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Come learn with us as we learn with families and communities. They're the experts on their babies and children.

Whether you're a direct service provider, program leader, or systems builder, you'll find re-energizing opportunities for learning — and unlearning — among a community of kindred spirits. Connect with professionals who aspire to dignity, equity, and justice for all families and communities so that every baby thrives and all children flourish. Together we'll learn from babies and children–and their families, communities and cultures–what they need to grow up healthy and ready to care for themselves, others and the earth.

In every Brazelton Touchpoints Center (BTC) learning opportunity, we nurture the curiosity, humility, and imagination it takes to do with, rather than to or for, families. Join us to be inspired and re-inspired by the strengths of families and communities, and cultures, the wonder and joy of children’s contributions to their own development, the power of child development, and what every baby knows.

Explore our Professional Development offerings below. Scroll and simply click on any Training or Workshop title — from Touchpoints Trainings to all kinds of workshops that bring together the wisdom of babies, children, and families — and yours. Or download our professional development catalog.

Register for upcoming offerings in our Learning Management System. We offer special discounts for members of the BTC Learning Network. We also offer continuing education credits (CEUs/CMUs) for medical doctors, nurses, social workers, and psychologists who complete specific trainings. Learn more.

Contact us to bring our offerings to your program, organization, community, state or Tribe.  We can tailor our training to address your group’s professional development strengths and needs. We offer training virtually, and, when possible, in person.

BTC is dedicated to creating a lasting community in which equity, diversity, inclusion, belonging, and antiracism (EDIBA) thrive. We are committed to creating learning and growth opportunities through collaborative, strengths-based, culturally-affirming approaches within our organization and in our partnerships with all others. Learn more about our EDIBA statement.

Training Courses

Even in the best of times, discussing concerns about a child’s development with families can stir up anxious responses that may feel like resistance to us as providers. Yet, acting early to promote children’s development can lead to more hopeful futures for any child showing the earliest signs of developmental delay. 

Conversations with families about developmental screening and referrals can respect their perspectives, connect their understanding with yours, mobilize timely follow-through, and save time in the long run. As the experts on their children, families often become the most effective advocates for their children. This series of workshops explores the strategies and tools needed to collaboratively engage families in developmental screening and referral processes to support families to “act early.”

The Act Early Workshop titles include:

  • Culturally Responsive Care through Perspective-taking
  • The Parents’ Experience of their Child’s Development
  • Using Strengths-Based Attitudes to Engage Families
  • Using the Behavior of the Child to Open Communication with Families
  • A Roadmap for Conversations about Developmental Screening 
  • Putting Tools into Practice

Who should participate in this training?

All professionals who work with young children and their families, including 

  • early care educators, 
  • family child care providers, 
  • home visitors, 
  • pediatric primary care providers, 
  • early intervention educators, 
  • child welfare workers, and more.

What will participants learn?

  • Culturally responsive strategies for building partnerships with families
  • Perspective-taking techniques that honor families’ cultures, experiences and knowledge of their child 
  • Techniques for engaging with families in child development screening, referrals, and collaborative service planning 
  • A specific tool developed by BTC to structure strengths-based conversations about concerns raised by developmental screening

How do participants learn? 

  • Interactive, learner-centered training led by BTC Staff Trainers and National Facilitators
  • Six, 1.5-hour virtual workshop sessions with opportunities for participants to interact, apply concepts, and practice skills through polls, chats, discussion, and breakout rooms.  
  • Online learning community with facilitated discussions around exemplary practices 
  • 6 coaching sessions following the workshop series. Act Early Reflective Coaching Sessions support integration of strategies and tools taught in the workshop series by focusing on the application of these strategies to participants’ current work scenarios, experiences, and interactions.
  • A small group size to promote peer-to-peer learning.
  • Participants receive a certificate of participation. 

How do I bring this training to my organization or community?

Contact us to bring this training to your organization or community.

“One size does not fit all” when responding to children’s behaviors that challenge us. A relationship-based care approach to responding to children’s behaviors supports child development. 

This 16-hour course offers participants practical opportunities to reflect deeply upon their own reactions to children's behavior, regulate their emotional reactions, and engage families to mutually understand the reasons for their children's behavior.  

Participants learn strategies that support the child’s learning and development, along with their relationship with the child and their relationships within their family. Integrated throughout the course is a series of self-paced scenarios to practice engaging with both children and families to respond to behaviors that challenge.  

What will participants learn?

In this course, participants learn to:

  • Use a relationship-based care approach to implement the “reflect, regulate, reason, and respond” strategies 
  • Apply specific family engagement strategies throughout the process of responding to behaviors that challenge
  • Identify how our own racial, gender, and other biases can influence our views of and responses to a child’s behavior

How do participants learn?

  • Interactive, learner-centered training led by BTC Staff Trainers and National Facilitators
  • A 16-hour course that consists of six 2-hour sessions delivered over three weeks and 4 hours of independent work. This work includes journal writing, viewing recordings, and practicing skills through an online simulation experience.  
  • Hybrid or in-person formats are available. The hybrid format includes virtual, interactive sessions led by a facilitator, assignments for independent practice, and online discussion boards. In-person training is offered when COVID and other health-related safety conditions allow.
  • A small class size that enhances opportunities for interactive learning
  • Participants receive a certificate of participation. 

How do I learn more? How do I register? 

Visit our Learning Management System (LMS) to register for upcoming offerings. You can register groups using the LMS.

Join the BTC Learning Network for special member discounts. 

How do I bring this training to my organization or community?

Contact us to bring this training to your organization or community.

The Touchpoints Parenting Program is a practical curriculum designed for the strengths and needs of today’s families with the goal of supporting positive parent-child relationships. The curriculum consists of a series of modules that enable facilitators to come alongside parents as they learn about their children and address challenges facing their families. This program meets the Head Start Program Performance Standard for Parenting Curriculum.  

This 14-hour training helps professionals learn to deliver and facilitate the Touchpoints Parenting Program. The Parenting Program modules include:

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

Who should participate in this training?

Professionals who work with infants, toddlers, young children, and their families, and who currently or plan to provide parenting education and support in a group setting. 

Examples of professionals who have attended the Facilitating the Touchpoints Parenting Program training include 

  • Head Start and Early Head Start leaders, 
  • teachers and family service staff,
  • early care educators, 
  • family child care providers, 
  • home visitors, 
  • child welfare workers, and more.

