Challenging conversations are an inevitable part of building trusting relationships with families, colleagues, and partners. While these conversations can be uncomfortable, they are also opportunities for self-reflection and growth. In this workshop series, we explore how racism, culture, and bias may affect when and how we experience conversations as challenging. We practice applying a strengths-based approach to effectively engage in challenging conversations.
This series is designed for all professionals who work with families of young children, including child care educators, family child care providers, home visitors, pediatricians, child welfare workers, early intervention educators, and more.
- Lisa Desrochers, Project Director, Special Initiatives, and National Facilitator at the Brazelton Touchpoints Center
Each workshop is 90 minutes. All workshops have live Spanish translation and closed captioning available!
Price: $35/workshop or $95 for all 3 workshops
BTC Learning Network Member Price: $33/workshop or $90 for all 3
Can’t attend the live workshops? Register to access the recordings! All registrants will have access to the webinar recording for 30 days.
Workshop 1: The Why of Challenging Conversations
Uncovering how our own cultures, experiences, and biases affect what we consider challenging is a critical step toward effectively navigating challenging conversations. Come explore what impacts what we see as challenging and why.
Workshop 2: The What of Challenging Conversations
Topics we find challenging to discuss can include behaviors we find difficult, concerns about a child’s development, family relationships, and family well-being. What these topics have in common is they can make us uncomfortable. Come explore why these topics are hard not only for us but also for families, colleagues, and partners. Learn what we can do to promote productive and collaborative conversations about challenging topics.
Workshop 3: The How of Challenging Conversations
Focusing on families’ strengths makes us more effective at navigating challenging conversations. Perspective-taking and having a strengths-based mindset help us recognize and elevate what each person brings to the conversation. Come explore strengths-based strategies we can use to better engage with families every day and during times when conversations may be challenging.