Please join us for three days of knowledge sharing and learning as we explore the effects of racism and trauma on children, families, and communities, and how together we can advance racial equity and justice.

This year’s Forum is virtual, and each day begins with a plenary presentation, followed by two 90-minute workshops with concurrent choices. Several workshops are repeated across the three days. Each day also includes built-in breaks and networking sessions. You can register to attend all three days, or select the days and sessions that most interest you.

Select the Agenda tab above to view the full agenda. Select the Plenary Speakers tab to view the full speaker bios. Select the Workshops tab to view the workshop descriptions and facilitators.

All sessions will have live Spanish translation available.

Plenary Presentations

Tuesday, April 6 – Racism as a Societal Pathogen

Presenter:

Adiaha Spinks-Franklin, MD, Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician at Texas Children’s Hospital, and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine
 

Wednesday, April 7 – Healing the Soul Wound Across 14 Generations

Presenter:
 
Eduardo Duran, PhD, Psychologist, Vietnam veteran, and author of Healing the Soul Wound: Counseling with American Indians and Other Native Peoples
 

Thursday April 8  – Covid-19 Impacts and Healing in Families and Communities of Color

Presenters:

Adrián Pedroza, National Director of Strategic Partnership for Abriendo Puertas/ Opening Doors

 

Micker Richardson, MBA, Director of the National American Indian and Alaska Native Head Start Collaboration Office
 
Kevin Simon, MD, Board-certified Psychiatrist who researches and writes extensively on health inequities, race, substance use, and social determinants of health
 
Registration Fees:

Early Bird Fee, by February 28 March 10:Regular Registration Fee:
Full forum (3 full days) – $250Full forum (3 full days) – $270
2 full days – $1652 full days – $180
1 full day – $901 full day – $90


BTC Learning Network members save 10% on their registration fee! (Click here to learn how to join the BTC Learning Network.)

Fee for individual plenary sessions and workshops: $30/session

Can’t attend a live session? Register today and receive access to your paid session recording for 30 days following the event.


Additional Information:

Want to register a group of 10 or more? Email touchpoints@childrens.harvard.edu

Can’t attend this year? Please consider making a donation to help someone else attend. This event is only possible through the generosity of people like you.

Cancellation Policy: We recognize that the uncertainties of life can sometimes derail our plans. That is why all Forum registrants will receive access to their paid session recordings for 30 days after the event. If you feel you need to cancel your registration, we will accept cancellations for two-day or Full Forum purchases up to 14 days before the Forum’s start (on or before March 23). You will be offered a full refund, minus a 10% processing fee. After March 23, we are unable to offer refunds. Purchases of individual plenaries and workshops, and of single full days, are non-refundable. Please email us with questions.

Questions? Email touchpoints@childrens.harvard.edu

Tuesday, April 6, 2021; 11 AM to 6:15 PM ET / 8 AM to 3:15 PM PT

Plenary Presentation – Racism as a Societal Pathogen

Presenter:

Adiaha Spinks-Franklin, MD, Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician, Texas Children’s Hospital; Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine

Dr. Spinks-Franklin will deconstruct the concept of racism and how it infects all aspects of society, including health care.

Agenda:

11:00 AM ET / 8:00 AM PT  Plenary: Racism as a Societal Pathogen
    • Adiaha Spinks-Franklin, MD
12:30 PM ET / 9:30 AM PT  Break
1:30 PM ET / 10:30 AM PT  Concurrent Workshops (Select the Workshops tab above to view workshop descriptions.)
    • Supporting Everyone’s Mental Health
    • Developing & Sustaining Relationships through Virtual Service Delivery
    • Elevating Equity, Inclusiveness, and Belongingness in Everyday Conversations and Interactions with Children, Families, and Communities
3:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM PT  Break
3:30 PM ET / 12:30 PM PT  Concurrent Workshops (Select the Workshops tab above to view workshop descriptions.)
    • Justice for All: The Me, You, and We of Compassionate Presence
    • Introducing the Touchpoints Approach: What It Is and Why It Matters
    • These Next 4 Years – Children, Families, Poverty, Politics, and Policy
5:00 PM ET / 2:00 PM PT  Break
5:15 PM ET / 2:15 PM PT  Networking Session: Celebrating our Champions
6:15 PM ET / 3:15 PM PT  Adjourn