Prerequisite: Completion of the Touchpoints: The How of Child and Family Engagement training.

What do participants learn?

  • Strategies for engaging parents in their children’s development using Touchpoints-informed practice within a parent group
  • Strategies for supporting parental competence as parents practice new skills within a parent group
  • Group facilitation techniques based on the Touchpoints Approach

How do participants learn?

  • Interactive, learner-centered training facilitated by BTC Staff Trainers and National Facilitators
  • 14 hours of training, including group work 
  • Six 1-hour reflective practice sessions after training completion that reinforce strategies and tools learned
  • A small class size that enhances opportunities for interactive learning 
  • Participants receive a certificate of participation.

How do I learn more? How do I register? 

Visit our Learning Management System (LMS) to register for upcoming offerings. You can register groups using the LMS.

Join the BTC Learning Network for special member discounts. 

How do I bring this training to my organization or community?

Contact us to bring this training to your organization or community.

What are people saying about this course?

“I came to this training a little skeptical about my ability to get together the logistics to start community parenting groups. I feel now that I have grabbed on to some ideas and concepts that I will be able to use.” — Course participant

“This course was a perfect connection to my work and spoke to a need to have more concerted efforts to have more substantial time with parents to dig deeper into the constructs of being a parent. I am grateful for the structure and yet looseness of the modules to make it adaptable to a variety of parenting groups.” — Course participant

Substance use disorders affect the child, family and community. In the United States, about 1 in 8 children (ages 17 or younger) are living in households with at least one parent who has a substance use disorder (SUD), according to SAMHSA (2017) data. Building relationships with families in recovery and with their children — who might have had prenatal exposure presents unique challenges, and additional challenges during a pandemic. These may be compounded when health care providers are providing support virtually.  

This dynamic, 28-hour intensive training introduces the Touchpoints Approach, an evidence-based developmental and relational framework with skills and tools for building strong family-child and family-provider relationships. For example, the Touchpoints Approach uses shared observation and meaning making of infant and child behavior as one of its strategies for building strong and trusting partnerships with families living with substance use. 

CMEs/CEUs are available for medical doctors, nurses, social workers, and psychologists who complete this training. Learn more.

What do participants learn?

  • Strategies to build partnerships with parents that promote family strengths and mobilize their motivation for recovery
  • Strategies to support families and address concerns that arise about a child, or a family in recovery.  
  • 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

How do participants learn?

  • Interactive, learner-centered training led by BTC Staff Trainers and National Facilitators
  • A 24-hour online course that consists of six, 4-hour modules. The modules include virtual, interactive workshops, online group discussions, and individual activities. 
  • Six 1-hour reflective practice sessions delivered monthly, following training completion, that reinforce strategies and tools learned
  • A small class size that enhances opportunities for interactive learning 
  • Participants receive a certificate of participation. 

How do I register? How do I learn more?

Visit our Learning Management System (LMS) to register for upcoming offerings. You can register groups using the LMS.

Join the BTC Learning Network for special member discounts. 

How do I bring this training to my organization or community?

Contact us to bring this training to your organization or community.

Family Connections provides an evidence-based, system-wide model for mental health consultation and professional development.  This model:

  • Builds professional capacity
  • Promotes mental health and social-emotional wellness in young children, their families, and providers and
  • Deepens professionals’ understanding of families facing depression and other adversities

This two-day intensive training introduces the Family Connection model. Family Connections was developed with the support of an Innovation and Improvement Project grant to Boston Children’s Hospital from the Office of Head Start, Administration for Children and Families, at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Explore Family Connections Resources.

Who should participate in this training?

All professionals who work with young children and their families, including: 

  • Early childhood providers
  • Mental health practitioners
  • Home visitors
  • Family advocates
  • Supervisors
  • Directors
  • Program managers
  • Others working with young children and their families

What do participants learn?

  • A framework to enhance mental health consultation services to young children, their families, and early childhood professionals
  • How to support further professional development regarding social-emotional development and mental health
  • Strategies to deepen professionals’ understanding of families facing depression and other adversities
  • The importance of self-reflection, perspective-taking, and self-care for providers and families

How do participants learn?

  • Two days of interactive, learner-centered training led by BTC Staff Trainers and National Facilitators
  • Role playing and group work
  • A small class size that enhances learning outcomes
  • Participants receive a certificate of participation.

How do I learn more?

Contact us to learn more about this training.

How do I bring this training to my organization or community?

Contact us about bringing this training to your organization or community.

What are people saying about this course?

“This training was very informative especially on what mental health means, and how it impacts families and communities. I now have a more thorough understanding, more clarity on what to listen for when I visit with families.” — Early childhood home visitor

“Entering the classrooms with the children and teachers has been a joy. But, I have been wondering about direction and methods to be effective with mental health consultations. Thank you for providing exactly those.” — Early childhood mental health consultant

“You have brought me hope, tools, and refreshed my enthusiasm to cope with/help in the area where I get most questions: But what do I do when there are real mental health issues? This has been powerful for me and I can’t wait to share it with others as I know it will help them in the difficult challenges that they face on a daily basis.” — Early intervention service coordinator

Babies are born ready to communicate with a rich vocabulary of behaviors. While babies may not speak their first word for a year, their behaviors are all part of the complex language they use to convey their needs, preferences, and challenges.

But how can we make sense of a language that we ourselves may not have spoken since our earliest moments?

The Newborn Behavioral Observations system (NBO) is an infant-focused, family-centered, clinical relationship-building tool, designed to help parents understand their baby’s language, appreciating their child as a unique individual. In this way, the NBO fosters the sensitive caregiving that will optimally support self-regulation and early development. The NBO can be used by a wide array of practitioners (including nurses, physicians, early intervention educators, home visitors, doulas, and midwives) who care for very young infants and their families. Watch the NBO in action and you’ll witness precious moments of meeting between parent and newborn.

The NBO is derived from the Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale (NBAS) used in hundreds of research studies across the globe. The NBAS is a comprehensive neurobehavioral assessment. Pioneered and developed by Dr. T. Berry Brazelton, it has forever transformed the world’s understanding of newborn behavior. (Learn more about NBAS training.)

