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NEW Parent-Child Interaction Assessment Training Videos!


SPOTLIGHT - New PCI Feeding and Teaching Scale Training Videos!


Parent-Child Relationship Programs is pleased to announce the release of ALL NEW training videos for the NCAST Parent-Child Interaction Feeding & Teaching Scales.

What makes us unique besides over 30 years of published, peer-reviewed research? 

  •  The scale measures both parenting behavior and child behavior, or serve-and-return interactions
  •  Subscales that measure sensitivity, caregiver response to distress, and caregiver’s social emotional and cognitive growth fostering as well as how responsive the child is to the caregivers behaviors. 

The real draw, however, for using Parent-Child Interaction (PCI) scales, is that the training helps providers become better observers of the parent-child relationship; with increased observation skills providers can fine tune their intervention to match the needs of the dyad. 


New to PCI? Join us for a deep dive into the world of parent-child interaction, PCI is so much more than a measurement, it’s a deep dive into the world of parents and their children, how they navigate stress, and how they repair ruptures. For training look at the schedule on our training page or contact our office for a trainer in your area. 



We've changed our name! 

NCAST Programs is now Parent-Child Relationship Programs at the Barnard Center. 

WHY? NCAST stands for Nursing Child Assessment Satellite Training and was coined in the 1970's when our founder, Dr. Kathryn Barnard, began training nurses to use the the Parent-Child Interaction (PCI) Feeding and Teaching Scales. Dr. Barnard was a pioneer in distance learning way back in the 1970's. Dr. Barnard founded both NCAST Programs and the Barnard Center for Infant Mental Health and Development.

In 2018 the Barnard Center and NCAST programs joined forces and are now one entity. The Barnard Center is the umbrella entity, and all of our trainings and products that are distributed by NCAST Programs will still be available but under our new name Parent-Child Relationship Programs at the Barnard Center. We will continue to offer the same great programs as before, but we will also be expanding our training offerings to include advanced infant mental health training for clinical providers and we will be making some of our trainings available online.

WHEN? This transition to our new name occured in early 2018. We began by changing the name on our products and website over spring 2018.  Our new website is www.pcrprograms.org and our new email is pcrp@uw.edu  However, you will still be able to use www.ncast.org and ncast@uw.edu, these will forward seamlessly. 

Though we've changed our name, you can still rely on us for developing and disseminating innovative research based and evidence based products and training programs for those working with young children and their families!


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