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Early Impact Virginia offers a comprehensive system of online, self-paced courses, and in-person classroom training offered in varying locations throughout Virginia.

Learn more about each training, access training materials, and register for training below.

Please Note:

Early Impact Virginia’s classroom trainings are intended for home visiting staff members who are currently employed by one of the following Virginia home visiting programs:

  1. BabyCare
  2. CHIP
  3. Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE)
  4. Early Head Start/Head Start home based services
  5. Healthy Families
  6. Nurse-Family Partnership
  1. Parents as Teachers
  2. Part C Early Intervention
  3. Project Link
  4. Resource Mothers
  5. Virginia Healthy Start

To find a classroom training near you, visit the Early Impact Virginia Training Calendar.

Tier One – Hire to 3 months
  • 01. Home Visiting 101: Importance of Home Visiting (Online)

    HV 101 – Importance of Home Visiting, a 45-minute module, introduces the profession of home visiting and its importance for children, parents and families. It includes basic information necessary for helping young families, a description of how Virginia home visiting programs fit into a larger system of care, and guidance for creating a resource and referral tool kit.

  • 02. Home Visiting 102: Home Visitor Skills and Strategies (Online)

    HV 102 – Home Visitor Skills and Strategies, a 45-minute module, explores the daily activities of a home visitor and some of the skills a home visitor needs to be effective. It describes the strength-based approach, counseling strategies, strategies for parent education and support, and effective communication skills.

  • 03. Home Visiting 103: Professional Practice (Online)

    HV 103 – Professional Practice, a 45-minute module, describes qualities and behaviors that are essential to home visiting professionals, including documentation skills, maintaining boundaries, using time management principles, and burnout prevention through self-care. The module also introduces the benefits of Reflective Supervision.

  • 04.a Confidentiality for the Home Visitor: Your Client’s Right and Your Responsibility Part 1 (Online)

    Part I – Confidentiality Principles, a 25-minute module, provides an overview of best practices in protecting client confidentiality. It discusses professional, ethical and interpersonal considerations in confidentiality in home visiting.

  • 04.b Confidentiality for the Home Visitor: Your Client’s Right and Your Responsibility Part 2 (Online)

    Part II – Confidentiality and the Law, a 25-minute module, discusses the primary laws governing confidentiality in Virginia. It provides guidelines on what information is protected and when disclosure may be appropriate.

  • 04.c Confidentiality for the Home Visitor: Your Client’s Right and Your Responsibility Part 3 (Online)

    Part III – Confidentiality in Practice, a 20-minute module, presents interactive video scenarios for application of principles and legal factors in confidentiality. It demonstrates making decisions about how to maintain confidentiality, and talking with families about their rights and the home visitor’s responsibility in keeping confidentiality.

  • 05.a Child Development: Secrets of Baby Behavior (Online)

    Secrets of Baby Behavior, a 30-minute module, gives home visitors in-depth information about infant behavior to share with new and expecting parents. It is a prerequisite for three EIV modules: Breastfeeding, Child Development Birth to 3, and Child Development 3 to 5.

  • 05.b Child Development: Child Development Birth to 3 -To be updated 2017- (Online)

    Child Development Birth to 3, a two-hour module offered by Virginia Commonwealth University, gives an overview of physiological, linguistic, social emotional, and psycho-social development from birth to age 3. It teaches home visitors to recognize normal developmental sequences, to understand environmental and cultural influences, and to know how to make appropriate referrals to other services.

  • 05.c Child Development: Child Development 3 to 5 (Online)

    Child Development 3 to 5, a 45-minute module also offered by VCU, gives an overview of typical child development for ages three through five. It provides home visitors with tools and information to talk with parents about typical and atypical development, how they can support their child’s development, and the need to identify delays and disabilities as early as possible.

  • 05.d Child Development: Ages and Stages Questionnaire and ASQ-SE2 Training (supervisor-led) (Classroom)

    Ages and Stages Questionnaire and ASQ-SE Training is a supervisor-led module that introduce home visitors to the Ages and Stages Developmental Screening Questionnaire (ASQ), 3rd Edition, as a means of screening young children from ages 1 month to 5½ years for potential developmental delays.

  • 06. Bright Futures Concepts and Working with the Medical Home (Online)

    Bright Futures Concepts and Working with the Medical Home, a 45-minute module, teaches strategies for helping families navigate the healthcare system. It covers the qualities of medical and dental homes, connecting families to them, helping families prepare for healthcare visits, and using Bright Futures as a resource.

  • 07. Child Abuse and Neglect: Risks, Recognition and Reporting (Online)

    Child Abuse and Neglect: Risks, Recognition and Reporting, a 70-minute module offered by the Virginia Department of Social Services, gives an overview of what constitutes child abuse and neglect under the Code of Virginia, the definitions of each type, and the criteria for recognizing them. It offers guidelines on when and how to report suspected cases to Child Protective Services.

