On Demand Webinars

Free On-Demand Webinars

  • Attachment Enhancement Training
    This webinar will walk participants through the basics of Attachment Enhancement Training, also known as the Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-Up Intervention (ABC), a parent training program based on the research of Mary Dozier, Ph.D.  The 11 week training program is designed to support the relationship between parents and young children up to 24 months of age. Attachment enhancement helps parents nurture their baby so that he/she can achieve independence and security; learn how to read their baby’s cues and behaviors to help him/her stay regulated and calm; and provide a loving environment to help their baby learn and grow.  Forming a healthy attachment to a primary caretaker is a critical task and forms the foundation for all future relationships in life.  Learn more about how you can invest in the future of your baby by building a safe and secure attachment now.
    (55 Minutes)
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  • Never Shake a Baby
    Shaken baby syndrome is a severe form of head trauma that can result in mental retardation, hearing and visual impairments, physical disabilities, and even death. Although there are many triggers, shaking most commonly occurs when a frustrated and exhausted caregiver loses control because they are unable to console a crying baby. All babies cry, sometimes for extended periods of time and seemingly no reason. It is normal for parents to feel overwhelmed and frustrated at times. This seminar will help parents to understand why babies cry, and will offer tips and strategies to soothe a crying baby. Stress management techniques and strategies to prevent shaken baby syndrome will also be discussed. Being aware and prepared are the keys to prevention.
    (15 Minutes)
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  • The Importance of Being Your Child’s Advocate in the School System
    Foster and adopted children can face unique challenges in the school setting that may require extra support or special accommodations. Parents often struggle with how to advocate for their child and develop a positive partnership with the school to help their child reach their full potential. This seminar will address critical school related concerns such as understanding and navigating the IEP process, handling school assignments that are sensitive, and preparing children to respond to difficult or intrusive questions. Learn techniques for working effectively with school teachers and administrators to ensure that your child’s educational and social needs are met.
    (15 Minutes)
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  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy: Parenting Adolescents Through Mindfulness
    This seminar will introduce parents to the major concepts of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), a therapeutic approach that can be highly effective with teens who are severely dysregulated and difficult to parent. DBT works to decrease emotional pain and to increase skills to tolerate distress, manage emotions, maintain healthy interpersonal relationships, and be more fully in the moment. Parents learn coping skills in a multi-family setting along with their adolescents, thus enabling them to coach and encourage their teens in the home environment. If your adolescent is exhibiting extremely challenging behaviors and struggles with regulating their emotions, DBT may be right for your family.
    (25 Minutes)
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  • Planning for Children with Special Needs
    How can we make sure that our children are cared for, even when we’re not around? Join Mark Friese and Chase Phillips of Merrill Lynch as they discuss financial planning for a child with special needs. Mark and Chase will discuss what questions to ask yourself and your family, when to begin thinking about advanced financial planning, and how to get started. This webinar is offered free of charge through the generosity of Merrill Lynch.
    (30 minutes)
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  • Making the Transition from Foster Care to Adoption
    There are many factors to consider when making the transition from fostering to adoption, for both the parents and the child. This can be a particularly vulnerable and difficult time for children as they come to realize that they are not returning to their birth family. This webinar will explore the importance of permanency for children. It will also address the normative emotional reactions of both the child and the foster family to the lifetime commitment of adoption. Participants will gain techniques for talking with social workers and children about adoption in a positive and open minded manner. Participants will leave with a toolbox of new techniques for understanding and finding permanency for the children in their home. This webinar is brought to you through the generosity of ERP International, who care deeply about finding safe, permanent homes for all children.
    40 minutes
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On-Demand Webinars (Nominal Fee)

  • Are We Having Fun Yet? Holidays, Vacations and Your Challenging Child
    Holidays and vacations can be stressful and hectic for families, and this is often magnified for families who are raising challenging children. In the midst of all of the excitement, children may find it difficult to regulate their emotions and behaviors, and parents may find themselves feeling frustrated and exhausted. This seminar provides parents with coping strategies and skills that will prevent or minimize problematic behaviors so that they can make the most of family time. Fee: $15.00
    (40 Minutes)

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  • Complicated Children: Managing Their Behavior While Helping Them to Heal
    This seminar explores how biology and the environment interact to shape behavior, as well as how trauma, attachment, and brain development factor into the equation. Parents will learn how to handle undesirable behaviors in ways that help children make long-term changes, and how to recognize and handle their own reactions to their child’s behaviors and attitude. Using Greenspan’s work as a framework, the different types of challenging children will be discussed including the highly sensitive child, the defiant child, the inattentive child, the active/aggressive child, and the self-absorbed child. Through real-life scenarios, tangible strategies will be presented to manage a variety of concerns such as food issues, stealing, aggressive outbursts, and lying. Fee: $15.00
    (45 Minutes)

