The NCAST Parent-Child Interaction (PCI) scales are designed for parents/caregivers and children age birth-3 years (36 months). The PCI scales consist of two measures – a Feeding Scale and a Teaching Scale. Both scales are assessment tools which provide valid and reliable measurements of parent-child interactions. When used in child-welfare, either assessment can provide recommendations for services to strengthen parent-child interactions, both scales can also serve as reliable pre-/post- measures of progress made through service engagement.
In this training, you will learn how to use NCAST PCI scales as a tool to gather pertinent information about the parent-child dyad, assessment of parent-child interactions, and intervening with parents and young children. You will also gain a host of skills and knowledge to apply to your everyday interactions with children and families both inside, and outside the scope of these assessment scales.
As a result of the successful completion of this training, you can become certified assessors in one or both the Feeding Scales or the Teaching Scales. The Feeding Scales can be used with parents/caregivers and infants age 0-12 months (1 year old), the Teaching Scales can be used with parents/caregivers and infants age 0-36 months (3 years old). The scales can be used with all parenting and family scenarios (biological, adopted, blended, foster care, relative care, fictive kin, etc.) Certification, or reliability, is obtained through first practicing, and then scoring videos developed by the Parent-Child Relationship Program at the University of Washington. The videos depict parent-child interactions in both feeding and teaching scenarios.
DCYF staff can register for NCAST/Parent-Child Interaction Feeding Scales Certification (webinar) through the Washington State Learning Center (WSLC). For help with WSLC, please contact DCYF.LearningCenter@dcyf.wa.gov.
Other workforce members can request registration for this course using the Alliance External Registration form. Use this if you are CWTAP, Tribal Workers, Private Agency, and Judicial Personnel (incl. CASA/GAL). For help with this webform, please contact Alliance Support via firstname.lastname@example.org.