Learn New Observation Skills to Transform
Your View of the Parent-Child Relationship
3 Day Workshop (conducted by QEC certified NCAST instructor)
The Nursing Child Assessment Satellite Training (NCAST) Parent-Child Interaction (PCI) Teaching Scale
is a widely used scale for measuring parent-child interaction today. The scale contains a welldeveloped
set of observable behaviours that describe the caregiver-child communication and
interaction during a teaching situation, birth to 36 months of age. The scale is widely used in research
and clinical practice and is a valid tool for making reliable observations about the dyadic interaction.
In order to use the Teaching Scale professionals must be trained through the NCAST programs and be
certified (85% reliable) in the use of the scale.
This training prepares the attendee for certification which is assessed on the final day. The
assessment is sent to the USA for certification. Certified practitioners are required to complete
annual certification. QEC provides one day recertification training annually.
About the Teaching Scale
The Teaching Scale:
• Is a valid and reliable measure for assessing parent-child interaction.
• Describes behaviour brought to the interaction by caregiver/child and
contingency of their responses to one another.
• Easily identifies strengths as well as areas needing improvement.
• Identifies strengths and concerns early in the caregiver/child communication
/ interactive pattern at a point when intervention is most effective.
• Provides separate but parallel observations of the caregiver /child pairs.
Used as pre and post measures.
• Is recognised by the US legal system when dealing with child abuse or
Teaching scores from interactions with children as young as 3 months of age show
a significant correlation with subsequent measures of attachment, resilience and
Keys to Caregiving training
Using the scale requires training with a qualified NCAST instructor and having the
appropriate materials available to learn. Once reliability is attained, your name is
entered in the NCAST international registry and you receive a certificate as a
reliable user of the PCI Teaching Scale.