Techniques for Strengthening Relationships With Families
Partnerships between home visitors and families allow home visitors to deliver intended program content and help families achieve their goals. Responsive partnerships center on the idea of tuning in and reacting to cues and concerns from families in ways that acknowledge their efforts, recognize their expertise, and respect their priorities. Responsive partnerships help families feel heard and understood.
This toolkit helps home visitors learn, identify, practice, and apply four key strategies comprising 11 techniques that promote responsive partnerships with families. The strategies and techniques are intended to apply across all home visiting models and programs. The toolkit is based on theory and research and was developed in collaboration with local home visiting programs. It includes:
- Four interactive modules with self-paced learning activities
- Video clips of home visitors using the techniques, including during virtual visits
- Certificates of completion
- Resources for using the toolkit as part of supervision or coaching