Who should participate in this training?

Professionals and providers who work with infants in the first months of life including medical staff (i.e., nurses, nurse practitioners, midwives, pediatricians, neonatologists, physical/occupational/feeding therapists, lactation consultants, doulas) as well as mental health workers (i.e., psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, parenting coaches, home visitors). 

NBO workshops are open to all professionals who have the opportunity to work with infants and their families. Learn about the High Risk Newborn Behavioral Observations system (NBO) Training Program.

CMEs/CEUs are available for medical doctors, nurses, social workers, and psychologists who complete this training. Learn more.

What do participants learn?

  • The theoretical foundations and clinical principles necessary to enable them to use the NBO system in their clinical practice
  • How to use the NBO in the context of relationship-building

How do participants learn?

  • Interactive, learner-centered training led by Brazelton Institute Trainers
  • A 11.5-hour virtual course that consists of a combination of lectures, interactive video case study sessions, small-group breakout discussions, and hands-on practice with simulation dolls
  • Two mentoring sessions delivered monthly after training completion that reinforce the strategies and tools learned
  • A small class size that enhances opportunities for interactive learning
  • Monthly open mentoring sessions to all NBO trainees after the training 
  • Participants receive a certificate of participation. 

How do I learn more?

Visit The Brazelton Institute to learn more about the NBO, NBAS, and other training about newborn behaviors.  

How do I register? 

Visit our Learning Management System (LMS) to register for upcoming offerings. You can register groups using the LMS.

How do I bring this training to my organization or community?

Contact us to bring this training to your organization or community.

Newborn Behavioral Observations for Families in Substance Use Recovery is an advanced training in specialized application of the Newborn Behavioral Observations system (NBO).

Deepen your understanding of infants who have experienced prenatal substance exposure and postnatal withdrawal (NAS/NOWS) and enhance your relationship-based care skills with their parents living with substance use disorder (SUD). This half-day workshop extends your foundational practice of the NBO by applying the AMOR lens to understanding infant behavior and functioning. Explore opportunities for enhancing relational functioning between infants and their parents in recovery, and how the NBO serves recovery for both the infant in withdrawal and their parents. 

The NBO is an evidence-based relational practice that builds collaborative family-provider partnerships in service of strong, healthy family-infant relationships. 

Who should participate in this training?

Professionals and providers who work with families living with SUD and with young infants, including 

  • health care providers, 
  • mental health and recovery counselors, 
  • early educators, 
  • family child care providers, 
  • home visitors, 
  • early intervention educators, and more.

Prerequisite: Completion of the NBO Training Program

What do participants learn:?

  • Key concepts essential to the understanding of SUD as a medical disease
  • Application of the NBO systematic understanding of functioning in autonomic, motor, state regulation, and responsiveness behaviors for working with infants and families living with SUD
  • Strategies to support infants, families, and professionals and providers — all affected by substance use and the recovery process

How do participants learn?

  • Interactive, learner-centered training led by Brazelton Institute Trainers
  • A 4-hour virtual workshop 
  • A small class size that enhances opportunities for interactive learning 

How do I learn more?

Visit The Brazelton Institute to learn more about the NBO, NBAS, and other training about newborn behaviors.  

How do I register?

Visit our Learning Management System (LMS) to register for upcoming offerings. You can register groups using the LMS.

How do I bring this training to my organization or community?

Contact us to bring this training to your organization or community.

The Supporting Father Involvement (SFI) Co-Parenting Program, also known internationally as Parents as Partners (PasP), is an evidence-based approach to increasing father involvement in co-parenting and in fostering their children’s development.

BTC offers a 24-hour training for teams interested in implementing the SFI program in their organizations. Participants will learn how to implement this 8-session parenting-group program that includes co-led group facilitation, an interactive curriculum, case management, and child care during the groups while parents are meeting. The program is designed to focus on co-parenting partners (e.g., parents, grandparents, same-sex couples, etc.) but it can be implemented in a fathers group format.

The program was designed by Dr. Philip A. Cowan, Dr. Carolyn Pape Cowan, Dr. Marsha Kline Pruett, and Kyle D. Pruett, MD. 

Who should participate in this training?

Teams and organizations that want to learn how to implement SFI with parents and families in their setting

SFI is implemented by a team who participates in this training. We will work with you to help you build your SFI Team. The foundational team includes:

  • Project director
  • 2 group leaders
  • Case manager

Other team members may include:

  • Additional group leaders
  • Additional case managers
  • A data manager
  • Early childhood program director/coordinator

What does a SFI Team learn?

The SFI Team will learn how to develop, recruit, and implement the parenting groups, which include 16 hours of group time (eight 2-hour sessions). SFI is based on the following five interconnected family domains known to affect family health, mental health, and child abuse outcomes:

  • Individual parent characteristics
  • Parent-child relationship quality
  • Couple or co-parenting relationship quality
  • Intergenerational transmission of parent-child involvement and relationships
  • External influences such as employment, environmental stressors, and social supports

Research on SFI has demonstrated that these domains are interconnected and that changes in one or more domains can cascade positively through the family system.

What are the evidence-based effects on parents, children, and families of SFI parenting groups?

Programs can anticipate the following durable impacts on children, parents, and families that participate in SFI parenting groups:

  • Reduction in parents’ personal distress, depression, anxiety, embarrassment, and anger
  • Increased positive communication between parents
  • Reduced destructive communication and violence
  • Increased parental ability to set appropriate limits for their children
  • Increased father involvement and co-parenting
  • Improved parent-child relationship quality
  • Increased positive child behavioral and emotional outcomes
  • Reduction in harsh parenting
  • Reductions in aggressive, withdrawn, and depressive child behaviors

Learn more about the SFI Program, its history, and its evidence base.

How do participants learn?

  • Interactive, learner-centered training led by BTC Staff Trainers and National Facilitators
  • Six monthly 1-hour virtual reflective practice sessions following completion of training sessions
  • A small class size that enhances opportunities for interactive learning 

How can I learn more about bringing SFI to my organization or community?

Contact us to learn how you can bring SFI to your community. 

Touchpoints: The How of Child and Family Engagement is an intensive training program that introduces the Touchpoints Approach, which is an evidence-based approach to building strong family-child relationships from before birth through age 5. Participants who implement Touchpoints in their practice partner with families to lay the vital foundation for children’s early learning and healthy development. Touchpoints provides a practical, preventive approach that supports professionals in forming strength-based partnerships with families.

