Event Calendar

Apr
12
Mon
WEBINAR: No Instructions: Development Across the Early Years – The Imagined versus the Real
Apr 12 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

This free webinar series will offer honest conversations for Black parents and between Black parents. Join the open conversations with inspiring guests. We hope the Parenting While Black series will provide a welcoming space for sharing strength-based and culturally responsive ideas.  The series will cover issues pertaining to raising Black children and families, including but not limited to:

  • The collective experience of Black parenting, while recognizing the “differences”
  • Raising resilient and culturally strong Black children
  • Mental health during pregnancy, postpartum, and beyond (i.e., depression, anxiety, grief, anger)
  • Navigating pregnancy, fertility, and birth options
  • Health inequities for Black families
  • Developmental process and disabilities across the early years
  • Strategies for building and maintaining resilience in Black children and families

During each session, participants will be invited to reflect and share their experiences as Black families.

Each webinar is 1-hour long and will be moderated by Eurnestine Brown, Ph.D., Director of Relational Equity and Belonging at Brazelton Touchpoints Center. 

Participants can register for the entire series or for individual webinars.

Webinar 5: No Instructions: Development Across the Early Years – The Imagined versus the Real
Monday, April 12, 2021, 4:00 PM ET / 1:00 PM PT

Once your baby is born, what’s next? Let’s talk about the imagined versus the real stories of infancy and toddlerhood. We will engage in a conversation about the developmental process. How do we embrace children’s behavior in the context of culture? How do we navigate early intervention services and individualized education plans, especially around potential familial and cultural perceptions of developmental disabilities?  You will learn strategies and concrete steps you can take to advocate for your child in different settings and within your family.

Register here

Apr
26
Mon
High-Risk Newborn Behavioral Observations System (NBO) Online Training
Apr 26 – Apr 27 all-day

April 26 & 27, 2021; 9:00 AM ET – 5:00 PM ET each day

NBO trainings for professionals working with high-risk infants share the same basic curriculum, theoretical content, and certification process as standard NBO trainings. The faculty for the NBO training for high-risk infants are both pediatric physical therapists with particular expertise in infants in EI and NICU settings. These trainings are therefore especially suited to professionals working specifically with high-risk infants.

The Newborn Behavioral Observations system (NBO) is an infant-focused, family-centered relationship-building tool designed to sensitize parents to their baby’s competencies, challenges, and individuality, with the goal of fostering the development of a positive parent-infant relationship from the very beginning. The NBO system consists of a set of 18 neurobehavioral observations, which describe the newborn’s capacities and behavioral adaptation from birth to the third month of life. The 18 NBO items include observations of the infant’s:

  • quality of motor tone and activity level
  • capacity for self-regulation (including crying and consoling)
  • response to stress (indices of the infant’s threshold for stimulation)
  • visual, auditory, and social-interactive capacities (degree of alertness and response to both human and non-human stimuli)

Importantly, the NBO is NOT an assessment but rather a structured set of shared observations designed to help the clinician and parent learn together about the infant’s behavioral capacities and identify the kind of support the infant needs for optimal growth and development. The NBO is therefore inherently interactive and family-centered, so that parents are involved as partners in the NBO session.

Course Format:
This course includes 11.5 hours of live online training workshops. Workshops include a combination of lectures, interactive video case study sessions, small-group breakout discussions, and hands-on practice with dolls. Following the workshops, two mentoring sessions will be offered at 1 month and 3 months after the live workshops. To obtain certification in the NBO, trainees submit 5 NBO Recording and Parent Summary Forms for review and critique by their faculty.

Cost: 
Non-physician $650
Physician $750

Tuition includes: 

  • access to pre-training activities and all materials
  • NBO kit
  • NBO training completion certificate
  • CME/CEU credit (11.5 hours across many disciplines)
  • two full-day or three partial-day interactive Zoom training
  • post-training follow-up reflective practice/mentoring sessions with your faculty at 1 and 3 months post-training
  • ongoing access to faculty and other participants through our online discussion forum
  • faculty review and individualized feedback of your certification materials

Learn more and register!