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  • Surviving the Stress of Parenting
    Everyone experiences stress, both individually and as a family. Learn strategies for managing your reactions to the stresses of daily family life and parenthood. The focus will be on prioritizing, positive re-framing, and relaxation techniques that you can use every day. This seminar is led by a therapist who has provided training on stress management and parenting for over 20 years.  Fee:  $10.00
    (35 Minutes)
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  • Talking with Children About Adoption (Part 1)
    One of the most difficult, but important aspects of being an adoptive parent is learning how to comfortably discuss adoption issues with your child. What will your child ask you about adoption? When can you expect it? Will you know what to say? Part 1 of Talking with Children about Adoption provides parents with information and techniques for talking with children in a developmentally appropriate manner, and for helping children cope with comments, feelings, and intrusive questions. Fee: $20.00
    (1 Hour 5 Minutes)

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  • Talking with Children About Adoption (Part 2)
    Talking with your child about their birth history can be difficult, especially when there are painful or sensitive issues related to their birth family and past. Talking with Children about Adoption Part 2 will explore ways to discuss difficult birth family histories marked by mental illness, substance abuse, criminal behavior, physical or sexual abuse, or abandonment and neglect. Parents will learn when to share information, how much information to share, and how to convey the details in a way that is supportive and developmentally appropriate. Fee:  $15.00
    (40 Minutes)

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  • Parenting from the Trenches
    Children who are severely dysregulated and attachment challenged often exhibit behaviors that are troubling and difficult to manage at best, and sometimes even frightening. This seminar examines “real-life” scenarios and offers practical suggestions for therapeutic parenting techniques that will promote and create healthy attachments and a more peaceful home environment. Fee: $15.00
    (45 Minutes)

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  • Fostering Emotional Intelligence in Children
    Emotional intelligence involves the ability to identify and regulate emotions, and to use this information to guide decisions and behavior. There is now increasing recognition that emotional intelligence is critical to success and fulfillment throughout life. In fact, research suggests that EQ is just as important as IQ in predicting future achievement and adjustment. Children with a high level of emotional intelligence are better able to control impulses, persist in the face of adversity, get along with others, delay gratification, show empathy, and handle the ups and downs of life in a healthy manner. The good news is that emotional intelligence can be learned, and parents are the best teachers! This webinar will define emotional intelligence, explain why it is important, and offer specific strategies and ways to foster emotional intelligence in our children. Fee: $15.00
    (40 Minutes)

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  • Adopting and Parenting the Older Child
    There are many joys and challenges associated with parenting an older adopted child.  In infant adoption, parent-child bonding generally occurs quickly through meeting the infant’s basic needs. In older child adoption, the significant disruption and/or trauma that occurred prior to placement can make a child very hesitant to bond with his/her new parents.  This seminar examines parental motivations to adopt older children, and helps families assess their readiness and ability to adopt an older child.  Participants will gain a better understanding of attachment, trauma, grief and loss issues as they relate to the adjustment of the later placed child.  Specific behavioral, emotional and learning challenges will be discussed, and effective parenting techniques and approaches will be explored. Fee: $20.00
    (50 Minutes)

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  • Trauma, Attachment and the Developing Brain
    Children who have experienced disrupted attachment and trauma can sometimes behave in ways that are troubling, confusing, and even frightening.  We now know that trauma can significantly impact the way that the brain develops and functions, and that this, in turn, can manifest in problematic and puzzling behaviors in children.  This seminar examines “typical” childhood development versus development clouded by abuse, neglect, and trauma. It also provides information about the nature, incidence, and dynamics of abuse and neglect as it relates to brain development. Participants will learn interventions and strategies to help children manage the impact of traumatic pasts. Fee:  $30.00
    (1 Hour 30 Minutes)

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  • My Birth Mother “Friended” Me: Being Proactive Before and After Contact through Social Networking
    In a world where texting, tweeting, and “friending” on Face Book are the norm, it is not surprising that more adopted children and birth families are beginning to connect through social media outlets.  Many adopted youth yearn for information about their birth family, and social media makes it very easy for them to search and make those connections.  Regardless of who initiates contact, youth are often not emotionally prepared to manage this complicated relationship on their own.  Adoptive and foster parents may feel betrayed and conflicted, especially when contact occurs without their prior knowledge or consent.  More importantly, they may be unsure how to help their child navigate this complicated journey in a healthy and appropriate way.  This seminar will explore the complex issue of adoption and social media, and will offer families practical guidance and support. Case scenarios will be presented, and participants will be provided with information and strategies they can employ both before and after contact occurs.  Fee: $25.00
    (1 Hour 15 Minutes)

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  • Raising Kids with Love and Logic
    All parents strive to raise respectful and responsible children who are ready to face the world.  How do we raise responsible kids in a complex world that is full of challenges, temptations and frustrations? Love and Logic is an internationally acclaimed parenting program that has helped countless parents enjoy their children more by bringing sanity and order back into their homes.   A “win-win” situation is created where parents are taught how to set limits and establish expectations through loving support and guidance, and children learn how to be responsible and accountable for their actions.  This seminar explains the Love and Logic philosophy and approach.  Participants will learn effective strategies for combating common parenting challenges such as temper tantrums, disrespect and defiance, problems at school, lying and stealing, sibling rivalry and more.   Participation is a must for parents who are tired of threatening, bribing, pleading, cajoling, nagging and engaging in constant power struggles with their children.  Love and Logic is a win-win approach to parenting that really works!  Fee: $25.00
    (1 Hour 15 Minutes)

