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August 6, 2021

ABC Training Opportunity

The Health Fund is offering an opportunity for up to five Kansas home visitors to become trained and rostered in the provision of Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-Up (ABC) at no cost this fall.
The training will be held virtually Oct. 11-14 from 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Join us for an informational webinar August 25 at noon (https://zoom.us/j/8083756157) with University of Delaware ABC staff to learn more about expectations for the training and certification process. The webinar will include:

  • Who ABC is for (infant and family eligibility)
  • What are the benefits to families participating in ABC
  • Logistics of doing ABC
  • What differentiates ABC from other early intervention programs
    • Research behind ABC and focus on three specific parenting behaviors
  • Training requirements for parent coaches and agencies
    • Time commitment, case requirements,

Social-emotional development in young children is a critical factor related to later life outcomes such as school success, social interactions, and mental health. Healthy early childhood development provides a strong foundation for future learning and helps children reach their full potential, but risk factors including toxic stress, adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and other challenges can derail this crucial process. 

Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-Up (ABC) is an evidence-based ten-session home visiting program for families with infants between 6-24 months of age who have experienced early adversity. Designed to buffer the harmful effects of toxic stress and help restore normal early childhood development, ABC has been studied and found efficacious in randomized controlled trials with families referred by Child Protective Services, foster families, and parents adopting children from international orphanage care.

Broadly, ABC focuses on building healthy families through the development of secure attachment, nurturance, and positive regard. Each week, parent coaches discuss three target behaviors with parents using manualized content that includes showing example videos, citing research support, and encouraging practice activities between parents and their children. Most importantly, target-relevant parent behaviors are also supported by parent coaches making frequent in-the-moment comments. To learn more, please visit www.ABCintervention.org

Through this opportunity, the Health Fund will cover training costs and also provide the necessary equipment/materials for the infant coaches. To apply:

  1. Download, review, and complete the 2021 ABC Training Application and Expectations (fillable pdf). Return completed form via email.
  2. Schedule and complete a 30-minute video conference interview with the University of Delaware (UD) ABC. UD uses an evidence-based half-hour screening process to predict which individuals are likely to have success training in ABC.

The trainings will be held virtually October 11-14, from 11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. each day. Questions? Please contact Katie Schoenhoff katie@healthfund.org.

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