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)


Third Quarter Webinars

The 3rd Quarter of our 2020 Webinar series will provide opportunities for extensive education on stress management, and the impact of biases in early childhood. We will also focus on partnering with parents and caregivers to understand a child’s strengths, interests, and the psychosocial stages associated with child development. The goal of this series is to highlight effective ways to support families through the use of strategies for self-care, advocacy, and through sensitive caregiving practices that will help to build strong and effective partnerships within the family structure and within our communities.


July | Stress and Pregnancy

A growing body of research demonstrates that stress before and during pregnancy is associated with poor birth outcomes and subsequent poor health outcomes for children. Maternal stress has been associated with increased rates of infant mortality, low birthweight, and preterm birth, all of which may have long term consequences for health and development throughout childhood to adulthood. During this webinar training, we will focus on the short-term and long-term consequences of stress, and the programs and policies which address risk factors to prevent stress-related pregnancy complications.


July 13 | 2:00 PM

July 15 | 10:00 AM

EXPERT SESSION: July 24 | 12:00 PM

Expert Session Presented by Dr. Anna Brandon


About Anna R. Brandon, PhD, MS, ABPP: Dr. Anna Brandon is a board-certified clinical psychologist in private practice in Southlake, Texas, and the Executive Director of My Red Tent.  My Red Tent is a 501 (c) 3 organization devoted to providing free resources to underserved women struggling with depression and anxiety in the context of pregnancy, pregnancy loss, and the postpartum.  Anna completed her doctoral training at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, and subsequently received a Master of Science in Clinical Science as a National Institutes of Health-funded Clinical Scholar.  As an Assistant Professor at UT Southwestern, she assisted in the development of a free standing Women’s Mental Health Center, and was awarded an early career development award from the National Institute of Mental Health to develop Partner-Assisted Interpersonal Psychotherapy (PA-IPT) for perinatal mood disorders.  Her research took her to the University of North Carolina, where between 2011 and 2014 she was also the staff psychologist at the first dedicated perinatal psychiatry inpatient unit in the US.  Anna returned to Texas in 2014, establishing a private practice specializing in the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders in adolescent girls and women with distress in the context of reproductive events (premenstrual tension, infertility, pregnancy, pregnancy loss, perinatal trauma, postpartum distress, and menopause). Alongside her private practice, she provides clinical supervision for graduate students at UT Southwestern and trains therapists to conduct Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT).


July Competencies:

Pregnancy & early parenthood, Infant/young child development & behavior, Infant/young child & family-centered practice, relationship-based practice, Family relationships & dynamics, Attachment, Mental & behavioral disorders in adults, Responding with empathy, Building & maintaining relationships, Supporting others, Analyzing information, Solving problems, Exercising sound judgment, Maintaining perspective, Planning & organizing, Emotional response, Study of infant relationships & attachment, Study of infant development and behavior.




August | The Role of Implicit Bias in Early Childhood

Research has identified concerning trends that show how implicit bias affects teachers’ instructional practices, interactions with students, school discipline, and special education eligibility and placement decisions. According to Dr. Walter Gilliam, understanding the role implicit bias may play in child-care and early learning settings is the first step to addressing racial disparities in discipline approaches. Addressing biases directly and increasing teachers’ empathy for children, will pave the way for more effective strategies related to children’s learning styles and behaviors. We will explore the role implicit bias has in early childhood settings and discuss the strategies that are being put into place to tackle it.


August 10 | 2:00 PM

August 12 | 10:00 AM


August Competencies:

Cultural competence – Observation & listening – Responding with empathy – Building & maintaining relationships- Supporting others, – Empathy & compassion – Listening- Speaking- Writing- Group process– Analyzing information – Exercising sound judgment– Contemplation- Self-awareness- Professional/personal development- Emotional response– Advocacy-Research & evaluation.



September | Effective Parenting Responses for S/E needs of Children

Social and emotional development is equally as important to children’s learning as their academic development. To this end, we will discuss the social/emotional development for children between 0-5 years of age using an adult learning experience approach which will foster a dialogue between participants and facilitator. This training will provide information about the latest research, ideas for classroom practice, and strategies that will promote reflection, analysis, and action.


September 7 | 1:00 PM

September 9 | 10:00 AM


September Competencies:

Infant & young child development and behavior, Attachment, Service delivery systems, Responding with Empathy, Advocacy, Safety, Treatment planning, Developmental guidance, Building & maintaining relationships, Supporting others, Collaborating, Resolving conflict, Empathy & compassion, Mentoring, Coaching, Listening, speaking, Contemplation, Self-Awareness, Curiosity, Professional/Personal Development, Emotional response, Study of infant relationships & attachment, study of infant development and behavior.



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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