Promoting mental health and family well-being in today's world. New 3-part workshop series! Three Wednesdays, October 20 and 27, and November 3. 1 to 2:30 pm Eastern Time, 10 to 11:30 am Pacific Time.

Social-emotional wellness is essential for young children, their families, and the providers who work with them. Yet, promoting wellness and responding to the mental health needs of children and families may be challenging, especially during the ongoing pandemic.

In this series, you will learn knowledge and skills to strengthen relationships with adults and children and promote family well-being. You will explore the Family Connections Workshop Series, which provides scaffolding to support mental health among staff and families. The series includes six workshops—three for early childhood program staff and three for parents—that are adapted from the original training materials for Family Connections, an evidence-based, system-wide model for mental health consultation and professional development. You will explore how each workshop’s learning activities are carried out with staff and consider adaptations for delivery to parents.

Each online workshop is 1.5 hours and attendees receive a certificate of participation. You can register for each workshop individually or sign up for the whole series.

All workshops have live Spanish translation available!

Price: $35/workshop or $90 for all 3

BTC Learning Network Member Price: $33/workshop or $85 for all 3
(Learn about joining the BTC Learning Network here.)

Can’t attend the live session? Register to receive access to the recording!

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

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Workshop 1
Enhancing Partnerships between Parents and Staff
October 20, 2021 @ 1 PM ET / 10 AM PT

Strong relationships between early childhood professionals and parents 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.

In this session, participants will:

  • Learn about the Family Connections model of mental health consultation and professional development
  • Deepen their understanding of the importance of partnering with parents
  • Explore communication challenges that can occur between staff and parents, including differing values and cultural biases
  • Learn practical strategies for building strong partnerships with families



Workshop 2
Understanding Depression and Fostering Resilience
October 27, 2021 @ 1 PM ET / 10 AM PT

Depression is a common condition that has affected a growing number of people during the pandemic, including parents and staff in early childhood programs. People who receive effective treatment for depression 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 offers early childhood professionals an opportunity to learn more about and better understand depression. It offers strategies you can use to more effectively reach out to parents about mental health concerns, keeping in mind their cultural values and beliefs.

In this session, participants will:

  • Explore factors that have contributed to the increased numbers of people experiencing depression and/or anxiety
  • Learn the signs, symptoms, and causes of depression
  • Explore fears, concerns, and myths about depression
  • Learn strategies to engage parents who are depressed and help them to talk about depression
  • Enhance their understanding of resilience and their ability to help families strengthen their resilience
  • Enhance their ability to support families seeking access to mental-health services



Workshop 3
Talking with Children about Difficult Issues
November 3, 2021 @ 1 PM ET / 10 AM PT

Open and honest conversations help build strong, trusting partnerships among children, families, and providers. Sometimes, however, we encounter difficult or uncomfortable topics in conversations in our work. A child may start a conversation about something that has happened at home that takes you by surprise. Or, you may see and hear children exploring a sensitive topic in their play, such as family conflict or grief. While it is natural to experience a range of emotions when difficult topics come up, strategies exist that can help us feel more skilled in our response. This workshop gives early childhood professionals an opportunity to 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.

In this session, participants will:

  • Learn concrete strategies for more effective communication with children
  • Explore the potential impacts of conversations about difficult issues on the emotional and mental health of children, families, and professionals
  • Deepen their understanding of the importance of professional self-care


Register for all 3 webinars and save! Click here to purchase the entire series.

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