Online Education for Marte Meo Practitioner Certificate

Length of each session is two hours via the Zoom platform.

Training consists of 8 hours of Foundational learning and 14 hours of Experiential learning.

For the experiential learning you will be asked to bring video clips from your own setting to learn from. This will include filming yourself for the purpose of identifying and practising the elements of supportive communication. The clips required are short (one to 2 minutes and no more than three minutes). You bring the video footage back to the group for video review. Understandably, the thought of video review can be daunting but it is a very quick and practical way to learn. Participants say they see a lot more, particularly the positive effects of their communications with parents, infants and children. They also learn from others’ video material as well as their own.

Training can take place in either:

A small group (1-6 participants)

Cost: $1000 per person

A large group (8-12 participants)

Cost: $850 per person.

SessionWhat is learnt
1Introduction to Group
Introduction to Marte Meo and application to clinician’s context
Introduction to course format and video review
Infants and Children’s Playskills
Preparation for first filming task: Film two infants/children in free play. Bring this footage to week 2). Footage length: 2-3 mins
2Video review of children’s Playskills. Each participant presents video for review
3Introduction to supportive communication of Following
Following helps the adult to play and interact at the baby’s/ child’s pace and rhythm. You are able to support parents and children get into a mutually supportive interactive dialogue. This dialogue builds connection; and restores emotional connection when families and children are finding it difficult to connect.

Preparation for second filming task: free play interaction where each participant films themselves with one child practising following. The idea is for each participant to practice what they will later support families to learn.
4Video Review Following. Each participant presents video for review
5Video of Following. Each participant presents video for review
6Introduction to the supportive communication of Linking
Linking assists the adult to help children become more socially attentive and play collaboratively, thus building a sense of togetherness.
Preparation for third filming task: free play interaction where each participant films themselves with two children practising linking.
7Video Review of Linking. Each participant presents video for review
8Video Review of Linking. Each participant presents video for review
9Introduction to the supportive communication of Leading
Leading assists the adult to lead without losing connection. Positive leading offers a secure model for taking charge in a firm and kind way.

Preparation for fourth filming task: free play interaction where each participant films themselves with one child/children practising Leading.
Preparation for Presentation/Accreditation for Practitioner certificate
10Video Review of Leading. Each participant presents video for review
Presentation/accreditation Practitioner certificate
11Video Review of Leading. Each participant presents video for review
Presentation/accreditation Practitioner certificate

 

Face-to-face Education for Marte Meo Practitioner Certificate

Training consists of 12 hours of foundational learning and 18 hours of experiential learning.

For the experiential learning you will be asked to bring video clips from your own setting to learn from. This will include filming yourself for the purpose of identifying and practising the elements of supportive communication. The clips required are short (one to 2 minutes and no more than three minutes). You bring the video footage back to the group for video review. Understandably, the thought of video review can be daunting but it is a very quick and practical way to learn. Participants say they see a lot more, particularly the positive effects of their communications with parents, infants and children. They also learn from others’ video material as well as their own.

Here is an outline of the training program which usually takes place over six months in 3 lots of two days.

Training can take place in either:

A small group (1-6 participants)

Cost: $1000 per person

A large group (8-12 participants)

Cost: $850 per person.

DayWhat is learnt
1Introduction to Marte Meo and its application to participant’s context
Introduction to course format and video review
Infants and Children’s Playskills
(prior to Day 1 participants are informed about first filming task: Film two infants/children in free play. Bring this footage to Day 2). Footage length: 2-3 mins
2Video review of children’s Playskills. Each participant presents video clip for review.
Introduction to supportive communication of Following
Following helps the adult to play and interact at the baby’s/ child’s pace and rhythm. You are able to support parents and children get into a mutually supportive interactive dialogue. This dialogue builds connection; and restores emotional connection when families and children are finding it difficult to connect.
Preparation for second filming task: free play interaction where each participant films themselves with one child practising following. The idea is for each participant to practice what they will later support families to learn.
One-month break to practice Following
3Video review of Following. Each participant presents video clip of themselves practising Following for review
4Introduction to the supportive communication of Linking

Linking assists the adult to help children become more socially attentive and play collaboratively, thus building a sense of togetherness.

Preparation for third filming task: free play interaction where each participant films themselves with two children practising linking.

Introduction to the supportive communication of Leading
Leading assists the adult to lead without losing connection. Positive leading offers a secure model for taking charge in a firm and kind way.

Preparation for fourth filming task: free play interaction where each participant films themselves with one child/children practising Leading.
Preparation for Presentation/Accreditation for Practitioner certificate
One-month break to practice Linking and Leading
5Video Review: Each participant presents video for review. This is EITHER Linking or Leading
6Presentation/accreditation Practitioner certificate
Each person presents video for review. If they presented Linking clip on day 5, on Day 6 they present footage of themselves practising Leading as their accreditation clip for review: or vice versa (ie Leading clip presented for video review on Day 5, Linking clip presented as their accreditation clip for review on Day 6).

 

The Practitioner Certificate in Marte Meo

By Robyn Dolby, PhD

The Marte Meo Supportive Communication Program was developed by Maria Aarts in the Netherlands to support emotional and social development in everyday interaction moments. It has application to the whole life spectrum and is used in parent-infant work, early childhood services, schools, aged care facilities, neo-natal units, foster care programs and in disability services.

Security is associated with open communication. In Marte Meo you learn how to improve the quality of a relationship by improving the daily interaction moments; you learn how to build connection instead of disconnection moments and how to lead or take charge without losing connection.

When training in Marte Meo you learn to look for what children or the client can do, as the natural starting point for supporting their development. Marte Meo builds out from the child or client’s skills; it does not impose a program onto them. In a similar way Marte Meo does not train or coach adults in parenting or caregiving skills. Instead it builds out from parents’ own strengths and allows them to become more fine-tuned observers of their communications within interactions.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

In education in Marte Meo to Practitioner level you will learn to observe for children’s Play and Co-operation skills (which are foundational for school readiness) and you’ll learn the Marte Meo adult supportive communication elements of: Following or making a connection, Linking or building togetherness among children, and Positive Leading.

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING.

Learning in Marte Meo is video based. Throughout the course you will be able to view video clips that highlight supportive communication. From session 2 be asked to present video clips of your own to learn from. This will include filming yourselves for the purpose of identifying and practicing the elements of different elements of Marte Meo supportive communication.

Learning will be step by step so that you will be guided step-by-step in what to film. The clips required are short -1-2 minutes and no more 3 minutes to be sufficient and easy to learn from.

Bio: I am a psychologist and work in the practice called Secure Beginnings based in Sydney.  I’m interested in children’s emotional communications and in how we can respond, so children feel safe and sure of us. In our practice, we introduce educators in early childhood settings to the way being still gives them room to see themselves and the children and to be curious about what is happening in the moment.

I am a Marte Meo Licensed Supervisor.  I use the Marte Meo method particularly in the field of early education and care (child care and preschools).
I have written the booklet, “Promoting Positive Behaviour” (Published by Early Childhood Australia) to introduce the Marte Meo philosophy to parents and educators.

Contact: robyndolby@gmail.com