Using PICCOLO™ to Observe Developmental Parenting

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Speakers: Lori A. Roggman, Ph.D.; Mark S. Innocenti, Ph.D.; Gina A. Cook, Ph.D.; Vonda Jump Norman, Ph.D.; Katie Christiansen, Ph.D.; & Sheila Anderson, Ph.D.

Required materials: One PICCOLO™ Provider Starter Kit (includes the PICCOLO™ User’s Guide and one package of the PICCOLO™ Tool) per participant

Recommended materials: The PICCOLO™ Training DVD; and Developmental Parenting: A Guide for Early Childhood Practitioners

Seminar length: 1-day Introduction and Overview Seminar; 2-day Overview and Practice Seminar

Number of participants: maximum of 40

Who will benefit from this seminar: Practitioners who work with parents of infants and young children, and the supervisors of those practitioners

Seminar fee:
1 day: $3000 for training by two speakers
2 day: $5800 for training by two speakers

Speaker travel: Speakers’ travel expenses are in addition to seminar fees*

(Please add an additional fee of $750.00 if BOL is required to review or complete documentation (e.g., terms and conditions, agreements, contracts, purchase order, vendor registration form, addendum, etc.) in addition to or in lieu of BOL’s standard training agreement.)

Prices may vary by location.

PICCOLO logoLearn how to use the Parenting Interactions with Children: Checklist of Observations Linked to Outcomes™ (PICCOLO™), a checklist of 29 observable developmentally supportive parenting behaviors, to work more effectively with parents of young children.

Get tips for

  • increasing the success of the PICCOLO observations
  • helping families be comfortable
  • effectively video-taping observations
  • scoring PICCOLO
  • using observation results to build parents’ strengths and bolster positive parenting

Discover also how to use PICCOLO to improve services to families and to improve programs—and to document those results!

Seminar descriptions

1-day Introduction and Overview Seminar:

The 1-day PICCOLO seminar will describe the basic ideas of developmental parenting behaviors and a developmental parenting approach to working with parents, introduce the PICCOLO tool, and offer beginning practice observing and scoring with the tool with short (1-min and 5-min) video-recorded observations.

Participants are encouraged to ask questions throughout the day and also engage in a large-group discussion of questions about the tool and its use. The 1-day training prepares practitioners to use PICCOLO parenting observations in their work.

2-day Overview and Practice Seminar:

The 2-day PICCOLO seminar includes the Introduction and Overview of the 1-day workshop and continues into a second day with more practice and reliability checking, using full-length (10-minute) observations, more extensive information about interpreting PICCOLO scores, and guided discussion about how to use the information from the tool to provide feedback to parents and plan home visiting activities.

Participants will role-play a home visit in which they explain PICCOLO, observe interaction, and provide feedback to a parent. A session is included for planning how to incorporate PICCOLO into current program activities.

The 2-day training typically results in most participants scoring PICCOLO reliably, but additional practice with the DVD is recommended after training to establish and maintain reliability with the developers.

*Speakers’ travel expenses are reimbursable to the speaker unless your organization and BOL have negotiated a flat travel fee for the speaker. Travel expenses will include transportation (including, but not limited to, airfare/car rental/cab fare/gas and mileage), lodging, meals, and related incidental expenses.