Event Calendar

Aug
13
Thu
WEBINAR: Building Resilience while Social Distancing: Parental Depression and Coping
Aug 13 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Social isolation can have a profound impact on parental mental health and resilience, affecting both parents and their children. This webinar will explore the similarities between isolation and depression, paying close attention to the distinct needs and behaviors of parents suffering from depression and anxiety. You will learn coping skills you can share with parents to address the effects of isolation in the short and long terms. You will also learn when to consult with mental health professionals in your work with families.

Register here.

Aug
17
Mon
ONLINE COURSE: Touchpoints: The How of Child and Family Engagement
Aug 17 @ 12:00 pm

Brazelton Touchpoints is an evidence-based approach to building strong family-child relationships from before birth through age 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 eight modules. Each module will take approximately 3 hours to complete. 

Course Format: 
This course begins on Monday, August 17, 2020. It includes eight online modules, followed by six monthly one-hour virtual reflective practice sessions. Each module includes one live, synchronous webinar session per week.

Click here to view the Course Schedule.

# 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 25 

Price: 
$750 

For more information on this course, contact us at btcsitenetwork@childrens.harvard.edu
Aug
19
Wed
WEBINAR: Providing Staff Support and Supervision Virtually
Aug 19 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

We are physically distanced right now, but staff members continue to need support and supervision. Effective staff support requires regular contact, time for reflection, connection with other team members, and continuous feedback. This webinar will explore strategies for providing staff support and supervision virtually.

This webinar is part of our free, six-part Virtual Service Delivery Webinar Series. All professionals who work with families of young children—including those who work in health care, early care and education, early intervention, child welfare, and family support—are encouraged to attend these webinars.

Learn more and register here.

Aug
20
Thu
WEBINAR: Nurturing the Nurturer: Self-care for Providers & Parents
Aug 20 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

In times of stress and crisis, we all need to take care of ourselves. Yet many people in caring professions and family members neglect their own mental health as they prioritize their care for others. This webinar will explore self-care practices for early care professionals and the families they work with. You will be introduced to a variety of self-care strategies, and learn why we all need self-care, particularly during extremely stressful times. You will learn how to make the oftentimes difficult shift from nurturing others to nurturing yourself first.

Register here.

Aug
25
Tue
WEBINAR: A View from All Sides: Perspective-Taking to Support Family Engagement
Aug 25 @ 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. 

# of hours:
A 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

This webinar 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.

Sep
1
Tue
WEBINAR: Choosing Your Attitude: Using Strengths-Based Family Assumptions
Sep 1 @ 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. 

# of hours:
A 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

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

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.

Sep
2
Wed
WEBINAR: Developmental Screenings on Your Screen
Sep 2 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Have you ever tried to screen a child when they were not in the room with you? This may sound like a daunting task, but it is possible! This webinar will focus on the unique challenges and strategies for completing screenings through virtual visits.

This webinar is part of our free, six-part Virtual Service Delivery Webinar Series. All professionals who work with families of young children—including those who work in health care, early care and education, early intervention, child welfare, and family support—are encouraged to attend these webinars.

Learn more and register here. 

Sep
8
Tue
WEBINAR: I Hear You: Active Listening to Engage Families
Sep 8 @ 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. 

# of hours:
A 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

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

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. 

Sep
15
Tue
WEBINAR: The Power of Observation: Connecting with Families Through the Child’s Behavior
Sep 15 @ 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.

# of hours:
A 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

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

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. 

Sep
16
Wed
WEBINAR: Challenging Conversations with Families Virtually
Sep 16 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

It’s easy when it’s easy, and it’s hard when it’s hard. With the overwhelming presence and impact of both COVID-19 and racism, we know that families are experiencing stress and trauma in new ways. Conversations about the current challenges we all face are hard. This webinar will explore how we can have these challenging conversations with families and how these conversations offer opportunities for us to deepen our relationships with them.

This webinar is part of our free, six-part Virtual Service Delivery Webinar Series. All professionals who work with families of young children—including those who work in health care, early care and education, early intervention, child welfare, and family support—are encouraged to attend these webinars.

Learn more and register here.