What is Video Interaction Guidance?

Video interaction guidance is an intervention where the client is guided to reflect on video clips of their own successful interactions. The process begins by helping the family or professional to negotiate his or her own goals. Asking them what it is they want to change helps to ensure that they are engaged in the process. Adult-child interactions are then filmed and edited, to produce a short film that focuses on the positive.

In the video review sessions that follow, the family and professional reviews the micro-analysis of successful moments, particularly those when the adult has responded in an attuned way to the child’s action or initiative using a combination of non-verbal and verbal responses. They reflect collaboratively on what it is they are doing that is contributing towards the achievement of their goals, celebrate success and then make further goals for change. These reflections move very quickly from analysis of the behaviour to the exploration of feelings, thoughts, wishes and intentions. The approach takes the view that change can be achieved more effectively in the context of a ‘coaching’ relationship than a didactic ‘teaching’ relationship, because it is collaborative rather than prescriptive, empowering rather than de-skilling. It conveys respect for strengths and potential, rather than drawing attention to problems or weaknesses. Throughout filming and review sessions, clients are supported to become more sensitive to children’s communicative attempts and to develop greater awareness of how they can respond in an attuned way. In the process of standing back and looking at themselves on screen, parents are able to analyse what they were doing when things were going ‘better than usual’. In this way they are empowered to make an informed decision about how they would like to improve situations that are more problematic.

The use of the video is also of central importance both as a focus for client and guider to construct new possibilities and as a trigger for revealing intuitive feelings which can be the key to lasting change. It seems that the video helps troubled families uncover the possibility of an alternative story about themselves. In this way they can grow in an organic way into their new way of being without having to consciously remember and put in place new skills. There is a deeper level of healing that can take place when relationships are restored, allowing further positive changes to occur naturally.

Who is Video Interaction Guidance (VIG) for?

VIG can be useful for any person who wishes to explore and build on their positive relationships with another significant person. This may be a parent and child, teacher and child, manager and employee, partnerships.

How is VIG offered?

VIG is currently being offered as an intervention for families meeting the criteria for referral through the Family Counselling Trust (FCTW).

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