Video Interaction Guidance (VIG) Intervention

What is Video Interaction Guidance (VIG)?

Video Interaction Guidance is an intervention through which a practitioner uses video clips of authentic situations to enhance communication within relationships. VIG works by engaging clients actively in a process of change towards developing better relationships with others who are important to them.

Generally clients need about 3 films and reviews to start making some useful changes, but they can ask for more sessions, or stop after just one.


When VIG is useful

VIG is useful for anyone who would like to improve their relationships.


How we monitor and evaluate progress

  • Before starting VIG sessions with a client, the VIG practitioner/EP will discuss with the client what their goals are, using rating scales to record where the client currently is in relation to their goals and where they hope to get to.
  • The VIG practitioner/EP also asks the client how they would describe their child and their relationship. At the end of the intervention, clients are asked where they feel they are now in relation to their goals, and how they would now describe their relationship, and these scores and descriptions are recorded, so that progress can be evaluated.
  • At the end of the intervention, clients also receive a ‘Traject Letter’, where their scores and descriptors are recorded, and where the VIG practitioner/EP describes progress and suggests ideas for the future.


What sessions look like

  • First the VIG practitioner meets with the client to agree how they will work together. Together they come up with a Helping Question: starting from what the clients want towards working out how they can make the changes they want. The values of Trust, Hope, Respect Compassion, Co-operation and Appreciation underpin every conversation.
  • Next, a short video is taken (about 10 –15 mins) of the client and child together in a successful situation/or better than usual interaction (e.g. playing a game, reading a book, making something together). The VIG practitioner is part of the process and can prompt or encourage. This can be at home or school or another suitable context.
  • The VIG practitioner micro-analyses the video using the ‘principles of attuned interactions’. They select 3-5 short clips of moments where the client attunes to the child, and which relate to the client’s ‘Helping Question, these are positive moments.
  • The VIG practitioner and the client then look at the selection of short clips together, in a ‘Shared Review’, discussing what the client thinks about the clips, sharing ideas and making plans for the next film. The VIG guider supports the client to see what that are doing that helps to build an attuned relationship with the child and moves towards the client’s own goal. These shared review sessions last between 30 mins and 1 hour.

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