Valuing Passion: Connecting with Families Around What They Care About

Families show us a wide range of emotions, both positive and negative, as they navigate through their ever-changing experiences (e.g., routines, new skills, discipline, feeding) with their child. The negative emotions that families sometimes show can be challenging for providers to manage. Reframing these emotions as coming from a family’s passion for their child can strengthen our partnerships with families. In this workshop, we explore ways to value families’ passion as an engagement strategy.

Course Format:
Live Interactive Webinar on Tuesday, December 14, 2021 @ 12:00 PM ET / 9:00 AM PT
Live Spanish translation and closed captioning 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, infant and early childhood mental health consultants, and more.

What you will learn:

  • How to recognize what a family cares about
  • How to reframe a family’s passion for the benefit of the family partnership

Price: $35/webinar or $150 for all 5 Webinars

BTC Learning Network Member Price: $33/webinar or $145 for all 5
(Click here for information on joining the BTC Learning Network.)

Can’t attend the live workshop? Register to receive access to the recording! All registrants will have access to the workshop recording for 30 days.

Want to purchase a group of seats for your staff or grantees? Contact us!

This course is a part of the Strengths-Based Family Engagement Workshop 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 series, you will explore strategies that can help you further cultivate a strengths-based mindset for engaging with families and developing a shared partnership. You can register for each workshop individually or sign up for the whole series.

Would you like to bring this workshop or another BTC training to your program, organization, or community?

BTC facilitators can offer our courses online to your specific group. We can also customize trainings to meet your program’s or organization’s professional learning needs. Contact us today for more information.

The Power of Observation: Connecting with Families Through the Child’s Behavior

Finding ways to connect with families of young children can be challenging. 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 workshop, participants will learn specific steps for using the child’s behavior to open up communication with the family.

Course Format:
Live Interactive Webinar on Tuesday, December 7, 2021 @ 12:00 PM ET / 9:00 AM PT
Live Spanish translation and closed captioning 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, infant and early childhood mental health consultants, 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: $35/webinar or $150 for all 5 Webinars

BTC Learning Network Member Price: $33/webinar or $145 for all 5
(Click here for information on joining the BTC Learning Network.)

Can’t attend the live workshop? Register to receive access to the recording! All registrants will have access to the workshop recording for 30 days.

Want to purchase a group of seats for your staff or grantees? Contact us!

This course is a part of the Strengths-Based Family Engagement Workshop 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 series, you will explore strategies that can help you further cultivate a strengths-based mindset for engaging with families and developing a shared partnership. You can register for each workshop individually or sign up for the whole series.

Would you like to bring this workshop or another BTC training to your program, organization, or community?

BTC facilitators can offer our courses online to your specific group. We can also customize trainings to meet your program’s or organization’s professional learning needs. Contact us today for more information.

I Hear You: Active Listening to Engage Families

Learning from families about what is happening in their lives is crucial to being able to support them. However, sometimes it takes time for families to 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, we can join with families in their hopes, dreams, and goals for their child. In this workshop, we explore some specific listening techniques that can help providers deepen their connections with families.

Course Format:
Live Interactive Webinar on Tuesday, November 30, 2021 @ 12:00 PM ET / 9:00 AM PT
Live Spanish translation and closed captioning 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, infant and early childhood mental health consultants, 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: $35/webinar or $150 for all 5 Webinars

BTC Learning Network Member Price: $33/webinar or $145 for all 5
(Click here for information on joining the BTC Learning Network.)

Can’t attend the live workshop? Register to receive access to the recording! All registrants will have access to the workshop recording for 30 days.

Want to purchase a group of seats for your staff or grantees? Contact us!

This course is a part of the Strengths-Based Family Engagement Workshop 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 series, you will explore strategies that can help you further cultivate a strengths-based mindset for engaging with families and developing a shared partnership. You can register for each workshop individually or sign up for the whole series.

Would you like to bring this workshop or another BTC training to your program, organization, or community?

BTC facilitators can offer our courses online to your specific group. We can also customize trainings to meet your program’s or organization’s professional learning needs. Contact us today for more information.

Choosing Your Attitude: Using Strengths-Based Family Assumptions

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 workshop, you will learn how to use strengths-based assumptions in our interactions with families.

Course Format:
Live Interactive Webinar on Tuesday, November 16, 2021 @ 12:00 PM ET / 9:00 AM PT
Live Spanish translation and closed captioning 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, infant and early childhood mental health consultants, 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: $35/webinar or $150 for all 5 Webinars

BTC Learning Network Member Price: $33/webinar or $145 for all 5
(Click here for information on joining the BTC Learning Network.)

Can’t attend the live workshop? Register to receive access to the recording! All registrants will have access to the workshop recording for 30 days.

Want to purchase a group of seats for your staff or grantees? Contact us!