Who should participate in this training?

All professionals who work with young children and their families, including

  • early care educators, 
  • family child care providers, 
  • home visitors, 
  • pediatric primary care providers
  • early intervention educators, 
  • family support providers,
  • child welfare workers, and more.

CMEs/CEUs are available for medical doctors, nurses, social workers, and psychologists who complete this training. Learn more.

What do participants learn?

  • Strategies to build partnerships with parents that promote family and child strengths
  • A framework to understand infant, toddler, and child development, and the behaviors that can be challenging and confusing that arise as development unfolds
  • Techniques for talking with families about infant and child development concerns
  • How to actively listen to families and collaboratively solve problems related to child development or a child-family relationship

What are the training outcomes?

For providers:

  • Increased knowledge of infant, child, and family developmental processes
  • Reduction in child behaviors that adults find challenging
  • Positive attitudes about families and family engagement
  • Increased staff retention

For families:

  • Reduced parenting stress
  • Increased parental confidence and competence 
  • Increased knowledge of infant and child developmental processes
  • Improved provider-family relationships

For children:

  • Improved social and emotional outcomes 

How do participants learn?

  • Interactive, learner-centered training led by BTC Staff Trainers and National Facilitators
  • Hybrid or in-person formats are available. The hybrid format includes virtual, interactive sessions led by a facilitator, assignments for independent practice, and online discussion boards. In-person training is offered when COVID and other health-related safety conditions allow.
  • Six monthly 1-hour virtual reflective practice sessions, following completion of the training sessions
  • A small class size that enhances opportunities for interactive learning
  • Participants receive a certificate of participation. 

How do I learn more? How do I register? 

Visit our Learning Management System (LMS) to register individuals or groups for upcoming offerings.

Join the BTC Learning Network for special member discounts.

How do I bring this training to my organization or community?

Contact us to bring this training to your organization or community.

Touchpoints in Libraries is designed for all professionals working in any library setting who want to deepen their engagement with families. This virtual training builds an understanding of a child’s developmental process from birth to 6 years. Participants develop skills for connecting with families through culturally-responsive, strengths-based interactions.

This 28-hour training course supports effective family/caregiver engagement in libraries. It focuses on implementing a set of strengths-based practices such as observation of children’s behavior and parents’ strengths that build library-family/caregiver relationships and help promote family wellness. 

This training introduces the Touchpoints Approach as adapted by and for librarians. This training explores how library professionals can use Touchpoints to enhance and expand the important work they already do with families and other caregivers. 

Who should participate in this training?

All professionals working in any library setting who want to deepen their engagement with families and caregivers. 

What do participants learn? 

In this training, participants learn to:

  • Identify opportunities to support families in daily library interactions, including moments that feel challenging for families and for library staff
  • Use strengths-based and culturally-responsive strategies to connect with families and co-workers
  • View children’s development as a non-linear process characterized by periods of change that affect the family system
  • Create a shared language among library staff about engaging families and caregivers

How do participants learn?

  • Interactive, learner-centered training led by BTC Staff Trainers and National Facilitators
  • Hybrid format includes 8 modules (live, virtual sessions), independent (or self-directed) practice assignments, and an online discussion board.
  • Six 1-hour monthly reflective practice sessions after training completion that reinforce the strategies and tools learned during the live modules 
  • A small class size that enhances opportunities for interactive learning
  • Participants receive a certificate of participation. 

How do I register? How do I learn more?

Visit our Learning Management System (LMS) to register for upcoming offerings. You can register groups using the LMS.

Join the BTC Learning Network for special member discounts. 

How do I bring this training to my organization or community?

Contact us to bring this training to your organization or community.

Building relationships with families of children with special medical and developmental needs presents its own unique opportunities and challenges. Health care providers who build strong, trusting partnerships with families can effectively partner with families to face concerns that might arise about a child together. Strengths-based approaches to building these relationships also increase parental confidence and competence that, in turn, promote children’s growth and development. 

This 28-hour intensive training introduces the Touchpoints Approach, an evidence-based developmental and relational framework with skills and tools for building strong family-child and family-provider relationships. Participants learn concrete strategies to create and nurture collaborative partnerships with families of children affected by special medical and developmental needs.

Who should participate in this training?

Professionals who work with infants, toddlers, young children and their families, including 

  • Head Start and Early Head Start staff and managers, 
  • teachers and family service staff, 
  • child care educators, 
  • family child care providers, 
  • home visitors, 
  • child welfare workers, 
  • pediatric primary care providers, and more.

Continuing education credits (CMEs/CEUs) are available for medical doctors, nurses, social workers, and psychologists who complete this training. Learn more.

What do participants learn?

  • Strategies for engaging parents in conversations about their children’s development using Touchpoints-informed practice 
  • Strategies for supporting parental mastery as parents practice new skills 

How do participants learn?

  • Interactive, experiential learning sessions and group work facilitated by BTC Staff Trainers and National Facilitators
  • 22 hours of learner-centered training
  • Six 1-hour reflective practice sessions after training completion that reinforce the strategies and tools learned
  • A small class size that enhances opportunities for interactive learning 
  • Participants receive a certificate of participation. 

How do I register? How do I learn more? 

Visit our Learning Management System (LMS) to register for upcoming offerings. You can register groups using the LMS.

Join the BTC Learning Network for special member discounts. 

How do I bring this training to my organization or community?

Contact us to bring this training to your organization or community.

For teachers, principals, and other K–6 education professionals, building collaborative relationships with families is one of the most important responsibilities that school staff have to foster students’ overall success and well-being. When we focus on HOW to build relationships, we can strengthen our collaborations with families, even when we and they have different points of view.

The Touchpoints Approach offers strategies for educators to: 

  • Understand the process of students’ development and examine how and why change in behavior occurs
  • Partner with families to promote child and family strengths
  • Address developmental or behavioral concerns with families
  • Re-examine our assumptions, biases, interactions, and communication with families to foster students’ overall success

Who should participate in this training?

This training is ideal for teachers, instructional assistants, school counselors, family and community engagement specialists, out-of-school time providers, or administrators in a K-6 grade settings.

