Foundations for Family Support (FFS) Level 1 & 2 Field Integration Certifications
FFS Level 1 & 2 Field Integration Activities are the tools that will assist new staff who attend the Foundations for Family Support (FFS) Core training to implement what they have learned during that week into practice. Staff will be able to earn additional certification for the completion of these activities. Please note that these are designed to be a service to you and your staff and are not required. At this time, accreditation has included these as a tip in the Best Practice Standards, as we do want to recognize the additional professional development accomplishments for staff who take the time and effort to complete these.
Level 1 FFS Field Integration: Content Training Review—a series of review questions and activities that reinforce the concepts introduced in FFS training for which home visitors may receive an additional certificate
Level 2 FFS Field Integration: Reflective Strategies Review—opportunities to practice using the reflective strategies
Note: It is anticipated that completion of both of these tools will take approximately 2-3 months.
Here are the instructions for the materials. Again, FFS level 1 & 2 Field Integration Activities are not required, so for those of you in state systems, you can determine whether these would be helpful for your state. It is important for us at the National Office to reinforce the parallel process. Therefore, you are a major component of the success of this professional development tool.
Once staff has completed Level 1, supervisors should review the answers using their answer sheet (please contact Maritza Noriega for the answer sheet) so that the specifics of the answers are reinforced. It is estimated that staff can complete this section in an hour or two - it is OK to use their manuals along with their notes.
Supervisors: Staff should then set up opportunities to practice the Reflective Strategies (Level 2) with you and complete this section. It is estimated that this will take approximately 3 months or more depending on how these are structured for conversations in your program. There is no due date on our part.
Supervisors will complete the Level 1 & 2 Field Integration Certificate Review Forms (which may be found within the above links to Levels 1 & 2, the supervisor forms are the last page of each level) and submit to Maritza Noriega via e-mail (scanned). Maritza will then issue your staff a certificate for the completion of the level(s).
We also hope the completion of this additional certification process will strengthen your knowledge of the use of the Reflective Strategies, Trauma Informed Practice, Brain Development, etc.