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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 their own goals. Asking them what it is they
want to change helps to ensure that they are engaged in the process. Adult-
In the video review sessions that follow, the family and professional reviews the
Guiders are supervised in their own practice through the analysis of themselves in
filmed interaction. Film is gathered of shared review with clients and these are
used in supervision, focusing and building on micro-
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-
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 .
Learning to practise video interaction guidance is not a simple skills-
Many practitioners will say that working with video interaction guidance has fundamentally changed their interactions with clients, colleagues and with their friends and loved ones. This may explain the very high level of enthusiasm and dedication to this way of working by those involved and the very positive feedback from parents’ experiences of the review of the video. Turning points for parents and professionals seem to be around moments of joy which can be observed on the video and celebrated by both the professionals and the families and then again with the supervisor.
How is video interaction guidance delivered?