Supporting Caregivers in Recovery
Recovery from addiction, with the right supports, can be the expectation, not just a possibility. In this session, we will discuss the lifelong process of recovery, common pathways for starting and maintaining one’s recovery, and ways that you can support parents/caregivers and families in recovery.
Pennsylvania’s Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems Project and Your Role as a Valued Stakeholder
Pennsylvania has a wide variety of maternal child health and human services available to pregnant and parenting families of infants and toddlers. However, the complex developmental health and family well-being needs of these vulnerable families during the prenatal to three (P-3) period is rarely met by one system. The purpose of Pennsylvania’s Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (ECCS) Project is to coordinate, implement and sustain an equitable, comprehensive, system that promotes early developmental health and family well-being in order to increase access to a robust health care system that is able to meet the complex needs of the P-3 population. This interactive and engaging session will provide you, as a valued stakeholder, an opportunity to learn more about the ECCS project, provide an insight into the challenges and successes of the work you do to support PA children and their families as it aligns with the ECCS project and contribute innovative ideas to accomplishing the goals of the ECCS project.
Critically Examining Race Narratives in Children’s Literature
As educators continue enacting more culturally responsive pedagogies, multicultural children’s literature has flooded the educational marketplace and rapidly made its way into classrooms. Despite good intentions, however, not all literature that is marketed as multicultural is high-quality and asset-oriented. In fact, some texts portray strong implicit biases, stereotypes and oppressive narratives. In this workshop, you will be introduced to a critical analysis tool for examining multicultural literature and practice conducting critical examinations of various children’s books.
The HOPE Strategy for Resilience
With the pandemic, many have experienced an increase in both acute and chronic anxiety and mood symptoms. This presentation will focus on the HOPE strategy to improve resilience in coping with anxiety. It will also identify ways for caregivers to help others as well as themselves.
Supporting Families New to Autism
Supporting families as they learn about autism and their child is much easier when you have “inside information” about common concerns and what the child’s perspective might be. We will talk about speech versus communication, sensory differences and social-relational issues, with the aim of meeting both the child’s and the family’s need for a safe, supportive environment where children and adults can learn and grow.
Supporting Literacy Development: A Panel Discussion
Panelists will discuss literacy development in young children, activities that both staff and family members can do to promote literacy development and resources that all can use.
Group Connections in Today’s World: A Panel Discussion
This panel discussion will focus on ways to provide effective group connections and will include successful ways to engage families. Safety measures, challenges and tips will be also discussed.
ZOOM Fatigue: What It Is and What We Can Do About It
Feeling exhausted by all the online meetings? We will explore the characteristics of ZOOM fatigue, why it happens, and how we can minimize its effects. We will discuss both the physical and psychological aspects of ZOOM fatigue. We will share strategies for both presenters and participants, adults and children. Join us to learn more about this timely topic.
Speaking Up! Your Voice Matters
In this webinar, we explore advocacy; speaking up for yourself or on behalf of your child, bringing attention to an issue and supporting action, or creating a policy agenda and working to enact it. The panel includes both family members who “speak up” and get results and organization leaders who bring attention to critical issues and recommend actions.
Weaving Together Love and Loss: Supporting Grieving Children and Families
We often misunderstand grief in children or mistakenly believe that children do not experience grief at all. Yet, anyone old enough to love is old enough to grieve. Young children experience and respond to grief in unique ways that are not always clear to adults and caregivers. This webinar will help you to better understand grief in children and learn how you can support both children and families experiencing loss.
Parent Leadership Panel Discussion
Parent leadership is an important quality that helps parents and caregivers be healthy, productive and sociable members of society. Panelists will discuss the definition of parent leadership, and how parent leadership varies according to parents. This webinar features strategies to build successful partnerships with parents and caregivers, and help parents gain the knowledge and skills to function in meaningful leadership roles in their family and community.
Finding Meaning and Navigating a New Normal: Self-Care While Supporting Others
The world has changed. Our current situation is temporary, things will be different on the other side and lead to some permanent changes. David Kessler, author and world-renowned expert on grief, explains that many people are experiencing multiple griefs including anticipatory grief in response to COVID-19. Anticipatory grief is anxiety about our “imagined futures”, uncertainty and fears of the unknown. Participants attending this virtual workshop will identify and practice strategies for understanding and managing stages of grief including Kessler’s 6th stage, finding meaning. Embracing a new normal requires resilience, participants will examine concepts from the psychology of resilience including psychiatrist, Victor Frankle’s tragic optimism and benefit-finding. Characteristics of compassion fatigue and crisis-related stress will be identified and participants will examine strategies for establishing and maintaining physical and psychological wellbeing. Participants will discuss effective ways to communicate with others to increase successful client support.
