Nurturing the Nurturers: The Importance of Sound Relationships in Early Childhood Intervention

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WestEd, 2002 - Education - 22 pages
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In the Marin City Families First early-intervention model, a home visitor plays a sweeping role in the life of the client family. The job is particularly challenging for those working with families in which financial uncertainty, substance abuse, feelings of oppression, inadequate education, and other poverty-related factors can breed depression, anger, and hopelessness. To become and remain effective, home visitors need a high degree of support. This report describes how home visitors support client families and how, in turn, home visitors receive support from the program supervisor. A case study introduces the reader to one family and their needs. It reveals the intensity of the home visitor's challenge and demonstrates how home visitors and the program supervisor work together to move the family forward.

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For over twenty years, Bonnie Benard has brought the concept of resilience to the attention of national and international audiences. She has written widely, provided training, and made presentations in the field of prevention and resilience/youth development theory, policy, and practice. Her earlier WestEd publication, "Fostering Resiliency in Kids: Protective Factors in the Family, School, and Community" (1991), is credited with introducing resiliency theory and application to the fields of prevention and education. She holds a Master's Degree in social work and is currently a Senior Program Associate with WestEd's Health and Human Development Program.

Douglas Quiett is a senior research associate for WestEd's Center for Child and Family Studies, where he has focused primarily on early childhood intervention, family support, and community development. In addition, he presents workshops on cultural sensitivity for the Center's Program for Infant/Toddler Caregivers training institutes. Quiett has a master's degree in social work and is a licensed Clinical Social Worker in California. He has a small private practice providing psychotherapy for adolescents, adults and families, specializing in work with bi-racial and bi-cultural individuals and family substance abuse. Quiett also lectures in the Department of Social Work at California State University, San Francisco.

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