Education & Training

Family and Infant Neurobehavioral Education Training: Level 1

This training provides a comprehensive overview of the theory, scope and evidence for family centered developmental care practices. It is intended to enhance practice of front line NICU staff by providing the foundational knowledge and practical skills to deliver relationship based, individualized, neuroprotective, developmentally supportive care. FINE is based on the theories and concepts of NIDCAP (Newborn Individualized Developmental Care and Assessment Program) and has been endorsed by the NIDCAP Federation International as foundational education..

Upcoming Level 1 Training

Newborn Individualized Developmental Care and Assessment Program (NIDCAP)

This training is for professionals working with infants in the Intensive Care Nursery. Trainees are taught a systematic assessment of an infant’s behavioral repertoire in order to establish inferred developmental goals and provide recommendations for supportive care of the infant and family, based on the NIDCAP model developed by Dr. Heidelise Als at Harvard University. Please contact us for more information.


Feeding Matters

Feeding Matters is an organization that is bringing pediatric feeding struggles to the forefront so infants and children are identified earlier, families’ voices are heard, and medical professionals are equipped to deliver collaborative care. The website is a central repository of resources to help guide families through their unique journey and to connect medical professionals to educational information.


Fragile Infant Feeding Institute (FIFI)

The Fragile Infant Feeding Institute is a four and a half day intensive study of feeding and nutrition for infants with special needs. Held in a comfortable setting, the Institute encourages close interaction between the faculty and participants. The faculty represent both clinical and research perspectives, providing an evidence-based offering with a focus on practical application. Particular emphasis is placed on the neurodevelopmental aspects of infant feeding, supporting the infant-parent relationship, and the development of systems to support best practice.This course expands the knowledge base of professionals supporting infants with feeding and nutrition challenges. The development of feeding skills and the impact of early nutrition and feeding experiences are discussed in the context of developmentally supportive and family-centered care. Based on concepts adapted from the Synactive theory, the Newborn Individualized Developmental Care & Assessment Program (NIDCAP), and the Family Infant Relationship Support Training (FIRST) program, the Institute provides a sound foundation for observation and assessment of developing feeding skills. Supportive interventions for infants while in the hospital, as well as during the transition to home are addressed. The Institute places a special emphasis on feeding and nutritional issues through the transition to supplementary (baby) foods. The nutritional needs of premature infants and those with special medical needs, as well as the interaction between feeding skills and nutritional needs are discussed. Presenters represent the disciplines of nursing, nutrition, therapy, parenting, and psychology. Each day successively builds on the knowledge and information from the previous day. An interactive process with the faculty results in the participant applying the information during presentations during the four and a half day Institute. Please contact Bobbi Rose, MA, MPH at 813.974.6158 or


Family Infant Relationship Support Training (FIRST)

ProgramThis training program is for professionals who work with infants who are born prematurely, with special needs, at term but who are not behaviorally well-organized, and born into high risk families. Topics covered include infant neurobehavioral development, communication, behavioral cues, infant-caregiver relationships, transitioning to the community, and caregiver suggestions. If you are interested in hosting a FIRST training or if you would like information about future trainings, please contact us.