How do participants learn?

  • Interactive, learner-centered online training led by BTC Staff Trainers and National Facilitators
  • 22 training hours, including 6 monthly 1-hour virtual reflective practice sessions after training completion that reinforce the strategies and tools learned during the live sessions
  • Small class size that enhances opportunities for interactive learning
  • Participants who complete the course receive a certificate of participation. 

How do I register? How do I learn more?

Visit our Learning Management System (LMS) to register for upcoming offerings. You can register groups using the LMS.

Join the BTC Learning Network for special member discounts. 

How do I bring this training to my organization or community?

Contact us to bring this training to your organization or community.

Social-emotional wellness is essential for young children, their families, and their health and mental health care providers. However, promoting wellness and responding to the mental health needs of children and families can be challenging. This is especially true during difficult times for families. 

This dynamic, 28-hour intensive training introduces the Touchpoints Approach, an evidence-based developmental and relational framework with skills and tools for building strong family-child and family-provider relationships. Participants learn concrete strategies to create and nurture collaborative partnerships with children and families that promote everyone’s mental health and well-being.

CMEs/CEUs are available for medical doctors, nurses, social workers, and psychologists who complete this training. Learn more.

What do participants learn?

  • Strategies to build partnerships with parents that promote family strengths 
  • Strategies to support families and address concerns that arise about a child, or a family’s mental health and well-being  
  • Techniques for talking with families about child and family mental health and well-being
  • How to actively listen to families and collaboratively solve problems related to child and family mental health and well-being

How do participants learn?

  • Interactive, learner-centered training led by BTC Staff Trainers and National Facilitators
  • A 24-hour online course that consists of six, 4-hour modules. The modules include virtual, interactive workshops, online group discussions, and individual activities. 
  • Six 1-hour reflective practice sessions delivered monthly following training completion that reinforce the strategies and tools learned
  • A small class size that enhances opportunities for interactive learning 
  • Participants receive a certificate of participation. 

How do I register? How do I learn more?

Visit our Learning Management System (LMS) to register for upcoming offerings. You can register groups using the LMS.

Join the BTC Learning Network for special member discounts. 

How do I bring this training to my organization or community?

Contact us to bring this training to your organization or community.

Touchpoints is an evidence-based approach to building strong family-child relationships from before birth through age 5. Touchpoints provides a practical, preventive approach that supports professionals in forming strength-based partnerships with families.

The Touchpoints Train the Trainer Program is offered to organizations and communities that want to bring the Touchpoints Approach and training to their agencies and systems of care. The Train the Trainer Program is designed for teams of three or more providers from each organization or community that makes the commitment to become a Brazelton Touchpoints Center Learning Network (BTCLN) Site

The program features an intensive 32-hour training course for training team participants. Participants also complete one year of ongoing mentorship that includes monthly reflective practice calls, as well as intensive support to plan and implement the Touchpoints training program in their agency or community (a designated geographic area of impact).

Learn more about becoming a BTCLN Site. For existing BTCLN Sites, we offer the Train the Trainer Program to add or replace existing Touchpoints team members.

Who should participate in this training?

Teams of professionals who work with young children and their families, including 

  • early care educators, 
  • family child care providers, 
  • home visitors, 
  • pediatric primary care providers
  • early intervention educators, 
  • child welfare workers, and more. 

Please note that the Touchpoints Train the Trainer program is for organizations and community teams only and is not open to individuals.

Prerequisite: Completion of the Touchpoints: The How of Child and Family Engagement training.

What do participants learn?

  • A review of the Touchpoints Approach, the developmental-relational framework, guiding principles and assumptions, and related research
  • A model for delivering Touchpoints training to other professionals in their communities, with the support of BTC trainers and mentors
  • Group facilitation techniques based on the Touchpoints Approach

How do participants learn?

  • Interactive, learner-centered training led by BTC Staff Trainers and National Facilitators
  • One year of ongoing mentorship that includes monthly reflective practice calls
  • Intensive support to plan and implement the Touchpoints training program in their agency or community
  • A small class size that enhances opportunities for interactive learning
  • Participants receive a certificate of participation. 

How do I bring this training to my organization or community?

Contact us to learn more about how Touchpoints can benefit your organization or community and the children, families, and organizations you partner with.

Using the Touchpoints Approach in Reflective Supervision and Coaching is for supervisors, mentors, and coaches who have completed BTC's Touchpoints training and whose workforce is learning to integrate the Touchpoints Approach in practice. The training introduces how to use the Touchpoints Approach as a framework for supporting staff and their growth. We look at how the learning process for staff leads to periods of disorganization and how that disorganization shows itself in how staff approach their work.

This training emphasizes the use of Touchpoints principles and assumptions as a starting point for mentoring providers in their development of mastery in using the Touchpoints Approach. We also explore how to use Touchpoints as a framework to support the reflective practice of staff. The process of reflective practice serves as a catalyst for critical thinking about past interactions and enhanced use of the Touchpoints Approach in current and future work with families.

Reflective practice coupled with supervision/coaching is key to reinforcing and sustaining use of the Touchpoints Approach in practice.

 Agenda topics include:

  • Staff developmental process and Touchpoints
  • Role of supervisor/coach in supporting staff
  • Using Touchpoints principles and assumptions when supervising/coaching

Who should participate in this training?

Supervisors, mentors, and coaches of professionals who work with young children and their families in

  • early care education, 
  • home visiting, 
  • pediatric practices, 
  • nursing, 
  • early intervention, 
  • child welfare, and more.

Prerequisite: Completion of the Touchpoints: The How of Child and Family Engagement training.

What do participants learn?

  • A model for offering reflective coaching and supervision to support staff who use the Touchpoints Approach in their work with families

How do I register? 

Visit our Learning Management System to register for upcoming trainings.

How do I bring this training to my organization or community?

Contact us to bring this training to your organization or community.

Workshops

This three-part (4.5 hours) workshop series explores strengths-based foundational concepts and actionable strategies related to trauma, adaptation and healing. Family- and child-facing providers learn about a developmental-relational framework that will deepen their understanding of the individual and systemic impacts of trauma.

Participants learn to better understand and respond with empathy to behavior displayed by children and adults who have experienced trauma, while building safe and trusting relationships. Key concepts and strategies from the Touchpoints Developmental and Relational Frameworks are woven throughout the series.