This course is a part of the Strengths-Based Family Engagement Workshop 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 series, you will explore strategies that can help you further cultivate a strengths-based mindset for engaging with families and developing a shared partnership. You can register for each workshop individually or sign up for the whole series.

Would you like to bring this workshop or another BTC training to your program, organization, or community?

BTC facilitators can offer our courses online to your specific group. We can also customize trainings to meet your program’s or organization’s professional learning needs. Contact us today for more information.

A View from All Sides: Perspective-Taking to Support Family Engagement

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 workshop, you will learn how to use perspective-taking to connect with families in their child’s care and development.

Course Format:
Live Interactive Webinar on Tuesday, November 9, 2021 @ 12:00 PM ET / 9:00 AM PT
Live Spanish translation and closed captioning 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, infant and early childhood mental health consultants, 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: $35/webinar or $150 for all 5 Webinars

BTC Learning Network Member Price: $33/webinar or $145 for all 5
(Click here for information on joining the BTC Learning Network.)

Can’t attend the live workshop? Register to receive access to the recording! All registrants will have access to the workshop recording for 30 days.

Want to purchase a group of seats for your staff or grantees? Contact us!

This course is a part of the Strengths-Based Family Engagement Workshop 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 series, you will explore strategies that can help you further cultivate a strengths-based mindset for engaging with families and developing a shared partnership. You can register for each workshop individually or sign up for the whole series.

Would you like to bring this workshop or another BTC training to your program, organization, or community?

BTC facilitators can offer our courses online to your specific group. We can also customize trainings to meet your program’s or organization’s professional learning needs. Contact us today for more information.

Touchpoints: The How of Child and Family Engagement

Brazelton Touchpoints is an evidence-based approach to building strong  family-provider and 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.

Course Format:
This course includes nine weekly online modules, including a 1-hour live introduction/orientation and eight 1.5-hour live sessions. The live sessions begin on Thursday, January 13, at 4 pm ET, and continue weekly through March 10. Each module takes about 3 hours to complete and includes the live, synchronous webinar session; online discussion; and reflection activities. The modules are followed by six monthly one-hour virtual reflective practice sessions. Attendance is required at live sessions. Sessions are not recorded.

Click here for Brazelton Touchpoints Center’s Virtual Learning Readiness Checklist.

# of hours:
28

Audience:
All professionals who work with families of young children, including child care educators, family child care providers, home visitors, pediatricians, early intervention educators, infant and early childhood mental health consultants, 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 10
Maximum of 18

Price:
$750

CEUs:
This course is approved for 20.35 Continuing Education Credits for physicians, nurses, social workers, and psychologists. Click here for details.

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.

The Development is a Journey Conversation Roadmap: A Tool for Talking with Families

We all know how critical early identification and intervention is to promote a child’s optimal development. Yet, developmental screening results and concerns can be anxiety-provoking for families and providers. The Brazelton Touchpoints Center has developed a new tool to help family-facing providers have collaborative and productive conversations with families about developmental screening results. The Development is a Journey Conversation Roadmap facilitates these conversations with seven simple steps to enhance the provider-parent partnership and engage parents and other caregivers in planning for their child’s developmental needs.

This 3-hour, interactive workshop introduces participants to the Roadmap and its focus on honoring families’ knowledge of their child. We will explore why providers and families sometimes have differences of opinion about children and screenings. We will practice strengths-based ways to invite all perspectives into the conversation and move ahead with equitable shared decision-making.

In this workshop, participants will:

  • Explore the seven steps in the Roadmap tool
  • Learn strategies to engage parents and families in the developmental screening process
  • Practice having conversations about developmental screening results that honor families’ perspectives, cultures, and values
  • Learn strategies to elicit parents’ observations of their children’s strengths, as well as their concerns about their children’s behavior and development
  • Practice sharing their own observations of children’s behavior with parents
  • Practice next steps when a developmental screener yields reason for concern

Course Format:
Monday, October 25, 2021 12:00 – 3:00 PM ET / 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM PT
Live, interactive online workshop via Zoom, with small-group activities in breakout rooms
Live Spanish Translation Available!

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

Audience:
This workshop is for all family-facing providers — and their supervisors — who engage with families of young children around developmental screening, including early care and education professionals, home visitors, pediatricians, pediatric nurse practitioners, early interventionists, and more.

Presenters/Facilitators:

  • Jayne Singer, PhD, IECMH-E®, Director of Developmental and Relational Health, Brazelton Touchpoints Center; Clinical Psychologist, Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Dewana Thompson, PhD, Director of the National Facilitator Team, Brazelton Touchpoints Center

Number of participants:
Maximum of 500

Price: $75
BTC Learning Network Member Price: $71
Click Here for information on joining the BTC Learning Network.

