PARTNERING WITH FAMILIES TO IMPROVE OUTCOMES FOR CHILDREN
In order to promote nurturing relationships and foster healthy social-emotional development in infants and young children, SCIMHA is committed to infant mental health workforce development in South Carolina. Specifically, SCIMHA is actively working to bring evidence-based infant mental health interventions to our state including comprehensive training, clinical supervision, referral infrastructure, ongoing support for trainees/providers and plans for sustainability of new interventions.
Plans to implement, support and grow the Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-up (ABC) intervention are underway including partnerships with child serving agencies, applications for funding support and plans for establishing our own ABC supervisors and trainers. If you are interested in joining our initiative as a Parent Coach please complete the application at the bottom of this page.
Training to be an ABC Parent Coach
Initial ABC Training takes place virtually and consists of 4, half-day trainings. Training includes theoretical and practical ABC orientation, practice with In the Moment commenting, session content review, individualized implementation consultation, and planning for the supervision year.
Supervision occurs remotely via video conferencing with HIPPA compliant software. ABC Parent Coaches have 2 supervision meetings per week: General Clinical Supervision (1 hour) and In The Moment Commenting Supervision (30 minutes). The time commitment for session preparation, the ABC visit, and supervision is about 4 hours per case each week.
Parent Coach Selection
There are aspects of implementing ABC that we have found to be challenging for some individuals. We use a half-hour screening interview to determine which individuals are likely to succeed as ABC Parent Coaches. Screening interviews will be completed remotely with ABC staff from the University of Delaware.
Through randomized clinical trials, ABC has been shown to an effective home visiting program for infants and toddlers (6-24 months old) living with their birth parents, foster parents or adoptive parents. To be eligible, caregivers must live with the child in the ABC age range for 50% or more of the time. We do not do ABC during visitation.
The MIECHV Home Visiting Coalition, California Evidence-based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare, and SAMHSA's National Registry of Evidenced-based Programs and Practices endorse ABC.
With support from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, SCIMHA is able to subsidize the cost of the training. Reducing the total cost of the training from $7,000 to $3,675 per person.
Upcoming Training Dates:
March 15-18, 2021
9:00am-12:00pm each day
Application Deadline for the March 2021 training is January 22, 2021.
*Screening interviews with the University of Delaware will be held following the application deadline with notification about acceptance in early February.