Building relationships with families can be challenging. However, challenges and disorganization can sometimes be expected when we are trying to find common ground with families. While these conversations and interactions can be uncomfortable, they also offer an opportunity for self-reflection and growth. We will explore how to navigate challenging home visitor interactions with families and how our perspectives and biases may affect when and how we experience these conversations as challenging. We will focus on not just what to do to build strengths-based relationships, but how to apply a strengths-based approach to effectively engage families in challenging conversations.
This project is generously supported by the Heising-Simons Foundation, the Pritzker Foundation, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and by the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP) as a part of a CARES Act award from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), grant number H7DMC37565. The contents are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the funding organizations.