FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
"My time with [the SafeCare Provider] has been a very helpful experience...I have learned so much and am always learning more each time I see [the SafeCare Provider]."
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 will discuss your training needs to determine if there are any issues or barriers that should be addressed before training.
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 [email protected].
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.
To become a SafeCare Provider, you must attend a four-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 the three modules.
To become a SafeCare Trainer, your agency must have successfully completed their second accreditation and you must:
- Complete full certification in SafeCare home visiting and coaching,
- Have substantial experience in delivering the SafeCare model with proficiency, and
- 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
- Supporting a Coach.
After certification, SafeCare Trainers are supported for six months following training and must complete recertification every year to maintain Trainer certification.
Implementing SafeCare requires partner agencies follow the evidence-based model with fidelity. NSTRC is committed to supporting partners both in maintaining fidelity and continually improving their implementations. Fidelity measurement occurs at all levels through Provider, Coach, and Trainer certification and maintenance as well as agency-level annual accreditation. For more information, please click here.
SafeCare is a manualized, skills-based parent training program for parents of children 0-5 that has been used extensively by child welfare systems. The program fits within the FFPSA in-home parent skill-based program domain. Features of SafeCare include:
• Brief parenting program (18 sessions) that can be completed in 3-5 months
• Addresses parent-child interactions, home safety, and child health
• Strong focus on neglect and physical abuse
• Appropriate for parents/relatives caring for children who are candidates for foster care
• Easily integrated with other services
• Trauma-informed curriculum
• Implementation model allows for local trainers to sustain the implementation
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- Is my site ready for SafeCare training?
- How much does SafeCare Training cost?
- What are the requirements for staff to be trained in SafeCare?
- How long does it take to become a SafeCare Provider?
- How long does it take to become a SafeCare Trainer?
- How does SafeCare ensure continuous quality improvement?
- How does SafeCare fit with FFPSA?