Implementing Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-Up (ABC) -Infant
Model implementation summary last updated: 2020
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Prerequisites for implementation
Type of implementing program
Staff education and experience
All parent coaches are required to pass a screening process that involves a 45-minute video interview with the program development team to assess the parent coach candidates’ openness to attachment theory, ability to provide in-the-moment comments about caregiver-child behavior, and their agencies’ readiness for implementation.
There are no education or experience requirements for the parent coaches.
Parent coaches are considered trainees until they become certified after a year-long supervision process and assessment of their adherence and fidelity to the model. Each week for one year, parent coach trainees must participate in two videoconferences with a supervisor from the program development team. These meetings are explained below:
- Group clinical supervision. A one-hour meeting of two or three trainees with a supervisor; the meeting includes a review of videos from home visit sessions.
- “In the moment” commenting supervision. A 30-minute one-on-one meeting between a supervisor and trainee. Before each supervision meeting, the trainee and supervisor code the trainee’s use of commenting in a 5-minute videotaped segment from the trainee’s home visit sessions. The goal of the supervision is to enhance comment quality and frequency by supporting trainees’ assessment of their own commenting.
Ongoing supervision is recommended but not required after parent coaches complete the certification process. The developer recommends that parent coaches use the fidelity monitoring tool to independently assess and maintain their skills throughout service delivery. Parent coaches receive training on this tool during the certification process. Training for program sites to provide ongoing supervision after certification is available. No information is available on the recommended supervisor-to-parent coach ratio.
Data systems/technology requirements
The information contained on this page was last updated in July 2020. Recommended further reading lists the sources for this information. In addition, the information contained in this profile was reviewed for accuracy by Dr. Caroline Roben in April 2020. HomVEE reserves the right to edit the profile for clarity and consistency.