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Implementing Minding the Baby®

Meets DHHS criteria for an evidenced based model

Training to Support Implementation

Last Updated

May 2016


Requirements for Program Certification

There is no certification process at this time. To replicate MTB, staff from interested organizations must contract with model developers to participate in a six-phase training and consultation program. The training and consultation program encompasses planning and start-up consultation and pre- and in-service training, supervision, and technical assistance; it lasts at least 30 months.


Pre-Service Staff Training

As part of the training and consultation program, all clinical and administrative staff at replication sites must attend a three-day, on-site pre-service training. The training provides an introduction to the basic theoretical foundation and techniques of MTB’s reflective parenting model, including how to support and enhance parental reflective capacities and reflective functioning. MTB clinicians also receive training to incorporate the physical and mental health components of the intervention. Nurses and LCSWs can receive credit for continuing education contact hours for attending this training.


In-Service Staff Training

Ongoing training, mentoring, and professional development are required for all staff. In-service training is tailored for each site and encompasses weekly telephone calls with model developers and monthly or quarterly sessions by video conference. For sites in the training and consultation replication program, nurse and LCSW supervisors attend a two-day in-service training with developers at the Yale campus when the first five families are enrolled. This training addresses specific supervisory issues and ongoing hiring and training needs. MTB program staff and faculty also visit replication sites twice. The first site visit occurs within six months of the pre-service training and focuses on replication issues. The second visit occurs within a year after the first visit and includes training updates and refreshers, supervision, and technical assistance.


Training Materials

MTB staff receive the MTB Treatment Manual and Clinician Quick Reference Guide, a Replication Guide outlining the logistical and administrative aspects of MTB replication, and a packet of materials that includes handouts and articles. The treatment manual includes a description of the MTB model and its theoretical underpinnings; a history of home visiting programs; principles of a reflective approach to home visiting; overviews of nursing and mental health approaches used in MTB; and details on implementing the intervention, including the general process and function of the individual home visit.


Qualified Trainers

MTB faculty and staff provide the training.


Technical Assistance

Replication sites participate in a six-phase training and consultation program with MTB faculty and staff that encompasses planning and start-up consultation, pre- and in-service training, and technical assistance. Additional training and assistance is available on an individual basis.



The information contained on this page was last updated in May 2016. Recommended Further Reading lists the sources for this information. In addition, the information contained in this profile was reviewed for accuracy by Crista Marchesseault and Lois Sadler with the Minding the Baby® program office at Yale Child Study Center and Yale School of Nursing on March 28, 2016. HomVEE reserves the right to edit the profile for clarity and consistency.