Partnering With Dads to Promote Family Wellbeing
When programs support parents in building protective factors, families grow stronger and children benefit. Partnering with fathers intentionally, whether living with their children or not, is an important contributor to family well-being. This webinar will dig deeper into strategies for including and understanding dads. These approaches may be useful to any family support program, including but not limited to those implementing fatherhood-related curricula.
Protective Factors, ACEs, HOPE and Resilience
In recent years there has been great interest in the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and how they can affect adult health and well-being. Many of us who work with children and families are eager to go beyond understanding the impact of ACEs to thinking about how our work can prevent ACEs from occurring, buffer children from negative effects of adversity they do experience, and support families so that they can thrive despite any challenges they may face. Join this webinar to learn about an emerging body of research that illuminates the role of positive childhood experiences and family protective factors in improving outcomes throughout the lifespan, and how all of this can guide us to better support children and families.
Get a Grip! Strategies for Strengthening Our Own Self-Regulation
Self-regulation is a key skill that we all need in order to be healthy, productive and sociable members of society. The principles and strategies for teaching self-regulation to children also apply to adults, but sometimes we have to take more responsibility for getting the support we need. This webinar will provide a brief review of self-regulation principles and help participants match those principles to strategies they can implement in their own adult lives.
Supporting Effective Group Events
This webinar is designed for organizations that host events for parents/families and caregivers. The presentation will help participants identify and utilize methods for holding effective group events. Participants will gain insight and awareness of various formats, topics, and marketing strategies. Participants will explore strength-based strategies that help parents/families and caregivers be more engaged in group events.
Engaging Immigrant and Refugee Parents From a Cultural Humility Perspective
Many service providers face challenges providing services to immigrant and refugee families. In this webinar, we will explore strength-based strategies that go beyond language interpretation to improve parent engagement. You will have the opportunity to understand the cultural humility perspective, stages of immigrant parent engagement, and steps to create cultural adaptations to current activities/programs.
Focus on Fathers: Engaging Male Caregivers
This presentation is designed to help participants identify and reduce barriers that inhibit male caregiver participation in their child’s life and in programs designed for their benefit. Through this presentation, we will uncover the systemic, social and personal obstacles that restrict fathers and male caregivers involvement in both their child’s life and in programs designed for the dad’s benefit.
Mindfulness and Its Connection to Judgment
To be an effective leader within your home and community, building relationships and self-awareness are skills that are key. This workshop provides a new, in-depth lens on how we make judgments about others and how that relates to our own personal experiences. We will take a deep dive into personal experiences and aspects of mindfulness in order to fully understand and absorb the information. Opportunities for self-reflection will be provided in addition to how others can be exposed to the information moving forward.
Bullying Prevention in Early Childhood
Participants in this session will gain a better understanding of bullying behaviors and how they impact our youth. Specifically, we will focus on behaviors among our younger youth and identify some of the long-term adverse conditions that may result. Participants will come away from this webinar with strategies and resources to support parents to help their children make healthy connections and build social and emotional skills.
Advocacy Lessons From the Wizard of Oz: Educating Policy Makers and Telling Our Story
Advocacy can be intimidating, but it is crucial that policymakers hear from people who care about children. Using a fun approach based on the Wizard of Oz, this session features strategies to build grassroots support, advocate for policies effectively, and to excel at media interviews.
Families Savings Programs From the Pennsylvania Treasury Department
This webinar will provide a greater understanding of three savings programs for families administered by the PA Treasury Department. Specifically, the presenter will describe the Keystone Scholars, PA 529 College & Career Savings Program, and PA ABLE Savings Program.
Principles and Practices in Infant Mental Health
You are invited to take a brief, deeper dive into the core interdisciplinary principles of Infant Early Childhood Mental Health. Additionally, we will explore Pennsylvania’s Alliance for Infant Mental Health (PA-AIMH)’s newly implemented Endorsement process. This webinar will be facilitated by an Infant Mental Health Specialist endorsed, Central Region PA-AIMH board member.
Reframing Challenging Conversations to Meaningful and Solutions Oriented Conversations
Working together with other adults, including family members and professionals, sometimes requires participation in conversations that can be challenging. This session will provide strategies to help you make the most of these conversations by maintaining focus on listening, understanding and ultimately creating solutions.