Workshop 1 – Trauma & Healing: A Developmental-Relational Perspective

Workshop 2 – Applying a Developmental-Relational Framework to Building Children’s Early Emotional Health

Workshop 3 – Applying a Developmental-Relational Framework with Adults Who Have Experienced Trauma

Who should participate in this series?

This series is designed for professionals interested in supporting children and families who have experienced trauma. Professionals may include early care educators, family child care providers, mental health consultants, home visitors, pediatricians, early interventionists, and more.

This series will benefit family-facing providers who are new to the Touchpoints Approach as well as those who have been trained in Touchpoints. The series will also benefit providers who have varying familiarity with trauma-informed care.

What do participants learn?

  • The impact that stress and traumatic events can have interactions among adult family members, children, and providers
  • How to recognize and be responsive to the range of ways that children may express the effects of traumatic experiences
  • How to partner with families and caregivers to support children's healing
  • How adults cope with traumatic experiences, both as the events occur and later in their lives
  • Strategies to support adult healing while attending to your own well-being

How do participants learn?

  • Interactive, learner-centered series led by BTC Staff Trainers and National Facilitators 
  • A series of 3 workshops. Each workshop is 90 minutes. 
  • Live Spanish translation and closed captioning are available. 
  • Participants receive a certificate of participation. 

How do I register? How do I learn more?

Visit our Learning Management System (LMS) to register for upcoming offerings. You can register groups using the LMS.

Can’t attend the live workshops? Register to access the recordings!

Join the BTC Learning Network for special member discounts. 

How do I bring this series to my organization or community?

Contact us to bring this series to your organization or community.

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. BTC has developed a 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 explore why providers and families sometimes have differences of opinion about children and screenings. We practice strengths-based ways to invite all perspectives into the conversation and move ahead with equitable shared decision-making.

Who should participate in this workshop?

All professionals who work with young children and their families, including

  • early childhood educators,
  • family child care providers,
  • home visitors,
  • pediatric primary care providers,
  • early intervention educators,
  • child welfare workers, and more.

What do participants learn?

In this workshop, participants:

  • Explore the seven steps in the Development is a Journey Conversation Roadmap
  • 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

How do participants learn?

  • A 3-hour, interactive learned-center workshop series led by BTC Staff Trainers and National Facilitators
  • All workshops have live Spanish translation and closed captioning available.
  • Participants receive a certificate of participation.

How do I register? How do I learn more?

Visit our Learning Management System (LMS) to register for upcoming offerings. You can register groups using the LMS.

Join the BTC Learning Network for special member discounts. 

How do I bring this workshop to my organization or community?

Contact us to bring this workshop to your organization or community.

Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation is a capacity-building intervention that supports the mental health and social-emotional well-being of children, families, and providers who work with them. Mental health consultants work in early care and education, Head Start, home visiting programs, primary care, and other early childhood settings. They work directly with leadership, staff (teachers, etc.), children, and families to understand everyone's emotional and behavioral needs and provide promotional and preventive activities as well as intervention and referral. Family Connections is a specific evidence-based, system-wide model for mental health consultation and professional development.

This three-part (4.5-hour) virtual workshop series allows mental health consultants, family service professionals, and the leadership in the early childhood systems they support to participate in professional development workshops from the Family Connections model. 

Who should participate in this series?

  • Mental health consultants
  • Family service professionals
  • Early childhood systems leaders 

What do participants learn?

In this series, participants 

  • gain knowledge and skills to strengthen relationships with adults and children and promote family well-being through the IECMHC perspective,
  • explore how to implement the learning activities presented in each of the workshops with program staff, and 
  • consider how mental health consultants and program staff can adapt these activities for families in the program.

Each workshop provides knowledge, skills, and strategies that participants can bring right back to their setting and implement in service of staff and family well-being. For mental health consultants, this series offers a workshop model that may be used for professional development in the programs where they consult.

How do participants learn?

  • Interactive, learner-centered training led by BTC Staff Trainers and National Facilitators
  • A series of 3 workshops. Each workshop is 90 minutes 
  • All workshops have live Spanish translation and closed captioning available.
  • Participants receive a certificate of participation. 

How do I learn more?

Visit our Learning Management System (LMS) to register for upcoming offerings. You can register groups using the LMS.

Can’t attend the live workshops? Register to access the recordings!

Join the BTC Learning Network for special member discounts. 

How do I bring this series to my organization or community?

Contact us to bring this series to your organization or community.

Workshop 1 
Overcoming Barriers to Family-Staff Partnerships

Strong relationships between early childhood professionals and families are key to the healthy development of young children. Building these relationships is an ongoing process that can sometimes be challenging for both professionals and parents. This workshop explores some of the challenges and barriers to building these relationships and considers strategies for success.

Workshop 2
Understanding Depression and Fostering Resilience through IECMHC

Depression, trauma, and other mental health concerns have affected a growing number of people during the pandemic, including parents and staff in early childhood programs. People who receive effective treatment for mental health concerns can lead productive and fulfilling lives. However, when unrecognized and untreated, depression can negatively affect people’s ability to work, parent, and maintain relationships. This workshop explores depression and other mental health concerns and to support the family-facing professionals they work with to learn more about depression. 

Workshop 3
Talking with Children about Difficult Issues

Open and honest conversations help build strong, trusting partnerships among children, families, and providers. Sometimes, however, family-facing professionals encounter difficult or uncomfortable topics in conversations in their work. A child may start a conversation about something that has happened at home that takes them by surprise. Or, they may see and hear children exploring a sensitive topic in their play, such as family conflict or grief. This workshop offers mental health consultants an understanding of how to support family-facing professionals as they share their challenges when discussing sensitive issues, explore strategies for supporting children and families from different backgrounds, and look at ways to take care of themselves during these conversations.

Building relationships with parents living with substance use disorder (SUD) and their children who have experienced prenatal exposure can often be challenging. The Touchpoints Approach is an evidence-based, relational practice that builds collaborative family-provider partnerships in service of strong, healthy family-child relationships from before birth throughout early childhood.

If you work with young children and families who live in the context of SUD, this 90-minute workshop will introduce you to concrete strengths-based and relational strategies you can use to support yourself and the families with whom you work.

