FL MIECHV is helping to build a strong and competent workforce to deliver home visiting and other family support programs. Home visitors are supported through training and skill-building, reflective supervision, and self-help strategies. These investments contribute to workforce retention, job satisfaction and advancement which are key to effectively serving families.
Home visiting staff at Florida MIECHV-funded sites are able to document and track their professional development activities through an online Learning Management System (LMS).
Training focuses on:
- Skill building (Motivational Interviewing, Reflective Supervision, Setting Professional Boundaries)
- Assessment Tools and Techniques (ASQ, ASQ-SE, Perceived Stress Scale, HOME, Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale & others)
- Interventions (Seeking Safety, SCRIPT)
- Foundations (Social-Emotional Development of Children, Trauma-Informed Care, Pregnancy & Women’s Health, Domestic Violence & others)
Most trainings are archived and available for viewing by staff from any early childhood agency through a public training portal.
FL MIECHV has adopted the framework for assessing the core competencies of home visiting professionals and supervisors developed by the Institute for the Advancement of Family Support Professionals, a new national collaborative. The goal of the Institute is to offer certification and professional development tailored to meet individual staff needs.
The framework includes ten domains, culled from an examination of competencies developed by states and other organizations:
Infant and Early
Child Health, Safety,
Family Health, Safety,
Relationship-based Family Partnerships
Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness
The Institute currently offers free, online training to support the competencies and a personalized Career Compass is planned to assist users in identifying professional development needs. Learn more at institutefsp.org