MIECHV, HFA & NFP Requirements for Training & Professional Development


NCAST Parent-Child Interaction (PCI) with Keys to Caregiving & NCAST Re-Reliability

  • Required to use NCAST with all MIECHV families/children as part of the MIECHV Benchmark Plan for all MIECHV funded programs. (For both HFA and NFP).
  • Participants must attend all six (6) days of training and achieve reliability on each NCAST PCI Scale (Feeding and Teaching) to administer the Feeding or Teaching scale.
  • When on the training description page for NCAST, click 'registration' on the left to see the full NCAST schedule.
  • Register for one course that consists of two 3-day sessions. Please plan on attending all 6 days.
  • After registering for NCAST PCI, participants will receive an e-mail with information about accessing the on-line Keys to Caregiving online, self-study program.
  • Participants must complete the NCAST Keys to Caregiving six (6) hour on-line self-study course PRIOR to coming to the in person portion of the NCAST PCI training.
  • Participants must be an RN or PHN or seek the consent of the instructors.
  • Participant's tests are sent to the NCAST office for scoring their reliability after the last day of the class.
  • Re-Reliability may be available for those who have completed NCAST certification, please discuss this with the training instructor.

Integrated Strategies (IS)

  • Required by HFA for all home visitors and their supervisors within six (6) months of becoming an affiliated HFA Home Visiting site or within six (6) months of hiring a new home visitor or supervisor.
  • Home visitors must attend the first four (4) days (Mon through Thurs) of training to become certified.
  • Supervisors must attend all five (5) days (Mon through Friday) for certification.
  • Supervisors must be trained and certified to support the home visitors in practice.
  • Participants will be asked to practice the tools during the week outside of class time.
  • It is preferred to take IS before taking Growing Great Kids training.

Parent Survey (PS)

  • Meets the requirement for a standardized assessment tool (critical element #2) for HFA.
  • Required within six (6) months of becoming and HFA affiliated program or within six (6) months of new staff hire.
  • Parent Survey completed by para-professionals will not meet the TANF requirement for a PHN assessment.
  • New programs may use a screening tool that is reflective of their population to enroll families prior to training. Contact the MDH/HFA Consultant for more information.
  • Parent Visitors (assessment workers) must attend all four (4) days (Mon through Thurs) of training to be certified in the use of Parent Survey.
  • Supervisor must attend all five (5) days (Mon through Friday).
  • Supervisors must be current in Parent Survey in order to use the tool in a Family Home Vising program.
  • A Parent Visitor (assessment worker), who completes Parent Surveys may also be a home visitor or may do only the Parent Survey.
  • During the week of training, participants will be asked to practice the tools outside of class time.

Growing Great Kids (GGK)

  • One of several parenting curriculum trainings that meet HFA standards.
  • This parenting curriculum has been developed by Great Kids Inc., the same company as IS and PS. Therefore, the action tools and strategies home visitors learn in IS are woven throughout GGK.
  • Certification to facilitate the curriculum with parents requires attending all four-and-a-half (4.5) days of training and completion of two (2) in-class practice module facilitations with families.
  • It is preferred that participants take IS before GGK.
  • Open to home visitors and their supervisors implementing HFA and choosing GGK as their curriculum.
  • Host sites who assist in recruiting families for the in-class practice receive priority registration. Contact the MDH Training Coordinator if your site is interested in hosting.
  • Be prepared for full days and active participation in the GGK training. During the training week there is about one (1) hour of homework on three (3) evenings for module preparation and supplemental reading.

HFA Wrap-Around Training:

  • Required by HFA model developer after affiliation for all family home visitors, supervisors and assessment workers.
  • Twelve on-line modules. Topics are required by HFA and listed in the self-assessment tool.
  • Training on each topic is required for credentialing.
  • Six units required in the first six (6) months after program affiliation or staff hire and six (6) more units required by twelve (12) months after HFA affiliation or staff hire.
  • HFA offers this training as free on-line modules. Topics can be covered in face-to-face trainings or in trainings that address the topics.
  • Integrated Strategies, Growing Great Kids and Parent Survey training may be taken before this training.
  • Information about how to set up staff access to the modules will be sent to supervisors once a site becomes affiliated.
  • Contact the Model Developer or MDH Family Home Visiting Consultant for more information.

Growing Great Kids Tier 2 & Tier 3

  • On-going professional development designed to build home visitor competencies for staff holding Tier 1 GGK Certification.
  • Six to eight (6-8) month practice development process for Tier 2 and fifteen (15) month for Tier 3.
  • Designed to be supervisor led or can be facilitated by consultant or trainer.
  • Can be added as a component of regular staff meetings.
  • Involves facilitated discussion, reading, practice demonstration DVD's, individual competency development and intentional focus on specific curriculum components each month, all necessary materials included in supervisor packet provided at Tier 1 training.
  • Not required by Models or MIECHV.
  • MN is considered a State System by GKI and provides Tier 2 and Tier 3 Certificates through the GGK in-state trainer at MDH. Contact the GGK trainer at MDH for further information.

