Touchpoints in the Context of Developmental Challenges

Beginning July 2022

Brazelton Touchpoints is an evidence-based approach to building strong family-child relationships from before birth throughout childhood. Providers who implement Touchpoints in their practice partner with families to lay the vital foundation for children’s early learning and healthy development.

Touchpoints is a developmental-relational approach that applies a deep understanding of children’s behavior as the primary family-engagement strategy by anticipating known periods of increased stress in family functioning that are associated with developmental processes. Touchpoints builds strong, trusting partnerships between families and providers that can then effectively manage concerns that might arise about a child. Building relationships with families of children with special medical and developmental needs presents its own unique challenges.

This training will explore how Brazelton Touchpoints can help providers create and nurture collaborative partnerships with families, including families affected by children’s special needs. If you work with young children and families, this professional development offering will introduce you to concrete strengths-based and relational strategies you can use to support yourself and the families with whom you work.

Course Format:
This course consists of six modules. Each module will be facilitated in a live, interactive webinar format. The course is followed by six monthly one-hour virtual reflective practice sessions. Attendance is required at live sessions. Sessions are not recorded.

Live webinar dates/times:
Thursday, July 7th, 8am-12 pm EST
Thursday, July 14th, 8am-12 pm EST
Thursday, July 28th, 8am-12 pm EST
Thursday, August 4th, 8am-12 pm EST
Thursday, August 11th, 8-12 pm EST

Click Here for Brazelton Touchpoints Center Virtual Learning Readiness Checklist

# of hours:
28

This course is approved for 20.35 Continuing Education Credits for physicians, nurses, social workers, and psychologists. Click Here for more details.

Audience:
Professionals who work with families of young children, including pediatric health care providers, mental health practitioners, early care and educators, home visitors, early interventionists, 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

BTC Learning Network Member Price: $725
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Exploring the “Development is a Journey Conversation Roadmap”: A Tool for Talking w/Families

Thursday, June 23, 2022 12:00 – 3:00 PM ET / 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM PT

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:
Thursday, June 23, 2022 12:00 – 3:00 PM ET / 1:00 PM – 4:00 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, Ph.D., IECMH-E®, Director of Developmental and Relational Health, Brazelton Touchpoints Center; Clinical Psychologist, Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Dewana Thompson, Ph.D., Director of the National Facilitator Team, Brazelton Touchpoints Center

Number of participants:
Maximum of 500

Price:
$75
BTC Learning Network Member Price: $71
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Valuing Passion: Connecting with Families Around What They Care About

Wednesday, June 29, 2022 2:00 PM ET

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 webinar, we explore ways to value families’ passion as an engagement strategy.

Course Format:
Live Interactive Workshop on Wednesday, June 29, 2022 2:00 PM ET
Live Spanish Translation Available!
Can’t attend the live workshops? Register to access the recordings! All registrants will have access to the webinar recording for 30 days.

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

Number of participants:

Maximum of 500

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

BTC Learning Network Member Price: $33/webinar or $145 for all 5
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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 a provider can do in supporting both the child and their family. 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 learn strategies that you can immediately apply to your work to further cultivate a strengths-based mindset in your work with families. Each workshop is 1.5 hours, and participants receive a certificate of attendance. Register for each webinar individually or sign up for the whole series.

Would you like to bring these webinars 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 training to meet your professional learning needs. Contact us today for more information!

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

Wednesday, June 22, 2022 2:00 PM ET

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 webinar, participants will learn specific steps for using the child’s behavior to open up communication with the family.

Course Format:
Live Interactive Workshop on Wednesday, June 22, 2022 2:00 PM ET
Live Spanish Translation Available!
Can’t attend the live workshops? Register to access the recordings! All registrants will have access to the webinar recording for 30 days.

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

BTC Learning Network Member Price: $33/webinar or $145 for all 5
Click Here for more information on the BTC Learning Network

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 a provider can do in supporting both the child and their family. 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 learn strategies that you can immediately apply to your work to further cultivate a strengths-based mindset in your work with families. Each workshop is 1.5 hours, and participants receive a certificate of attendance. Register for each webinar individually or sign up for the whole series.

Would you like to bring these webinars 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 training to meet your professional learning needs. Contact us today for more information!

I Hear You: Active Listening to Engage Families

Wednesday, June 15, 2022 2:00 PM ET

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 webinar, we explore some specific listening techniques that can help providers deepen their connections with families.

Course Format:
Live Interactive Workshop on Wednesday, June 15, 2022 2:00 PM ET
Live Spanish Translation Available!
Can’t attend the live workshops? Register to access the recordings! All registrants will have access to the webinar recording for 30 days.

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

BTC Learning Network Member Price: $33/webinar or $145 for all 5
Click Here for more information on the BTC Learning Network

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 a provider can do in supporting both the child and their family. 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 learn strategies that you can immediately apply to your work to further cultivate a strengths-based mindset in your work with families. Each workshop is 1.5 hours, and participants receive a certificate of attendance. Register for each webinar individually or sign up for the whole series.

Would you like to bring these webinars 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 training to meet your professional learning needs. Contact us today for more information!

Choosing Your Attitude: Using Strengths-Based Family Assumptions

Wednesday, June 8, 2022 2:00 PM ET

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.

Course Format:
Live Interactive Workshop on Wednesday, June 8, 2022 2:00 PM ET
Live Spanish Translation Available!
Can’t attend the live workshops? Register to access the recordings! All registrants will have access to the webinar recording for 30 days.

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

BTC Learning Network Member Price: $33/webinar or $145 for all 5
Click Here for more information on the BTC Learning Network

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 a provider can do in supporting both the child and their family. 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 learn strategies that you can immediately apply to your work to further cultivate a strengths-based mindset in your work with families. Each workshop is 1.5 hours, and participants receive a certificate of attendance. Register for each webinar individually or sign up for the whole series.

