WEBINAR: An Introduction to a System-wide Mental Health Consultation & Professional Development Model

 

An Introduction to a System-wide Mental Health Consultation & Professional Development Model — FREE for Brazelton Learning Network Members 

If you could not attend the session at the Brazelton Touchpoints National Forum, are you interested in learning more about the Family Connections system-wide mental health consultation and training model? Are you considering attending the Brazelton Touchpoints Fall Training Institute on Family Connections, and would like more information?

Join our webinar to learn more!

 Wednesday, August 6, 2014

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

FREE for Brazelton Learning Network members*

$25 for non-members

Register today! 

Webinar log-in information will be sent to you following registration.

Participants in this webinar will gain an understanding of the components of Family Connections, and how the applications of the Touchpoints approach further enhances the implementation of mental health consultation services and staff development.

The webinar will explore implementation of Family Connections at early childhood sites, with specific focus on the application of Touchpoints principles and assumptions to the mental health consultation and training services provided by Family Connections.

  Objectives:
  • Participants will develop a broad understanding of the system-wide mental health consultation and professional development model
  • Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the application of Touchpoints as it pertains to the practice of Family Connections

This webinar may be of special interest to:

  • Directors and Leadership Staff–Early Care and Education
  • Family Service and Social Workers
  • Mental Health Consultants–Early Care and Education, Elementary and Primary Care

This webinar will be hosted by Debra Sosin, LICSW, Project Director, Family Connections & National Touchpoints Trainer.

*Not a Brazelton Learning Network member? Learn more and become a member today!

Newborn Behavioral Observations (NBO) for Early Intervention Professionals – Two Day Training

This session of Newborn Behavioral Observations (NBO) training is designed specifically for Early Intervention professionals working with parents and at-risk infants.

We are pleased to announce that three Continuing Education Units will be awarded through the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Continuing and Professional Education on completion of the Newborn Behavioral Observations (NBO) training program.

All trainees who sign up for the NBO training program are eligible to apply for continuing education credit, which will be awarded upon completion of the program. All trainees also receive a certificate of completion, issued by the Brazelton Institute at Boston Children’s Hospital and signed by faculty members.

The Brazelton Institute is a training institute for clinicians and researchers, which provides training on the Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale (NBAS) and the Newborn Behavioral Observations (NBO) system.  The NBO is a clinical relationship-building tool used by pediatricians, nurses, infant mental health specialists, physician and occupational therapists, social workers, early intervention providers, home visitors, and other allied health professionals, to help parents understand their baby’s language and promote a positive relationship between parent and child from the very beginning.  The NBAS, now in its fourth edition, is the most comprehensive examination of newborn behavior available to researchers today. It used by researchers to study the effects of wide range of perinatal variables such as prenatal exposure to alcohol, tobacco, cocaine and other drugs, low birth weight, environmental toxins, caesarian section and other pre- and perinatal variables.

For further information and to register, please visit:  www.brazelton-institute.com.

Newborn Behavioral Observations (NBO) for Full Term Infants – Two Day Training

We are pleased to announce that three Continuing Education Units will be awarded through the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Continuing and Professional Education on completion of the Newborn Behavioral Observations (NBO) training program.

All trainees who sign up for the NBO training program are eligible to apply for continuing education credit, which will be awarded upon completion of the program. All trainees also receive a certificate of completion, issued by the Brazelton Institute at Boston Children’s Hospital and signed by faculty members.

The Brazelton Institute is a training institute for clinicians and researchers, which provides training on the Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale (NBAS) and the Newborn Behavioral Observations (NBO) system.  The NBO is a clinical relationship-building tool used by pediatricians, nurses, infant mental health specialists, physician and occupational therapists, social workers, early intervention providers, home visitors, and other allied health professionals, to help parents understand their baby’s language and promote a positive relationship between parent and child from the very beginning.  The NBAS, now in its fourth edition, is the most comprehensive examination of newborn behavior available to researchers today. It used by researchers to study the effects of wide range of perinatal variables such as prenatal exposure to alcohol, tobacco, cocaine and other drugs, low birth weight, environmental toxins, caesarian section and other pre- and perinatal variables.

For further information and to register, please visit:  www.brazelton-institute.com.

