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Guidelines to the Trainer

As part of the Governmental Health Services in India, various programmes exist in Rural, Slum area and Urban areas to better child and family health. The family intervention proposed in this manual is meant to reach children at risk of poor psychosocial development. Risk assessment and subsequent intervention strategies can easily be integrated into the training programmes and routine tasks of health workers. The learning of these new skills will help them to counsel the families with regard to their risk factors and improve coping skills. The aim is to use the young mother as a means of entering the family system and bring about changes in the family.

This means that any health worker can act as an intervention worker. The trainer would need to familiarize himself with the manual before initiating training. Our manual contains the following chapters.


Chapter II :- Normal Psychosocial Development of the Child.
Chapter III
:- Role of the Family in healthy Child Development
Chapter IV  :- Identification and Assessment of 'High Risk' Families.
Chapter V  :- Family Intervention -General Guidelines -outline of steps in family intervention.
Chapter VI  :- Family Intervention in Specific Conditions
Chapter VII  :- Conclusions

The intervention worker needs to be trained in the following aspects.

  1. Training the intervention worker in identifying the 'at risk' families at field level and detailed assessment of these risk factors.

  2. Training to identify various resources within and outside the family that can be utilized in intervention.

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