Strengthening the Provider-Family Relationship in Early Intervention: A Webinar Introduction to the Facilitating Attuned Interactions (FAN) Model

Friday January 4, 2019 - Playback
Online directions for access to the webinar will be sent to registered participants

Engaging and Supporting Families in Early Intervention
An Introduction to the Facilitating Attuned Interactions (FAN) Model

Engaging and Supporting Families in Early Intervention will introduce participants to the The Facilitating Attuned Interactions (FAN) model developed as part of the Erikson Institute Fussy Baby Network. ® FAN includes core processes that providers can use to engage and support parents, as well as for take inventory of their own internal states as a mechanism for staying calm and grounded in the face of emotionally laden interactions with families.   This interactive session will also serve as an opportunity to explore the FAN as a tool that can hold and honor the unique experiences of parenting a young child with special needs. is a flexible, strengths-based, evidence-informed approach to reflective and mindful practice within the realm of infant and early childhood mental health.  Designed to help guide providers in their efforts to be attuned, responsive, and open to the parents they serve, the FAN is intended to foster a facilitative environment for positive family change and growth. 


Dorinda Silver Williams, PhD, LCSW-C, LICSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a comprehensive background in infant and early childhood mental health, parent-child attachment, reflective practice, home visitation, family stress and trauma, and military social work.  Dr. Williams is passionate about promoting secure parent-child attachments, building on family strengths, and fostering resilience in the context of trauma and loss.  In her current role as Assistant Professor at Georgetown University's Center for Child and Human Development (GUCCHD), Dr. Williams serves as the Faculty FAN (Facilitating Attuned Interactions) Lead for the integration of reflective practice into DC-MIECHV home visitation.


By the end of the webinar you will 

  • Understand the basics of Facilitating Attuned Interactions (FAN) model and its core processes for family change and growth.
  • Understand the critical role of attunement in building safe, trusting, and supportive relationships with families as a mechanism for promoting positive parent-child interactions.
  • Have awareness of the relationship between tuning into their own internal states and their capacity to be fully present and responsive to the families they serve.
  • Explore how FAN can be contextualized and tailored to the unique experiences of parents and their young children with special needs



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