Touchpoints

Young girl with baby dollCompleted in 2003, this project was an extension of the ongoing efforts of the Vermont Department of Health to provide an opportunity for Touchpoints to become a statewide model of care. The goal of the project was to train Vermont physicians, nurse practitioners, community service practitioners, and policymakers on the Touchpoints model. “Touchpoints” are predictable periods in a child’s development that can disrupt family relations, but can also provide an opportunity for practitioners to connect with parents.

Objective

Utilizing The Touchpoint Model, this project aims to build alliances between parents and practitioners around key points in the development of young children.

Accomplishments

Drs. Duncan, Davis, Brakeley and Mitchell trained clinicians in the Touchpoints model through 2-day mini-courses held in various locations throughout Vermont. Over 700 health, childcare and social service professionals were trained in the Touchpoints approach by the end of 2002.

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