Promoting First Relationships (PFR)

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Scientific Rating:
3
Promising Research Evidence
See scale of 1-5
Child Welfare System Relevance Level:
High
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About This Program

The information in this program outline is provided by the program representative and edited by the CEBC staff. Promoting First Relationships (PFR) has been rated by the CEBC in the areas of: Infant and Toddler Mental Health Programs (Birth to 3) and Parent Training Programs that Address Behavior Problems in Children and Adolescents.

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

Name: Jennifer Rees, MSW
Agency/Affiliation: Barnard Center for Infant Mental Health and Development
Website: www.pfrprogram.org
Email:
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