Video-intervention to promote positive parenting and sensitive discipline (VIPP-SD)

Course overview

We are offering an exciting opportunity for staff from across the children’s workforce to undertake training in the use of this extremely well evidenced intervention as recommended in the NICE guideline for Children’s attachment (November 2015) 

(VIPP-SD) is the original highly evidenced Video-Feedback intervention for parents. It was developed by some of the world’s leading attachment researchers from Leiden University in Holland. It is a preventative intervention aimed at increasing parental sensitivity and has an excellent evidence base for preventing or reducing behavioural problems in young children. VIPP has been shown via randomized control trials to be extremely effective with a variety of groups (eg under 5’s, adoptive parents, childcare) and its successes have been extensively reported in many peer reviewed journals. VIPP is based on attachment theory but also uses some behavioural principles to aid sensitive discipline. In VIPP the practitioner works primarily with caregivers and young children (up to 6 years old), and the non-intrusive use of video and video-feedback is its defining component.

This course provides intensive training in the use of VIPP-SD. It begins with four days of training where participants are introduced to the theoretical and empirical basis of the VIPP-SD method. Over these four days you will be taught how to apply the elements of VIPP-SD and be given guided practice by means of videotaped mother-child interactions.  


Comprehensive feedback will follow each practice assessment, led by experienced instructors. 

Following the four taught days, participants will identify a family with whom they will deliver the intervention. Alongside this participants will be supported via monthly supervision with an experienced instructor, to prepare for the home visits with their family.

By the end of the course, participants shown to have proficient knowledge and understanding and will be certified and ready to practice.

Participants will:

  • Understand the theoretical basis of VIPP and its relation to attachment theory.
  • Have familiarised themselves with the principles of VIPP-SD.
  • Have had experience of implementing the intervention with peer support.
  • Have had supervision on their work.
  • Have a clear idea of how to further develop their VIPP-SD skills.

This course is for you if you are working with children and families in health, social care or related settings and want to become an accredited VIPP practitioner.

In order to undertake this course, we ask that you work with children and families and have a remit to deliver the intervention.

Education and training at the Tavistock and Portman is distinctive.  We are one of very few providers in the UK that can offer education within an NHS mental health clinical setting.  This means that our students can get access to real-time, real-life case studies.

This programme is unique in equipping participants with the knowledge and skills to deliver this evidence-based intervention embedding practice through ongoing support, supervision and guidance.

Training Days: 
21, 22 April and 19, 20 May

Dates for supervision, intervision and assessment sessions will be determined by the group on day 4 of the course. In addition, time needs to be set aside to work with families, edit videos, write scripts and complete homework assignments. In total this course will take about 132 hours.
Training (71 hours):

  • Seminar: 4 x 7 hours
  • Homework: 4 x 6 hours
  • Supervision: 3 x 7 hours
  • Final days 2 x 7

Practice family (61 hours):
  • Home visit first recording: 1 hour
  • Home vists for intervention 6 x 2 hours
  • Preparing intervention: 6 x 4 hours
  • Intervision meetings in subgroups: 3 x 4 hours

Course material and literature

The first day of the training you will receive the VIPP-SD manual 3.0 and various additional training documents. We highly recommend the book: Promoting Positive Parenting: An attachment-based intervention (Juffer, Bakermans-Kranenburg & Van IJzendoorn, 2008). A list of additional literature on VIPP is provided in the manual, related publications are available upon request. 

Delivering the intervention

Participants will need to identify a family, before or at the beginning of the course, with a child between the ages of 1 and 4. You will work with one parent and one child. The family should be a service user who is willing and able to take part in 7 home visits in which video is used.


Working with VIPP-SD means working with video as a professional. For the family intervention, you need a digital video camera and some basic editing equipment to provide the video’s with a timecode (e.g. Windows Movie Maker or Pinnacle Studio). Moreover, you will need a DVD player or USB and a set of toys to bring to the family during the home visits. The types of toys will be discussed during the training course. For the individual supervision meetings you need Skype at a computer with camera and have the videos ready on the same computer.

"The training was well paced, informative and supportive. Delivering the intervention was really exciting, watching the mother progress as she increased her understanding of what the child was communicating and feeling. She said she looked more at her child, and really understood that the child is an emotional being, not ‘just a toddler’."

Included in your course fee, you will receive full online membership of the Tavistock’s internationally-renowned library for the duration of your course.

Our friendly and knowledgeable library team will help to support you through your specialist CPD course, whatever your level of professional or academic experience. You will have access to an extensive range of eBooks, online journals, all the relevant key databases and our specialist audio-visual collection plus reference access to all our print books. Our Information Skills Trainer has made lots of material available on Moodle to help you to navigate our comprehensive electronic collections.  PCs and photocopiers are also available for your use.

Library staff curate various online resources, such as Audio/Video Playlists and Subject Updates, to help you stay on top of latest developments, as well as regularly sharing helpful news and research on Twitter and Facebook. Find out more on the Library website:

The fee for this course is £1,900

Certificate of attendance
Course length:
9 months
The Tavistock Centre, London
Admission status:
April 2020 to February 2021
Course lead:
Paul Dugmore

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