KIPS Blog: Parenting Assessment in Practice & Research

Tips for Supporting ESL Staff with Online Parenting Assessment Training

Posted by Marilee Comfort on Thu, Dec 01, 2016 @ 05:54 PM

Guest Blog by

Theresa Zighera, Evaluation Officer

First 5 San Francisco

We have learned a few important things over the years with regard to training and support for staff taking the KIPS parenting assessment course when their first language is one other than English or Spanish. We had the advantage of being able to set up small group trainings and have peer translators (over time we were also able to have translators who had also already become KIPS certified), which made a big difference and is recommended whenever possible.

Aside from translation support, read on to learn some of the other strategies we utilized.

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Tags: parenting assessment training, family support-partnership-services, online training, diverse staff

How to Rise to the Parenting Assessment Reliability Scoring Challenge

Posted by Marilee Comfort on Tue, Oct 14, 2014 @ 03:35 PM

The research is clear, parenting is critical to a child’s successful development.  That is why so many of you work so hard to promote high quality parenting in the families you serve.  Since parenting is a major goal in family service programs, it makes sense to adopt a parenting assessment to guide services with families and to document their outcomes.  While being trained to assess parenting, many family service providers tell us that careful observation of parent-child interaction is a very new experience for them, and that it really opens their eyes to valuable insights they hadn’t thought of before training.  These insights then guide their work with families.

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Tags: Parenting Assessment, supervision;, parenting assessment training

Why Parenting Assessment Training & Certification Matters to Children

Posted by Marilee Comfort on Thu, Dec 19, 2013 @ 11:04 AM

When you first start working with a family, how do you know what skills parents bring to their interactions with their children? How do you know which direction they need to go to be the best parent they can be? How do you help them respond to the individual needs of each one of their children?  As we’ve discussed previously, there are a range of assessment tools available to help you.  However, if you’re interested in assessing what really matters to children, you need to observe and assess the parents in action.  After all, it is the parents’ behavior that the child experiences. 

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Tags: parent-child interaction, parenting assessment training, certification