Wednesday April 7, 2021; 11 AM to 5 PM ET / 8 AM to 2 PM PT

Plenary Presentation – Healing the Soul Wound Across 14 Generations

Presenter:

Eduardo Duran, PhD, Psychologist, Vietnam veteran, and author of Healing the Soul Wound: Counseling with American Indians and Other Native Peoples

Dr. Duran will discuss how historical trauma first came to his awareness as he was working with patients. He will also discuss trauma theory from both Traditional and Western worldviews as we work towards creating hybrid clinical strategies. In addition, Duran will discuss research methods that need to be re-invented in order to properly address evaluations of new therapies in our communities.

Agenda:

11:00 AM ET / 8:00 AM PT  Plenary: Healing the Soul Wound Across 14 Generations
    • Eduardo Duran, PhD
12:30 PM ET / 9:30 AM PT  Break and Networking Session
1:30 PM ET / 10:30 AM PT  Concurrent Workshops (Select the Workshops tab above to view workshop descriptions.)
    • Using Strengths-based Strategies in Challenging Conversations
    • Supporting Everyone’s Mental Health
    • These Next 4 Years – Children, Families, Poverty, Politics, and Policy
3:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM PT  Break
3:30 PM ET / 12:30 PM PT  Concurrent Workshops (Select the Workshops tab above to view workshop descriptions.)
    • Developing & Sustaining Relationships through Virtual Service Delivery
    • Elevating Equity, Inclusiveness, and Belongingness in Everyday Conversations and Interactions with Children, Families, and Communities
    • Justice for All: The Me, You, and We of Compassionate Presence
5:00 PM ET / 2:00 PM PT  Adjourn

Thursday April 8, 2021; 11 AM to 5 PM ET / 8 AM to 2 PM PT

Plenary Presentation – Covid-19 Impacts and Healing in Families and Communities of Color

Presenters:

  • Adrián Pedroza, National Director of Strategic Partnership for Abriendo Puertas/ Opening Doors, an evidence-based, two-generation parenting curriculum
  • Micker Richardson, MBA, Director, National American Indian and Alaska Native Head Start Collaboration Office
  • Kevin Simon, MD, Board-certified Psychiatrist who researches and writes extensively on health inequities, race, substance use, and social determinants of health

This conversation will explore the effects of Covid-19 on children and their families–particularly those living in Black, Brown, and Native communities–and the strengths and resilience these communities bring to healing and supporting their children’s healthy development and learning.

Agenda:

11:00 AM ET / 8:00 AM PT  Plenary: Covid-19 Impacts and Healing in Families and Communities of Color
    • Adrián Pedroza
    • Micker Richardson, MBA
    • Kevin Simon, MD
12:30 PM ET / 9:30 AM PT  Break and Networking
1:30 PM ET / 10:30 AM PT  Concurrent Workshops (Select the Workshops tab above to view workshop descriptions.)
    • Introducing the Touchpoints Approach: What It Is and Why It Matters
    • Using Strengths-based Strategies in Challenging Conversations
    • Supporting Everyone’s Mental Health
3:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM PT  Break
3:30 PM ET / 12:30 PM PT  Concurrent Workshops (Select the Workshops tab above to view workshop descriptions.)
    • Introducing the Developmental Journey Roadmap: A Tool for Talking with Families
    • Elevating Equity, Inclusiveness, and Belongingness in Everyday Conversations and Interactions with Children, Families, and Communities
    • Justice for All: The Me, You, and We of Compassionate Presence
5 PM ET / 2:00 PM PT  Adjourn

