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Become an ABC Parent Coach!

The Center for Child & Family Health is pleased to offer a 2020-2021 Learning Community in Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-up (ABC) – Infant for agencies and practitioners serving children ages 6-24 months in Durham County, NC. This training opportunity is available to Durham providers at no cost through the READY Project.

What is ABC-Infant?

Developed by Dr. Mary Dozier at the University of Delaware, Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-up (ABC) is a brief intervention to help caregivers of young children (ages 6-24 months) nurture and respond sensitively to their infants and toddlers to foster their development and form strong and healthy relationships.

ABC uses active learning strategies, such as video review, parent homework, and “in the moment” feedback for parents. Providers are trained as Parent Coaches to support caregivers around three key behaviors associated with secure attachment: nurturing, following the lead with delight, and not being frightening.

“ABC gives Parent Coaches the skills to help caregivers respond when their child shows confusing behavior,” says Dina Gerber, MS, LCSW, an ABC Parent Coach and CCFH Clinical Faculty. “Caregivers often love ABC because it helps them see what they are already doing well to support their child’s growth and learning. It also teaches them what to keep doing to help their child regulate emotions.”

Who should apply?

Agencies and practitioners serving children ages 6-24 months in Durham County, NC, interested in learning an effective method to enhance infant/caregiver attachment and improve long-term family outcomes are encouraged to apply. Completed applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on January 10.

Posted on December 13, 2019