Training FAQ

To review general information about SafeCare, please view our Overview of SafeCare Brochure.
The cost of SafeCare training varies according to the number of individuals trained and what level of training (Provider, Coach, Trainer) is desired. Because SafeCare training is done with very small trainer to trainee ratio, it is generally more efficient to train large numbers of staff at once. For price estimates for your particular organization, please email safecareinfo@gsu.edu
There is no educational requirement for SafeCare training. The SafeCare protocols are very concrete and easy to learn. SafeCare has been implemented by individuals with high school diplomas and individuals with doctoral degrees in clinical psychology.

NSTRC has found that it is important for staff to be motivated to implement SafeCare, open to new services models, and interested in using a structured protocol for service delivery. It is critical that there be communication about SafeCare implementation before training is initiated. Staff must be prepared to receive SafeCare training, especially if it is very different from the services they are used to providing. NSTRC can assist in this process.

NSTRC works with interested implementation sites to determine the fit between the SafeCare model and the potential site, and the readiness of a site to implement SafeCare. NSTRC has  developed a readiness assessments to provide information about what is required for SafeCare implementation with regard to staffing, referral base, coaching requirements, etc. You can refer to the SafeCare Readiness Guide to determine if your site is ready.

Once you complete your Readiness Assessment, NSTRC will contact you to discuss your training needs and to determine if there are any issues or barriers that should be addressed before training.

To become a SafeCare Provider, you must attend a four- or five-day workshop and complete all required role-plays and quizzes. Following the workshop, you will be supported by a SafeCare Coach or Trainer to become certified as a SafeCare Provider. To reach certification, you must demonstrate proficiency in delivering SafeCare with families across 3 sessions in each module (9 total).
To become a SafeCare Coach, you must attend the Provider workshop and become certified as a SafeCare Provider. Additionally, you must attend a one-day Coach Workshop and complete required role-plays. Following the workshop, you will be supported by a SafeCare Trainer to become certified as a SafeCare Coach. To reach certification, you must demonstrate proficiency in fidelity monitoring of SafeCare Providers, leading SafeCare team meetings, and providing coaching of SafeCare home visiting skills.
To become a SafeCare Trainer you must complete full certification in SafeCare home visiting and coaching, and have substantial experience in delivering the SafeCare model with proficiency. Additionally, you must attend a three-day Trainer Workshop and complete required role-plays. Following the workshop you will be supported by an NSTRC Trainer to become certified as a SafeCare Agency Trainer. To reach certification, you must demonstrate proficiency in delivering a SafeCare Provider Workshop. Additionally, you must demonstrate proficiency in supporting a Coach. After certification, SafeCare Trainers are supported for six months following training and must complete recertification every year to maintain Trainer certification.

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