Author: Michael Pesare

Engaging Immigrant Families as Educational Partners: Who, What, and How

June 7, 2017 Presenter: Young-chan Han, Family Involvement/Title 1 Specialist, Maryland State Department of Education Description: The participants in this session will gain insight into the stages on immigrant parent involvement: cultural survivor, cultural learner, cultural connector, and cultural leader. 

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Support for Grandfamilies and Relative Caregivers: A Mosaic of Intervention Strategies

May 3, 2017 Presenter: Matthew Kaplan, Ph.D., Professor Intergenerational Programs and Aging Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology and Education Penn State University Description: The term “grandfamilies” refers to families with relative caregivers raising children. These families often face a host of

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Grow Your Program with Group Connections

April 5, 2017 Presenter: Martha Faust, Program Director, Beginnings Inc. Description: 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

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Building Your Toolbox: Impacts of Mental Illness on Family Dynamics

March 1, 2017 Presenter: Shalawn James, Advocacy Program Manager, Mental Health Association in Pennsylvania Description: 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

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Supporting Parents: How Early Childhood Experiences Matter

February 1, 2017 Presenter: Marcy Witherspoon, MSW, LSW, Senior Training Specialist, Health Federation of Philadelphia Description: How do our childhood experiences impact our eventual health, our choices, and even our parenting? During this session, we will examine the role that

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Let’s Talk: Communication Development in Young Children

December 7, 2016 Presenter: Susan R. Althouse, Early Intervention Technical Assistance Consultant Description: This presentation will focus on the development of communication skills from birth through the preschool years. We will discuss various aspects of communication, typical development, warning signs of

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Little Brains – Big Future: The Impact of Traumatic Brain Injury in Young Children

November 9, 2016 Presenter: Ashley Graves, M.Ed., Project Development Specialist, Center for Schools and Communities Session Description: In this session, participants will learn about the mechanism of injury, signs and symptoms, and the impact of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) on

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Stress, Parenting, and Your Relationship with Families

October 12, 2016 Presenters: Jennifer Walker, LSW, Therapist and Janine Castle, Ph.D., Psychologist, Moving Beyond Depression Program – Lancaster General Health Penn Medicine Description: Parenting is stressful for everyone. It can be very challenging to work with families in crisis

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Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect: Helping Parents and Providers Understand Temperament

July 27, 2016 Presenter: Carmen Gatti, Director of Business Development, Montgomery Early Learning Centers Understanding a child’s temperament give caregivers and parents important information about how the child experiences the world. Understanding our own temperament gives us important information about how

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Unpacking Trauma: A Follow-Up to Healthy Brains/Healthy Families

June 22, 2016   Presenter: Michael Brink, Consultant, Early Intervention Technical Assistance, Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network   In this follow-up webinar to Healthy Brains/Healthy Families, we will examine how healthy brain development can be supported by adults.  We will

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