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Home Based Brief Family Focused Intervention Strategies With Resistant Families and Learning Profile

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This is the collaborative, interdependent generation

DON’T tell families what do to, but “coach,” give practical feedback

DON’T be a loner; collaborative/consult with colleagues

DON’T do anything for a family that he, she or it can do by him/her or themselves with guidance and support!

DON’T use a sick model; use a health and strength approach.


Phase I - Know Why You Are Involved

Prepare mentally and physically.  It is a family affair and they are in charge.  You are an invited guest and you are on their turf.  You have positive information to provide, resources and knowledge of child development.  You are a trusting observer who shows respect.

Phase II – Doing Three Things at One Time

  1. Say Thank You
  2. Engage in a collaborative consult (What family wants?  What concerns?  Issues?)
  3. Talk in a “conversational tone” (use objects & props)
  4. Mutually agree to focus on what the parent wants (not you)
  5. Conduct play-learning activities

  6. Create a “conversational” conclusion/give cues,

  7. Finish collaborative consult/review telling what you saw, what you did, what you heard (observe and report back strengths and not weaknesses).

Phase III – Evaluate/Review/Practice


  1. family/parent report style of record-keeping
  2. child learning profile (see overhead)
  3. a simple journal entry for shared feedback to the family/parents/school/agency.


What happened?  (make conversational field notes, or an eco-map).


What props and objects did you use?  What words?                                                               What actions?


Always say THANK YOU when you arrive and when you leave.

Now, practice what you need to know to do brief, family focused-intervention with resistant and soon-to-be cooperative families.

DO record only what you see and hear, make lists, draw eco-maps.

DO take turns listening, talking.

DO “Conversational” style assessment/interview/informal talk.

DO write down strengths first, then family priorities, then your recommendations.

Ask Dr. Susan