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Professional Consultation, Training, and Supervision

The Center for Early Relationship Support provides professional trainings, consultation, and supervision and program development consultation.

Professional Consultation, Training, and SupervisionWe bring our 20 years of experience and expertise in the field of infant mental health and award winning parent support programs to our work.


Trainings are offered on a variety of topics and will be adapted to meet the specific needs of your staff and program. Trainings can be single or multi sessions.

Topics include:

  • Postpartum Depression
  • Maternal Mental Health
  • Infant-Parent Attachment
  • Infant-Parent Mental Health
  • Post-Adoption Depression
  • Infant and Toddler Sleep
  • Feeding Issues
  • Consultation in Early Childhood and Care Settings
  • Other topics tailored to the need of your organization

Reflective Supervision Group

Reflective Supervision Groups can be 8-weeks, 12-weeks, or arranged to suit your staff meeting schedule. The reflective supervision we provide gives staff the opportunity to build self-awareness, appreciate their own and other learning styles, and develop a curiosity and respect for differences. We strive to bring new insight, knowledge, and understanding to all interactions. We encourage staff to become curious and examine individual strengths, needs, and the experiences that affect relationships. This allows them to assess, for example, the history and capacity of both children and adults for relationships. Such additional knowledge improves the quality of caregiver-child relationships. Building an enhanced understanding of the relationships engendered by all the people in the child-care setting is central to understanding the experiences of the children, parents, and caregivers.

Consultation and Supervision

If your agency employs LCSWs who need clinical supervision for their licensure and you do not have the licensed clinical social workers (LICSW) in house to provide this, the Center for Early Relationship Support can meet this need for you. Child care/education practice improves when providers are engaged in understanding their own and their children’s learning, and when they have a better grasp of the best knowledge in child development and how to translate that knowledge into their practice of care. CERS staff help caregivers support healthy social emotional development of the children they serve and to foster healthy attachment.

Program Development Consultation for Volunteer Based Service Delivery Programs

The award-winning Lauren and Mark Rubin Visiting Moms® program is an outstanding model for an effective volunteer based service delivery program. Visiting Moms has been replicated nationally and internationally as a home visiting support program for new mothers. It has also been adapted for programs using volunteers to mentor formerly homeless women, phone-based parent support, and hospital-based support for parents of premature infants. The Center for Early Relationship Support can provide in-person and phone consultation on tailoring the successful components of the Visiting Moms model for your volunteer based service delivery program.

Organizations We Work With

  • Beth Israel Deaconnes Parent Connection
  • Boston University School of Social Work
  • Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Dimock Health Collaborative of Dimock Health Center
  • Harvard University Counseling Services
  • Horizons for Homeless Children
  • Joseph Smith Community Health Center
  • Mass General Hospital Chelsea Health Center
  • Room to Grow
  • Second Step Shelters
  • Thom Child & Family Services
  • Partner’s Maternal & Child Health Nurses: MGH and Newton-Wellesley Hospital
  • Waltham Family Shelters
  • Women, Infants & Children’s Nutrition Program

For more information, call 781-647-JFCS (5327) or email your questions via our contact us page.

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781-647-JFCS (5327)
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Waltham, MA 02451

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