Steps Towards Effective Enjoyable Parenting™ (STEEP™)

Seeing Is Believing® training is automatically included as a component of STEEP™ training. Seeing Is Believing is also available as a free-standing training for individuals or organizations interested in integrating the video strategy into home visiting models other than STEEP.

STEEP is a preventive intervention program developed in 1986 by Drs. Martha Farrell Erickson and Byron Egeland. It has been implemented with many different populations in the U.S. and abroad in the years since. The program includes biweekly home visits, ideally beginning during pregnancy and continuing until the child is 2 years old, plus biweekly mother-infant groups beginning soon after the baby is born.

STEEP facilitators work with parents to:

  • help them understand their child’s development;
  • respond sensitively to their baby’s cues and signals;
  • reflect on factors that help or hinder them from caring for their child;
  • build strong support networks; and
  • make decisions that are in the best interest of their child and themselves.

What to expect

STEEP training typically consists of an initial two-day session, plus a one-day follow-up consultation several months later, built around case material of the participants.

The curriculum includes:

  • Making relationship-based practice real, from participant recruitment to program termination.
  • Using video-recording and guided viewing (Seeing Is Believing®) to promote parental understanding, sensitivity, and responsiveness.
  • Planning and leading parent-infant groups.
  • Challenging and supporting parents to reflect on their own relationship history and how it influences their attitudes, feelings, and parenting behavior.
  • Using an ecological approach to help parents reduce risk and maximize support for themselves and their children.
  • Using reflective supervision (or consultation) to sustain the hope and energy of service providers and ensure effective service for families.

If an agency wishes to implement the full STEEP program and use the STEEP name, the STEEP developers require ongoing consultation. Ongoing consultation will be tailored to the strengths and needs of agency staff and specified in a two-year renewable contract with the agency.

Who should attend

  • Social workers
  • Health care professionals
  • Mental health professionals
  • Other frontline professionals who would like to learn best practices for working with parents and very young children

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