Family Centered Practice

This training module familiarizes participants with the history of working with families and the philosophy and the principles of family centred practice. It focuses on the family within a family systems approach, as an interactive system with its own unique characteristics, and addresses the issue of cultural competence when working with families from diverse cultures. Participants will review the necessary elements of communication that enhance work with families, in addition to some specific skills that support families in a family centred way. The module also explores screening and assessment and how practitioners can support families through the process to access appropriate services and information. Participants will have an opportunity to explore challenging situations and how to apply the information in practice using case studies.

The Partnerships Project Training Modules are a community based training delivery model for practitioners and parents in communities who serve children birth to six with special needs and their families.