Tuesday, April 6 – Racism as a Societal Pathogen

Adiaha I. A. Spinks-Franklin, MD, is a developmental-behavioral pediatrician in the Meyer Center for Developmental Pediatrics at Texas Children’s Hospital and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine. She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Pediatrics and a member of the Society of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics, where she previously served as a member of the Board of Directors. A graduate of the Meharry Medical College School of Medicine in Nashville, Tenn., she completed a fellowship in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital, where she had the opportunity to work with Drs. T. Berry Brazelton, Allen Crocker, and Richard Ferber. During the fellowship, she earned a MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health, with concentrations in both family & community health and international health. Her research interests investigate health disparities in children with autism spectrum disorders, the mental health impact of adoption and trauma on children, and the cultural aspects of child development, including how racial and ethnic identity development influence academic outcomes in children. She is an ardent anti-racist who is involved in social justice medicine and leads a team of developmental-behavioral pediatricians (DBPs) called Race and Children Educational Collaborative of Anti-Racist DBPs (R.A.C.E. C.A.R.D). R.A.C.E C.A.R.D. conducts workshops and seminars around the country to train physicians and other health care providers to promote anti-racism in health care delivery.
 

Wednesday, April 7 – Healing the Soul Wound Across 14 Generations

Eduardo Duran, PhD, is a Vietnam Veteran who started his academic training after being discharged from the U.S. Navy. He has worked in Indigenous communities most of his professional life. Clinical work in communities has informed his theoretical formations, which have resulted in several papers and books, including Healing the Soul Wound: Counseling with American Indians and Other Native Peoples and Native American Postcolonial Psychology. His work is informed by traditional teachings from Native elders as he creates a hybrid model in his clinical practice to address the deeper issues resulting from soul wounding. Eduardo lives in Bozeman, Montana.
 

Thursday April 8 – Covid-19 Impacts and Healing in Families and Communities of Color

Adrián Pedroza is National Director of Strategic Partnership for Abriendo Puertas (AP/OD), or Opening Doors in English, which is an evidence-based, two-generation parenting curriculum that honors and supports parents as leaders of their families and their child’s first and most influential teacher. Abriendo Puertas partners with schools and family-serving organizations—including the Brazelton Touchpoints Center—to bring the curriculum to parents and communities nationwide, resulting in increased parent and community engagement in young children’s school success. Prior to joining AP/OD, Adrián served for 10 years as Executive Director of the Partnership for Community Action in New Mexico. There he adopted AP/OD as a core program that proved to be the gateway for Latino parent community engagement. In 2010, President Barack Obama appointed Adrián to the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, leading to six years of national focus on early childhood education. Adrián is a W.K. Kellogg Foundation Community Leadership Network Fellow, among other recognitions.
 
Micker (Mike) Richardson (Haliwa-Saponi), MBA, serves as the Director of the National American Indian and Alaska Native Head Start Collaboration Office. NAIANHSCO is committed to assisting Head Start grantees in developing collaborative partnerships to improve the quality of life for American Indian and Alaska Native children and families. The NAIANHSCO serves 154 AIAN Head Start programs in 26 different states and over 300 Tribes across the country. During his tenure as collaboration director, he has worked with Tribal programs and language partners to increase and expand Language/Culture Revitalization throughout Tribal communities, with the goal that all Tribal Head Start Programs and their communities have language programs for their youngest speakers and work toward restoring language for future generations. He is also the lead advocate on mental health and disabilities for all AIAN Head Start families. This work includes working with local, Tribal, state, and federal entities to ensure all Tribal children are receiving the appropriate services needed.
 