WEBINAR: Embracing the Brilliance and Resilience in Black Families
Apr 26 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

This free webinar series will offer honest conversations for Black parents and between Black parents. Join the open conversations with inspiring guests. We hope the Parenting While Black series will provide a welcoming space for sharing strength-based and culturally responsive ideas.  The series will cover issues pertaining to raising Black children and families, including but not limited to:

  • The collective experience of Black parenting, while recognizing the “differences”
  • Raising resilient and culturally strong Black children
  • Mental health during pregnancy, postpartum, and beyond (i.e., depression, anxiety, grief, anger)
  • Navigating pregnancy, fertility, and birth options
  • Health inequities for Black families
  • Developmental process and disabilities across the early years
  • Strategies for building and maintaining resilience in Black children and families

During each session, participants will be invited to reflect and share their experiences as Black families.

Each webinar is 1-hour long and will be moderated by Eurnestine Brown, Ph.D., Director of Relational Equity and Belonging at Brazelton Touchpoints Center. 

Participants can register for the entire series or for individual webinars.

Webinar 6: Embracing the Brilliance and Resilience in Black Families
Monday, April 26, 2021, 4:00 PM ET / 1:00 PM PT

During this conversation, we will highlight the brilliance and resilience of Black children and families. We will discuss strategies Black families have utilized to protect and raise up their children. Join the final conversation and share your hopes and dreams for our families, communities, and future generations.

Register here

Apr
28
Wed
WEBINAR: Listening to Transgender Children, Transforming Ourselves
Apr 28 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Returning for a third season of engaging dialogue, BTC’s Learning to Listen: Conversations for Change features luminaries across the family-facing fields exploring the current and emerging issues facing children and families today.

Each webinar is 1-hour long with an interactive Q&A session. Participants can register for the entire series or for individual webinars.

Registration is free and live Spanish language translation is offered at all conversations. 

Listening to Transgender Children, Transforming Ourselves

Debi Jackson describes herself as a military “brat” from Alabama, raised in an evangelical conservative family. She will join Dr. Sparrow in conversation about how she came to understand that her transgender daughter was a messenger who came to teach her to listen and to launch her on her life’s mission: to help us to listen to children’s messages that are hard to hear, that may call into question everything we were brought up to believe.

Debi Jackson is a nationally-known advocate for transgender rights. She is the mother of a transgender child and frequently travels to speak about trans kids. She was recently awarded the 2016 Role Model Award by the National Education Association’s GLBT Caucus. Through her advocacy, she works with esteemed organizations such as PFLAG, the Human Rights Campaign, Gender Odyssey, and The Trevor Project. Her involvement with these organizations, as well as her personal connection to several thousand transgender adults and families with transgender children has enhanced her knowledge and understanding of trans-inclusivity needs and solutions.

May
3
Mon
REGISTRATION FULL: Touchpoints: The How of Child and Family Engagement
May 3 all-day

Registration for this course is full, but we have courses beginning in July and October. Registration will open soon! If you would like to be put on a waiting list to be notified when registration opens for our next offering, please email btcsitenetwork@childrens.harvard.edu.

Brazelton Touchpoints is an evidence-based approach to building strong family-child relationships from before birth through 5. Providers who implement Touchpoints in their practice partner with families to lay the vital foundation for children’s early learning and healthy development. This course consists of four modules. Each module will take approximately 6 hours to complete.

Course Format:
This course includes four weekly online modules, followed by six monthly one-hour virtual reflective practice sessions. Each module includes one live, synchronous webinar session per week, online discussion, and reflection activities.

Click Here for Brazelton Touchpoints Center Virtual Learning Readiness Checklist

# of hours:
28

Audience:
Professionals who work with families of young children, including child care educators, family child care providers, home visitors, pediatricians, early intervention educators, and more

What you will learn:

  • Strategies for building partnerships with parents that promote family strengths
  • A framework to understand why children’s behavior can sometimes be challenging and confusing
  • Techniques for talking with families about child development concerns
  • How to actively listen to families and collaboratively solve problems related to child development or a child-family relationship

Number of participants:
Minimum of 14
Maximum of 18

Price:
$750

Would you like to bring this course or another BTC training to your program, organization, or community? Our facilitators can offer our courses online to your specific group. We can also customize trainings to meet your program’s or organization’s professional development needs. Contact us today for more information: btcsitenetwork@childrens.harvard.edu

May
6
Thu
WEBINAR: A View from All Sides: Perspective-Taking to Support Family Engagement
May 6 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

When interacting with families, finding common ground is critical. Taking multiple perspectives on a situation can help family-facing providers identify a common place where we can join with families. This requires reflecting on all points of view: one’s own, the child’s, and that of their family members. In this webinar, you will learn how to use perspective-taking to connect with families in their child’s care and development. You will learn about family engagement strategies for Perspective Taking that you can immediately apply to your work. Register here.