Would you like to bring these webinars 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 training to meet your professional learning needs. Contact us today for more information!

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

Wednesday, June 1, 2022, 2:00 PM ET

When interacting with families, finding common ground is critical. Taking multiple perspectives on a situation can help 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 around their child’s care and development.

Live Spanish Translation Available!

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

# 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’

Number of participants:
Maximum of 500

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

BTC Learning Network Member Price: $33/webinar or $145 for all 5
Click Here for more information on the BTC Learning Network

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 a provider can do in supporting both the child and their family. 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 learn strategies that you can immediately apply to your work to further cultivate a strengths-based mindset in your work with families. Each workshop is 1.5 hours, and participants receive a certificate of attendance. Register for each webinar individually or sign up for the whole series.

Would you like to bring these webinars 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 training to meet your professional learning needs. Contact us today for more information!

Touchpoints: Facilitating the Parenting Program

Beginning April 4, 2022
The Touchpoints Parenting Program is a practical, preventive curriculum designed to meet the needs of today’s families with the goal of supporting positive parent-child relationships. The curriculum consists of a series of parenting modules that early childhood program leaders can facilitate in their program to come alongside parents as they learn about their children and address issues facing their families.
The Touchpoints Parenting Program meets the Head Start Program Performance Standard for Parenting Curriculum.


The Parenting Program Modules include:

  • Parenting Your Unique Child: Joys and Challenges
  • Understanding Your Child’s Development
  • Nurturing and Caring for Your Children: Keeping Your Children Safe and Healthy
  • Exploring Your Family’s Culture and Language
  • Discipline: Your Role as Parents Over Time — Teacher and Guide

Course Format:
This course teaches participants how to facilitate the Touchpoints Parenting Program in their program. The course is delivered virtually via Zoom during four 4-hour live sessions on April 4, 5, 6, and 8, 2022, from 1 to 5 PM ET. These training sessions are followed by six monthly 1-hour virtual reflective practice sessions. Attendance is required at all live sessions and at 4 of the 6 reflective practice sessions. Sessions are not recorded.

# of hours:
22 total hours that includes 16 training hours and 6 hours of reflective practice

Audience:
Professionals who work with families of young children and currently facilitate or are interested in implementing parenting programs or groups.

What you will learn?:

  • Strategies for engaging parents in conversations about their children’s development using Touchpoints-informed practice within a group
  • Strategies for supporting parental mastery as parents practice new skills within a group
  • Group facilitation techniques, including how to use the Touchpoints Approach with a group

Number of participants:
Minimum of 15
Maximum of 18

Price:
$625

BTC Learning Network Member Price: $600.
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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

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

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LGBTQ2+ Families Then and Now

April 11- June 20. Every other Monday

Through conversations with a diverse range of parents who identify as LGBTQ2+ at different stages of family life (from those with young children to those whose children have “grown and flown”), we will explore the changing landscape of LGBTQ2+ parenting during the last several decades.

Together, we will explore the experiences of families living in a diverse range of social contexts. By listening to the stories of each family, we hope to broaden and deepen our vision of family to be far more inclusive and to embrace the diversity of who families truly are in America today.

All are welcome to join the conversation!

This series is being facilitated by Laura Benkov, Ph.D., Author, Reinventing the Family: The Emerging Story of Lesbian and Gay Parents

All webinars have live Spanish translation and closed captioning available.

Dates:

Webinar 1: Monday, April 11, 2022, 3–4:30 PM ET / 121:30 PM PT

Webinar 2: Monday, April 25, 2022, 3–4:30 PM ET / 121:30 PM PT

Webinar 3: Monday, May 9, 2022, 3–4:30 PM ET / 121:30 PM PT

Webinar 4: Monday, May 23, 2022, 3–4:30 PM ET / 121:30 PM PT

Webinar 5: Monday, June 6, 2022, 3–4:30 PM ET / 121:30 PM PT

Webinar 6: Monday, June 20, 2022, 3–4:30 PM ET / 121:30 PM PT

 

Featuring:

Laura Benkov, Ph.D.Author, Reinventing the Family: The Emerging Story of Lesbian and Gay Parents

Laura is a clinical psychologist and neuropsychologist who has worked with children, adults, couples, and families for decades in a variety of community mental health, private practice, school, and hospital settings, providing supervision/training, psychotherapy, and psychological/neuropsychological evaluations.

She has been on staff at Boston Children’s Hospital and is formerly the Clinic Director at Think: Kids at Massachusetts General Hospital. During the late 1980s and early 1990s, she worked at Fenway Community Health Center in Boston, focusing on HIV/AIDS and LGBTQ family formation. She is the author of one of the first books (and several subsequent articles) on the subject of lesbian and gay parenthood, Reinventing the Family: The Emerging Story of Lesbian and Gay Parents (Crown, 1994).

 

Questions? Contact Eva Rivera at Eva.Rivera@childrens.harvard.edu

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Touchpoints: The How of Child and Family Engagement

Beginning July 11, 2022

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 five modules. Each module will take approximately 6 hours to complete.

Course Format:
This is a 5 Module course (includes 1hr introduction/orientation and four 3hr live sessions) July 14 – August 11, 2022 (Thursdays 1 to 4 PM ET)
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 Virtual Learning Readiness Checklist

# of hours:
28

This course is approved for 20.35 Continuing Education Credits for physicians, nurses, social workers, and psychologists. Click Here for more details.

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 10
Maximum of 18

Price:
$750

BTC Learning Network Member Price: $725
Click Here for more information on the BTC Learning Network

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

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 training to meet your professional learning needs. Contact us today for more information!