Kevin M. Simon, MD, is a board-certified psychiatrist whose research and writings on inequity, race, social determinants of health, and substance use have been published in NEJM, Health Equity, Health Affairs, Psychiatric Services, Psychiatric Times, Current Psychiatry, and Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics. He regularly presents at national conferences and has been featured on ABC News, FORBES, and NPR. Kevin completed a general psychiatry residency at Morehouse School of Medicine after graduating from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. He has received research support from the American Psychiatric Association, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, National Institute of Mental Health, National Institute of Drug Abuse, and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. He is currently completing dual fellowships in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine at Boston Children's Hospital.
Developing & Sustaining Relationships through Virtual Service Delivery

Virtual service delivery provides opportunities to develop new relationships and enhance existing ones. Through a lens of racial equity, our Virtual Service Delivery webinar series has focused on the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent shift to virtual service delivery on families and providers. The series has featured front-line professionals across early childhood and family-facing sectors who represent the racial, ethnic, cultural, regional, and socio-economic diversity of the communities we serve. In this session, we will highlight the lessons learned from the series and some of the practical and innovative strategies providers shared that can be applied to your work with families virtually.

This workshop is offered at the following times:

  • Tuesday, April 6, at 1:30 PM ET / 10:30 AM PT
  • Wednesday, April 7, at 3:30 PM ET / 12:30 PM PT

Facilitators:

  • Eva Rivera, MSW, Professional Development Program Manager and National Facilitator, Brazelton Touchpoints Center
  • Joelfre Grant, MAT, Assistant Director of Partnerships and Professional Development and Project Director, Tribal Initiative, Brazelton Touchpoints Center

 

Elevating Equity, Inclusiveness, and Belongingness in Everyday Conversations and Interactions with Children, Families, and Communities.

This interactive workshop will explore creative strategies for bringing an equity, inclusiveness, and belongingness (EIB) lens to our work with children, families, and communities. Key terms will be defined and examined. We will explore real-life examples that highlight how a shared EIB vision strengthens infant/child, family, and community well-being. We will discuss how an authentic, intentional, and meaningful EIB lens can significantly influence the socio-emotional and relational lives we experience.

This workshop is offered at the following times:

  • Tuesday, April 6, at 1:30 PM ET / 10:30 AM PT
  • Wednesday, April 7, at 3:30 PM ET / 12:30 PM PT
  • Thursday, April 8, at 3:30 PM ET / 12:30 PM PT

Facilitator:

  • Eurnestine Brown, PhD, Director of Relational Equity and Belonging, Brazelton Touchpoints Center

 

Introducing the Developmental Journey Roadmap:  A Tool for Talking with Families

This workshop introduces the Brazelton Developmental Journey Roadmap, which supports providers in having productive conversations with family caregivers of children from birth to age 5 about the results of developmental screenings. The tool assists with effective communication and relationship-building with caregivers that fully engages the family’s perspective, race, culture, and knowledge about their child. This process honors families’ concerns about and potential to contribute to the child's development. We will practice using the tool as a way to acknowledge that providers and families sometimes have differences of opinion about children and screening findings. They may also bring different perspectives based on their race and culture. We will discuss how to invite all perspectives into the conversation and find ways to move ahead with equitable, shared decision-making.

This workshop is offered at the following times:

  • Thursday, April 8, at 3:30 PM ET / 12:30 PM PT

Facilitators:

  • Jayne Singer, PhD, IECMH-E®, Clinical Psychologist, Boston Children’s Hospital; Director of Developmental and Relational Health, Brazelton Touchpoints Center
  • Dewana Thompson, PhD, Program Manager for Professional and Resource Development and National Facilitator, Brazelton Touchpoints Center

 

Introducing the Touchpoints Approach: What It Is and Why It Matters

Come learn about the Touchpoints Approach and how integrating it throughout an early childhood system supports outcomes for children, families, staff, programs, and organizations. The Touchpoints Approach focuses on implementing a set of strengths-based practices to improve parent-child, parent-provider, and provider-provider relationships that promote family health and wellness. Key to improving relationships is addressing our own racial and cultural biases that interfere with creating strong relationships. The Touchpoints Approach provides tools to uncover and address these biases and judgments through self-reflection and concrete strategies that lead to an organizational culture that supports equity.

