Monthly Webinar Series

Our 2020 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.

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 Webinars are FREE for First3Years members, and non-members can register for a webinar for $15. Student price: $5. Contact Jordan Beard for discount code.

Each webinar is broadcast live in Central Standard Time.

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



Fourth Quarter Webinars

During the 4th Quarter trainings scheduled for our 2020 Webinar series, we will explore two developmental disabilities that affect normal brain functioning, development, and social interactions.  Participants will discuss severity and symptoms that vary from person to person as well as appropriate strategies to support the needs of children and their families. We will conclude the series with an overview of the ethical mandates as outlined by the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct.


October | Helping Children With Autism Thrive

With one in 68 children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, it’s common for teachers and other professionals to encounter these kids as part of their daily activities. When caring for or working with a child with Autism, a parent, teacher, or other adult may become frustrated with the child’s behavior, however, navigating these challenges is easier with some insight.


EXPERT SESSION: October 28 | 4:00 PM

Presented by Keischa Pruden, LCMHC, LCAS, CCS

About Keischa Pruden: Keischa Pruden is a self-described “country girl” who wears many hats. She is a wife of over 25 years to husband Paul, mother to two amazing sons Aaron and Bryant, psychotherapist, autism advocate and consultant. Mrs. Pruden’s passion as an autism advocate began organically with her oldest son Aaron, who is on the autism spectrum. As she began advocating for him in the public-school system, she found herself beginning to advocate for her autistic clients as well. Keischa believes in collaboration and accountability when it comes to facilitating services for her clients.

Keischa Pruden is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Supervisor, Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist, a certified Clinical Supervisor, Substance Abuse Evaluator for NC DMV, a Certified Child Parent Psychotherapist and is a Local Certified Forensic Evaluator.  These designations allow her to work with a wide arrange of populations and issues.

In addition to functioning as a therapist and special needs consultant, Keischa is also a published author. She has published two books, Walking With Moo and Other Adventures of Faith, is a daily devotional designed to help those who need encouragement in their daily lives to keep striving forward, and her latest release, Aaron and Me, Our Journey on the Spectrum, which shares her family’s experience with autism, as experienced by Keischa’s youngest son Bryant.



Infant & young child development and behavior–Community resources –Observation and listening –Relationship-based practice-Therapeutic practice -Mental disorders of infancy/early childhood-Advocacy –Treatment planning –Developmental guidance


November | Families affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is a brain-based physical disability with behavioral symptoms. We will be discussing the brain-based approach to living with, caring for, and working with individuals and families impacted by FASD that acknowledges the source of behaviors: the brain, and provides a set of research-based best practices for helping people with fetal alcohol exposure.


November 9 | 1:00 PM

November 12 | 10:00 AM


December | Ethics and the Early Childhood Professional

This training will focus primarily on the commitment to ethical behavior which is an essential component of every profession. Each profession has a unique conception of its ethical obligations based on the nature of its contribution to society, its history, and its values. Codes of ethics are part of the identity of the profession and provide guidelines for the ethical conduct of its practitioners. The development of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Code of Ethical Conduct was an important step in raising awareness of the moral and ethical dimensions of the early childhood educator’s work, and has provided a common framework for thinking about ethics and addressing ethical issues that arise in the work of early childhood educators.


December 7 | 12:00 PM

December 9 | 10:00 AM


Q4 Competencies:

contemplation | curiosity | maintaining perspective | ethical practice | agency policy | exercising sound judgment | analyzing information| solving problems | disorders of infancy/early childhood | relationship-based, therapeutic practice | exercising sound judgment | self-awareness | empathy & compassion | building & maintaining relationships | service delivery systems |community resources



Webinars are broadcast through Zoom. Please download the application from Zoom for your desktop OR download from your App Store for your phone PRIOR to attending the webinar. 

PLEASE NOTE: Per CEU standards, you must attend at least 50 minutes of the trainings to gain access to your CEU. 

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