NCAST programs in Australia

By mid-2009, hundreds of professionals - nurses, psychologists, social workers, therapists, early childhood teachers  and researchers - from five Australian states have trained in an NCAST program. Their training and resource materials are helping them promote richer and more positive interactions between the parents they work with and their babies and toddlers. Communicating these new theoretical and practical concepts to parents empowers them in their relationships with their children. Australian teachers of the NCAST Parent-Child Interaction Program have been trained by NCAST, University of Washington, instructors and must renew their certification annually.

NCAST programs, Keys to Caregiving and the Parent-Child Interaction Teaching Scale are required training for Nurse Home Visitors working with Aborginal families in the Australian Nurse Family Partnership Program (ANFPP). In 2010, the program will be operating from five sites in Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and the Northern Territory. ANFPP is modelled on the highly successful  USA Nurse Family Partnership (NFP) Program (David Olds).

What is NCAST?

NCAST is situated at the University of Washington’s School of Nursing in Seattle, USA, and is closely affiliated with the Center on Human Development and Disability and the Center on Infant Mental Health and Development. It develops and disseminates research-based programs and training materials to assist multi-disciplinary practitioners and researchers working with infants, young children and families in many countries. NCAST programs are regularly used in a variety of settings including family homes, clinics, child care centres and hospitals. It began in the 1970’s as a provider of satellite-transmitted distance education, hence the brand, NCAST (Nursing Child Assessment Satellite Training).

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