Certification Options for Competency Development

Mastering competencies to produce successful outcomes requires training, practice and on-going coaching.

Focus on building skills. 

Competency Development

Great Kids® offers competency development seminars for practitioners partnering with families to strengthen their family relationships and optimize the development and health outcomes for their children. Our job specific certifications focus on building staff skills for implementing effective parenting and early childhood programs at all program levels.

Competency Development Products

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RISE: Recovery – Impact – Support – Empower

This interactive online course will guide the Home Visitor’s journey into enhanced understanding of Substance Use Disorder (SUD). While gaining foundational understanding, participants will learn to use that information to enhance, adapt, and integrate their home visiting skills to support families affected by Substance Use Disorder.

SOAR…The Effective Home Visitor Series

This online learning series is a collection of mini-courses designed to give participants foundational knowledge needed to grow their skills as an effective Home Visitor. Through this evolving library of courses, Home Visitors will have access to training topics like the science of attachment, strengths-based approach, observing parent-child interaction, and many more!

Elevate…The Advanced Practice Series

Much like the Effective Home Visitor Series, the Advanced Practice Series offers an evolving library of online learning courses for the certified GGK® Home Visitor or Supervisor. These mini-courses will give staff an in-depth look at topics that will elevate their practice. Staff will have access to training topics such as a deep dive into the GGK® GPS Tool, using the Fidelity and Core Competencies Assessment Tools, and many more!

Integrated Strategies for Home Visiting

A skill-driven seminar, with infant mental health and strength-based, solution-focused communication at its core. Integrated Strategies enhances participants’ competencies for building trusting, empathic relationships with program families. Home Visitors learn to strengthen family foundations and support networks by cultivating the growth of secure attachment relationships, addressing concerns with highly stressed families and helping them to build protective buffers for their children. The knowledge and skills acquired in this seminar are essential to achieving strong outcomes in all home visiting models.

Parent Survey for Community Outreach

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Parent Survey is a systematic approach for determining which of the families in your community will benefit most from home visiting and the other resources available for parents and young children. This certification seminar provides an orientation to a wide variety of field-tested strategies for building valuable skills necessary for engaging parents in trusting relationships as well as a thorough review of this easy to use, validated tool for helping assess the family’s strengths and their stressors. 

Testimonials

What home visitors and parents are saying about Great Kids.

Photo of Traycee Miller Family Support Specialist, Healthy Families Georgia.

“The Growing Great Kids curriculum means that I have the opportunity of sharing such valuable information and lots of information with families that I serve. Information that has been researched and is evidence based, but not only that, information that is very supporting and encouraging in understanding parenting. Understanding the importance of parent-child interaction, bonding and attachment, understanding in what your child developmental milestones are and having them reach those milestones.”

Traycee Miller

Family Support Specialist, Healthy Families Georgia

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"We came across Great Kids, Growing Great Kids and it didn’t take us very long at all to read and understand that Great Kids had a curriculum that aligns perfectly with everything that we need here for our early home-based programs."

Jennifer Gutierrez

Child Development Specialist, Stanislaus County Office of Education

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