Training and Research Centre


At the moment, training courses for the VIPP-SD method, as well as for the VIPP-AUTI and the VIPP-CC (Child Care) modules, are provided. VIPP-SD training courses are open to professionals working young children up to 6 years of age.

Additional information about future training dates can be found on the website’s training calendar. On demand, in-company training courses at a location of choice can also be arranged

Who can be trained?

VIPP-SD training courses are open to all professionals working with caregivers of young children. Professionals include (special) educationalists, psychologists, (social psychiatric) nurses, social workers, sociotherapists, pedagogical staff, employees of infant welfare centers, child psychiatrists, behavioral scientists and trainees in similar or related fields.   

Structure of the training

The 4-day training course provides basic training in the use of Video-feedback Intervention to promote Positive Parenting and Sensitive Discipline (VIPP-SD). Following the basic VIPP-SD course, participants will put the method into practice with a “practice family”. Simultaneously, individual supervision meetings will be provided by Skype, with a supervisor, to prepare for the home visits with the practice family.

The participants are expected to attend all sessions of the 4-day training. After completion of the VIPP-SD training course AND the supervision phase with the practice family, participants who have shown to have proficient knowledge and understanding of the method, will be certified and are ready to practice. Certified VIPP-SD interveners will be registered by the Centre for Child and Family Studies, Leiden University.

Content of the training

During the basic VIPP-SD training course, the theoretical background, goal and main principles of the VIPP-SD intervention will be discussed. Participants will be taught how to apply VIPP-SD through guided practice by means of case examples and exercises. Exercises will be followed by discussions led by a certified trainer. The goal of this VIPP-SD basic course is to introduce the participants to the main elements of the VIPP-SD method, thereby increasing their knowledge and understanding of its practical use and its effectiveness.

Supervision trajectory

In order to learn how to implement the VIPP-SD successfully, further practice and coaching is necessary. The Centre for Child and Family Studies offers supervision by qualified supervisors. Participants start by putting the method into practice with a “practice family”. During the supervision meetings provided by Skype, participants will have the opportunity to discuss their video recordings and ‘scripts’ (written preparation of the intervention) with a qualified supervisor.     

Costs and accreditation

The cost of taking part in the VIPP-SD training is 1000 euros. This includes the VIPP-SD manual, the 4-day training course, 3 post-training supervision sessions and an official VIPP-SD certificate.  

The cost for both the VIPP-AUTI and the VIPP-CC (Child Care) module is 650 euros. This includes the manual, 2 training days, 3 post-training supervision sessions and a certificate. VIPP-AUTI and VIPP-CC (Child Care) are only open to participants who have completed the basic VIPP-SD training and supervision trajectory.

The VIPP Training and Research Centre Leiden does not provide toys or any other materials like a digital video camera or basic editing equipment (e.g. Windows Movie Maker or Pinnacle Studio).

A reduced rate applies to PhD students and participants from low resource countries (i.e. Eastern Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America).

If you are interested in an in-company training, an offer will be made dependent on the number of participants. Please contact us, if you are interested.

Accreditation for the VIPP-SD training and for the different training modules has been acquired in the Netherlands.


To maintain a stable, high quality of the intervention, we work with different levels of the VIPP method. After completing the basic VIPP-SD training and the corresponding supervision trajectory successfully, participants receive a certificate (level 1). Level 2 does not have an official certification, but represents the necessary experience participants are gaining in order to be able to apply for becoming an official supervisor (level 3). If a supervisor has gained thorough experience, he or she will be able to apply for becoming a VIPP-SD trainer (level 5).

The trajectory to become either an official supervisor or a certified trainer starts with a registration form and an introductory meeting with an official VIPP-SD trainer. The start and duration of the trajectory will depend both on the skills and possibilities of the applicant as well as on the possibilities for assistance from the side of the VIPP Training and Research Centre. In order to become a certified trainer, the applicant must have acted as a co-trainer for at least three times during an official VIPP-SD training course.   


There are some requirements to re-registration. You can only preserve your title of VIPP-SD intervener or supervisor if you provided the intervention to at least two families a year and during which you have received at least one hour of supervision by an official supervisor.

It might be possible that you have completed both the VIPP-SD training and the VIPP-AUTI module and that you are certified for both of them. In that case, the requirements for re-registration as mentioned above hold for both certificates independently. In order to preserve both titles, you should therefore have provided the VIPP-SD intervention and the VIPP-AUTI module to two families each. A similar rule holds when you have completed both the VIPP-SD and the VIPP-CC (Child Care) module.    

Currently, we are busy working on the re-registration system.