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The next IMHAANZ FAN training is:

Online | 15 + 19 November 2024

Or contact us for a quote for a bespoke training for your organisation.

FAN Training is offered to participants working in a team/service with children and their families and whānau across a variety of settings and disciplines – with a named supervisor(s).

It is suitable for Well Child/Tamariki Ora providers, home visiting and early intervention programmes, child mental health services, education providers, and child protection practitioners.

Erikson Institute Fussy Baby Network’s Linda Gilkerson created the FAN (Facilitating Attuned Interactions) in 2005.

It’s a conceptual model and practical tool for building relationships and reflective practice and was initially developed as an approach to work with parents of fussy babies. The FAN is generalisable to the helping relationship in many settings and can be used in supervision. At its core is the belief that people need to feel connected and understood in order to be open to change.

The FAN model is now used in programmes and systems in most American States – as well as internationally – to promote engagement and collaboration between providers and those they work with. It has been used to train professionals working in home visiting, primary care, early intervention, child welfare, early childhood education, child mental health, youth mentoring, and supervision.

The FAN is focused primarily on the parent, adult or supervisee’s immediate concerns, so the process varies and is flexible. The ultimate goal of using the FAN with caregivers is to increase capacity, confidence and strengthen the caregiver-child relationship. In a supervisory relationship the goal is also to increase confidence and competence – and to build reflective capacity in the supervisee. (Excerpt from Washington Association for Infant Mental Health.)

ABOUT FAN TRAINING

In 2017 three members of the IMHAANZ Executive Committee – Denise Guy, Judy Hunter and Lucie Zwimpfer – became certified FAN Trainers following two years training with and being supervised by FAN founder, Linda Gilkerson. In 2023 they completed their ‘Master Trainer’ process, meaning they are also able to train new FAN Trainers in New Zealand and Australia.

FAN Training is offered to participants working in a team/service with children and their families and whānau across a variety of settings and disciplines – with a named supervisor(s).

It is suitable for Well Child/Tamariki Ora providers, home visiting and early intervention programmes, child mental health services, education providers, and child protection practitioners.

THE IMHAANZ FAN TRAINING TEAM – Left to Right: Lucie Zwimpfer, Denise Guy + Judy Hunter

FAN Training is different to many other professional development opportunities in two important ways:

1. It’s not available for individuals.

Instead, a group or team attends the initial 2 day Core Training with a designated supervisor. This can be the clinical supervisor of a team from one service – or a person identified as a supervisor if participants are attending from different services. Having a group or team with one supervisor means the second part of training – the Reflective Practice period – can take place after the initial training.

2. It isn’t one-off training.

A crucial part of FAN Training is the Reflective Practice period which continues for 5-6 months after the 2 day Core Training. During this time participants use the FAN in their daily working life and spend time reflecting on their use of it with their supervisor once a month (- who, in turn, receives monthly mentoring from one of the IMHAANZ FAN Trainers). This allows for a deeper integration of the learning from training, as well as supported time to embed the FAN more fully into work practice. At the end of this Reflective Practice period, a third day of training revisits key concepts of the FAN and addresses any outstanding issues or concerns.

Organisations in New Zealand Aotearoa that have received FAN Training include:

  • NET
  • Ohomairangi Trust
  • Whānau Āwhina Plunket
  • Starship NICU
  • West Coast Family Start
  • a Southern Lakes consortium
  • Ministry of Education Early Intervention Teams
  • CAMHS (Child Adolescent Mental Health Services)
  • Stepping Stones Trust
  • a Nelson/Marlborough DHB consortium
  • Toloa Mental Health Service (Pacific Health Service Hutt Valley)
  • a Specialist Maternal Mental Health Service
  • a Lakes DHB consortium.

Training can take place online, at your place of work (as a bespoke training) – or teams/services can attend one of the trainings organised by IMHAANZ.

Please get in touch for further details, including costs.

WHAT PEOPLE SAY ABOUT FAN TRAINING

“What I value most from using the FAN is the reminder of self-regulation and the focus on truly being ‘present’ with the client. I think everyone can benefit from learning and using the FAN and those who have good relational skills will hone particular aspects of their skillset – guided by the knowledge of the different wedges in the FAN. Where it is more difficult to build rapport and engagement, the FAN can turn practice around.”

“My coaching/supervising style has changed. I stop, take a step back, listen and ask questions. I don’t lead. I stay in feelings more. I let them understand they can do it; they come up with solutions.”

“The content of FAN training is very relevant to my practice and I can clearly see how effective it is in my professional and personal life. When I compare interactions that have gone well (or not so well) it is usually evident that I have used components of the FAN model of practice. I love how there is a component to this model that supports the wellbeing of practitioners, which is so important in our field of work.”

FAN Summary

View a brief summary of the FAN from The Erikson Institute

FAN Training

View an infographic outlining how FAN Training works.

Research

View research carried out on ‘Enhancing the Capacity of Home Visitors with a Reflective Practice Approach’

Article

View ZERO TO THREE 2016 article on ‘Strengthening Reflective Capacity in Skilled Home Visitors’

Article

View a ZERO TO THREE 2016 article on ‘Using the FAN Approach to Deepen Trauma-Informed Care for Infants, Toddlers, and Families’

Webinar

View IMHAANZ FAN Training Team’s 2020 webinar on MSR for COVID-19.

If you would like to find out more about FAN Training for your team or organisation, please email us at [email protected] – or fill in the contact form below.

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