogg Foundation-funded projects. “For project staff with evaluation experience, or for those inexperienced in evaluation but with the time and resources to learn
    more, this handbook provides enough basic information to allow project staff to conduct an evaluation without the assistance of an external evaluator.
  • W.K. Kellogg Foundation Logic Model Development Guide, 2004
    Author: W.K. Kellogg Foundation
    Description: “Through this guide we hope to provide an orientation to the underlying principles and language of the program logic model so it can be effectively used in program planning, implementation, and dissemination of results.”
  • The Program Manager’s Guide to Evaluation, Second Edition, 2010
    Author: Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation
    Description: “This updated edition explains what program evaluation is, why evaluation is important, how to conduct an evaluation and understand the results, how to report evaluation findings, and how to use evaluation results to improve programs that benefit children and
    families.”
  • Designing Evaluations, 2012 Revision
    Author: U.S. Government Accountability Office
    Description: “This methodology transfer paper addresses the logic of program evaluation designs. It introduces key issues in planning evaluation studies of federal programs to best meet decision makers’ needs while accounting for the constraints evaluators face. It describes
    different types of evaluations for answering varied questions about program performance, the process of designing evaluation studies, and key issues to consider toward ensuring overall study quality.”
  • How Nonprofits Can Use Data to Solve the World’s Problems, December 2012
    Author: Victor Luckerson
  • Authors: Allison J.R. Metz, Ph. D., Karen Blase, Ph. D., and Lillian Bowie, M.A.

Websites

  • Center for Disease Control and Prevention; Other Evalaution Resources
    Purpose Statement: This page is a list of evaluation resources such as: program evaluation guides/manuals, manuals on specific evaluation steps (e.g., logic models, data collection methods), evaluation-related websites, key professional associations and journals.
  • MDRC, Design Options for Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Evaluation (DOHVE) Project Resources
    Purpose Statement: This page is a list of resources for Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) programs (such as WI’s Family Foundations home visiting sites) on issues related to strengthening their evaluations of promising programs, developing and
    adapting data systems to facilitate tracking and reporting on federal benchmarks, and implementing quality improvement systems.
  • American Evaluation Association
    Purpose Statement: The Ameircan Evaluation Association is an international professional association of evaluators devoted to the application and exploration of program evaluation, personnel evaluation, technology, and many oother forms of evaluation. Evaluation involves assessing the strengths and weaknesses of programs, policies, personnel, products, and organizations to improve their effectiveness. AEA has approximately 7300 members representing all 50 states in the U.S. as well as over 60 foriegn countries.
  • Family Engagement and School Readiness Series: Sharing Data with Families
    The National Center on Parent, Family, and Community Engagement (NCPFCE) is pleased to offer the Family Engagement and School Readiness Series for 2014. This featured topic is Sharing Data with Families. When parents and staff talk about children’s progress, it helps promote children’s school readiness. Sharing data with families about children’s learning and development also provides a chance for parents and staff to build relationships. Parents and staff can use these resources in training and coaching to practice communicating about children’s learning and healthy development with families.

Face to Face

Research/Frameworks in Home Visiting
Professional Reading

Specific reports/articles:

Journals that often carry Home Visiting research articles:

Webinars

Websites

Face to Face

Videos

Self-Care
Substance Abuse
Reading Materials

Resources

Videos

  • The Recovery of Hope
    This video helps women explore the ramifications of their substance abuseduring pregnancy, as women share their personal stories.
Supervision/Reflective Supervision

Supervision

Online Learning

  • People-Centered Screening and Assessment is a collaboration between the MCWP and Lilly Irvin-Vitela (Common Worth, LLC.) These learning modules are designed to help strengthen the personal and organizational screening and assessment practices of home visitors, parent educators, family advocates, and supervisors. Each module includes resources and information about the screen or assessment, information about the issue that is the focus of the screen or assessment, suggestions for using the tools reflectively, and a quiz and quiz key that will allow users of the modules to measure progress with understanding the tools. Modules may also include tip sheets about the screening and assessment tool which can be used as a desk reference, videos, and additional resources/readings.

Professional Readings

Tip Sheets

A series of tip sheets was created for supervisors supporting staff around the implementation of various tools including the Abuse Assessment Screen (Domestic Violence), the Edinburgh (postpartum depression), the Childhood Experiences Survey, The HOME Inventory, and the Perceived Stress Scale. These are a must for supervisor if your program is using any of these tools.

