Promoting First Relationships (PFR)

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About This Program

Target Population: Caregivers of children birth to three years

For children/adolescents ages: 0 – 3

For parents/caregivers of children ages: 0 – 3

Brief Description

Promoting First Relationships (PFR) is a manualized home visiting intervention/prevention program which includes parent training components based on strengths-based practice, practical, and in-depth strategies for promoting secure and healthy relationships between caregivers and young children (birth to 3 years). Features of PFR include:

  • Videotaping caregiver-child interactions to provide insight into real-life situations and help the caregiver reflect on the underlying needs of the child and how those needs impact behavior
  • Giving positive and instructive feedback that builds caregivers' competence with and commitment to their children
  • Focusing on the deeper emotional feelings and needs underlying children's distress and behaviors
  • Using handouts and homework to enhance parent insight and learning about child social and emotional development, needs, and concerns

Program Goals:

The goals of Promoting First Relationships (PFR) are:

  • Improve parent-child interactions and to build a positive, contingent, and mutually reinforcing relationship between parents and their children
  • Educate parents about children’s social emotional needs and increase their capacity to understand child’s cues
  • Promote trust and security between child and parent
  • Build competence and confidence in both parent and child
  • Promote emotion regulation and self-reflection in both parent and child
  • Help parents understand and learn how to address challenging behaviors with their infants and toddlers

Contact Information

Jennifer Rees, MSW
Agency/Affiliation: Barnard Center for Infant Mental Health and Development
Phone: (206) 616-5389
Fax: (206) 543-9266

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: July 2016

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: March 2016

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: March 2013