HOVRS for Practitioners in Practice Training Workshop Virtual webinar

Friday, January 7 - Friday, January 28
Virtual -ZOOM

Time: 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Date: Friday, January 7, 14, 21 and , January 28, 2022, 9:30-11:30 

Webinar- ZOOM link will be sent the day prior to course commencement


AHVNA Member: $150.00 

Home Visitation spoke: Free of charge

Non Member: $250.00 


Staff in provincially funded home visitation programs (i.e. spokes) within a family resource network can attend at no cost as they are covered under a grant. 

Provincially funded home visitation programs will be given priority.

Alberta Home Visitation Network Association

is offering

HOVRS for in Practice training webinar series

HOVRS (Home Visit Rating Scales)- Observational Indicators of Home Visit Quality

This is a  series of four webinars 90 minutes long offered  as an extension of the Developmental Parenting and PICCOLO training. It is for both practitioners and supervisors.

PRE-REQUISITE: Must have completed Developmental Parenting webinar #1 (September 10) and PICCOLO training (November 5-26)

Click Here to Register for Webinar #1 (A separate registration window will open)

Click Here to Register for PICCOLO (A separate registration will open)

What's HOVRS?- Indicators of Home Visit Quality

The HOVRS (Home Visit Rating Scales) measures the quality of home visits to families with infants,toddlers and young children. HOVRS was devleoped based on input from practitioners and validated observatons of home visits in 2 infant-toddler home visiting programs and has been adapted for easier use (HOVRS-A) and for observing indicators of excellence into HOVR3S. The HOVRS scales, particularly the home visiting practices quality scales, predict positive outcomes for parenting and child development. A Short video clip of a home visit will provide the opportunity to observe examples of HOVRS indicators and to discuss ways to use the tool effectively to suport effective practices in Developmental Parenting programs.

HOVRS for Practitioners and Supervisors.

Programs that deliver parenting support services through home visiting need a way to measure the quality of home visits. By using the HOVRS observation measurement tool, practitioners and supervisors will be able to track their progress toward home visiting that effectively supports Developmental Parenting. The HOVRS tool includes 7 rating scales, supported by research evidence and practitioner descriptions: 4 rating scales of home visiting practices quality (Responsiveness, Relationship, Facilitation, Non-Intrusiveness) and 3 rating scales of family engagement quality (Parent-Child Interaction, Parent Engagement, Child Engagement). This session will describe how HOVRS was developed and its reliability and validity. Video of home visits will provide opportunities to practice scoring HOVR3S and to discuss ways to use the measure to support effective home visiting.

PRE-REQUISITE: Must have completed Developmental Parenting webinar #1 (September 10) and PICCOLO training (November 5-December 3, no workshop November 26, 2021)

Week one topic: Webinar #2: Basics of HOVRS: How HOVRS was developed, how it is set up, how to observe video and score it (using short example clips), and how to interpret it.

Week Two topic: Webinar #3: Preparing to Use HOVRS(v3): Practicing to get reliable, planning to use the measure, and practicing observational feedback to home visitors.

Week Three topic: Webinar #4: Implementing HOVRS Effectively: How to use HOVRS to respond to home visitor strengths, plan professional development activities to build on those strengths, and improve program impact and quality.

Week Four topic: Webinar #5: Implemenitng HOVRS practice, reliability and validity. 

The webinars are 90 minutes long, interactive, adapted to the group, and require participation from each attendee. This is a series of webinars with before-webinar homework assignments, which can get you started on improving home visits or introducing HOVRS. Developmental Parenting (offered on September 10, 2021) and PICCOLO (offered November 5-December 3, 2021 (no workshop Novem ber 26 2021) are prerequisites for the HOVRS webinar series.

Webinar homework may involve readings and discussions, practicing with a measure, writing positive feedback statements, having an online discussion about how the measure fits with current program practices, or other activities.

*A 2-day workshop is needed to implement HOVRS. Your site will need to work on scoring reliability by having 2 or more people work together to meet the agreement criteria for the measure across at least 4 observations after the webinars. The facilitators will share guidelines for this process in the 3rd webinar.

Attendance at all four sessions and completion of homework is required for the certificate.

Register For Event!

AHVNA Members: $150

Non Members: $250

Advance registration is required for all participants.

For more information or to register contact the AHVNA office
9321 Jasper Avenue
Edmonton AB T5H 3T7
Phone: 780-429-4787
Fax: 780-429-4784
Email: programassistant@ahvna.org

Payment: We accept payment by credit, cash or cheque.
Please make cheques payable to:
Alberta Home Visitation Network Association

Payments may be dropped off at the office or mailed to the address listed above prior to the workshop date. Receipts will be issued after the workshop.

Cancellation Policy:
We encourage you to send a substitute if you are unable to attend the workshop, as there is a NO SHOW charge for all absent registrants (as we will have made arrangements for food, etc). Cancellations need to be made ONE WEEK prior to the workshop date. Registration fees are non-refundable. Should a workshop not reach its minimum registration requirement, it will be cancelled ONE WEEK prior to the workshop commencement date. Registrants will be informed by email or telephone, and registration fees will be refunded.