In January 1997, the UTSoN became the 7th national Touchpoints site, and the first nursing school in the nation to implement the Touchpoints model into the nurse practitioner curriculum. We are the only Touchpoints educational and research site outside of Boston.
Currently, we are developing methods to evaluate Touchpoints practice. This relational, developmental model developed by Dr. T. Berry Brazelton, changes the child exam by joining with the parent as a partner in the care of their child. Instead of a prescriptive approach to practice, there is a collaborative approach. Instead of asking "what is wrong with your child today?", we are asking "who is your child?" and exploring the child's behavior and temperament together with the parent. This enables the practitioner to tailor anticipatory guidance to that individual family, based on the child's temperament and the family needs.
The CWC has become UTSoN's Touchpoints model site. The Touchpoints approach to practice has been adopted throughout the CWC and guides individual client interactions, and interactions with the school and community.
For more information, please visit the Touchpoints web site.