Responding To and Preventing Child Neglect
This webinar is intended to provide an overview of research-informed methods for supporting families and responding to disclosures and findings of child neglect. Participants will gain insight and awareness related to child neglect including variables that can contribute to neglect within families. Using the Strengthening Families Protective Factors framework as a lens, we will explore how to navigate disclosures and discussions about neglect with families using a strengths-based approach.
Community Assets and Connections
Many of us find that we can list the problems in our communities more quickly than our assets. We may not recognize the commonalities that exist among potential community asset partners, or how our assets can be used effectively. In this session we will outline strategies for finding the assets in your community, making meaningful connections and working in collaboration with community partners. The panelists will discuss ways that assets are identified and how partnerships and collaborative councils can be useful in making programs more connected and with responding to individual family requests, as well as addressing community-wide and systems issues.
Engaging Parents: Linguistic and Cultural Strengths As Resources in Language and Literacy Learning
Utilizing a strengths-based model to engage in learning activities that build on the knowledge of parents and children (including family stories), this webinar illustrates the ways that parents who have varied schooling and literacy backgrounds can be engaged in supporting the reading/writing/spoken language development of their children. The webinar also provides examples of ways that educational partners (even those who do not speak the native language of the families they serve) can support literacy, bi-literacy and/or multi-literacies in families by tapping into both family and community resources and visual, musical and gestural forms of communication.
Developing Emotionally Intelligent Families
Emotional intelligence is the ability to identify feelings and their significance in order to make optimal decisions. Participants will learn the foundations and components of the Six Seconds model and will reflect on how parents lay the groundwork for children’s social and emotional skills. This interactive webinar will explore strengths-based techniques, tools, and resources to support the development of emotional intelligence in early childhood.
Families in Recovery: Understanding the Big Picture and Approaching With Empathy
This webinar will focus on families in recovery from substance use disorder through a holistic, strengths and needs-based lens. The discussion will focus on direct and indirect challenges these families face, and the importance of individualizing prevention and intervention approaches, as well as highlighting and building resiliency within these family systems. Included will be a discussion and description of Families in Recovery supportive curriculum and programming. Kayla will share clinical experiences of working with families and children of parents with a substance use disorder.
Strengthening Families: Building Your Toolbox
The Strengthening Families Protective Factors Framework is a strengths-based approach that many organizations integrate into their work with families. One of the major characteristics of the framework is that organizations and professionals create environments where parents and caregivers build protective factors for their families. This highlights the emphasis that this is an approach rather than a program or curriculum to follow. This can sometimes make the protective factors seem more theoretical than practical and leave practitioners with the question “Yes, but how do we <em>do </em>it?” However, there are strategies and everyday actions that can support the implementation of this approach. Join this webinar for a deeper look into the everyday actions and tools that have been developed by national organizations to support Strengthening Families implementation. Participants will share their knowledge and experience using the framework.
School Readiness: More Than Just the ABCs
The best predictor of a child’s success in school is a brain that develops in healthy ways, as a result of secure, responsive adult-child relationships. School readiness doesn’t mean just knowing the academic basics. It means a child has a willing attitude and confidence in the process of learning: a healthy state of mind. This webinar will focus on how a child’s growth in all areas and stages of development, prenatal through kindergarten, provides a strong foundation for learning. Professionals will identify strategies to support families in providing nurturing relationships and experiences that promote school readiness.
Parent Advocacy: Developing and Supporting Parent Leadership and Advocacy
This webinar will discuss the key ingredients to recognizing, developing and supporting leadership development for parents. We will focus on successful strategies and approaches to leadership development that leads to increased engagement and involvement in programs and communities. We will also focus on developing advocacy engagement with families.
Navigating the Healthcare System: Getting Connected to Health Insurance
Maternal and Child Health Consortium (MCHC) is a private, non-profit organization that serves Chester County, PA including the Pottstown area. We have several programs with staff providing services to both the English and Spanish-speaking communities. One such program is our Family Benefits Program, through which our Family Benefits Specialists connect qualifying individuals to affordable healthcare through Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and the Federal Marketplace as well as food stamps (SNAP) and cash assistance (TANF). This webinar will review the different types of available healthcare as well as other health benefits, the role of an MCHC Family Benefits Specialist, advocacy strategies, and other resources to assist with the enrollment process.
Parenting Behaviors: Promoting Positive Parenting
The quality of parent-child interactions are influenced by a parent’s knowledge of how their behaviors impact their child’s development. Parents who engage in rich communication and exhibit supportive, responsive, nurturing, guiding, behaviors with their children, positively impact their child’s development across all domains. Through this conversation, family support professionals will explore ways to promote positive parenting behaviors. Professionals will identify practical ways to transform their understanding of the development centered parenting approach and put it into practice.