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  • Adopting Across Racial and Cultural Lines: What You Need to Know
    Families who adopt trans-racially or trans-culturally are confronted with a unique set of issues and concerns that require careful thought, preparation and ongoing education.  Some of the issues that might arise include: selecting a school and community that embraces differences, educating extended family members, responding to intrusive questions, and preparing your child to confront racism.  This seminar is designed to educate prospective and current foster and adoptive parents about the important issues involved in trans-racial and trans-cultural adoption.   The more prepared you are, the better equipped your child will be!  
    Fee:  $20.00
    (1 Hour)

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  • Building Healthy Brains in Infants and Toddlers
    The human brain begins developing prenatally and is significantly impacted by early experiences, both positive and negative.  From the moment babies come into the world, their minds are being shaped by the environment and the care giving relationship.  While the brain continues to develop and change throughout life, the time between birth and age three is a critical period for learning and development.  This seminar will provide a basic overview of how the brain develops prenatally and changes after birth in response to early experiences.   Participants will be provided with tips and techniques for nurturing healthy brain development in their infant and toddler.  They will learn how responsive, attuned, and loving care giving supports brain development, and helps to form a solid foundation for healthy social, emotional and cognitive development. Fee: $25.00
    (1 Hour 10 Minutes)
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  • Flying Solo Adopting as a Single Parent
    Adopting and raising a child as a single parent has become more common and widely accepted over the last decade.  Yet, it can be a complex and challenging endeavor that requires careful thought and preparation.  Singles who are contemplating adoption often have many questions, and possibly even concerns about the process.  They may be filled with anticipation and excitement, or they may be unsure if parenting on their own is the right choice.  This seminar will cover BOTH the process of single parent adoption as well as the joys and challenges after a child is home.  Some of the issues addressed include going it alone, answering questions from nosy outsiders, helping the child make sense of his/her family, dating as a single adoptive parent, and the heightened sensitivity your adopted child has regarding loss and change. Fee: $ 20.00
    (1 Hour)

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  • Navigating the Birth Parent Relationship
  • Helping Children Cope with Anxiety and Stress
    It is normal and quite common for children to feel anxious in response to life stressors.  For some children, anxiety can be so pervasive and intense that it interferes with healthy functioning.  Anxiety in children can stem from external events or situations (problems with peers, changes in the family, too many activities, or moving to a new home) or internal feelings and pressures (wanting to do well in school, feeling different from peers, a fear of making mistakes).  Because children may not always recognize or clearly articulate that something is bothering them, it is important for parents to recognize the warning signs of stress and anxiety.  This will allow them to intervene early and offer support.  This seminar will explore signs and symptoms of anxiety, effective parenting strategies for supporting the anxious child, and when and how to seek professional assistance.  Fee: $25.00
    (1 Hour 10 Minutes)

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  • Understanding Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
    Children who have been exposed to alcohol before birth often experience social, emotional, and cognitive limitations that impact every aspect of their life as they grow, and can significantly influence the life of their family.  However, with early identification, diagnosis, and appropriate intervention, children who have been prenatally exposed to alcohol can increase their potential to lead healthy, productive lives. This seminar will help parents to better understand the physical and developmental impact of prenatal alcohol exposure so that they can effectively guide and support their child.  Participants will learn effective ways to discipline and create a supportive home environment, as well as practical strategies for helping their child reach his/her full potential. Fee: $20.00
    (1 Hour)
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  • Introduction to Open Adoption
    Parents who are exploring adoption may have heard a lot about the concept of “open adoption,” but what does that mean? This webinar explores the spectrum of open adoption and examines what open adoption looks like in different families.  Closed adoption, one-way updates, two-way updates and meetings between birth family and adoptive family will be examined.  The webinar includes many examples of adoptive and birth family contact, including letters exchanged between birth and adoptive families. Viewers will have a fuller understanding of what open adoption looks like at different points on the spectrum, and will begin to consider what level of openness may be best for their family. Fee: $20.00
    (1 Hour)
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  • Adopting a Toddler
    This webinar is appropriate for international and domestic adoption as the bulk of the information focuses on connection and bonding with your child. Adopting a toddler comes with a unique set of joys and challenges. The focus of this webinar is to address potential issues related to toddler adoption. You will be provided with tools to ease your child’s transition and suggestions on how to create a strong bond and attachment within your new family. The webinar includes tools for communicating with toddlers that do not yet understand English, working towards connection in the first days and weeks of placement, and guidance to help address common challenges of children who have experienced unstable environments. Fee: $25.00
    (1 Hour 15 Minutes)
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