Course Format:
Live Interactive Webinar on Thursday, May 6, 2021 1:00 PM ET
Live Spanish Translation Available!

# of hours:
1.5 – clock hour certificate will be provided

Audience:
Professionals who work with families of young children, including child care educators, family child care providers, home visitors, pediatricians, early intervention educators, and more.

What you will learn:

    • How perspective-taking supports relationship-building with families
    • Strategies for taking all perspectives: one’s own, the child’s, and their family members’

Price:
$30/webinar or $125 for all 5 Webinars

BTC Learning Network Member Price: $28/webinar or $120 for all 5
Click Here for more information on the BTC Learning Network

This course is a part of the Strengths-Based Family Engagement Webinar Series. Building relationships with families is one of the most important things that family-facing providers do. Yet, building collaborative, trusting relationships is not always easy. Research shows that using a strengths-based approach to family engagement supports the well-being of the family. In this webinar series, you will explore strategies that can help you cultivate a strengths-based mindset for engaging with families and developing a shared partnership. You can register for each webinar individually or sign up for the whole series.

Would you like to bring this course or another BTC training to your program, organization, or community? BTC facilitators can offer our courses online to your community. We can also customize trainings to meet your program’s or organization’s professional development needs. Contact us today for more information: btcsitenetwork@childrens.harvard.edu

May
12
Wed
WEBINAR: Uniting Worldviews to Advance Relationships in Indigenous Communities
May 12 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Returning for a third season of engaging dialogue, BTC’s Learning to Listen: Conversations for Change features luminaries across the family-facing fields exploring the current and emerging issues facing children and families today.

Each webinar is 1-hour long with an interactive Q&A session. Participants can register for the entire series or for individual webinars.

Registration is free and live Spanish language translation is offered at all conversations. 

Uniting Worldviews to Advance Relationships in Indigenous Communities

This virtual presentation will examine how NICWA has used the intersection between the linear worldview of Western culture, helping, and research, and the relational worldview of Indigenous peoples and organizations to advance the interests of Indigenous children and families. NICWA’s success as a community development, training, and advocacy organization has been built on its culturally-based approach. The speaker will share the story of this process as an example of decolonizing relationships between mainstream service providers and researchers and Indigenous communities.

Terry (Ha-ne-ga-noh) Gross, MSW, an enrolled member of the Seneca Nation, received his master’s degree in social work from Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. He is the founding executive director of NICWA, now serving as a senior advisor. He is the author of Positive Indian Parenting and co-authored Towards a Culturally Competent System of Care, published by Georgetown University. He has 47 years of experience in child welfare, including 10 years of direct practice.

May
13
Thu
WEBINAR: Choosing Your Attitude: Using Strength-Based Family Assumptions
May 13 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Providers’ assumptions and emotions can sometimes get in the way of effective engagement with families. For example, when a family doesn’t follow through on a recommendation, the provider can become frustrated. Choosing to adopt strength-based family assumptions supports providers in discovering the strengths of the families with whom they work, which leads to improved relationships. In this webinar, you will learn how to use strengths-based assumptions in our interactions with families. You will learn about family engagement strategies for using the Strengths-Based Family Assumptions that you can immediately apply to your work. Register here.

Course Format:
Live Interactive Webinar on Thursday, May 13, 2021 1:00 PM ET
Live Spanish Translation Available!

# of hours:
1.5 – clock hour certificate will be provided

Audience:
Professionals who work with families of young children, including child care educators, family child care providers, home visitors, pediatricians, early intervention educators, and more.

What you will learn:

    • What a strength-based family assumption is
    • How to use strength-based family assumptions to focus on the strengths in a family

Number of participants:
Maximum of 500

Price:
$30/webinar or $125 for all 5 Webinars

BTC Learning Network Member Price: $28/webinar or $120 for all 5
Click Here for more information on the BTC Learning Network

This course is a part of the Strengths-Based Family Engagement Webinar Series. Building relationships with families is one of the most important things that family-facing providers do. Yet, building collaborative, trusting relationships is not always easy. Research shows that using a strengths-based approach to family engagement supports the well-being of the family. In this webinar series, you will explore strategies that can help you cultivate a strengths-based mindset for engaging with families and developing a shared partnership. You can register for each webinar individually or sign up for the whole series.

