Strategy Four: Supporting Reflective Capacity

Reflective capacity is the ability to understand our own feelings and needs and also the feelings and needs of others. It is also the understanding that these underlying feelings and needs drive behavior. A parent’s capacity to make sense of their own and their...

Strategy Three: Positive and Positive Instructive Feedback

Positive feedback and positive instructive feedback are strengths-based comments about what is occurring between the parent and child in the moment. The aim is to enhance the parent’s feelings of confidence and competence. It is also an opportunity for parents to...

Strategy Two: Reflective Observation

Reflective observation is a skill where the provider pays careful attention to the parent and child and their relationship. These observations guide the use of the other PFR Connecting Strategies including formulating joining questions, strengths-based feedback and...

Strategy One: Joining

Joining is a process of establishing an emotional connection with a parent that allows the provider to become a safe haven for the parent. Parents can share the frustrations, joys, fears, doubts, and successes of caring for their children. Entering the world of the...