Professional Development Trainings

We are excited to offer a wide range of trainings designed specifically with the needs of home visitors and supervisors in mind. Our learning experiences address the pressing issues you face in the field, and include both online self-paced courses and recurring webinars designed for participation anywhere, at any time through a mobile-friendly application. All training is applicable across all national home visiting program models.

Learn more about each available training by clicking on a self-paced course or webinar below. We suggest taking the self-paced course first and following that up with the associated webinar, as the webinars dive deeper into specific topics covered in the self-paced courses.

    • Self-Paced Courses for Home Visitorsthese courses are applicable for anyone within the home visiting field, including both new and more experienced home visitors.
    • Self-Paced Courses for Supervisorsthese courses are geared towards supervisors of home visitors, providing relevant guidance for the unique challenges faced by those in a supervisory role.
    • Webinars enroll in live, one-hour webinars designed to complement Achieve OnDemand self-paced courses that dive deeper into the specific, real-life issues home visitors and supervisors face in the field.

Self-Paced Courses for Home Visitors

Self-paced trainings can be completed within 2-3 hours at your own convenience. Start and stop as you wish. You will have perpetual access so you can always refer back to the content at a later date.

  • Home visitors are committed to the best possible life for babies and their parents. During this course, you will learn how to achieve this goal and connect with families of all kinds. This course serves as an introduction or a valuable refresher on fundamentals such as how to plan for home visits; set goals with families; and handle unexpected challenges.

  • Caring about the parent-child relationship is a primary purpose of home visiting with families. By using the power of observation, listening, and inquiry, you can activate a parent’s learning so they use the same strength-based skills with their child. This course covers critical issues in infant mental health, including brain development and attachment. Learn practical ways to use observation and listening to strengthen the parent-child relationship, and to incorporate reflection to help the family ‘learn together.’

  • Domestic violence is a prevalent and recurring issue in home visiting. In this course, you will learn how to address domestic violence while working with families. Topics include the impact of violence on family systems, parenting, and child development. Common scenarios and strategies are presented for talking with parents about keeping themselves and their children safe. This course supports you in developing a non-judgmental approach to working with families.

  • Substance abuse and addiction are often prevalent, reoccurring issues in home visiting. Addiction can interrupt a parent’s personal growth and interfere with their ability to fully engage with their child. This course will strengthen both new and experienced home visitors’ knowledge and ability to recognize signs of substance use and explore ways to address concerns with a parent. Topics include the impact of substance use on family systems, parenting, child development and safety issues encountered in home visiting.

  • Trauma shapes one’s view of the world and one’s interactions with others, so it often affects home visiting. You will learn how to recognize and understand the dynamics of trauma on families in the context of the community in which they live. While the experience of trauma varies from person to person and family to family, this course helps home visitors address how trauma affects parenting, decisions related to parenting, and dynamics in the parent-child relationship.

  • Children grow and change rapidly. Home visitors can use the ASQ-3 as a tool to celebrate how each child is developing and support parents’ role in that growth. A home visitor who stays on schedule for ASQ-3 screenings supports a parent’s investment in their child’s future. In this course, you will learn how to administer the ASQ in partnership with a parent; score the screening; and talk with parents about potential concerns.

  • As a home visitor, building strong relationships that support each member of the family’s growth and development is essential to your job. By establishing a long-term relationship with families, you can model ways to interact that parents can adopt with their children. This course offers practical ways to motivate parents to stay engaged with you.

  • Home visitors can greatly enrich a mother’s experience throughout her pregnancy, birth and first days as a new family. This training will help Home Visitors achieve their optimal goal of ensuring mothers are ready for birth and strong parent-child bonds. The course offers practical tools to use during home visits, including encouraging planning for the birth; family member involvement; and care post-birth. You will also be prompted to reflect on how your personal beliefs about parenting may influence your practice with families. The course consists of two parts and takes 5-6 hours to complete.

Self-Paced Courses for Supervisors

Self-paced trainings can be completed within 2-3 hours at your own convenience. Start and stop as you wish. You will have perpetual access so you can always refer back to the content at a later date.

  • Supervision plays a vital role in keeping home visits centered on parent-child relationships and focused on the achievement of outcomes. Home visitors routinely work with families whose complex needs go beyond what home visits alone can address. This course offers practical strategies that both new and experienced supervisors can use to make the most of their interactions and time with home visitors. Learn best practices to ensure your team achieves success with families with your critical support as their supervisor.

  • In your work as a supervisor in a home visiting setting, it is not uncommon to encounter trauma among both the staff and families involved in the program. During this course, you’ll examine what trauma is and how it impacts your work and the work of home visitors; learn how to spot it; and explore ways to appropriately support home visitors that have been affected by it. This course also discusses the integration of reflective practice, self-awareness, and self-care in your work as a home visiting supervisor.

Webinars for Home Visitors

Webinars are facilitated by home visiting experts at the Ounce of Prevention Fund. See below for our current list of available webinars. Each webinar is offered twice annually; dates and times for each are available on the Achieve OnDemand online training portal. Webinars include a presentation, case studies and a Q&A session. Participants will have access to the recorded sessions following the live sessions.