Brazelton Touchpoints Center Fall Training Institute: Family Connections Training Program for Touchpoints Trained Providers & Leaders

Family Connections Training Program for Touchpoints Trained Providers & Leaders

Join us for this exciting professional development opportunity!

The Brazelton Touchpoints Center is offering a two-day training program as a resource for Touchpoints trained mental health practitioners, family service workers, directors, program managers and others working with young children and their families to implement Family Connections and Touchpoints into practice in community settings.

Family Connections, developed with the support of a US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Head Start Innovation and Improvement Grant to Boston Children’s Hospital, provides an evidence-based model for mental health consultation and professional development specifically focused on supporting providers, promoting mental health in young children and working with families facing depression and other adversities.

Objectives of the Family Connections Training Program

  • Present the Family Connections practice framework, goals, objectives and outcomes.
  • Illustrate the Family Connections and Tell Me A Story training modules for providers and parents through presentations, case vignettes and interactive exercises. Touchpoints principles and assumptions will be highlighted to illustrate the power of using these tools to implement the Family Connections intervention and training.
  • Explore how blending Family Connections and Touchpoints further enhances mental health services to young children, their families and early childhood staff.
  • Explore how blending Family Connections and Touchpoints supports further professional development for early childhood providers.

 

What participants are saying about the training program:

“Touchpoints gave my ideas and feelings a voice and meaning. Entering the classrooms with the children and teachers has been a joy. But, I have been wondering about direction and methods to be effective with mental health consultation. Thank you for providing exactly those.”

“You have brought me hope, tools & refreshed my enthusiasm to cope with/help in the one area I get most questions around Touchpoints: But what do I do when there are real mental health issues? This has been powerful for me and I can’t wait to share it with others as I know it will help them in the difficult challenges that they face on a daily basis.”

Location: Brazelton Touchpoints Center – Boston, MA

Fee: $500 includes two-day training and three post-training group consultation calls; Optional $100 for printed manuals (or available online at no additional cost)

Prerequisite: Touchpoints training

Registration: Register here. Attendance is limited to 20 participants. For additional information contact: Debra.Sosin@childrens.harvard.edu

Webinar: Supporting Families in Making Connections to Peers and Community – FREE for Brazelton Learning Network Members

Supporting Families in Making Connections to Peers and Community

Wednesday, June 19, 2014
1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
FREE for Brazelton Learning Network members*; $25 for non-members.

A strong and positive social support system makes a difference in the lives of families and children. Family members, peers, professionals and community organizations can form the necessary support systems that promote well-being and reduce isolation for families. Join us to explore resources (print and video) that offer strategies for bringing families together to build a community that fosters these supportive relationships. Discover ways for parents to share experiences and form the connections that improve family well-being and contribute to better outcomes for children and families. This webinar will focus on two resources created by the Office of Head Start National Center on Parent, Family, and Community Engagement (NCPFCE) project for the Early Head Start and Head Start community.

This webinar will be hosted by Mindy May, MS, Project Director, Special Initiatives, Texas & National Trainer and Lisa Desrochers. MEd, Project Director, Special Initiatives & National Trainer at the Brazelton Touchpoints Center.

Register today!

Webinar log-in information will be sent to you following registration.

 

*Not a Brazelton Learning Network member? Learn more and become a member today!

 

Trainer’s Day and Brazelton Day at WAIMH World Congress, Edinburgh, Scotland

The 14th World Association for Infant Mental Health (WAIMH) World Congress in Edinburgh, Scotland. The Congress will take place June 14-18, 2014.

Prior to the Congress, on June 12 will be an International NBAS/NBO Trainers Day; this event is open to all NBAS and NBO trainers from around the world. For further information, please contact natasha.antoniak@childrens.harvard.edu or kevin.nugent@childrens.harvard.edu.

On June 13, all NBO and NBAS trainees, and anyone else interested in these approaches, are invited to join us for Brazelton Day. This one day, pre-congress program entitled Understanding the Baby and Supporting Parents Using the NBO and the NBAS: International Perspectives is devoted to an exploration of the uses of the NBO and NBAS by participants from a range of clinical and research settings from around the world. All participants will be invited to exchange their ideas and clinical and research experiences with colleagues in poster presentations, round-table discussions, and oral presentations.

For more information on Brazelton Day and the NBAS/NBO Trainers Day, visit the Brazelton Institute website.

