Video-intervention to promote positive parenting and sensitive discipline (VIPP-SD) (CPD85)

Understand the theory and develop skills in VIPP-SD (Video-intervention to promote positive parenting and sensitive discipline) – the original highly evidenced video-feedback intervention for parents

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, recommended in the NICE guideline for Children’s attachment (November 2015).

Video-intervention to promote positive parenting and sensitive discipline (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 (including under 5s, and adoptive parents) and its successes have been extensively covered 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 six years old, and the non-intrusive use of video and video-feedback is its defining component.

Aims and learning objectives

By the end of the course, you will have proficient knowledge and understanding in this methodology, and will be certified and ready to practice. You will:

  • understand the theoretical basis of VIPP and its relation to attachment theory
  • be familiar with the principles of VIPP-SD
  • have had experience of implementing the intervention with peer support
  • have had supervision on your work
  • have a clear idea of how to further develop your VIPP-SD skills

Who is this course for?

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.

Course details

This course is currently closed. Please use the ‘Register your interest’ button to be added to the list to be the first to hear about future opportunities to take this course.

Training Days:

The next course will run on the following dates:

SessionsDateStart timeEnd time
Session 1/7Future dates to be confirmed9.30pm2.30pm
Session 2/79.30pm2.30pm
Session 3/79.30pm2.30pm
Session 4/79.30pm2.30pm
Session 5/79.30pm2.30pm
Session 6/79.30pm2.30pm
Session 7/79.30pm2.30pm

There will be a 20-minute coffee/tea break in the morning and a 40-minute lunch break at 12.20pm to 1pm.

This course will be delivered live via Zoom and will not be recorded.

You will need a device with a microphone and camera together with a suitably fast internet connection. Although mobile devices and tablets can be used, we recommend the use of laptop or desktop PC for the best experience. Some devices provided by employers may have restrictions in place. Please use this test link ( to check your set up before booking.

You will be sent the necessary login link about a week before the course start date.

Should you have any concerns about the accessibility of remote delivery please contact us at to discuss how we can best help you.

Indication of training hours (total 114 hours)

Basic course (48 hours):

Pre-training videos = 1 hour

Read manual and literature = 12 hours

Attendance 7 x 5 hours = 35 hours

(of which 7 x 4 hours of teaching = 28 hours)

Practice family (57 hours):

Home visit (HV) 1 (recording only) = 1 hour

HV 2-7: 6 x 2 hours = 12 hours (travel time not included)

Prepare home visits for intervention (scripts) = 44 hours, as follows:

– HV 2 & 3: 2 x 8 hours = 16 hours

– HV4 = 10 hours

– HV5, 6 & 7: 3 x 6 hours = 18 hours

Supervision (6 hours):

Individual online sessions 6 x 1 hours = 6 hours

Assessment (3 hour):

Assessment meeting = 1 hour

Preparing for assessment = 2 hours

This course provides intensive training in the use of VIPP-SD. It begins with four full days of training (split over seven shorter days when delivered remotely) where you will be introduced to the theoretical and empirical basis of the VIPP-SD method. Over these training 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 seven online seminars, you will identify a family with whom you will deliver the intervention. Alongside this, you will be supported via monthly supervision with an experienced supervisor, to prepare for the home visits with the family.

Supervision trajectory:

In consultation with your supervisor, six online supervision meetings will be planned, between every home visit (HV). Please note that the supervision trajectory with the practice family should start within six months of the end of the VIPP-SD basic course. The assessment meeting will be planned after HV7.

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

Course material and literature

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.

In preparation of the training, you are required to:

  1. watch the three pre-training videos
  2. read parts of the Manual, and
  3. read an article

Practice family

Following the basic 7-day online VIPP-SD course, participants will put the method into practice with a training family. Individual online supervision meetings will be provided via Zoom with a supervisor, to prepare for the home visits with the training family. Therefore, participants will need to identify a training family as soon as possible before or during the course. This could be an acquaintance, a friend of a friend for example, with a child between the ages of 1 and 4 years. You will work with one parent and one child. Preferably, the family should be a practice family, and not a service user, because you are still learning, and you need to be able to make mistakes. In some cases, we will allow training with a service user.

You will visit the training family during 7 home visits. During HV1 you will get acquainted with the parent(s) and child and make recordings; this should take no more than 1 hour. The following home visits (HV 2-7) will be intervention sessions in which you will make new recordings and provide feedback on previous videos. Therefore, HV 2-7 will take approximately 1.5 -2 hours each. The home visits may be scheduled about 2-3 weeks apart. The completion of the supervision trajectory with the practice family thus takes approximately 3 to 4 months.


Working with VIPP-SD means working with video as a professional. For the practice family you need a digital video camera and some (basic) editing equipment (e.g., Adobe premiere pro or Pinnacle Studio). Moreover, you will need a USB, DVD player or laptop that can be connected to TV with HDMI cables / or protected external hard drive when a smart tv is available in the home of the family you’re working with. And you will need different sets of toys to bring to the family during the home visits. The types of toys will be discussed during the training course.

Why study this course with us?

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 and expertise and insight from working clinicians.

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.

Library membership

Included in your course fee, you will receive online membership to 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 navigate our comprehensive electronic collections. PCs and photocopiers are available for your use (charges apply for printing and copying), as well as various online resources including audio/video playlists. Find out more.


“Not only have I learned a new model which I am excited to try, I feel much more confident in attachment theory more broadly.”
“All the little details had been pre-thought out and all questions answered in a chronological order before even needing to ask them. The planning was spot on, and this was demonstrated through the perfect time keeping.”
“I enjoyed the combination of watching videos, the participants sharing ideas, the presenters sharing ideas, working through videos, and writing scripts or part of scripts together and individually. I enjoyed hearing the immediate feedback on my work/scripts/suggestions, as well as the feedback others in the group received as well. It was such a comfortable environment to learn in, and I really appreciate this.”
“Excellent pace, and mix of practical, experiential, and theoretical learning.”
“Very well structured. Useful to have the manual as an ongoing tool to refer to during the training. Good feedback, constructive, non-judgemental, and patient. Lots of additional tools provided through the training that are very useful.”
“Really lovely presenters who worked hard to deliver bespoke constructive feedback throughout. Good combination of group exercises and trainer-led delivery. I thought it was great.”

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