Building Relationships with Families
Promoting positive outcomes for children is best achieved when the whole family is accepted and supported in an approach that strengthens the family. Recognizing the parent-child bond as the first, most important relationship in a child’s life, it is important to have strong, positive relationships with the whole family. Having such relationships allows for programs to implement programs that value principles of family-centered practice.
This training promotes awareness of the importance of developing skills in building relationships with families through a variety of reflective and interactive activities.
• Build awareness around the importance of family-centered practice
• Build skills necessary to use a strength-based approach to working with families
• Reflect on strengths and challenges in building relationships
• Engage in self-reflective activities that elicit thought-provoking discussion
• Discuss personal biases and backgrounds, and recognize that each individual comes with their own sets of strengths and challenges
• Become more aware of what is means to be welcoming and inclusive of families