For more information on the 14th WAIMH World Congress, visit the World Association for Infant Mental Health website.

 

Free Webinar! Power Up Story Time by TALKING: Reading with Toddlers and Preschoolers in Small Groups

From babyhood through school age, books play important roles in children’s lives. They support language and concept development, provide information and entertainment, deepen adult-child relationships, support creativity and the arts, foster social-emotional growth and the development of resiliency, and prime children for later school and life success.

For a young child, a book can be a familiar friend — or a door to an exciting new world. But all of these potentials can only be realized when we choose books well, share them in small groups or individually, and use them as springboards for enriching conversations.

Presenters:

Betty Bardige, Author, A Wealth of Words and Chair, Brazelton Touchpoints Foundation

Date: March 19, 2014

Time: 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM

In this webinar, given jointly by a developmental psychologist and a children’s librarian, participants will explore:

• What children at different ages (from 6 months to 3 or 4 years) do with books.

• What books children like at different ages and why.

• How to generate interest and engagement with different kinds of books.

• Using books as conversation starters and conversation extenders.

• Sharing books in multi-aged groups.

• Supporting teachers to create and make the most of book-sharing opportunities, at circle time and beyond.

• Engaging families to build their children’s love of books and a shared “culture of reading”.

Read more and register at Early Childhood Investigations.

Special Session! Pre-Conference Newborn Behavioral Observations (NBO) Training

This year, we are offering a one-day pre-conference training opportunity at a special discount for Brazelton Touchpoints National Forum attendees:  Newborn Behavioral Observations (NBO).

 

The NBO is a clinical relationship-building tool, designed for pediatricians, nurses, infant mental health specialists, early intervention providers, home visitors and other allied health professionals, to help parents understand their baby’s language. Watch the NBO in action and you’ll witness the moment a parent and a baby fall in love.

 

In conjunction with the 17th Annual Brazelton Touchpoints National Forum, the NBO is available at a special price of $150 for Forum attendees, which will cover the cost of the book, kit, and food for the daylong training.

   

This session is currently full, and registration has closed.

 

Date: Thursday, May 1, 2014

Time: 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Pricing:

2014 Forum participants: $150

Pre-Conference NBO only: $325

 

Touchpoints Early Care and Education Training Program

The Brazelton Touchpoints in Early Care and Education Initiative offers a two-day professional development opportunity designed to prepare professionals in the field of early child care and education to incorporate the Brazelton Touchpoints approach into their shared care giving with parents within their early childhood setting.

Objectives

The Touchpoints Early Care and Education Training Program will:

  • Present the Touchpoints theoretical framework. The focus will be the Touchpoints developmental and relational frameworks, particularly the elements of parent-child-provider relationships in the first six years of a child’s life.
  • Illustrate particular Touchpoints practices through presentations, videotaped encounters, parent quotes, case vignettes and interactive exercises.
  • Discuss how the Touchpoints approach can be used to benefit the child, the parents and the educator (e.g., how early childhood educators can use the Touchpoints Approach to help parents deepen their understanding of a child’s behavior and establish a more successful system of relationships for all involved).

Touchpoints in Early Care and Education represents a paradigm shift away from the idea of a child attending childcare, and towards the goal of child care providers joining and supporting every family’s system of care around their child. The Touchpoints approach assists in the creation of these shared care giving partnerships.

Please click here to register!

March Brazelton Learning Network Reflective Case Conference Call – Members Only

Have you experienced moments of frustration in forming partnerships with families and embracing the role those partnerships play in your work with young children and their families? Are you struggling with a particular situation? Join your Touchpoints colleagues in a rich and lively discussion about how we can use a shared understanding of what is working and what isn’t working to determine what to do next. We will challenge ourselves to value passion where we find it, even when that is difficult.  Please come with your compelling dilemmas for all to discuss.

Monday, March 10, 2014
12:30 PM to 2:00 PM

Register now!

Brazelton Learning Network members only; assumes participants have completed Touchpoints training

 Please join Ann Stadtler, DNP, RN, CNP, director of Touchpoints site development and training, for an interactive discussion of the various ways that participants have used Touchpoints to address challenges in forming partnerships with families.

This opportunity is offered FREE to Brazelton Learning Network members. Become a member today!