January 1, 2017

A New Year - A New Look

4-Part Model

The HEARTS for Familiesmission is to strengthen families and those who serve them.  We know that the number one goal of prevention providers is to deliver programs that makes a real difference in families’ lives.  HEARTS™ spent years developing a 4-Part Training Model that is research-proven to prepare prevention providers and facilitators for success.  Our professional training model includes skills training and mentoring support which increases program delivery with fidelity to each program's design as well as accurate results-driven data collection to validate program effectiveness and continued funding. 

In response to requests by individuals and agencies - we are happy to announce that our research-proven 4-Part Training Model can now be delivered with online components featuring live online instruction as well as self-paced tutorials.  

Part 1 provides the basic philosophy, research, and constructs of generic prevention programs to be delivered to families.  This module, which is self-paced and takes approximately eight hours to complete, is the prerequisite to all program-specific certification-level training provided by HEARTS.

Part 2 addresses a specific program curriculum and is presented live online by a HEARTS Nationally Recognized Trainer although local in-person sessions can still be brought to your community with a minimum number of guaranteed registrants.  This part of our training module is scheduled over several days to allow for a thorough review of the activities and scripts for the desired program.  Participants have the opportunity to prepare and present selections from the curriculum for peer and trainer feedback.  All curricula designed to be facilitated in an individual or in-home setting will include a complementary module of Basic Home Visitation Skills™ (which can also be selected as a free-standing course).  HEARTS occasionally also offers Curriculum Overview courses, which are designed to provide a taste of a specific program for those who are not seeking certification as a facilitator at the moment.

Part 3 builds skills for successful program coordination and is now available in the same self-paced online tutorial format as Part 1.  This module is completed over a two-week period with an assigned course moderator to support students’ learning plan.  Part 3 includes:  exploration of substance abuse and other issues that families in your program may be facing;the difference between program coordinator and facilitator roles and their responsibilities; scoring and interpreting assessment results; and building an action plan for marketing and implementing the program in your desired setting.

Part 4 provides the final step toward Certification as a HEARTS for Families Program Facilitator by mentoring the delivery of the selected prevention program .  One of our Nationally Recognized Consultants is assigned to support the first round of program delivery with technical assistance and guidance, followed by at least one class observation (either in person or via webcam) to ensure program fidelity and success.

HEARTS’ highest priority is ensuring that our certified program facilitators are successful, because the work we do to strengthen families and those that serve families has tremendous impact on the future of their children and the community.  HEARTS for Families has over 20 years as a direct-delivery provider and incorporates that experience to help our training participants build the skill-set they need to help families improve their quality of life.

Click here for a current schedule of 2017 Facilitator Training modules.  Contact Mollie Melvin at 678.392.2475 or for more information about pricing.  We offer group discounts for ten or more participants.


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