Alberta Home Visitation
Network Association

UpcomingPICCOLO for Practitioners Training and Developmental Parenting #1 (Virtual)

  • Day 1
    October 31, 2023
    1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
  • Day 2
    November 7, 2023
    1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
  • Day 3
    November 14, 2023
    1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
  • Day 4
    November 21, 2023
    1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
  • Day 5
    November 28, 2023
    1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Details Price Qty
AHVNA Membershow details + $150.00 (CAD)  
Non-Membershow details + $250.00 (CAD)  
Home Visitation Spokeshow details + $0.00 (CAD)  
Family Resource Networks (FRN) - Early Childhood Spokesshow details + $0.00 (CAD)  

Alberta Home Visitation Network Association

is offering

PICCOLO training virtual webinar series

This five-session series focus on the use of the PICCOLO assessment tool.  Shannon Mitchell and Celeste Ferguson will be facilitating the workshop under the supervision of PICCOLO trainers Lori Roggman and Mark Innocenti. This workshop will be valuable for home visitors, family support workers and early childhood professionals and their supervisors. The focus of the developmental parenting program is on showing professionals how to put parents in charge of supporting their children’s development- resulting in strong parent-child relationships, healthy families and improved school readiness.

Mandatory self-directed learning assignments will be provided before each session, all five to be completed and turned into the facilitators. Attendance at all five sessions and completion of homework is required for the certificate.

What’s PICCOLO?- An Assessment Tool for Developmental Parenting

PICCOLO (Parenting Interactions with Children: Checklist of Observations Linked to Outcomes) is an observational measure of the developmental parenting. Accurate observation of positive parenting behaviours can help practitioners identify Developmental Parenting behaviors to encourage and expand on. PICCOLO is  a valid, reliable, user-friendly assessment tool that guides observations of parenting behaviours in 4-domains: Affection, Responsiveness, Encouragement, and Teaching. Several video observations of parent-child interactions will be part of the training and discussion.

Week One topic: Developmental Parenting #1: Parenting that supports child development and a strengths-based home visiting approach to support it.

Week Two topic: Basics of PICCOLO: How PICCOLO was developed, how it is set up, how to observe video and score it (using short example clips), and how to interpret it.

Week Three topic: Preparing to Use PICCOLOPracticing to get reliable, planning to use the measure, and practicing observational feedback to caregivers.

Week Four topicImplementing PICCOLO EffectivelyHow to use PICCOLO to respond to caregiver strengths, plan home visit activities to build on those strengths, and improve program impact and quality.

Week Five topic: Implementing PICCOLO practice, reliability and validity

The webinars are 2 hours long, interactive, adapted to the group, and require participation from each attendee. This is a series of webinars with before-webinar homework assignments, which can get you started on improving home visits or introducing PICCOLO.

Webinar homework may involve readings and discussions, practicing with a measure, writing positive feedback statements, having an online discussion about how the measure fits with current program practices, or other activities.

*A 2-day workshop is needed to implement PICCOLO. Your site will need to work on scoring reliability by having 2 or more people work together to meet the agreement criteria for the measure across at least 4 observations after the webinar. The facilitators will share guidelines for this process in the webinar series.

Attendance at all five sessions and completion of homework is required for the certificate.

Date: Tuesdays, October 31, & November 7, 14, 21, & 28 from 1:30-3:30 p.m.(register by October 17, 2023 to receive your materials prior to the course)

Location:  Virtual webinar series- ZOOM link will be sent to registrants a few days prior to commencement


AHVNA Member: $150.00 (Book Included)

Non-Member: $250.00 (Book Included)

Home Visitation Spokes: $0

Family Resource Network Early Childhood Spokes: $0

Note: Staff in provincially funded FRN Home Visitation and Early Childhood program spokes can attend at no charge as they are covered under a grant.  

Provincially funded Home Visitation and FRN programs will be given priority.


Cancellation Policy:

Registration fees are non-refundable.

We encourage you to send a substitute if you are unable to attend the workshop, as there is a NO SHOW charge for all absent registrants. Cancellations need to be made ONE WEEK prior to the workshop date.

Should a workshop not reach its minimum registration requirement, it will be cancelled ONE WEEK prior to the workshop commencement date. Registrants will be informed by email or telephone, and registration fees will be refunded.