This workshop is offered at the following times:

  • Tuesday, April 6, at 3:30 PM ET / 12:30 PM PT
  • Thursday, April 8, at 1:30 PM ET / 10:30 AM PT

Facilitators:

  • Mindy May, MS, Director of Partnerships and Professional Development and National Facilitator, Brazelton Touchpoints Center
  • Catherine Ayoub, MN, EdD, Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School; Director of Research and Evaluation, Brazelton Touchpoints Center

 

Justice for All: The Me, You, and We of Compassionate Presence

As we show up for justice and care in the world, how do we show up for ourselves, our loved ones, and the community at large? Join us for an interactive workshop where we can integrate in an embodied way the material from each day. We do this through the lens of the ME, YOU, and WE and will introduce you to different contemplative practices and storytelling each day that help us find a more just and compassionate world inside ourselves, with our loved ones, and with the world. These sessions will be offered in a hybrid Spanish/English format.

This workshop is offered at the following times:

  • Tuesday, April 6, at 3:30 PM ET / 12:30 PM PT
  • Wednesday, April 7, at 3:30 PM ET / 12:30 PM PT
  • Thursday, April 8, at 3:30 PM ET / 12:30 PM PT

Facilitators:

  • Foxy Davison, Community Coordinator, Metropolitan Seattle Sickle Cell Task Force; Facilitator, Mindfulness and Compassion Program, Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic, Seattle Children’s Hospital
  • Patty González, Parent Coordinator for Spanish-speaking Families, The Arc of King County; Facilitator, Mindfulness and Compassion Program, Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic, Seattle Children’s Hospital
  • Kelly Moore, PhD, Licensed Clinical Social Worker; Consultant, Courage of Care Coalition; Host, Compassionate Parent Collective

 

Supporting Everyone’s Mental Health: Building Resilience While Physical Distancing

Social isolation, racism, and other adversities can have a profound impact on parental mental health, affecting both parents and their children. In this workshop, we will consider the similarities between feelings of isolation and depression, paying close attention to the distinct needs and behaviors of parents experiencing depression and anxiety, particularly within the context of the past year. Stigma associated with mental health and the disproportionate lack of access to mental health services for people of color will be addressed. We will explore resilience and consider strategies for enhancing resilience in light of current times.

This workshop is offered at the following times:

  • Tuesday, April 6, at 1:30 PM ET / 10:30 AM PT
  • Wednesday, April 7, at 1:30 PM ET / 10:30 AM PT
  • Thursday, April 8, at 1:30 PM ET / 10:30 AM PT

Facilitators:

  • Debby Sosin, LICSW, Family Connections Director and National Facilitator, Brazelton Touchpoints Center
  • Heidi S. Roibal, MS, IMH-E®, Regional Coordinator, New Mexico Family Infant Toddler Program; National Facilitator, Brazelton Touchpoints Center; Faculty, Tribal MIECHV, ZERO TO THREE

 

These Next 4 Years – Children, Families, Poverty, Politics, and Policy

The pandemic has simultaneously cast a spotlight on poverty and inequity in the United States, and complicated the political environment in Washington, DC, needed to address these endemic problems in our society. Big, ambitious proposals that could lift significant numbers of children out of poverty and help change the life trajectory of children and families are being floated, including refundable monthly child tax credit payments and baby bonds. What is the outlook for anti-poverty policies in the coming four years? How can you make your voice heard on behalf of children and families? This workshop will explore the policy possibilities and steps you and others in your community can take to make a difference.

This workshop is offered at the following times:

  • Tuesday, April 6, at 3:30 PM ET / 12:30 PM PT
  • Wednesday, April 7, at 1:30 PM ET / 10:30 AM PT

Facilitator:

  • Catriona MacDonald, MPP, Founder and President of Linchpin Strategies, LLC, a Washington, DC, strategic consulting and government relations firm

 

Using Strengths-based Strategies in Challenging Conversations

Perspective-taking is an internal process of reflecting on our own and other’s perspectives or points of view. It is a strategy we can use to help us engage with families when having both comfortable and uncomfortable conversations. These conversations may be about a child’s behavior or a family’s choice. In the wake of the racial and political divisions in our country, many of us may find ourselves having to have uncomfortable conversations about race and racism with families. In this workshop, we will explore how race, culture, and bias affect our own and others’ perspectives. We will practice applying strengths-based attitudes and relationship-based strategies to assist us in having challenging conversations.

