Monthly Webinar Series Sponsored by: 

Our 2019 webinar series is focused on early development and support for professionals. We want to help you provide families with everything they need for babies and children to have a strong foundation.

PNC Grow Up Great® is a primary sponsor of our work with early childhood educators in the community. PNC helps children from birth through age five develop a passion for learning that lasts a lifetime – and can help set them on a path to success.


 Webinars are free for First3Years members, and non-members can register for a webinar for $15. Each webinar is broadcast live in Central Standard Time.

1 Hour of Continuing Education (SW, LPC, ECI, CPE)


 January, February, and March

Topic: Trauma and Early Brain Development | Strategies to Support Resilience

Trauma – Early Childhood Practitioners need a strong foundation of understanding trauma and the impact on communities and families. The young brain is developing at a rapid pace with 85% of foundational development complete by age 5. When children experience trauma during the early years it can leave a lifelong impact on the child’s overall health and wellbeing. Practitioners who understand the prevalence and impact of trauma can target interventions to meet the needs of children and families to build resilience and strengthen the child’s development and family functioning overall.

January |  Trauma Attachment
January 22 | 12:00 PM
January 23 | 1:00 PM
**EXPERT SESSION: Trauma Attachment | January 31 | 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

February | Transitions in Parenting
February 19 | 11:30 AM
February 22 | 12:00 PM
**EXPERT SESSION: Transitions in Parenting | February 25 | 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

March |

March 19 | 12:00 PM
March 20 | 1:00 PM


January Webinar Expert Session Presenter: Stephanie Grant, PhD, LPC |  Stephanie is trained as a Developmental Psychologist and is licensed as a Professional Counselor. She currently works as the Director of the Reach Parent-Child Program at Developmental Enhancement Behavioral Health in Holland, MI. She has separate masters degrees in Marriage and Family Therapy and Psychology and a PhD in Lifespan Developmental Psychology. Her clinical and research interests focus on working with infants and children with attachment concerns and trauma histories, specifically those who have adoption or foster care backgrounds. She has worked as a clinician, professor, and researcher. She is also a foster and adoptive parent herself.


Q1 Competencies:

Relationship-based practice, Family-centered practice, Family relationships/dynamics, Attachment/Separation and loss, Relationship-based therapeutic practice, Service Delivery Systems, Screening & Assessment, Responding with Empathy, Advocacy, Treatment planning, Supportive Counseling, Exercising Sound Judgment, Maintaining perspective, Emotional Response, Study of Families, Study of Relationships and Attachment

 April, May and June

Topic: Infant Mental Health

Child Development Professionals need an understanding of Infant Mental Health and how it relates to service provision to children and families. This section addresses the importance of the verbiage provided as well as the specific interactions between practitioners and families, families and children, and professionals together in the field. As we work together to use the same language and terms professionals can create a shared meaning of how sensitive and nurturing interactions support infant mental health across relational interactions.

April | Importance of Screening Children (Assessments)

April 17 | 1:00 PM

April 19 | 12:30 PM


May | Autism Spectrum Disorders and Interventions

May 21 |  1:00 PM

 May 22 |  12:00 PM


June | Relational Health Between Caregiver and Infant

June 17 | 12:00 PM

June 19 | 1:00 PM

Q2 Competencies :

Pregnancy/Early Parenthood, Infant and young child development and behavior, Family-Centered practice, Family Relationships and dynamics, Attachment separation and loss, Disorders of infancy/early childhood, Behavioral theories of change, Service Delivery Systems, Observation and listening, screening and assessment, responding with empathy, advocacy, life skills, infant/toddler psychotherapy, analyzing information, contemplation, emotional response, program development, study of infant development and behavior

July, August and September

Topic: Adult Mental Health & Substance Abuse

This targeted track highlights the impact of adult mental health (and substance abuse) on young children and how relationships impact family dynamics. When early care professionals understand how adult interactions impact young child brain development they can offer services that help to make lasting impacts for young children. This section discusses how interactions impact early development, and also provides a framework for how early experiences for parents have contributed to their later life mental health. This perspective provides a framework for early care professionals to offer compassion and help to meet the needs of parents. Additionally, it is important to understand how to refer parents for services that will strengthen their skills to support interactions with children.

July | Maternal Depression, Anxiety and Stress (impact on children)

 July  16 | 12:00 PM

 July 19 | 1:00 PM


August | Maintaining Relationships when Parents have Multiple Issues (substance abuse, mental health)

August 20 | 12:30 PM

August 21 | 1:00 PM


September | Self-Care and Wellbeing for Parents

September 10 | 12:00 PM

September 13 | 1:00 PM

Q3 Competencies:

Mental and behavioral disorders in adults, agency policy, service delivery systems, community resources, treatment planning, supportive counseling, crisis management, solving problems, maintaining perspective, planning and organizing, emotional response, adult learning theory


October, November and December

Topic: Practitioner Essentials

This content covers a 101 onboarding as well as annual review of topics that are important for professional development and continued growth. Seek this track for areas of content that are required for onboarding and annual training hours. Additionally, this section will update with best-practices in the field as new strategies emerge.

October | Reflective Practice in the Workplace

October 15 | 12:00 PM

October 18 | 1:00 PM

November | Ethics for Early Childhood Professionals

November  12 | 12:00 PM

November  13 | 1:00 PM

December | Cultural Humility: Working Towards Social Justice

December  10 | 12:30 PM

December  11 | 1:00 PM


Q4 Competencies:

Infant and young child development and behavior, family relationships and dynamics, attachment, separation and loss, cultural competence, ethical practice, government, law and regulation, advocacy, life skills, safety, reflective clinical supervision, building and maintaining relationships, supporting others, collaborating, resolving conflict, empathy and compassion, listening, speaking, writing, self-awareness, professional/personal development