Facilitating Attuned Interactions: Enhancing Parental Engagement & Reflective Practice with the FAN technique

The FAN was developed by Linda Gilkerson in the United States, originally as an approach to working with parents of fussy babies. It is now used in countries all over the world to support parents in finding new ways to relate to and connect with their babies. The FAN approach can be used by all professionals in the system around a baby: early years workers, parent-infant practitioners, health visitors, occupational therapists, nursery nurses, psychologists, medical and nursing practitioners and social workers.

We are delighted that Linda herself will be joining us to share the essence of the FAN technique. We will also hear from an award-winning team in the UK who have been integrating the FAN across all aspects of their work and amongst all practitioners in their team from administrators to service managers. Their work has been supervised by Carole Norris-Shortle, an expert trainer in the FAN, who will also be presenting.

Participants will take away tools for:

  • Sticky moments and tricky conversations
  • Enhancing understanding across teams and with families we work with
  • Supporting parents to feel connected to their baby

We will hear powerful case examples which illustrate how the FAN works in practice and how it can be used with parents of infants and as a tool for reflective supervision.

There will be opportunities to put key aspects of the FAN into practice and there will be break out rooms for practitioners and supervisors to ask questions and develop skills.

There will be take aways for everyone no matter what your role in early relational health.

We hope you will be able to join us!

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