Depression and Pregnancy: How To Support Your Clients
The webinar will address the various potential causes and manifestations of depression surrounding the perinatal period, and what home-visitors and other case-managers who work with pregnant women and mothers of young children can do to support them through this challenging time.
Teaching Empathy: It’s Part of Daily Life
Teaching children to notice and care about other people starts with helping them recognize and manage their own emotions. This webinar will provide specific strategies, starting with young toddlers and upward, that family members and other caregivers can use every day to help young children develop empathy. This session will also provide some suggested resources for supporting empathy and other important social skills.
Supporting Families Through Addiction
This webinar will focus on how to support families affected by opioid addiction, specifically regarding techniques to work with parents who struggle with opioid addiction, supporting families, and resources on how to talk to their children about addiction. Included is how home visitation can address specific deficits in parenting caused by addiction and emphasizes the importance of home visitation knowledge of resources available for families.
PAT Early Learning Standards Crosswalk
We invite you to attend this webinar to learn more about the PA Early Learning Standards and the PAT Alignment. An overview of the Early Learning Standards and the PAT alignment will be presented with descriptions of ways that PAT affiliates are using the Standards. We are aware that some PAT affiliates are familiar with the Standards and may already be making intentional connections between the Standards and PAT activities. We hope you will share what is working for you in this webinar.
Community PASSPORTs: A Way To Make Connections
During this webinar, participants will learn how The Guidance Center’s PAT program expanded on several activity pages to create an extended learning adventure that encouraged families to visit various locations in their community. This webinar will highlight how staff connected this activity to Parents as Teacher’s three areas of emphasis (parent-child interaction, development centered parenting, and family well-being) to facilitating partnerships between families and community members. We will also identify some of the stumbling blocks and how success was determined.
Let’s Talk! Engaging Parents With Be Strong Parent Cafés
Be Strong Parent Cafgs provide parents with the opportunity to learn about and build the five protective factors identified in the Strengthening Families Framework through meaningful, small-group conversations. Join this webinar to hear from organizations implementing cafes and to learn how your organization can bring this model to your community.
Building Relationships With Families
This webinar will address the challenges of connecting with families. We will discuss strategies for relationship building and overcoming participant resistance. We will identify ways to engage with families, break down barriers, and improve program retention rates. We will also explore how to set boundaries with participants while still being relatable and positive.
Co-Parenting: What It Is and How To Make It Work
Does your program serve families who are co-parenting? Join us on August 9th to hear from Columbia County Family Center staff regarding techniques and strategies used when working with families in co-parenting situations. Explore some of the terms used under the co-parenting umbrella and discover resources available to support families in this journey.
Engaging Immigrant Families as Educational Partners: Who, What and How
The participants in this session will gain insight into the stages of immigrant parent involvement: cultural survivor, cultural learner, cultural connector, and cultural leader. The stages will help identify challenges to family engagement and highlight effective family engagement practices to equip and empower immigrant parents in education.
Support for Grandfamilies and Relative Caregivers: A Mosaic of Intervention Strategies
The term “grandfamilies” refers to families with relative caregivers raising children. These families often face a host of emotional, legal, financial, and daily living challenges. This presentation will describe various intervention strategies that can help grandfamilies thrive as reconstituted families. These intervention efforts provide emotional and instrumental support for family members and guidance for inter-agency collaboration leading to more extensive and timely services.
Grow Your Program With Group Connections
Daunted by the lack of interest in Group Connections? So were we; until we began to approach this Essential Requirement as a valuable resource. We amped up our Group Connections and changed attendance from 0-5 families to 10-15 families. We will share our secrets of success with you!
Building Your Toolbox: Impacts of Mental Illness on Family Dynamics
Working with families can be a difficult yet highly rewarding experience. Successful outcomes often depend on having a variety of techniques, skills, and resources available in your “toolbox”. When one or more family member has a mental illness, the tools necessary for success can be different. This webinar will focus on how to effectively build a dynamic and fluid toolbox for maximum family success when mental illness is present.
Supporting Parents: How Early Childhood Experiences Matter
How do our childhood experiences impact our eventual health, our choices, and even our parenting? During this session, we will examine the role that trauma and toxic stress play in the development of healthy social-emotional development and executive function, using brain research and the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study as a foundation. We will briefly explore several effective trauma-informed strategies to use when initiating and discussing difficult and challenging situations with families that will provide support and promote healing.