Nurturing Parenting Skills for Parents in Supervised Visitation

Facilitator Training

December 4-6, 2018

Tuesday December 4th- 9:00 AM- 4:00 PM
Wednesday December 5- 9:00 AM- 4:00 PM
Thursday December 6th- 9:00 AM- 1:00 PM

Phoenix, AZ

Rooms are available for $124/night

Book a room by November 6th HERE



Registration fee is $350 for the three day training

Registration includes the new curriculum, $149 value

The curriculum is available to purchase separately from the training HERE

Register HERE

Nurturing Parenting Skills for Families in Supervised Visitation is an innovative program designed to empower parents and parent educators in creating customized, competency based parenting programs to meet the specific needs of families. It consists of 45 lessons, each lasting between approximately 30 minutes that are intended to either precede a supervised visitation, or be incorporated into the visit. The lessons are taken from the evidenced-based Nurturing Parenting Programs for Parents and Their Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers, and Parents and Their School Age Children. Based on the assessed needs of the family, parents and parent educators work together and select competency based lessons from the curriculum to form a parenting/visitation program that is customized to meet the specific needs of the families.

Note: While this training will specifically highlight the Nurturing Parenting Skills for Families in Supervised Visitation Attendees will learn the skills need to implement All Nurturing Parenting programs.

An Evidence-Based Approach to Supervised Visitation

One of the biggest challenges facing SV programs is the scant amount of research of the impact of SV on families. Finally programs seeking financial support, donations, and grants can implement a program proven to be effective in reducing abuse and neglect in families.


Nurturing Parenting Programs have been reviewed and awarded with high scores in the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices.

You can learn about the research that validates this program HERE

Family Development Resources, Inc. Family Nurturing Centers International
Incorporated in 1983, Family Development Resources, Inc.

(FDR) was established by Dr. Stephen Bavolek

Philosophy of the Nurturing Program

The philosophy of the Nurturing Program emphasizes the importance of raising children in a warm, trusting and caring environment. It is founded on the belief that children who are cared for develop the capacity to trust, care and respect themselves, others, living creatures and their environment. This philosophy is founded on 7 principles:


1. Feelings of attachment. Attachment is a bond between a parent and their child that conveys deep unconditional love. Children who feel loved unconditionally, children exhibit positive communication, trust and respect naturally.

2. Empathy. Empathy is the ability of parents to put themselves in the place of their children in an attempt to feel, think and understand what their child is feeling, thinking and understanding, and respond to the child in a loving and respectful way.

3. Nurturing Oneself. Taking time to get one's own needs met, as an adult, forms the foundation of understanding and helping a child get their needs met.

4. Gentle Touch. Research has shown that children who experience warm and gentle touch in the form of hugs, pats, and massages develop and maintain healthy relationships throughout their life, as well as a healthy and positive sense of self.

5. Discipline. Setting limits through family rules, teaching right from wrong through family morals, and teaching respect and worth through family values are all part of a nurturing family. Discipline develops best by children modeling their parent's examples.

6. Expressing Feelings. Helping children learn appropriate ways to manage and express their feelings is a fundamental characteristic of a nurturing family.

7. Expectations and Self Worth. Knowing what to expect of children as they develop plays a significant role in the child's self-worth. Children learn that they are competent people, capable of pleasing others important in their lives when the adults in their life have appropriate expectations.


Tentative Agenda

Day 1: Philosophy of the Nurturing Program; Values; Structure; Constructs; Validation; Discipline, Rewards and Punishment; Empowering Parents and Children.


Day 2: Developing Empathy; Self- Awareness; Recognizing, Understanding and Communicating Feelings; Structure and Guidelines; Humor, Laughter and Fun.

Day 3: Program Implementation; Getting familiar with the Curriculum; Practice Sessions; Best Practices;


The Curriculum

The curriculum will include 45 lessons, each lasting between approximately 30 minutes that are intended to either precede a supervised visitation, or be incorporated into the visit. The lessons are taken from the evidenced-based Nurturing Parenting Programs for Parents and Their Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers, and Parents and Their School Age Children.


Programs choose the lessons most applicable to each family, based on assessments together and select competency based lessons from the curriculum to form a parenting/visitation program that is customized to meet the specific needs of the families.

The curriculum is currently being finalized and will include a facilitator guide, activities for children, reports, and a DVD allowing programs to print materials to support the program as needed, no need to re order materials!


Some lesson samples will be provided in the training materials and the full curriculum will be available at a discount for those attending this session


The curriculum is available to purchase separately from the training HERE