Partners in Parenting Education (PIPE)

  • PIPE is the required curriculum for NFP. It is also one of several curriculums that agencies may choose for HFA.
  • The NFP Core training in Denver offers a component that develops familiarity with PIPE curriculum.
  • For purposes of embedding the use of PIPE and fidelity to the PIPE curriculum this course is provided by MDH.
  • PIPE is an experiential curricula and training for professionals who work with parents and caregivers of young children. Research shows that supervised practice and coaching are critical to the effective integration of new skills. PIPE teaches professionals and caregivers using a hands-on interactive and fun approach.
  • Participants learn the PIPE 4 Step Instructional Model.
  • Priority for home visitors working in agencies that have made the decision to implement the PIPE curriculum in their home visiting programs.
  • Supervisors are encouraged, but not required, to attend with their staff in order to support their home visitor's use of curriculum.
  • PIPE materials can be shared with up to four (4) home visitors.
  • Some materials will be supplied at training. Materials can also be ordered directly from How to Read Your Baby.

PIPE Just for Supervisors

  • Additional optional opportunity for learning, not required by Models or MIECHV.
  • Builds fidelity and skills for using PIPE.
  • Assists supervisors in discussion of best practice ideas for use and integration of PIPE.
  • Two hour conference call or webinar format.
  • Register in advance.
  • Audience is supervisors in programs that are implementing PIPE.

Initial Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) Education

  • Initial NFP Education for Nurse Home Visitors (NHV) and Supervisors
    Initial Education for NHVs and Supervisors consists of one in-person education unit supported by distance education components.
    • Initial NFP Education Unit 1: Approximately 30 hours of distance education covering fundamentals of NFP nursing practice and "Partners in Parenting Education" (PIPE). Unit 1 consists of the Unit 1 workbook, which introduces the theoretical concepts and practical application of the NFP model, as well as the other readings, on-line modules, self-assessment tools and a PIPE self-guided study module. The Unit 1 work must be completed and verified by the NFP National Service Office prior to attendance at the Unit 2.
    • Initial NFP Education Unit 2: The in-person session in Denver consists of 3 ¾ days. Unit 2 training is offered monthly (with the exception of May) in Denver.
    • Initial NFP Education Unit 3: Approximately 6 hours of standardized distance education to be completed within 6 months of Unit 2 attendance. Access to Unit 3 is given to attendees upon completion of Unit 2.
  • Initial NFP Supervisor Education
    For supervisors, initial education consists of Initial NFP Education Units 1, 2, and 3 PLUS Initial Supervisor Education Units 1 through 4. There is also an annual education session that supervisors are required to attend.
    • Initial Supervisor Education Units 1 & 2: Approximately ten hours of on-line work, then approximately 7 ½ hours of webinars to be completed prior to and following attendance at the first in person session, Initial NFP Education Unit 2. The supervisor must also complete Initial NFP Education Unit 1 prior to attending Initial NFP Education Unit 2. When the Supervisor registers for and attends Initial NFP Education Unit 2 she/he is automatically registered for Initial Supervisor education Units 3 and 4.
    • Initial Supervisor Education Unit 3: Distance, online, on-demand modules completed prior to Initial Supervisor Education Unit 4.
    • Initial Supervisor Education Unit 4: A three day in-person session in Denver. Attendance at Initial Supervisor Education Unit 4 occurs approximately 4-6 months after completing Initial Supervisor Education Unit 2.
  • NFP Administrator Orientation (required for new agencies; optional for established agencies): A two day in-person session in Denver. The purpose of this orientation is to provide an administrative overview of the NFP intervention and a forum for NFP administrators to connect with one another and NFP staff.

Reflective Practice (RP) & Infant Mental Health (IMH) Training & Consultation

  • Mentoring in RP is required for MIECHV supervisors who have not previously participated in MDH mentoring, and is available to other EBHV supervisors as resources allow.
  • Training is focused on introducing theory and strategies of RP and IMH as part of the mentoring of the supervisor and team, and is offered on a schedule that meets the team/agencies needs and consultant availability.
  • Assistance and funds for sub-contracting with a local mental health professional for the purpose of mental health consultation are available to MIECHV sites. Assistance with the identification and contracting process is provided by MDH, as is any mentoring of the mental health professional that might be required.
  • Contact the MDH Reflective Practice & Infant Mental Health Consultants for further information, or see reflective practice mentoring at MDH for further detail.

Motivational Interviewing (MI) Training & Extended Practice Enhancement

  • Required by MIECHV. In the planning stage.
  • Training is focused on introducing teams to MI and followed by extended practice enhancement sessions.
  • It is a client centered technique that is designed to assist professional with supporting individuals to make behavioral change.
  • RFP has been posted and proposals are being reviewed as of January 2013.
  • Some agencies have received MI training before January 2013 and a plan will be developed for reviewing program needs.

Communities of Practice (COP)

  • Building a COP strengthens opportunities for best practice exchange and on-going professional development to assure excellence in practice and quality implementation of the evidence based home visiting model.
  • Not required by Models or MIECHV. Participation recommended by MDH.
  • Separate COP's offered for NFP Programs, HFA Programs, and Others not using NFP or HFA Models.
  • The power of evidenced based home visiting model lies in the quality and effectiveness of the relationships home visitors develop with families and the home visitor's ability to deliver the interventions with fidelity.
  • Home Visitors and Supervisors who desire deeper learning experiences.
  • Supervisors who desire to increase their effectiveness in coaching home visitors to build practice competency.
  • Open to non-MIECHV staff that fit the targeted audience.