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Support for Group Leaders pursuing Certification/Accreditation while delivering remotely

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We are so pleased with how group leaders have been implementing groups online during COVID! Group leaders have been writing to ask if they can begin the certification process now, during online group delivery, and if their remote IY parent video tele-sessions (individual or group) can count towards accreditation/certification in the IY programs that they are delivering.

We want to encourage group leaders to pursue certification, even during this unprecedented time! The certification/accreditation process is considered to be of value for many reasons, especially in that it maximizes the quality of group leader delivery and program fidelity. It is believed that certified leaders implementing the IY programs will achieve results similar to those in the published literature. While we do not have any research into delivery in the online format, we want to be flexible, to meet the needs of families for parenting support at this challenging time, and also to support group leaders to continue to deliver high-quality intervention with high fidelity.

If you are interested in beginning the certification process, we encourage you to submit your first video for review from an on-line group. Our IY trainers will review the video and give the same extensive feedback as reviews provided with in-person delivery.  This allows group leaders to get valuable feedback and supervision during this period of remote delivery. However, we are not accepting online group videos as the final video prior to passing for accreditation.  The reason for this is that we do want to make sure that leaders can demonstrate all the skills in an in person group.  So, for leaders who are submitting a 2nd video, we can’t count an online recording, although we are happy to review and give continued feedback to these group leaders during remote delivery due to COVID. On-going professional training and supervision is important to assure quality delivery using the online tele-session format.

When group leaders are ready to submit their application paperwork (after passing the video review of their in-person group), we are currently accepting paperwork with one complete group/cohort delivered in the online format, and one complete group/cohort delivered in an in-person format. Again, we want to make sure that leaders have sufficient experience with in-person groups prior to becoming accredited.  View our Remote Session Accreditation Information handout for additional info.

Ready to get started with certification? Please visit the Certification section of our website for application forms and additional information.

We have developed a webinar/in-service to help support group leaders and agencies who are providing IY in an online tele-session format (either individually or in groups). This webinar, Implementing Online the Incredible Years Way, is delivered by IY Program Developer Dr. Carolyn Webster-Stratton. Group leaders will learn the format for delivering the programs online, including how to use IY methods in an online tele-session, IY principles of video-based discussions, role-play practices, number and length of sessions, and experiential learning. Pertinent topics are discussed related to coping with social distancing for the parents themselves as well as their children. This webinar also allows time for questions, discussion, and practice of these skills with the webinar participants. Feedback on this webinar has been overwhelmingly positive! Our next webinar is coming up Wednesday, April 14th. Download the brochure/registration form for this upcoming webinar.

Hot Tips For IY Group Leaders Delivering Parent Programs Online

Hot Tips For IY Group Leaders Delivering Child Programs Online

Receive Consultation/Supervision with our IY Trainers live over Zoom. On-going professional training and supervision is important to assure quality delivery using the online tele-session format.  Online consultations offer opportunities for more consultation and in small groups, even with dyads. Consultation calls can include a discussion of video segments (a 10-20 minute clip) shared with the IY Trainer for review. Or, consultations may be a discussion of questions and issues related to program delivery. Online consultation calls are typically 1 hour in length and can include multiple group leaders and agency managers.

Online Consultation Tips for Group Leaders

Online Consultation Call Prep Form

Video Review for Group Leaders Live over Zoom. Our trainers are now scheduling to deliver video reviews toward certification/accreditation live over Zoom!  We hope that group leaders will find this collaborative approach to the video review process beneficial.  Learn more about the process for receiving video review feedback live over Zoom: Tips For Video Review Live Over Zoom

Join us for Incredible Years Program training – online! Incredible Years is currently offering our trainings in an online format. Just like the in-person trainings, our online trainings are intended to be highly interactive and collaborative. Attendees should plan for active participation in discussions and practices.

View our workshop schedule page on our website.

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