Date: 21-02-2019

NEWS – Unveiling Pre-conference Workshops #2 and #6

On 17 June 2019 we offer nine highly informative Pre-conference Workshops. Are you coming to Leiden a day ahead of the Conference? Here is your fourth guide to another two of the full set of workshops to choose from.



#2 Pre-conference Workshop: Nurturing Care for Early Childhood Development in the 21st Century

Offered by UNICEF Europe and Central Asia Regional Office, World Health Organization and ISSA


The participants will be updated on Nurturing Care and the progress made to date. They’ll also learn about Child Health Redesign and the changing role of the health sector within young child health and development. Country case studies will be discussed and examples of noteworthy practice will be shared.  Dr. Frank Oberklaid, Founding Director, Centre for Community Child Health, Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne will be a key contributor at the workshop.

Examples will be introduced of different modalities that use digital technology to promote and implement the Nurturing Care Framework. Among the solutions are:

  • Baby Buddy - an app for the Nurturing Care of babies and their mothers
  • Guide for Monitoring Child Development app - translating and testing it in Turkmenistan
  • Halo Beba - phone based counselling and support for parents
  • Alternative and augmentative communication solutions for young children with communication challenges
  • Online resources for families and frontline workers, etc.

Next to Dr. Oberklaid (Australia), presentations will be led by experts in the field of supporting families for Nurturing Care from Europe.

Full description and registration details HERE


#6 Pre-conference Workshop: Video-feedback Intervention to promote Positive Parenting and Sensitive Discipline (VIPP-SD)
Offered by Centre for Child and Family Studies, Leiden University


During this one-day workshop participants will learn about the evidence-based, preventive intervention program called VIPP-SD. It was developed by the Centre for Child and Family Studies at Leiden University. The workshop will offer a unique sneak preview of the training course for professionals, including a presentation on the theoretical background and main principles of the VIPP-SD. Additionally, participants will be offered the opportunity to practice with giving video-feedback themselves under the supervision of two certified trainers.

This preventive intervention program aims to increase the sensitivity and improve adequate discipline strategies of caregivers in order to encourage positive interaction between caregiver and child, and to prevent or reduce behavior problems in children aged 1 to 6 years.

This highly-engaging workshop will be hosted by Claudia Vrijhof and Nikita Schoemaker (VIPP Center University Leiden). They are both certified VIPP-SD trainers and involved in research projects testing the effectiveness of VIPP-SD. 

Full description and registration details HERE