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 specific group. We can also customize trainings to meet your program’s or organization’s professional development needs. Contact us today for more information!

Indigenous Wisdom for Listening to Children and Families

Returning for a sixth season of engaging dialogue, BTC’s Learning to Listen: Conversations for Change features luminaries across the family-facing fields who are exploring current and emerging issues facing children and families today. Each conversation is facilitated by BTC Executive Director Dr. Joshua Sparrow.

Each free webinar is 1-hour long with an interactive Q&A session. Live Spanish language translation is offered at all conversations.

In this conversation, Dr. Hinemoa Elder, MNZM, will share some of her reflections as a Māori child and adolescent psychiatrist, with the aim of broadening our focus in order to foster and maintain well-being for families.

Dr. Hinemoa Elder, MNZM, is of Te Aupouri, Ngāti Kurī, Te Rarawa, and Ngāpuhi nui tonu descent. She is an advocate for Te Reo Māori — the Māori language and the cultural knowledge the language embodies. A child and adolescent psychiatrist, Dr. Elder works clinically in community, inpatient, and forensic settings, and has conducted research grounded in Māori methodology and ways of knowing and being on traumatic brain injury in young people, and dementia from a Māori perspective. A Fellow of the Royal Australia and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, Dr. Elder received the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2019 for services to Māori and Psychiatry. She is the Chair of the Indigenous Working Group of the International Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists and Allied Professionals (IACAPAP) and is on the working group for child and adolescent psychiatry of the World Psychiatric Association. Before beginning her medical career, Dr. Elder hosted a a live daily children’s television program in Aotearoa. In 2021, her best-selling book, Aroha: Māori wisdom for a contented life lived in harmony with our planet, became listed on the Oprah Winfrey Book Club.

How to Call People In (Instead of Calling Them Out)

Returning for a sixth season of engaging dialogue, BTC’s Learning to Listen: Conversations for Change features luminaries across the family-facing fields who are exploring current and emerging issues facing children and families today. Each conversation is facilitated by BTC Executive Director Dr. Joshua Sparrow.

Each free webinar is 1-hour long with an interactive Q&A session. Live Spanish language translation is offered at all conversations.

In this conversation, Professor Loretta J. Ross will share stances, skills, and strategies for listening to those with whom we disagree. She will discuss how we can call in those whose implicit or explicit biases limit what they hear into productive conversations and new understandings.

Professor in the Program for the Study of Women and Gender at Smith College, Loretta J. Ross teaches courses on white supremacy, human rights, and calling in the calling out culture. Professor Ross co-created the theory of reproductive justice in 1994 and has dedicated much of her career to health and reproductive justice for women of color. She has served as Executive Director of the D.C. Rape Crisis Center, National Program Director of the National Black Women’s Health Project, National Coordinator of the Sister Song Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective, and National Co-Director of the March for Women’s Lives (Washington D.C, April 25, 2004). A self-described radical Black feminist, Professor Ross is also an activist and public intellectual, and has co-authored three books on reproductive justice: Undivided Rights: Women of Color Organize for Reproductive Justice (2004); Reproductive Justice: An Introduction (2017); and Radical Reproductive Justice: Foundations, Theory, Practice, Critique (2017). Her newest book, Calling In the Calling Out Culture, is forthcoming in 2022.

What the Eyes Don’t See: Listening to Children and Families to Uncover Environmental Injustice

Returning for a sixth season of engaging dialogue, BTC’s Learning to Listen: Conversations for Change features luminaries across the family-facing fields who are exploring current and emerging issues facing children and families today. Each conversation is facilitated by BTC Executive Director Dr. Joshua Sparrow.

Each free webinar is 1-hour long with an interactive Q&A session. Live Spanish language translation is offered at all conversations.

In this conversation, Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha will retrace what she heard and saw as she listened to children and families that led her to uncover the lead poisoning epidemic disproportionately affecting the Black and Brown communities of Flint, Michigan. She will also discuss how she partnered with families in Flint to build a national movement for environmental justice.

Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, MPH, FAAP, is a pediatrician, scientist, activist, and author. Her research on blood lead levels in Flint, Michigan’s children sparked a national environmental and racial justice movement. Dr. Hanna-Attisha is founder and director of the Pediatric Public Health Initiative, an innovative and model public health program in Flint. She was named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2016 and recognized as one of USA Today’s Women of the Century for her role in uncovering the Flint water crisis and leading recovery efforts. She has testified four times before the United States Congress and is a recipient of the Freedom of Expression Courage Award by PEN America. Most recently, she received the 2020 CDC Foundation’s Fries Prize for Improving Health. A frequent contributor to national media outlets, she is the founding donor of the Flint Child Health and Development Fund, and author of the widely acclaimed and bestselling book, What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City.