Who should participate in this workshop?

Providers who work with families living with SUD who also have young children, including health care providers, mental health and recovery counselors, early educators, family child care providers, home visitors, early interventionists, and more.

What do participants learn?

  • Key concepts essential to understanding SUD as a medical disease
  • How to apply a developmental and relational framework to your work with families of young children in which the parents are living with SUD
  • Strategies for applying a strengths-based mindset to supporting yourself, children, and families affected by the substance use and recovery process

How do participants learn?

  • A 90-minute, live interactive workshop led by BTC Staff and National Facilitators
  • All workshops have live Spanish translation and closed captioning available.
  • Participants receive a certificate of participation.

How do I register? How do I learn more?

Visit our Learning Management System (LMS) to register for upcoming offerings. You can register groups using the LMS.

Can’t attend the live workshop? Register to access the recordings!

Join the BTC Learning Network for special member discounts. 

How do I bring this workshop to my organization or community?

Contact us to bring this workshop to your organization or community.

From birth, children bring their own unique contributions to their development. Children’s temperaments, individual competencies, and cultures all influence the child’s experience of themselves in their process of development and their experience of the people and the world around them.

In this 4-part (6 hours) workshop series, we explore children’s perspectives on their own developmental process from birth through preschool. Learn how you can enter into each child’s world, understand what they are experiencing, and best support their unique developmental process.

Who should participate in this series?

Professionals who work with young children, including early care educators, family child care providers, mental health consultants, home visitors, pediatricians, early interventionists, and more.

What do participants learn?

Workshop 1– The Child’s Contributions to their Developmental Process

  • There are key influences upon a child’s developmental process and their experience of those processes that we can deeply understand in order to best support a child’s developmental potential and well-being. Explore these key drivers behind developmental process and the role that disorganization and regression plays in a child’s developmental agenda in the context of culture and relationships.

Workshop 2 – Inside a Baby’s Mind: The Touchpoints of Infancy

  • Babies come into this world with skills designed to form the relationships that are necessary for their development. Explore what development from newborn through 12 months is like for the baby and what we can do to best support their unique experience.

Workshop 3– Inside a Toddler’s Mind: The Touchpoints of Toddlerhood

  • Toddlers have developed the capacity to have their own ideas and the skills to act upon them as they look to become independent and do it “all by myself”. Developing “self-control” by getting “out of control” is a challenge for everyone involved. Explore what development is like for a toddler and what we can do to best support their unique experience.

Workshop 4 – Inside a Preschooler’s Mind: The Touchpoints of Preschool

  • With their new capacities, preschoolers are both fascinating and overwhelming at the same time. Learning to internalize rules and adult limits by “breaking” those rules is challenging for all involved. Explore from a preschooler’s perspective what development is like and what we can do to best support their unique experience.

How do participants learn?

  • Interactive, learner-centered training led by BTC Staff Trainers and National Facilitators
  • A series of 4 workshops. Each workshop is 90 minutes. 
  • All workshops have live Spanish translation and closed captioning available.
  • Participants receive a certificate of participation. 

How do I learn more?

Visit our Learning Management System (LMS) to register for upcoming offerings. You can register groups using the LMS.

Can’t attend the live workshops? Register to access the recordings!

Join the BTC Learning Network for special member discounts. 

How do I bring this series to my organization or community?

Contact us to bring this series to your organization or community.

Challenging conversations are part of building relationships with families, colleagues, and partners. While these conversations can be uncomfortable, they are also opportunities for self-reflection and growth. 

In this 3-part (4.5-hour) workshop series, we explore how perspectives and bias may affect when and how we experience conversations as challenging. We practice applying a strengths-based approach to engage effectively in challenging conversations.

Who should participate in this series?

All professionals who work with families of young children, including 

  • child care educators, 
  • family child care providers, 
  • home visitors, 
  • pediatric primary care providers
  • child welfare workers, 
  • early intervention educators, and more.

What do participants learn? 

  • Strategies for applying a strengths-based approach to effectively engage in challenging conversations
  • How individual experiences, perspectives, and biases affect what topics we consider challenging in conversations

How do participants learn?

  • Interactive, learner-centered training led by BTC Staff Trainers and National Facilitators 
  • A series of 3 online workshops. Each workshop is 90 minutes. 
  • All workshops have live Spanish translation and closed captioning available.
  • Participants receive a certificate of participation. 

How do I learn more? How do I register?

Visit our Learning Management System (LMS) to register for upcoming offerings. You can register groups using the LMS.

Can’t attend the live workshops? Register to access the recordings!

Join the BTC Learning Network for special member discounts. 

How do I bring this series to my organization or community?

Contact us to bring this series to your organization or community.

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 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 engage with families every day and during times when conversations may be challenging.

Fathers bring unique ways of parenting that offer important benefits for children’s development, learning and well being. Whether living together or romantically involved, or not, when two caregivers are raising a child, and are able to partner to complement the gifts that each of them can bring, everyone benefits.

In this 2-part (3 hours) series, we discuss strategies to engage fathers in early childhood programs and family-focused services, and to support parents as co-partners.

Workshop 1 – Father's Unique Contributions

Workshop 2 – Making Space for Fathers in Programs and Services

Who should participate in this series?

Professionals who work with families of young children, including early care educators, family child care providers, mental health consultants, home visitors, pediatricians, early interventionists, and more.

How do participants learn?

  • Interactive, learner-centered training led by BTC Staff Trainers and National Facilitators 
  • A series of 2 online workshops. Each workshop is 90 minutes. 
  • All workshops have live Spanish translation and closed captioning available.
  • Participants receive a certificate of participation. 

How do I learn more? How do I register?

Visit our Learning Management System (LMS) to register for upcoming offerings. You can register groups using the LMS.

Can’t attend the live workshops? Register to access the recordings!

Join the BTC Learning Network for special member discounts. 

How do I bring this series to my organization or community?

Contact us to bring this series to your organization or community.

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. This 5-part (7.5 hours) series explores strategies to further cultivate a strengths-based mindset in your work with families.

Who should participate in this series?

All professionals who work with families of young children, including 

  • child care educators, 
  • family child care providers, 
  • home visitors, 
  • pediatric primary care providers
  • child welfare workers, 
  • early intervention educators, and more.