This workshop is offered at the following times:

  • Wednesday, April 7, at 1:30 PM ET / 10:30 AM PT
  • Thursday, April 8, at 1:30 PM ET / 10:30 AM PT

Facilitators:

  • Jayne Singer, PhD, IECMH-E®, Clinical Psychologist, Boston Children’s Hospital; Director of Developmental and Relational Health, Brazelton Touchpoints Center
  • Dewana Thompson, PhD, Program Manager for Professional and Resource Development and National Facilitator, Brazelton Touchpoints Center

Why Sponsor the 2021 National Forum?

  • Promote racial and social justice that supports healing, empathy, and constructive dialogue
  • Reach leaders, policymakers, and frontline providers across the family-facing fields including early education, perinatal, pediatric, Infant and parent mental health, social work, and home visiting among others expected to attend
  • Enable access through simultaneous Spanish language interpretation - our goal is to have interpretation for all three days, and sponsors help make that happen!
  • Connect with communities everywhere – BTC audiences come from all 50 states and several foreign countries including China, France, Italy, Portugal, Switzerland, the U.K., Brazil, Singapore and others.
  • Support professional development for providers partnering with families to face today’s challenges
  • Be part of a 25 year tradition of a Brazelton Touchpoints national forum centered on building relationships using strengths-based approaches for engaging and supporting all kinds of families in diverse communities everywhere
  • Celebrate and honor the champions of this work during a time of great uncertainty and difficulty for those on the frontlines

As a sponsor, you can reach communities and providers:

  • 500+ participants from early education, mental health, social work, and other family-facing fields expected to attend over three virtual days

  • 47,000+ participants in at least one BTC webinar or training in 2020; 15,000+ recording views on YouTube; 8,501 followers, friends and subscribers on social media platforms
  • 60+ organizational members in the BTC Learning Network, collectively employing thousands of professionals in 24 states and four countries
  • Over 100 active partnerships with community-based organizations, national entities government agencies, and Tribal nations

Sponsor Levels:

Sustainer - $15,000

  • Your name, logo and web link listed on ALL Forum materials and marketing collateral, including in-Forum presentations, post-Forum resources, BTC homepage and conference webpage, and social media
  • Full page, customizable ad in virtual program guide
  • Your name/logo identified as a BTC sponsor in ALL virtual webinars and trainings leading up to the Forum, and for three months following
  • Six special, customizable postings on BTC social media about your organization leading up to the Forum
  • Complimentary Forum attendance at all and any sessions for eight professionals per day from your organization (all sessions open)
Partner - $10,000

  • Your name, logo and web link listed on ALL Forum materials and marketing collateral, including in-Forum presentations, post-Forum resources, BTC homepage and conference webpage, and social media
  • Half page, customizable ad in virtual program guide
  • Your name/logo identified as a BTC sponsor in ALL BTC virtual webinars and trainings leading up to the Forum, and for one month following
  • Four special, customizable postings on BTC social media about your organization leading up to the Forum
  • Complimentary tickets for six professionals from your organization to attend the Forum (all days)
Advocate - $5,000

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  • Quarter page, customizable ad in virtual program guide
  • Your name/logo identified as a BTC sponsor in all BTC virtual webinars and trainings leading up to the Forum
  • Two special, customizable postings on BTC social media about your organization leading up to the Forum
  • Complimentary tickets for three professionals from your organization to attend the Forum (all days)

Be a Ticket Angel – Can’t attend but want to make sure others can? Be a ticket angel and help a provider in the field be a part of the learning and healing. Ticket “Angels” will be publicly recognized at the National Forum, including in the virtual program guide (Angels can opt to remain anonymous).

For more information on sponsorship opportunities or becoming a Ticket Angel, please contact Michael Accardi at michael.accardi@childrens.harvard.edu.