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WEBINAR ARCHIVES (updated 08/10/2022)


Session One: An Introduction to Working with Refugees and Other New Americans--Facilitated by Jewish Family Services of Western New York and hosted by NYSPEP

Contact information for the presenters: Jill Gavin (jgavin@jfswny.org) and Bijoux Bahati (bbahati@jfswny.org)

NYSPEP hosted a 2-part series for parent educators working with refugees and other new Americans. The webinars provided introductory knowledge for professionals working with refugee and immigrant populations and resources to help these families in your communities.

Learning  objectives for Part I included: the differences between a refugee, an asylee, and other migrants and how this status impacts an individual’s life in the U.S.; some of the stressors individuals and families may have faced prior to and since arriving in the US; how to ensure your services are person centered, trauma informed, and grounded in cultural humility; and basic tips for working with interpreters.

Session Two: Resources for Professionals working with Refugees and Immigrants Families, facilitated by NYS Office for New Americans and hosted by NYSPEP

The NYS Office for New Americans (ONA), created in 2012, assists immigrants in accessing and navigating a variety of free services and supports their inclusion as an integral part of New York State’s diverse cultural fabric through its statewide network of community-based providers.  The ONA Ramirez June Initiative builds capacity to assist new Americans with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and their families to access vital resources, information, and services in New York State.

Resources from the sessions are available through the links below:



"Principles of Adult Learning" with Jane Taylor, Advisor and Learning Designer (Feb. 16, 2022)

This webinar will prepare participants to describe two or more adult learning approaches to use with parents; use criteria to select which adult learning approach to take based on context of the visit; select experiential learning for skill development; build on assets based approaches by using inquiry to surface and challenge assumptions.

Listen to the audio here.

NYSPEP’s Workshop “How to Incorporate Storytelling in Your Work--Part II" (June 17, 2021)

Why is storytelling important? How do we encourage storytelling? How do we use storytelling effectively in group and/or home visiting settings? Have these questions answered in the follow up to the Part I training by viewing the recording through the link below.

Storytelling in Your Work--Part II

NYSPEP Pre-Café Orientation 2021  Click here to view!

Kara Georgi presents an overview of the Community Café Model, a powerful community engagement tool.  Community Cafés are not community presentations, but an opportunity for meaningful dialogue between the café organizers and community members.  Come learn how to create safe space for listening, learning and working together toward common goals.

NYSPEP's Community Coalitions RFA Orientation Webinar

For more information about applying for our Community Coalitions' Mini Grants, check out our orientation webinar.


NYSPEP’s Workshop “How to Incorporate Storytelling in your Work” (November 18, 2020)

NYSPEP’s November 18, 2020 Workshop “How to Incorporate Storytelling in your Work.” This workshop was facilitated by Meg Akabas, NYSPEP Certified Parenting Educator. The presentation was inspired by the NYSPEP’s recent Training Institute, “Storytelling: A Tool for Resilience”*, which provided a new and deeper understanding of how narrative process and
practice promote resiliency and healing.

In the November 18th workshop, participants discussed and shared ideas about how Parenting Educators can apply storytelling with confidence and success in supporting parents. Participant feedback indicated that the workshop provided a better understanding of the importance storytelling and tools for weaving storytelling into parenting education.

You can watch the full webinar through this link.

Workshop Resources:
 “Parenting From the Inside Out” by Daniel Siegel and Mary Hartzell (book)
 “Narrative Medicine” by Rita Charon (book)
 Story Corps - www.storycorps.org and diy.storycorps.org/our-courses/ (website and free online mini-courses)

NYSPEP Pre-Café Orientation 2020  Click here to view!

Kara Georgi presents an overview of the Community Café Model, a powerful community engagement tool.  Community Cafés are not community presentations, but an opportunity for meaningful dialogue between the café organizers and community members.  Come learn how to create safe space for listening, learning and working together toward common goals.

Grab Your Oxygen First: Tips to Manage Selfcare   Click here to view!

Donna Morrison, Deputy Executive Director of The Guidance Center of Westchester Early Childhood Department, will present a lunch hour conversation on the importance of taking care of yourself as a basic step in being an effective parent, and parenting educator.

This webinar is co-sponsored by New York State Parenting Education Partnership and New York Zero-to-Three Network. 

NYSPEP Parenting Educator Credential: What Is It? Who Should Get It? . . .and Why?   Click here to view!

Missed our webinar on the NYSPEP Parenting Educator Credential and the steps necessary to get started on the credential for yourself? Click the link above for a recording of the webinar. The application deadline is January 31st.


Webinar Archives

Adverse Childhood Experiences: Overview and Implications - This recorded webinar reviews key ACE research findings, starting with the original ACE Study, and highlights the health and social consequences of accumulated adversity and trauma. The recorded webinar is free -- just follow the link and register to begin (runtime: 90 minutes). Note: PowerPoint slides begin at the 8-minute mark.


ACE Response: Introduction to the Restorative Integral Support (RIS) Model - Reviews ACE research findings and introduces the Restorative Integral Support (RIS) model as an apt framework for responding to ACEs with key elements of ACE-informed care. This recorded webinar is free; just follow the link and register to begin (runtime: 90 minutes).


ACE Response: RIS Model Application for Community Capacity Building - Gives a review of ACE research and highlights how the RIS model can help facilitate community capacity building for ACE Response through the power of social networks and peer supports. This recorded webinar is free; just follow the link and register to begin (runtime: 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.

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.

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.