  • 08. Personal Safety for Home Visitors (Online)

    Personal Safety for Home Visitors, a one-hour module, gives an overview of personal safety, describing what factors contribute to unsafe situations while travelling to and from the home visit and while in the home. It discusses how to prepare for home visits with safety in mind, how to recognize and avoid unsafe situations, and how to use basic self-defense techniques.

Tier Two – 3 months to 6 months
  • 09. Three-Step Counseling Strategy (Online)

    Three-Step Counseling Strategy, a 30-minute module, teaches home visitors an effective technique for helping a client move toward healthy changes in her life. The strategy uses open-ended questions, affirmations, and education to learn about a client’s goals, readiness, and education needs.

  • 10. Reproductive Health (Online)

    Reproductive Health, a 45-minute module, provides home visitors with accurate information about male and female anatomy, conception, pregnancy planning and prevention, perinatal health, and sexually transmitted infections. The home visitor will learn strategies for talking with clients and educate them about their reproductive health.

  • 11. Prenatal Basics for Home Visitors (Online)

    Prenatal Basics, a 45-minute module, provides a basic overview of the prenatal period from conception through labor and delivery. Home visitors will learn about prenatal care guidelines, nutrition information, and prenatal bonding, as well as other topics, in preparation for supporting mothers throughout their pregnancies.

  • 12. Supporting Immigrant Families: A Culturally Humble Approach (Online)

    Supporting Immigrant Families: A Culturally Humble Approach, this 45-minute online training describes the concept of cultural humility, a lifelong process of self-reflection and learning from every person, family and situation you encounter, as an alternative to trying to become “culturally competent.”

  • 14. Abusive Head Trauma (Shaken Baby Syndrome): Prevention and Education Techniques for Home Visitors (Online)

    Abusive Head Trauma (Shaken Baby Syndrome): Prevention and Education Techniques for Home Visitors, a 30-minute module, describes why babies are at risk for injury from shaking and describes the developmental factors for normal infant crying. Home visitors will learn information they can share with parents about the risk of abusive head trauma and how to prevent it.

  • 15. Working with Pregnant and Parenting Adolescents (Classroom)

    Working with Pregnant and Parenting Adolescents, a six-hour module, teaches home visitors how to improve their services by exploring their own values, beliefs and biases about serving this population, understanding the differences between teen and adult parenting, and learning to identify and respond to mental health issues. It also covers risk and protective factors, and the basics of adolescent development and learning styles.

  • 16. Engaging Fathers in their Children’s Lives (Online)

    Engaging Fathers in their Children’s Lives, a 30-minute module, provides the information, resources, and skills home visitors need to engage fathers in home visiting and in their children’s lives. It demonstrates how father involvement benefits children and how parents can overcome barriers that may keep fathers from being involved.

  • 17. Substance Use: Risks and Effects in Pregnancy and Early Childhood Development (Online)

    Substance Use: Risks and Effects in Pregnancy and Early Childhood, a 45-minute module, describes the disease model of addiction and the impact substance use and addiction have on women and their unborn babies, infants and children. Participants will learn about substance use legislation and the home visitor role in identifying possible substance use, making referrals and helping clients overcome barriers to treatment.

  • 21. Why Screen Women for Substance Use, Intimate Partner Violence, Mental Health and Perinatal Depression? (Online)

    Why Screen Women for Substance Use, Intimate Partner Violence, Mental Health and Perinatal Depression? a 45-minute module, provides home visitors with statistics about the prevalence of these issues and information about the impact on health and well-being. It demonstrates best practices for screening and techniques for creating a comfortable screening environment.

Tier Three – 6 months to 9 months
  • 22.a Breastfeeding: Helping Mothers Choose Breastfeeding (Online)

    Helping Mothers Choose Breastfeeding, a 45-minute module, provides information to promote breastfeeding to pregnant women and families. It covers the benefits of exclusive breastfeeding, strategies to help mothers overcome barriers, ways to prevent and deal with common problems, and “red flags” that indicate a mother may need help, as well as resources to support her.

  • 22.b Breastfeeding: Helping Mothers Initiate Breastfeeding (Online)

    Helping Mothers Initiate Breastfeeding, a 45-minute module, describes ways to support new breastfeeding mothers, including anticipatory guidance to share with mothers and solutions to common problems that may occur. The module includes “red flags” to watch for that indicate that a mother may need help and resources to support her.

