Facilitated Learning

The NEAR@Home toolkit was developed as a self-study process and is being shared without cost or restrictions because we know that many programs do not have the financial resources for in person learning.

Funding from the Region X MIECHV Innovation Grant provided an opportunity for us to refine, disseminate, and evaluate a Facilitated Learning process.  Multiple levels of evaluation and feedback from local home visiting programs found this process to be highly effective and responsive to the unique needs of individual staff and programs.

The NEAR@Home Facilitated Learning process is very different from most training programs. Thinking about childhood trauma stirs feelings in all of us, whether ACEs are part of our life story or not.

NEAR@Home Facilitators:

  • Are relationship focused, trauma sensitive, and fluent in infant mental health concepts and processes.
  • Model self-regulation, co-regulation, spacious listening, and reflective processes to walk with home visitors and supervisors through learning how to do a NEAR home visit.

Implementation Science guides the structure of the learning process from a mutual exploration of fit and feasibility to follow up reflective consultation to assure implementation of these new skills.

Below is the list of official NEAR@Home Facilitators who have gone through a rigorous learning and reflective process to become Facilitators.

Contact near@thrivewa.org to explore contracting for support for individual programs and for states/systems in developing their own team of NEAR@Home Facilitators.


Carol Young, MA, LMFT, LPC, IMH-E® Infant Mental Health Mentor-Clinical

Availability: Idaho, National, International


Cyndee Mcleod

Availability: North Dakota, National, International


Jeanine Jeffers-Woolf, LMFT, IMH-E® Infant Mental Health Specialist

Availability: Alaska, National, International


Leah Niezwaag, LCSW, IMH-E® Infant Mental Health Specialist

Availability: Idaho, National, International


Michelle Harvey, MSW, CSWA, IMH-E® Infant Mental Health Specialist

Availability: Oregon, National, International, English/Spanish


Rhonda Crooker, RN, BSN

Availability: Washington, National


This Region X project is 100% funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under The Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program, #UH4MC30465, total award of $3,957.620.00. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.