NYSPEP'S mission is to promote and improve parenting education, in order to enhance parenting skills, knowledge and behavior.

NYSPEP E-News Latest Edition (August 2018)


NYSPEP Parenting Credential Updates

Credentialed Parenting Educators are invited to volunteer to serve on a Credential Peer Review Panel. Through this opportunity to work together with others to review new applications, you can meet other Credentialed Parenting Educators and learn ways to continue to build your competency as a parenting educator. To learn more about the Peer Review Panel, contact Jennie Knox, the Credential Coordinator at credential@nyspep.org. To serve on a Peer Review Panel, it is important to renew your credential every four years. Jennie can also tell you how to document your professional development activities and apply for renewal.

Are you a Parenting Educator who is considering applying for the NYSPEP Parenting Educator Credential? July was the deadline for new credential applications. The next due date for application is January 31, 2019. Parenting Educators can complete the first step by viewing the Orientation to the NYSPEP Parenting Educator Credential

For more information or to ask questions about the credential, contact the Credential Coordinator at credential@nyspep.org.

2018 Summer Institute Review

The 2018 Annual Member Meeting, or Summer Institute, was held on July 10. The Institute is traditionally an opportunity to promote research-to-practice and emerging issues for a wide audience of parenting educators. This year, NYSPEP invited Dr. Sasha Stok, Senior Research Scientist/Clinical Coordinator for the Safe Mothers, Safe Children Project at NYU, and Dawn Daum, Co-Editor of "Parenting with PTSD: The Impact of Childhood Abuse on Parenting", to present on "Understanding the Impact of ACEs and PTSD on Parenting: Moving from What's Wrong to What Happened?" The full-day meeting was attended by 107 registrants. Each keynote presentation was followed by Community Cafe-style discussions, facilitated by Kara Georgi, to provide participants an opportunity to process what they had heard and to consider how to bring what they had learned throughout the day into their work.

The NYSPEP Steering Committee will use the harvest from the Community Cafe discussions and feedback from the evaluations in their planning for future professional development events.

Summer Institute Resources are available on our website.


NPEN Announces Practically Perfect Parenting Podcast series

The National Parenting Education Network (NPEN) is pleased to announce the Practically Perfect Parenting Podcast series. This ongoing podcast project tackles some of the biggest issues parents face, with humor and wit. Brought to you by The Charles Englehard Foundation, along with NPEN, and hosted by parenting educators John Sommers-Flannagan and Sarah Polanchek, each episode pairs cutting edge research in the field and proven techniques.

Episode topics available to date include:

Why Parents Spank Their Children and Why They Should Stop; How to Listen so Parents will Talk and Talk so Parents will Listen; Technology as a Barrier and a Bridge to Healthy Family Relationships; Why Youth Sports Make Parents Crazy; Youth Sports; How Parents Can Help Children Deal with Grief; Parenting in the Age of Trump and Dealing with other Challenging Role Models; Talking with Children about Life and Death; Teens and Depression; Why Teens Talk Back; Let's Do the Sex Talk Again; Post-Partum Depression -- It's Harder Than You Think; Divorce and Shared Parenting; Love, Sex, Babies and Happiness; The Challenges of Step-Parenting; Sleep Well in 2017 & Beyond; Dear Mom and Dad Please Be My Parent and Not My Bestie; Practically Perfect Positive Discipline, Part 1; Practically Perfect Positive Discipline, Part 2; Get Curious, Not Furious; Discipline Again and Again.

Here is the link to download the episodes for free. Or you can find them for free on iTunes. 

Share them with your clients or use them as professional development opportunities!


Parenting, Anxiety and ACEs

"Parenting with ACEs doesn't always require intense therapy. Sometimes all we need is a conversation, friends and reminders that we will be o.k., if not immediately, then eventually. Those things help us as parents. Helping parents improves parenting." From the ACEs Too High article, "Anxious Parenting: Parenting with ACEs." Follow the link to read more.


Early Intervention Training Opportunity: Resilience, Relationships and Toxic Stress

Learn more about the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and explore strategies for increasing family and individual resilience. In addition, this session will include a screening of RESILIENCE, a one-hour documentary that explains childhood and adult implications of ACEs and the birth of a new movement to treat and prevent toxic stress. Discussion and presentation will follow, focused on making this information actionable.

Outcomes for workshop:

1. Increase knowledge and awareness of social-emotional development.

2. Improve the early identification for children who may be experiencing developmental delays in social-emotional development.

3. Ensure families receive assistance for needed early intervention and preschool services.

4. Become familiar with possible indicators of toxic stress in young children.

5. Understand the importance of relationship building with families.

Follow the links below to register:

August 7th, 12:30-4:30 p.m.

August 14th, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Presented by The Guidance Center of Westchester, the Westchester Library System, Westchestergov.com, in collaboration with the Westchester County Department of Health Early Intervention Program - Local Early Intervention Coordination Council (LEICC) Services and Training Workgroup.