Videos

Websites

  • Zero to Three
    Purpose Statement: Our mission is to promote the health and development of infants and toddlers

Reflective Supervision

Articles

Tip and Tools

Videos

  • Reflective supervision: putting it into practice
    Date: 2011
    Presenter: HeadStart
    This webcast is designed to help you implement reflective supervision in your Early HeadStart, HeadStart, or MIgrant and Seasonal HeadStart program. The webcast features a mini-training with Early HeadStart practitioners led by Rebecca Shahmoon-Shanok, LCSW, Ph.D., a leading early childhood expert.

Websites

Trauma/Brain Development
Online Training

  •  Recognizing and Addressing Trauma in Infants, Young Children and their Families.   “This five module tutorial, from the Center for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation, addresses the effects of trauma on young children and their families, healing and recovery, resources, publications and interventions for childhood mental health consultants and family support professionals.” https://www.ecmhc.org/tutorials/trauma/index.html
  • National Child Trauma Academy.  Offers certification in the Neurosequential Model (NMT) approach; a developmentally informed, biologically respectful approach to working with at-risk children. The NMT is a way to organize a child’s history and current functioning.  The goal of this approach is to structure assessment of a child, the articulation of the primary problems, identification of key strengths and the application of interventions (educational, enrichment and therapeutic) in a way that will help family and professionals best meet the needs of the child.  http://childtrauma.org/nmt-model/

Videos

  • Congressional Briefing: Elizabeth Hudson remarks
    Elizabeth Hudson addresses the mental health impact of violence and
    trauma on children. Elizabeth Hudson is a Trauma-Informed Care
    Consultant; University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Medicine and
    Public Health; Consultant to the Wisconsin Department of Health
    Sevrices.
  • Jill Botle Taylor’s Stroke of Insight
    Neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor had an opportunity few brain scientists
    would wish for: One morning, she realized she was having a massive
    stroke. As it happened — as she felt her brain functions slip away one
    by one, speech, movement, understanding — she studied and remembered
    every moment. This is a powerful story about how our brains define us
    and connect us to the world and to one another.
  • First Impressions- Exposure to Violence and A Child’s Developing Brain
    This video illustrates the dangers of chronic exposure to violence on a
    child’s developing brain. Combining inspirational true-life stories and
    nationally recognized experts, participants are given the latest
    information on a child’s developmental risk if regularly exposed to
    domestic violence and other violent situations.
  • How Childhood Trauma Affects Health Across a Lifetime (16:03) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=95ovIJ3dsNk Childhood trauma isn’t something you just get over as you grow up. Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris explains that the repeated stress of abuse, neglect and parents struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues has real, tangible effects on the development of the brain. This unfolds across a lifetime, to the point where those who’ve experienced high levels of trauma are at triple the risk for heart disease.
  • The Paradox of Trauma (12:23) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFdn9479U3s Dr. Vicky Kelly, psychotherapist, administrator, and consultant is also a nationally known trainer in the areas of trauma and attachment. The common thread across her career has been helping victims of trauma heal. She has been an early advocate for human services to adopt “trauma-informed care,” an approach that calls for a focus not just on someone’s behavior, but, more importantly, on what drives behavior.
  • How Do We Stop Childhood Adversity from Becoming a Life Sentence? (15:54) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qp0kV7JtWiE Adverse childhood experiences are physical, sexual or emotional abuse and neglect as well as witnessing family violence, addiction or mental health episodes in the household. Evidence on the prevalence of adverse childhood experiences is presented-to give a sense of the magnitude of the problem. Research is presented which demonstrates a direct link between the level of adversity in childhood and worse outcomes in adulthood related to health, addiction, imprisonment, education and life success and evidence from the field of neuroscience, which explains this link. Ways to prevent and respond to childhood adversity and support victims are presented

Text Resources

  • The Center for the Developing Child
    Short PDF article regarding Early Childhood Mental Health
  • A series of information and online videos and tutorials from the Center for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation.
  • Creating a Culture of Care
    This toolkit is the result of the STARS project trauma-informed care project, sponsored by the Texas Dept. of State Health Services (2011). The toolkit can be used across human service settings and was developed broadly for this purpose.
  • Creating a Trauma Informed HV Program Issue Brief. This issue brief features useful strategies for implementing trauma-informed care in home visiting programs and the section Snapshots of Success From the Field: Trauma-Informed Approaches in Home Visiting, highlights Wisconsin home visiting programs.”
  • Creating a Culture of Care. “This toolkit is the result of the STARS project trauma-informed care project, sponsored by the Texas Dept. of State Health Services (2011).  The toolkit can be used across human service settings and was developed broadly for this purpose. “