Training Levels

Provider training prepares an individual to provide home-based services using the SafeCare model.

It begins with a four day workshop in which trainees learn to implement the three SafeCare modules (Health, Safety, and Parent-Child/Infant Interaction training), and also receive training on communication and structured problem solving. Approximately one day is spent on each model. The training workshop consists of:

  • Didactic presentations by the Trainer
  • Use of videos of sample sessions
  • Modeling of skills by the Trainer
  • Role-play exercises for trainees
  • Feedback by Trainer

Training includes many opportunities for practice until mastery is achieved. Following the training workshop, trainees receive feedback on their implementation of SafeCare in the field with families from a SafeCare Coach. Once trainees demonstrate mastery of SafeCare skills in the field, they are granted certification as SafeCare Providers.

Coach training prepares an individual to provide onsite coaching for SafeCare Providers, a requirement for SafeCare implementation.

It includes a one- to two-day workshop in which trainees learn about the role of a SafeCare Coach, how to conduct coaching, and how to provide feedback to Providers. The Coach workshop consists of:

  • Didactic presentations
  • Modeling of coaching skills by the trainer
  • Practice role plays of mock coaching sessions
  • Feedback by the Trainer

Coach training includes many opportunities for practice until mastery is achieved. Following the workshop training, Coach trainees must demonstrate coaching skills in live sessions with their Providers and demonstrate mastery in fidelity monitoring to become certified.

After completing Provider training and Coach training, and gaining experience delivering SafeCare and coaching SafeCare Providers, individuals may complete SafeCare Trainer training.

Trainer training requires a commitment to NSTRC to adhere to the requirements regarding distribution of materials, support of SafeCare Coaches and Providers, and reporting of data to NSTRC.

Trainer training includes a two-day workshop that teaches trainees about

  • SafeCare training methods
  • Teaching adult learners
  • Setting up role-plays
  • Providing feedback to trainees, and supporting SafeCare Coaches

Following the workshop, Trainer trainees are observed by NSTRC during their first Provider Workshop to ensure fidelity to the training model. Trainers will become fully certified once they achieve mastery in the delivery of a Provider Workshop, as rated by an NSTRC Trainer observer. After certification, SafeCare Trainers are observed at one year following training and must complete re-certification every two years to maintain.

Subscribe to the SafeCare Newsletter