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

Professional Development Webinars

NYSPEP offers professional development webinars on a variety of parenting education topics. Visit our Calendar to discover and register for webinars as they are scheduled.


The following webinars are coming in December! Don't miss out. Register through the links below: 

The New York State Parent Guide-Webinar (Wednesday December 6, 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.)

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What new parent hasn't wished that a baby came with an instruction manual? While the New York State Council on Children and Families' new Parent Guide is not exactly an owner's manual, it's a close second. The Parent Guide — Starting Life Together: Your Guide for Building a Nurturing, Healthy Relationship with Your Child — offers key parenting tips, before and after your child arrives, up to age five.  

The Parenting Guide focuses on five key parenting behaviors: nurturing, protecting, guiding, communicating and supporting children's curiosity and learning. Expectant mothers can access important advice on exercise, nutrition and other healthy habits during pregnancy. Parents will find information on typical behavior for the age of their child and fun ways to encourage their child's healthy development. Included are valuable resources on safe sleep, use of car seats, breastfeeding and dental care, among others. 

The website can be translated into hundreds of known written languages with a click of a button. Offering NY families consistent, research-based parenting & child development information in one spot in many languages! 

Come learn how you can help your friends, clients and neighbors find important information on how to obtain health insurance; locate child care and preschool, parent education and support programs.  

Understanding and Responding to Sexual Behaviors (Monday, December 11, 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.)

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This is an interactive workshop designed for parents, early education and care professionals and others who have contacted with children and/or their families. Several scenarios are presented describing sexual behaviors of children that participants might witness in their homes, work, schools and other youth serving organizations. Small group discussions give participants the opportunity to apply their new knowledge about how to assess and respond to these behaviors in ways that model good communication, empathy and accountability. These responses can help build protective factors in children so that their risk to be victimized or to perpetrate sexual abuse can be reduced. 

The purpose of the workshop is to educate participants on: 
1) How to identify developmentally expected sexual behaviors of children and youth, 
2) How to distinguish developmentally expected behaviors from those that might be inappropriate, coercive, abusive or illegal. 
3) How to respond to all sexual behaviors in ways that promote the healthy development of children and that support bystanders who maybe affected. 

Protective Factors for Families and Children Through the Lens of Cultural Humility (Wednesday December 13, 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.)

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This training is designed especially for parenting educators and professionals who support parents in their role of nurturing children. 

What you'll learn from attending this webinar: 

*A basic understanding of the Protective Factors, with an emphasis on two-Parental Resilience and Social Connections. 
*How the Protective Factors strengthen all families and how to apply them in your work. 
*The difference between cultural competency and cultural humility. 
*The impact of culture while partnering with families.

Factores de protección para familias y niños a través de los lentes de humildad cultural (Wednesday December 13, 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m.)

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Este entrenamiento es diseñado especialmente para educadores de padres y profesionales que apoyan a padres en su desempeño de educar y criar a sus hijos. 

Lo que aprenderán de este webinar: 

* Una comprensión básica de los factores de protección, con énfasis en adaptación y recuperación de los padres y las conexiones sociales. 
* Cómo los factores de protección fortalecen a familias y cómo aplicarlas en su trabajo. 
*La diferencia entre entendimiento cultural y humildad cultural. 
*El impacto de la cultura al asociarse con las familias 

Previously Recorded Webinars

20170918 Supporting Young Children with Brain Injuries

The goal of this training is to provide information to early childhood personnel about the signs/symptoms of brain injury, enabling them to identify possible incidents of brain injuries and respond appropriately subsequent to the initial injury and throughout the child’s recovery. The webinar will resource information for early childhood professionals as well as parents and caregivers, with an explanation of services offered across the state, such as the free BIANYS Family Advocacy, Counseling, and Training Services (FACTS) Program. FACTS coordinators provide local resources, training, information, advocacy and emotional support. Margo Singer, MPA, is a Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS) with the Brain Injury Association of NYS (BIANYS), where she is responsible for administering a federal grant to create and implement trainings on Brain Injury. 

Supporting Young Children with Brain Injury Slides

20160809 Adverse Childhood Experiences & Substance Abuse Treatment Implications: Developing ACE-Informed Substance Abuse Programs

Heather Larkin, Ph.D., Associate Professor at the University at Albany's School of Social Welfare and Project Director of the HEARTS Initiative. Reviews ACE research and implications, and focuses on breaking the trajectory from accumulated adversity and trauma to substance abuse problems, as well as the development of ACE-informed substance abuse treatment programs. 90 minutes.

To reframe conversations aimed at reducing stigma, a suggestion has since been made to replace the term "substance abuse" with "substance use disorder".

20160719 ACE-Response: RIS-Model Application for Community Capacity Building

Heather Larkin, Ph.D., Associate Professor at the University at Albany's School of Social Welfare and Project Director of the HEARTS Initiative. Reviews ACE research and applies the RIS Model for ACE Response specifically to community capacity building, with an emphasis on the power of social networks and peer supports. 90 minutes.

