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Promoting First Relationships® in Pediatrics

What is Promoting First Relationships in Pediatrics?

An interactive program to learn how to nurture and support the parent-child relationship during everyday clinic interactions with families and children.


How Can Promoting First Relationships help health care professionals in pediatric settings?  PFR-PEDS will help you:
  • Observe and support responsive caregiving during clinic visits by understanding the foundations of early childhood social-emotional development and elements of safe, stable and nurturing child-caregiver relationships.
  • Approach well child-care through a relationship focused lens including feeding and sleeping by learning developmental timing of key changes and their impact on the parent-child relationship.
  • Reframe challenging behaviors for families by helping caregivers recognize the unmet social and emotional needs that underlie their child’s behavior.
  • Apply specific skills that translate principles of trauma-informed care, cultural humility and strengths-based approaches into everyday clinic interactions ensuring that families feel safe, valued and effective in raising young children.
  • Experience a renewed sense of meaning and joy during your interactions and visits using the relationship-based framework and skills.


Who Uses PFR in Pediatrics?  Members of the multidisciplinary primary care team – front desk staff, care coordinators, medical assistants, pediatricians, family medicine providers, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers, therapists, allied health professionals, and navigators.


Three Ways to Learn

Take the E-Learning Course!  More information HERE.

Attend a Virtual Workshop! The next Promoting First Relationships in Pediatrics workshop will be held on FEBRUARY 6 & 7, 2024.  Go HERE for more information.

Host a Workshop!  Bring a workshop to your practice, agency or training program.  Email: PCRP@UW.EDU to get started.


“I was able to use the information learned in the PFR course on multiple occasions and wanted you to know how much it has changed the focus of my conversations with families suffering from trauma or SUD.  Actually, it has altered the focus of my entire practice from problem-driven to strengths-driven, which is a welcome change.”

– Pediatrician