This Second Edition is a good source for those training to be home visitors, in-service home visitors, supervisors and directors of home visiting programs serving a wide range of families. Recent evaluations of home visiting are summarized and practical suggestions for evaluating local programs are also included. This is an easy to read and essential resource for both beginning and experienced home visitors, trainers, supervisors of home visitors, and directors of home visiting programs.

Helping Skills and Techniques
Helping skills and techniques

At the heart of home visiting is the relationship between the home visitor and his or her client. This relationship, established to provide help over a period of time, serves as the foundation for the help that is offered. It is through a trusting, respectful relationship that the visitor is able to engage the family in a working alliance. Through this process, the visitor can provide support and encouragement, convey information, help families identify priorities, resolve difficulties, reach goals, promote self-reliance and effective coping, and be an advocate. The importance of the helping relationship has been supported in research, showing a strong, highly significant correlation between the outcome of treatment and the quality of the helper-client relationship (Beck ...

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