Professional Development

Family Support Webinars

Changing How We Care, Not That We Care: Supporting Children and Families During Ever-Changing Times

Wednesday, March 10, 2021 | 10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. EST

The COVID-19 pandemic has created new stressors for children and families already coping with stressful lives. As we strive for equity, racial and ethnic disparities as they impact families, further increase levels of stress, anxiety and worry. Those working with children and families are also balancing the needs of their own families and this is not always easy. The presenter will address how the pandemic and other recent events have affected children and families and those who serve them. Ideas and strategies to reduce stress and increase coping and resilience for everyone will be discussed.

Presenter: Presenter: Robin H. Gurwitch, PhD, Professor, Center for Child & Family Health, Duke University Medical Center


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Supporting Families New to Autism

Wednesday April 7, 2021 | 10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. EST

Supporting families as they learn about autism and their child is much easier
when you have “inside information” about common concerns and what the child’s
perspective might be. We will talk about speech versus communication, sensory
differences and social-relational issues, with the aim of meeting both the child’s
and the family’s need for a safe, supportive environment where children and adults
can learn and grow.

Presenters: Sharon Janosik, Family Leader, Families 2 the Max
Tammi Morton, Project Coordinator, PEAL Center
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Mental Health of Caregivers

Wednesday, May 26, 2021 | 10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. EST

We will discuss how increased stressors impact parenting.

Presenter: TBD


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