How to Implement SafeCare

National SafeCare Training and Research Center (NSTRC) offers three levels of training (Home Visitor, Coach, and Trainer) that build on one another.  Home Visitor training is the core training on how to implement SafeCare.  Coach training includes all of Home Visitor training plus additional training for onsite coaching of SafeCare home visitors.  Onsite coaching is required by NSTRC to implement SafeCare.  Trainer training may be offered to individuals who have completed Home Visitor and Coach Training and have experience working in both areas.  Individuals who complete SafeCare Trainer training and are certified can train individuals (at their site) to become SafeCare Home Visitors and Coaches.

Home Visitor Training

Home Visitor Training begins with a five day workshop in which trainees learn to implement the three SafeCare modules (Health, Safety, and Parent-child interaction training), and also receive training on communication and structured problem solving. Approximately one day is spent on each model. The training workshop consists of:

  •     Didactic presentations by the trainer
  •     Use of videos of sample sessions
  •     Modeling of skills by the trainer
  •     Role-play exercises for trainees
  •     Feedback by trainer

Training includes many opportunities for practice until mastery is achieved. Home visitors are provisionally certified after the workshop training.  Following the training workshop, trainees receive feedback on their implementation of SafeCare in the field with families from a SafeCare coach. Once trainees demonstrate mastery of SafeCare skills in the field, they are granted certification as SafeCare providers.

Coach Training

Includes a one to two-day workshop in which trainees learn about the role of a SafeCare Coach, how to conduct coaching, and how to provide feedback to Home Visitors. The coach training workshop consists of:

  •     Didactic presentations
  •     Modeling of coaching skills by the trainer
  •     Practice role plays of mock coaching sessions
  •     Feedback by the trainer

Coach training includes many opportunities for practice until mastery is achieved. Coaches are provisionally certified after the workshop training.  Following the workshop training, Coach trainees must demonstrate coaching skills in live sessions with their home visitors and demonstrate mastery in fidelity monitoring to become certified.

Trainer Training

After completing home visitor training and coach training and gaining experience delivering SafeCare and coaching SafeCare home visitors, individuals may complete SafeCare Trainer training.

Trainer training requires a commitment to NSTRC to adhere to the requirements regarding distribution of materials, support of SafeCare coaches and home visitors, and reporting of data to NSTRC.

Trainer training includes a two-day workshop that teaches trainees about: SafeCare training methods, teaching adult learners, setting up role-plays, and providing feedback to trainees, and supporting SafeCare coaches. Trainees are provisionally certified as a trainer upon completion of the workshop.

Following the workshop, trainer trainees are observed by NSTRC during their first training to ensure fidelity to the training model.

Provisionally certified trainers will become fully certified once they achieve 85% or greater mastery in the delivery of a home visitor training, as rated by a NSTRC trainer observer.

After certification, SafeCare Trainers are observed at one year following training and must complete recertification every two years to maintain certification.