PCI Feeding Scale Workshop

Feeding provides a situation where a parent interacts with an infantSiobhan and Lilly mealtime around 200 times a month, potentially reinforcing one another and building their relationship. If the feeding interaction doesn’t go well the result may be repeated failures in relationship building. On the other hand, if the interactions go well, they set the child on a path towards secure attachment, resilience, and optimal social, emotional and cognitive development. Ref. NCAST.
This three-day workshop uses extensive NCAST video sequences of feeding situations to familiarise participants with specific characteristics that indicate the quality of the parent-child interaction.

Expected outcomes
From this workshop, participants will be able to
  • Describe behaviours the caregiver and child bring to the interaction and the contingency of their responses to one another
  • Easily identify strengths as well as areas that may need improvement
  • Assess concerns early in the caregiver-child communication/interactive pattern at a point when intervention will be most effective
  • Be able to plan the most direct and effective ways to help parents with their infants and young children
  • Have potentially gained 85% reliability in rating parent-child feeding interactions. Final reliability scales completed on Day 3 are sent to NCAST, USA, for assessment.
Workshop outline
Day 1: Concepts and scale items
Day 2: Participants score four practice scales from video sequences
Day 3: Participants score five scales for reliability assessment from video sequences

Workshop length? 3 x 8 hour days

How many participants? 12 maximum

Who will benefit from this workshop?
Nurses, psychologists, social workers, physicians, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, early childhood teachers and researchers who work with young children and their families. NCAST PCI training courses are pitched at graduate level.
Pam Stilling will facilitate this workshop which requires a certified NCAST PCI Program Trainer. See ABOUT PAM.

Materials required:
NCAST Feeding Scale Set (Manual plus Scales) AUD150.00 (2014*) per participant (essential). Standard Deviation Calculator (CD) (optional) AUD60.00 (2014). Cost of materials may reduce if more than one student works out of the same site and can share the CD or if students are doing both Feeding and Teaching Scales. Pam will contact registrants to discuss individual needs and purchases.

Cost – Organisations (maximum 12 students per group)
AUD2630.00 (2014 & 2015) for facilitation of 3-day workshop plus materials ($150 per participant (2014 price*)
 Client to provide venue, AV equipment and to bear facilitator’s travel and accommodation costs if workshop site is beyond reasonable daily commuting distance of Melbourne. Provision of catering will be negotiated.

Cost – Individuals
AUD660.00 (2014 & 2015) for participation in one of the 3-day workshops scheduled in DIARY DATES.
Fee excludes cost of materials which need to be purchased separately. Morning and afternoon teas are provided but participants are asked to bring/buy your own lunches.
Reminder: In Australia, self-education expenses and tools of trade (Manuals & scales) are tax deductible.

Payment options include Paypal, cheque, electronic bank transfer, invoice or purchase order.

Price changes Workshop prices increase by approximately 3% on 1 January each year.
*Cost of materials depends on supplier (Australian Council for Education Research (ACER)) prices at the time and may change without notice.

Coming workshop dates and registration: See DIARY DATES

Cancellation Policy Pam Stilling reserves the right to cancel or move this workshop to another venue if there are insufficient registrations by 10 working days prior to the scheduled date. Registrants will be notified individually if this occurs. Where cancellations are received 10 to 40 working days prior to the workshop 50% of the fee paid will be refunded. Registrations cancelled 10 or fewer working days prior to the workshop will not be refunded. Fees paid will not be credited to a future event in case of cancellation.

Please contact Pam Stilling with any questions or for further information.
Pam Stilling
PH +61 (0)418 560 602 or +61 (0)3 98771539
Email: understandingbabies@gmail.com

ABN 43 197 488 235