Home Visitation Curriculum: Second Edition

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In our efforts to meet the ongoing needs of  home visitors and state agencies   that oversee these programs, FUTURES is excited to announce  the 2nd edition  of our  Healthy Moms, Happy Babies Train the Trainer curriculum. In the last three years many states have struggled    with meeting the federal domestic violence benchmark and sought help  from FUTURES to support them with technical assistance.

This edition was created to better support programs in developing a core  competency strategy and to ensure that all home visitors have adequate  training on how to have  conversations about healthy relationships and not  see domestic violence  screening as simply a checklist. We learned a great  deal about mother’s fears  about child welfare involvement as a barrier to  disclosure to domestic violence–to that end we have focused very specifically on a universal education approach that is wedded to general screening tools. What’s nice about this approach is that it works for all home visitation programs regardless of the their screening tools.

In addition, we learned that home visitation professionals need trauma informed supportive education about the impact of personal and vicarious trauma for themselves in order to do the best work with families and reduce the amount of staff burnout and turnover that some program struggle with.

We also learned that practice matters when it comes to implementing simple and effective tools to support better screening though conversations about healthy relationships and domestic violence. This curriculum provides tools to support assessment and education through the use of scripts and safety cards. These tools have been designed to facilitate  partnerships with advocacy agencies that promote safety planning and supported referrals to domestic violence programs.

Please download the curriculum’s appendices here, and view the videos here: home visitation and safety planning part 1, redefining safety planning to include emergency contraception, supervised visitations, and memorandum of understanding.

Please also see our other home visitation materials:

Healthy Moms, Happy Babies Home Visitation Safety Cards in English and Spanish

Women Are Sacred Safety Card – Native General Health Safety Card

We Are Worthy Safety Card – Alaskan Native Card

Healthy Moms, Happy Babies Posters in English and Spanish

 

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