20160713 Supporting Parents: Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) and Responding to the Caregiver
Heather Larkin, Ph.D., Associate Professor at the University at Albany's School of Social Welfare and Project Director of the HEARTS Initiative. Reviews ACE research and applies the RIS Model for ACE Response specifically to supporting parents / primary caregivers and breaking inter-generational cycles. 90 minutes.

20160615 ACE Response: Introduction to the Restorative Integral Support (RIS) Model
Heather Larkin, Ph.D., Associate Professor at the University at Albany's School of Social Welfare and Project Director of the HEARTS Initiative. Reviews research findings and provides a framework for ACE Response to Adverse Childhood Experiences with key-elements of ACE-informed care. 90 minutes. 

20160601 Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE): Overview and Implications
Heather Larkin, Ph.D., Associate Professor at the University at Albany's School of Social Welfare and Project Director of the HEARTS Initiative. Reviews the research findings starting with the original ACE Study, extensions, and the health and social consequences of accumulated adversity and trauma, distinctly addressed. 90 minutes. Note: Slides begin, 8-minute mark.

20160225 Understanding The Protective Factors Framework: Resources for Building a Toolbox and Strengthening Families
Karen Sweeney, NYSPEP-CSPE, Protective Factors Framework Trainer - Sweeney & Associates; and Kara Georgi, NYS Community Cafes Parent Leader, Protective Factors Framework Trainer. This modified version of the introductory module for the Protective Factors Framework training outlines each of the Protective Factors, how they support families, and how to connect your work to these factors. 90 minutes. Reference: PDF Slides

These materials are copyrighted by the National Alliance of Children's Trust and Prevention Funds and are to be used for reference only.

20151113 The Impact of Domestic Violence on Young Children 
Donna Morrison, Deputy Director - The Guidance Center. Learn the signs and symptoms of domestic violence (DV) that children through age 12 may display, which may help identify DV in the home. Suggestions for remediation are also provided. 90 minutes.

20151022 See Us, Support Us: Children of Incarcerated Parents
Cate Teuten-Bohn, MPH, NYS Council on Children and Families. The parent-child relationship is one of the most fundamental relationships in children’s lives and is disrupted for children whose parents are not present due to incarceration. 90 minutes.

20131217 A Pregnant Woman Never Drinks Alone - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Margo Singer, NYS FASD Coordinator at OASAS. FASD is 100% preventable. There is no safe amount of alcohol that may be consumed during pregnancy; many pregnancies are unplanned - regardless of marital status, age, education, race, income, etc. Learn to identify Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and how to help children or families with children who may have FAS. 90 minutes.

20131202 Normal Child Development - Birth to Age Three
Meg Akabas, NYSPEP-CPE and Author of 52 Weeks of Parenting Wisdom. Discover the benchmarks of normal child development presented in stages from birth to age three. This information can help to alleviate parents' concerns, as well as signify when early intervention may be needed to ensure the best possible outcomes. 108 minutes.

20130530 NYSPEP Spring Institute with Mary McKay on Family Engagement
Dr. Mary McKay, Professor and Director at McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research at NYU -and Panelists- Vito Borrello, President of EPIC - Every Person Influences Children; Erika Brunelle, Family Engagement Specialist for Center for the Development of Human Services - SUNY Research Foundation; and Patty Persell, Director of NYS Head Start Collaboration Project via NYS Council on Children and Family Services. Family engagement can help support positive child and family development. Discover key principles - critical elements - for engaging families, challenges and strategies. A panel of field experts provide additional comments. 125 minutes.

20130131 Understanding Social Emotional Development
Jennie Knox, MSEd. Learn about normative development and what one needs to know to promote positive development. This webinar explores Erikson's Psychosocial Stages of Development, Marcia's Level of Identity, and Gottman's Emotional Coaching. 75 minutes.

20130110 Parenting Styles: What Has Style Got To Do With It?
Judy Nordstrom, Founder of T.E.P.E. Training Institute. Learn about the emotional climate of parenting that defines four Parenting Styles, response and demand interactions, and the impact of each of four Parenting Styles on children and how they develop various forms of attachment. 114 minutes.

20110613 Dads Take Your Child to School (DTYCTS) Informational Webinar
Gregory G. Owens, Rodney Pride, Ann-Marie Yeates, Mike Bobbitt, and Kenneth Braswell. This webinar is designed to introduce new schools to the event, and to welcome back those who have participated in past years. As many can attest, this event can be as large or small as each institution wishes. 59 minutes.

201105## Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACEs)
Dr. Heather Larkin, University at Albany School of Social Welfare. Learn how the ACEs research reveals a compelling relationship between the extent of childhood trauma and serious later-in-life health and social problems. 42 minutes.