Reflecting on Home Visiting: Using Video Observations to Inform Practice
Laura Nathans, Bridget Walsh, and Kere Hughes-Belding
- Early Head Start Home-Based Option
- Healthy Families America (HFA)
- Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP)
Home visiting is often an isolated event. Providing direct supervision to home visitors in the field is logistically challenging but essential for high-quality services. An increased focus on providing reflective consultation/coaching to improve home visit quality has prompted the development of a variety of strategies for implementing this intensive support. This workshop presents findings from three independent projects. Workshop attendees will learn innovative strategies for reflective supervision with an emphasis on observation and data-driven decision making. Results from quantitative and qualitative methods indicate a variety of experiences across the three home visiting models with implications about the importance of consistent supervision.
First, Laura Nathans will examine the home visiting workforce and home visitor perceptions of their professional supervision and support. Results from quantitative and qualitative methods indicate a variety of experiences across three home visiting models with implications about the importance of consistent supervision that addresses topics relevant to home visitors. Second, a descriptive case study by Bridget Walsh details the impacts of a researcher-implemented professional development experience using video observations to reflect with home visitors on their practices and parent-child interactions. Scores from two home visit measures and one parent-child measure yielded insights into home visitor practices that support developmental parenting. Third, Dr. Kere Hughes-Belding describes a community of practice framework, Partnering to Enhance Effective Reflection, that also uses videos to reflect on establishing expectations with families, promoting developmental parenting, and engaging in triadic interactions during daily routines. Participants will engage in conversations about the relevance of direct supervision and reflective consultation/coaching of their home visitors, as well as in active planning for improving reflective supervision in their programs. (author abstract)
Data Collection Methods
- Home Visit Observations
- Surveys or questionnaires
For More Information
Nathans, L., Walsh, B., & Hughes-Belding, K. (2020, January 31). Reflecting on home visiting: Using video observations to inform practice. National Home Visiting Summit. Presentation conducted at the conference of The Ounce, Washington, DC.
Link to Presentation
- Home Visiting Workforce Characteristics and Workforce Development