  • 22.c Breastfeeding: Helping Mothers Continue Breastfeeding (Online)

    Helping Mothers Continue Breastfeeding, a 45- minute module, gives information home visitors can use to support women to continue breastfeeding after the first month, including descriptions of common challenges and strategies for helping women overcome them. Participants will learn guidelines for adding solid food to the baby’s diet and about weaning.

  • 23. Social Emotional Development of Young Children (Online)

    Social Emotional Development of Young Children, a 90-minute module offered by the Virginia Early Intervention Learning Center, introduces mental health for children from birth to age five. Topics covered include social emotional development, evidence-based research on infant mental health, and reflection on the impact of past experiences, family, and culture.

  • 24. Nutrition Basics (Online)

    Nutrition Basics, a 25-minute module, provides basic information about healthy nutrition using resources from Participants will learn how to educate families about the importance of healthy nutrition and preparing healthy meals.

  • 25.a Growing Healthy Children – Part One (Online)

    Growing Healthy Children – Part One, a 30-minute module, explores the CDC’s five strategies for growing healthy children. Part One focuses on the prenatal period and breastfeeding mothers.

  • 25.b Growing Healthy Children – Part Two (Online)

    Growing Healthy Children – Part Two, a 30-minute module, explores the CDC’s five strategies for growing healthy children. Part Two focuses on feeding and nutrition needs of infants, toddlers and children.

  • 25.c Growing Healthy Children – Part Three (Online)

    Growing Healthy Children – Part Three, a 30-minute module, explores the CDC’s five strategies for growing healthy children. Part Three focuses on physical activity and limiting screen time.

  • 26. Motivational Interviewing for the Home Visitor (Classroom)

    Motivational Interviewing for Home Visitors is a six-hour interactive workshop that presents the principles, methods and spirit of Motivational Interviewing techniques where participants can directly observe, experience, and practice basic motivational interviewing skills.

  • 27. Promoting Healthy Homes for Home Visitors (Online)

    Promoting Healthy Homes for Home Visitors, a 45-minute module, explains how surroundings and environment affect overall child development. It discusses potential health concerns in the home, including physical, environmental, and emotional problems, and guides home visitors in helping families create a home health and safety plan and in finding community resources for referrals.

Tier Four – 9 months to 12 months
  • 28. Adult Mental Health – A Critical Component in Early Childhood Development (Classroom)

    Adult Mental Health – A Critical Component in Early Childhood Development, a six-hour module, gives home visitors basic information about mental health disorders and describes how trauma, abuse and violence affect a person’s mental health. It prepares home visitors to recognize women and families at risk for mental health issues, develop a plan for referral, and support families with mental health or substance use disorders.

  • 29. SBIRT for Risky Health Behaviors (Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment) (Classroom)

    SBIRT for Risky Health Behaviors (Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment) is a six-hour module that explains the use of the SBIRT tool, how to do a brief intervention, and how to use other screening tools, including Virginia’s Behavioral Health Risks Screening Tool for Women of Childbearing Age.

Tier Five – 12 months to 15 months
  • 30. Building Parent Strengths: Applying Trauma-Informed Skills and Reflective Practices in Home Visiting Work (Classroom)

    Building Parent Strengths: Applying Trauma-Informed Skills and Reflective Practice in Home Visiting Work, a six-hour module, uses Neuroscience, Epigenetics, ACE and Resiliency (NEAR) to teach home visitors to use reflective practices and trauma-informed approaches with parents to enhance goal setting and build parental resiliency.

  • 31. Healthy Moms, Happy Babies: Creating Futures without Violence (Classroom)

    Healthy Moms, Happy Babies, a six-hour module, gives a comprehensive model of public health prevention and intervention to improve health and safety for victims of sexual and domestic violence. Participants will learn how to screen mothers/women for domestic violence (DV) using the evidence-based Relationship Assessment Tool, provide safety planning, and make referrals that meet the Federal benchmark requirements.

  • 32. Project Connect Supplemental Modules (Online)

    Project Connect: Responding to Sexual and Domestic Violence in the Home Visiting Setting consists of seven modules presented over four hours to supplement the Healthy Moms, Happy Babies (Creating Futures without Violence) classroom module. The modules train home visitors and other health care providers to help clients experiencing domestic and sexual violence, including reproductive coercion.
    (NOTE: These modules do not substitute for the classroom workshop, which offers practical experience, discussion and skill-building critical to effective violence prevention and early intervention. The online supplement offers continuing education on priority topics and advanced training on issues not covered in the classroom workshop.)

Supervisor Courses
  • 34. Reflective Supervision (Classroom)

    Reflective Supervision for Supervisors, a six-hour module offered by a Virginia EIV partner agency, demonstrates the use of reflective supervision practices to support home visitors in meeting challenges more effectively. It gives supervisors tools to support their staff and assist them with the stresses of their daily work.