HBHC Directors Meeting 2016 – NCAST PCI Training

Tuesday May 17, 2016 from 8:30am to 4:30pm

Click here for the PowerPoint slides (PDF) from Nicole Letourneau (morning)

Video recording of session

Click here for the PowerPoint slides (PDF) from Monica Oxford (afternoon)

Video recording of session


During the 2016 meeting of the HBHC Directors and Managers, a one-day training on the NCAST PCI Scales was provided. Nicole Letourneau, RN, PhD presented the morning session including importance of sensitive infant-parent interactions and their influence on long-term psychosocial and physical well-being. She discussed her experience using of the NCAST tool with vulnerable populations in Canada. Monica Oxford, PhD presented the afternoon session and provided the research base for the PCI Scales. She discussed the use of using PCI Scale results to plan interventions with families, to review caseloads and to evaluate the impact of programs. Monica also addressed strategies on how to introduce the PCI Scales and how to share results with a family.


Nicole Letourneau, RN, PhD

University of Calgary

Nicole is author of Scientific Parenting: What Science Reveals About Parental Influence (2013), published by Dundurn. She is a Professor at the University of Calgary in the Faculty of Nursing and Cumming School of Medicine (Pediatrics & Psychiatry). She holds the Palix (formerly Norlien)/ACHF Chair in Parent-Infant Mental Health and previously, she was Canada Research Chair in Healthy Child Development. She is also Director of RESOLVE (Research & Education for Solutions to Violence) Alberta. She is Principal Investigator of the CHILD (Child Health Intervention and Longitudinal Development) Studies Program studying parenting, attachment and child development in the context of maternal depression, family violence, and substance abuse. Current studies include the: (1) APrON cohort study of 2200 Alberta families, whose children have been followed from gestation to 8 years of age to assess influences on child development, and (2) ATTACH study, testing an innovative intervention to promote reflective function of high-risk mothers. She has been an NCAST Trainer since 1996 and uses NCAST measures regularly. She has received many honours for her scholarship including being named Canada’s Premier Young Researcher by CIHR in 2006, to Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 in 2007, Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences in 2014 and Excellence in Research award from the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta in 2015. To date, she has attained over $32 million in funding, with over $10 million as lead investigator. She has published over 120 peer-reviewed papers, 14+ book chapters and over 80 opinion editorials appearing in major print and online Canadian news outlets.

Monica Oxford, Ph.D.

Executive Director, NCAST Programs

Monica is a Research Professor in the Department of Family and Child Nursing and the Executive Director of NCAST Programs. Dr. Oxford's research focuses on early parenting and child developmental outcomes for vulnerable families living in challenging environments. Dr. Oxford's interest is in how context, parenting, and child characteristics combine to inform particular patterns of child outcomes and how intervention services promote both parent and child wellbeing. As the director of NCAST Programs she is also involved in training social service providers in infant mental health service principles and how to implement intervention programs with families and their young children. Dr. Oxford is principal investigator of three National Institutes of Health grants and co-investigator on four grants all aimed at understanding the needs of caregivers and testing the effectiveness of intervention programs for vulnerable populations.