An ongoing training programme

In Denmark, the Institute of Relational Psychology has been using the ICDP programme for many years, organizing training for institutions, schools, municipalities‚Ķ


Presentation of the ICDP training by the Institute of Relational Psychology, http://relationspsykologi.dk/icdp (a summary): 

Through interesting educational themes and specific, practical exercises, participants of the ICDP training can gain knowledge about key aspects in human relationships and help raise awareness about their own resources and how to use these to develop supportive professional relationships.

The training has 3 modules:
Module 1 focuses on developing the participants' own relational competence. Module 2 focuses on developing the participants' ability to mentor colleagues or parents. Module 3: Trainer programme qualifies to train others in the ICDP programme modules 1 and 2 within their own organization. As an ICDP trainer you are obliged to comply with the ICDP agreements with Trainers - which were formulated by the international organization (ICDP Foundation).

Course content: theoretical and didactic basis of ICDP; Sensitization and activation of participants; Group dynamic processes; Implementation principles; How to organize ICDP courses; How to develop sensitivity and reflection; Development of training materials; Self-observation, peer feedback and video analysis; Reflection of own teaching practice based on video recordings of teaching sessions

Based on our long experience with ICDP we have developed our ICDP courses that we offer at different levels and they are adjusted to different target groups such as educators, teachers, social workers, psychologists, nurses and others.

ICDP training in Relations and Resource-oriented health care, focuses on the following objectives:

A) To promote parents' positive perception and experience of themselves and their child, so they can identify with the child and know the child's condition and adjust their own caring actions and feelings to the child's needs and initiatives. This objective means that the nurse is to strengthen parents' confidence and joy as a caregiver through a relational and resource oriented healthcare.

B) The nurse promotes sensitive emotionally expressive communication and interaction between parent and child that can lead to positive emotions and social play in the relationship between them.

C) The nurse promotes enriching interaction between parent and child, so that the parent can learn to focus on expanding and guiding the child's experience, knowledge of - and activity in relation to the outside world.

The programme is based on an interpretative phenomenological approach in which health-care nurse will try to be as close as possible to the parents' own designs, ideas and experiences. The health visitor will aim to strengthen parents to rely on their common sense, experience and traditional knowledge of life with children. The aim is to enter into appreciative and supportive interaction with parents about their parenting - to "make a difference" for those parents and children. One of the methods is video analysis of interaction, which contains specific knowledge of meta communication between adult / child.
Course content: What characterizes a good parent?; Facilitating parental work; Narrative approach in parental work; Implementation of ICDP in cooperation with parents; Theoretical presentations and exercises based on self-practice

Central to the ICDP programme is the desire to develop communication between the child and his/her caregivers; and that the process is based on the child's cultural resources. The main elements of the ICDP programme are the 8 interaction themes that describe how through three dialogues adults can optimize their ability to support children's development.
(Theme 1-4) The emotional dialogue helps establish, maintain and develop the adult's contact with the child. (Theme 5-7) The meaning and expanding dialogue  increases the child's opportunities to learn. (Theme 8) The regulative dialogue helps the child to control his impulses and to learn to plan


Click here to see the Danish version of the 8 themes           

Click here to see the 8 themes in a Danish day care setting


Three ICDP videos made by the Institute of Relational Psychology can be watched by following this link: http://relationspsykologi.dk/icdp-videoer