Monthly Webinar Series

 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)


Third Quarter (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)

EXPERT SESSION: July 31 | 12:00 PM

Expert Session Presented By Dr. Katie Sardone: Dr. Katie Sardone is a Licensed Psychologist and the founder of Behavioral Health Dallas, PLLC. She specializes in providing psychotherapy and group support to individuals and couples. Dr. Sardone supervises psychology students at UT Southwestern Medical Center in the Psychiatry Department and routinely teaches, trains, and coaches physicians at various medical centers. Dr. Sardone is the President-Elect of the Dallas Psychological Association.

Dr. Sardone enjoys working with individuals across the lifespan coping with various medical and mental health conditions (e.g., fertility issues, perinatal mood disorders, pain, GI issues, anxiety, depression and life transition). She uses a supportive, evidence-based and collaborative style when treating patients. Dr. Sardone values an interdisciplinary approach and will therefore often collaborate with physicians, psychiatrists and specialists to provide comprehensive care. She also treats individuals within a family context when indicated (e.g., maternal-infant care, couples and parent-child dyads).

Dr. Sardone received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, an APA-accredited program, where she received advanced training in health psychology intervention, psychological assessment, psychotherapy and medical resident education. Dr. Sardone completed her APA-accredited internship at Baylor University Medical Center’s Women’s Health Department where she specialized in providing individualized care for women in antepartum, postpartum, and outpatient clinics, as well as mothers of infants in the NICU. Following her formal training, Dr. Sardone completed an APA-accredited Postdoctoral fellowship at Children’s Medical Center Dallas where she specialized in providing intervention with infants, children, parents and families managing medical, developmental and emotional disorders. Following fellowship, Dr. Sardone held a faculty appointment at UT Southwestern in the Family Medicine and Psychiatry departments focused on training medical residents and conducting research. She has also earned a certificate in the specialty of Maternal Mental Health from Postpartum Support International.



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

August 20 | 12:30 PM

August 21 | 1:00 PM

EXPERT SESSION: August 28 | 5:00 PM


Expert Session Presented By Erica Pouncie: Erica Pouncie M.Ed., LPC, CBT is currently attending Texas A&M ​University-​Commerce, Ph.D. Counseling program. She currently serves as  an Adjunct Clinical Instructor for University of Texas at Arlington College of Nursing program.

Erica is an Alumni of the University of North Texas where she earned her Masters of Education in Counseling with a ​emphasis on the ​community track. She furthered her expertise by expanding training and becoming a Certified Belief Therapist from The Therapon Institute, for those seeking spiritual or biblical needs. Erica’s journey started with her Bachelor of Science in Business Management and pursued a career as an Admissions Advisor where she was promoted to Director of Admissions in Higher Education and Vocational Schools. She spent multiple years working with students of various ages starting as teenagers to adulthood from diverse demographics​​. She has a passion for education and helping others gain knowledge, which made counseling a great career transition.​ ​

Her current counseling experience includes working in a Veteran Mental Health/Rehabilitation residential facility and Private Practice setting. Her skills include working with Career Counseling, PTSD/Trauma, Drug/Alcohol Residential, Intensive Outpatient, and Court Mandated clients. Issues often addressed include career problems, financial stress, relationships, behavioral problems, substance abuse/addiction, combat-related PTSD, MST/Trauma, anxiety, depression, stress management, and anger management. She works with individuals, adolescents, couples, groups, and families.
Erica loves helping individuals grow to their fullest potential, as they tap into tools that reside within. The goal for each client is to help them develop, the necessary tools and skills to reach emotional, spiritual and physical wellness. ​She understands that each person’s journey to happiness is unique and may take a different length of time from something acute, being short-term to something more complex entailing a longer client and counselor working relationship. Erica’s career experience has given her a natural ability to work with individuals, groups, and families of any culture or background. She has the ability to meet individuals where they are in life and help them implement tools to grow.

​Outside of the office she implements self-care and loves to travel both domestic and internationally. She also likes deep sea fishing, snorkeling, water sports, getting massages and spend time with her family.




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


Fourth Quarter (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