What do participants learn?

  • Strategies to further cultivate a strengths-based mindset in their work with families 
  • How to use perspective-taking to connect with families in their child’s care and development
  • How to use strengths-based assumptions in interactions with families
  • Communication and listening techniques that can help providers deepen their connections with families

How do participants learn?

  • Interactive, learner-centered series led by BTC Staff Trainers and National Facilitators 
  • A series of 5 workshops. All workshops are 90 minutes.
  • Live Spanish translation and closed captioning available.
  • Participants receive a certificate of participation. 

How do I learn more? How do I register?

Visit our Learning Management System (LMS) to register for upcoming offerings. You can register groups using the LMS.

Can’t attend the live workshops? Register to access the recordings!

Join the BTC Learning Network for special member discounts. 

How do I bring this series to my organization or community?

Contact us to bring this series to your organization or community.

Workshop 1 
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 family members. In this workshop, you will learn how to use perspective-taking to connect with families in their child’s care and development. 

Workshop 2
Choosing Your Attitude: Using Strength-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 — even in instances like these — 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.

Workshop 3
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 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 a family at that moment, we can join with them 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.

Workshop 4
The Power of Observation: Connecting with Families Through the Child’s Behavior

Finding ways to connect with families of young children is not 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.

Workshop 5 
Valuing Passion: Connecting with Families Around What They Care About

Families show us a wide range of emotions as they navigate through their ever-changing experiences (e.g., routines, new skills, discipline, feeding) with their child. Strongly felt 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 that providers can value families’ passion as an engagement strategy.

For teachers, principals, and other K – 6th-grade education professionals, building relationships with families is one of the most important responsibilities that school staff have to foster students’ success and well-being. Come explore the how of building relationships. 

This 5-part (7.5 hours) series offers family engagement strategies that educators can use to support the success of their students. 

Workshop 1 – A View from All Sides

Workshop 2 – Choosing Your Attitude

Workshop 3 – Listening to Understand

Workshop 4 – Reimagining Parent-Teacher Conversations

Workshop 5 – Valuing Passion

Who should participate in this series?

Professionals who work with families of school-aged children, including teachers, instructional assistants, school counselors, family and community engagement specialists, out-of-school time providers, or administrators.

How do participants learn?

  • Interactive, learner-centered series led by BTC Staff Trainers and National Facilitators 
  • A series of 5 workshops. All workshops are 90 minutes.
  • Live Spanish translation and closed captioning available.
  • Participants receive a certificate of participation. 

How do I learn more? How do I register?

Visit our Learning Management System (LMS) to register for upcoming offerings. You can register groups using the LMS.

Can’t attend the live workshops? Register to access the recordings!

Join the BTC Learning Network for special member discounts. 

How do I bring this series to my organization or community?

Contact us to bring this series to your organization or community.

Whether you are a leader, mentor, manager, or coach, you know that building relationships with the people you work with is key. And you know that the way you work with them shapes the way they work, and their own wellbeing too. Focusing on their strengths in your conversations with them can help build collaborative, trusting relationships that inspire confidence, nurture practice change, and unleash professional growth.

This 2-part (6 hours) workshop series offers strategies you can use to further cultivate and sustain a strengths-based approach in your leadership, mentorship and coaching role.

Who should participate in this series?

All professionals who serve in a leadership, management, coach, or mentor role, including directors, supervisors, coaches, peer or team leaders, and education or mental health consultants

What do participants learn?

  • How to take the other person’s perspective to support a strengths-based approach
  • How to identify where staff start and how they are advancing in their learning process
  • How to highlight and appreciate staff strengths in your interactions with them
  • Strategies that can help you deepen your connections with staff

How do participants learn?

  • Interactive, learner-centered series led by BTC Staff Trainers and National Facilitators 
  • 2-part workshop series, 3 hours each, totaling 6 hours of training
  • Live Spanish translation and closed captioning available.
  • Participants receive a certificate of participation. 

How do I learn more? How do I register?

Visit our Learning Management System (LMS) to register for upcoming offerings. You can register groups using the LMS.

Can’t attend the live workshops? Register to access the recordings!

Join the BTC Learning Network for special member discounts. 

How do I bring this series to my organization or community?

Contact us to bring this series to your organization or community.

Many families today are under enormous stress. As early care professionals working with children and families, we need to care for our own mental health and the mental health of the families we work with. This 3-part (4.5 hours) workshop series offers family-facing providers strategies they can use in their work that honor everyone’s experiences, support healing, and nurture self-care.

Who should participate in this series?

All professionals who work with young children and their families, including

  • child care educators, 
  • family child care providers, 
  • home visitors, 
  • pediatric primary care providers
  • early intervention educators, 
  • child welfare workers, and more.

What do participants learn?

  • How to adapt and apply reflective practice and perspective-taking to your work with children and families
  • Coping skills to share with parents to address the effects of isolation in the short and long terms
  • How to consult with mental health professionals in your work with families
  • Strategies for self-care

How do participants learn?

  • Interactive, learner-centered training led by BTC Staff Trainers and National Facilitators 
  • A series of 3 online workshops. Each workshop is 90 minutes. 
  • All workshops have live Spanish translation and closed captioning available.
  • Participants receive a certificate of participation. 

How do I learn more? How do I register?

Visit our Learning Management System (LMS) to register for upcoming offerings. You can register groups using the LMS.

Can’t attend the live workshops? Register to access the recordings!

Join the BTC Learning Network for special member discounts. 

How do I bring this series to my organization or community?

Contact us to bring this series to your organization or community.

Workshop 1
Honoring Each Person’s Experience to Support Mental Health

When working with families, it is important that everyone’s experience of a situation is heard and understood. 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 adapt and apply reflective practice and perspective-taking to your work with children and families.

Workshop 2
Parental Depression and Coping During Challenging Times

Social isolation and other adversities can have a profound impact on parental mental health and well-being, affecting both parents and their children. This workshop explores 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 term. You will learn when to consult with mental health professionals in your work with families.

Workshop 3
Nurturing the Nurturer: Self-care for Providers & Parents

In times of stress and crisis, we all need to take care of ourselves. Yet many people in caring professions and family members may not attend to their own mental health when they prioritize their care for others. This workshop explores self-care practices for early care professionals and the families with whom they work. 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.

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