  • As a home visitor, how do you intentionally respond to situations where substance abuse is present? This webinar discusses ways to recognize a family’s values and strengths to help guide your approach when working with a family impacted by substance abuse. We will also explore how substance abuse affects family dynamics. This webinar complements Challenges in Home Visiting: Substance Abuse self-paced course.

  • How do our personal values and experiences impact the work we do? The qualities of being nonjudgmental, present and an active listener will be covered as well as potential barriers to active listening. This webinar complements the Basics of Home Visiting self-paced course.

  • As a home visitor, how can you support yourself and the families you work with in an intentional and trauma-informed manner? This webinar identifies common missteps in working with families impacted by trauma. We will examine different strategies you can employ to support your families who are experiencing trauma. This webinar complements the Impact of Trauma in Home Visiting self-paced course.

  • We all come to the table with our own beliefs about parenting. This webinar covers how to acknowledge and monitor those beliefs and address how they may impact the work we do as home visitors. This webinar complements the Foundations of Infant Mental Health in Home Visiting self-paced course.

  • As a home visitor, how does setting and maintaining boundaries with the families you support enhance your work with them? In this webinar we will discuss various situations that call for establishing boundaries, strategies for establishing supportive boundaries with families, and the role of reflective supervision in setting and maintaining boundaries. This webinar complements the Basics of Home Visiting self-paced course.

  • As a home visitor, how can you support yourself and the families you work with in an intentional and trauma-informed manner? This webinar identifies common missteps in working with families impacted by trauma. We will examine different strategies you can employ to support your families who are experiencing trauma. This webinar complements the Impact of Trauma in Home Visiting self-paced course.

  • What measures should you take to ensure your personal safety in your work with families? This webinar explores the importance of home visitor safety, how to identify safety risk factors, and appropriate actions to take based on various risk factors. This webinar complements the Basics of Home Visiting self-paced course.

  • As a home visitor, how can you help parents understand child growth, child development, and how parenting techniques may impact their child’s development? This webinar focuses on risk factors, family patterns, and cultural beliefs related to domestic violence. This webinar complements the Domestic Violence in Home Visiting self-paced course.

  • Reflective practice is essential to providing high-quality home visiting services and engaging with families. The utilization of motivational interviewing can greatly enhance the effectiveness of services and improve relationships with families. Motivational interviewing is a collaborative, person-centered form of guiding to elicit and strengthen motivation for change. This webinar identifies the fundamental elements of motivational interviewing and explores strategies for using it in home visiting. This webinar complements the Basics of Home Visiting self-paced course.

  • As a home visitor, it can be challenging to align available resources to the needs of families. This webinar explores how to carry out your role and feel confident in connecting families to community resources and supports when the need arises. This webinar complements the Foundations of Infant Mental Health in Home Visiting self-paced course.

  • As a home visitor, how do you engage with families around the topic of substance abuse? This webinar explores strength-based strategies and conversation starters you can incorporate into your work with parents to successfully engage families around the issues of substance abuse and support the growth and development of their children. This webinar complements the Challenges in Home Visiting: Substance Abuse self-paced course.

Webinars for Supervisors

Webinars are facilitated by home visiting experts at the Ounce of Prevention Fund. See below for our current list of available webinars. Each webinar is offered twice annually; dates and times for each are available on the Achieve OnDemand online training portal. Webinars include a presentation, case studies and a Q&A session. Participants will have access to the recorded sessions following the live sessions.

  • As a supervisor, how can you help home visitors set and maintain boundaries with the families they serve? The discussion will cover self-awareness, challenges home visitors face, and how to support staff. This webinar complements the Supervising Home Visitors self-paced course.

  • As a supervisor, how can you support your staff and yourself in an intentional and trauma-informed manner? This webinar discusses the impact of trauma on multiple constituents – children, families, home visitors, supervisors and communities. We also identify common supervisory pitfalls as well as support strategies designed to improve the outcomes of each scenario. This webinar complements Impact of Trauma in Supervising Home Visitors self-paced course.

  • As a supervisor, there are many tools that you can leverage to operate your home visiting programs, enhance the quality of services delivered to children and families, and improve outcomes for those served. However, it can be difficult to identify and implement these tools while still focusing on your day-to-day operational tasks. In this webinar we will explore how a supervisor can collect and use data to assess and improve the quality of their home visiting program. This webinar complements the Supervising Home Visitors self-paced course.

  • The reflective supervision model offers supervisors and staff an opportunity to engage in a collaborative process that involves shared power, clear mutual expectations, and free-flowing communication. This webinar examines the reflective supervision model as a process between the supervisor and staff member that differs from administrative supervision. Administrative supervision is about “the work you do,” and reflective supervision is about “what the work is doing to you.” As a result of this webinar, you will be more prepared and confident when participating in reflective supervision with your staff. This webinar complements the Supervising Home Visitors and Impact of Trauma in Supervising Home Visitors self-paced courses.