Would you like to bring this course or another BTC training to your program, organization, or community? BTC facilitators can offer our courses online to your community. We can also customize trainings to meet your program’s or organization’s professional development needs. Contact us today for more information: btcsitenetwork@childrens.harvard.edu

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May
20
Thu
WEBINAR: I Hear You: Active Listening to Engage Families
May 20 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Learning from families what is happening in their lives is crucial to being able to support them. However, sometimes families don’t come out and tell us what is going on. This is where active listening can help. When we listen to understand what is most important to the family in that moment, we can join with parents in their hopes, dreams, and goals for their child. In this webinar, we will explore some specific listening techniques that can help providers deepen their connections with parents. You will learn about family engagement strategies for listening actively that you can immediately apply to your work. Register here.

Course Format:
Live Interactive Webinar on Thursday, May 20, 2021 1:00 PM ET
Live Spanish Translation Available!

# of hours:
1.5 – clock hour certificate will be provided

Audience:
Professionals who work with families of young children, including child care educators, family child care providers, home visitors, pediatricians, early intervention educators, and more.

What you will learn:

    • Active listening skills, including being present, paraphrasing, and offering engaging questions and statements
    • How active listening supports effective two- way communication

Number of participants:
Maximum of 500

Price:
$30/webinar or $125 for all 5 Webinars

BTC Learning Network Member Price: $28/webinar or $120 for all 5
Click Here for more information on the BTC Learning Network

This course is a part of the Strengths-Based Family Engagement Webinar Series. Building relationships with families is one of the most important things that family-facing providers do. Yet, building collaborative, trusting relationships is not always easy. Research shows that using a strengths-based approach to family engagement supports the well-being of the family. In this webinar series, you will explore strategies that can help you cultivate a strengths-based mindset for engaging with families and developing a shared partnership. You can register for each webinar individually or sign up for the whole series.

Would you like to bring this course or another BTC training to your program, organization, or community? BTC facilitators can offer our courses online to your community. We can also customize trainings to meet your program’s or organization’s professional development needs. Contact us today for more information: btcsitenetwork@childrens.harvard.edu

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May
27
Thu
WEBINAR: The Power of Observation: Connecting with Families Through the Child’s Behavior
May 27 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Connecting with families of young children can be challenging. They are busy, the children are busy, and providers are busy. When providers share with families specific details of what they notice about their child—such as their interests or temperament—they open the door to connecting. In this webinar, participants will learn specific steps for using the child’s behavior to open up communication with the family. You will learn about family engagement strategies for Connecting with Families through the Child’s Behavior that you can immediately apply to your work. Register here.

Course Format:
Live Interactive Webinar on Thursday, May 27, 2021 1:00 PM ET
Live Spanish Translation Available!

# of hours:
1.5 – clock hour certificate will be provided

Audience:
Professionals who work with families of young children, including child care educators, family child care providers, home visitors, pediatricians, early intervention educators, and more.

What you will learn:

    • How using the child’s behavior supports family engagement
    • Strategies for using the child’s behavior to open up communication with the family

Number of participants:
Maximum of 500

Price:
$30/webinar or $125 for all 5 Webinars

BTC Learning Network Member Price: $28/webinar or $120 for all 5
Click Here for more information on the BTC Learning Network

This course is a part of the Strengths-Based Family Engagement Webinar Series. Building relationships with families is one of the most important things that family-facing providers do. Yet, building collaborative, trusting relationships is not always easy. Research shows that using a strengths-based approach to family engagement supports the well-being of the family. In this webinar series, you will explore strategies that can help you cultivate a strengths-based mindset for engaging with families and developing a shared partnership. You can register for each webinar individually or sign up for the whole series.

Would you like to bring this course or another BTC training to your program, organization, or community? BTC facilitators can offer our courses online to your community. We can also customize trainings to meet your program’s or organization’s professional development needs. Contact us today for more information: btcsitenetwork@childrens.harvard.edu

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