Post-Conference Workshop in Vancouver, following the SEAS, International Attachment Conference (IAC)

July 21-24, 2019

9:30 am – 5:00 pm (4 day workshop)

Led by: Dr. Lavinia Barone & Dr. Jenny A. Ortiz

Video-feedback Intervention to promote Positive Parenting and Sensitive Discipline (VIPP-SD) has been developed by Femmie Juffer, Marian Bakermans-Kranenburg, and Marinus van IJzendoorn, and is based on attachment theory. To promote sensitive limit setting, components of ‘coercion’ theory of Gerald Patterson (1982) are incorporated into the method. VIPP-SD is an ‘evidence-based’ intervention: Effectiveness has been demonstrated through more than 12 ‘Randomized Controlled Trials’ in different countries. Currently, the VIPP-SD is used in more than 15 countries.  


Aim of the VIPP-SD Workshop:

VIPP-SD is a preventive intervention aimed at increasing sensitivity and improving adequate discipline strategies of parents and other caregivers in order to encourage positive interaction with the developing child, and to prevent or reduce behavior problems in children aged 1 to 6 years. To reach this goal, the intervener works on:

  1. increasing the observational skills of caregivers
  2. increasing caregivers’ knowledge about child rearing and child development
  3. increasing the capacity of caregivers to empathize with their children
  4. making caregiving behavior more effective by using sensitive responsiveness and sensitive discipline.

VIPP-SD training courses are open to all professionals working with caregivers of young children. In previous courses, professionals were included from a large variety of fields: (special) educationalists, psychologists, (social psychiatric) nurses, social workers, sociotherapists, pedagogical staff, employees of infant welfare centers, child psychiatrists, behavioral scientists and trainees in similar or related fields.   


Structure of the training:

The 4-day training course provides basic training in the use of Video-feedback Intervention to promote Positive Parenting and Sensitive Discipline (VIPP-SD). During the course, theoretical background, goal and main principles of the VIPP-SD intervention will be discussed. Participants will be taught how to apply VIPP-SD through guided practice by means of case examples and exercises. The participants are expected to attend all sessions of the 4-day training.          

Following the course, participants will put the method into practice with a “practice family”. Individual supervision meetings will be provided by skype, to prepare for the home visits with the practice family. After completion of the VIPP-SD training course AND the supervision phase with the practice family, participants who have shown to have sufficient knowledge and understanding of the method, will be certified and are ready to practice.


Registration Fees: The cost of taking part in the VIPP-SD training is $1525 CAD . This includes the VIPP-SD manual, the 4-day training course, 3 post-training supervision sessions and an official VIPP-SD certificate. The training is subject to sufficient registration of minimum 12 participants.


Trainer’s biographies: Two experienced trainers will conduct the VIPP-SD training course in Vancouver.

Professor Lavinia Barone, University of Pavia, Italy

Lavinia Barone is psychologist and psychotherapist, and Full Professor in developmental psychology at the University of Pavia in Italy. Her research focuses on the mechanisms of socio-emotional development and the processes involved in risk for psychopathology. She has developed research using the VIPP-SD with adoptive and low-SES families. She is a VIPP certified supervisor and trainer and is director of the lab on attachment and parenting in Italy. More information:

Professor Jenny Ortiz, Universidad del Rosario, Colombia

Jenny Ortiz has a PhD in psychology obtained in Brazil in 2016, she is full professor and researcher at Universidad del Rosario in Bogota, Colombia. She has developed research using the VIPP-SD method for mothers and childcare workers, is certified supervisor and trainer, and in providing supervision for interveners. Her work has aimed mainly in translation of best practices, or evidence based intervention, into public policy for early infancy and families in Latin America, involving stakeholders as well as undergraduate and postgraduate students in psychology, education and health sciences. More information:

Maximum seats available: 15