Monthly Webinar Series

The 2021 webinar series will focus on 4 key areas: Empowering and Partnering with Parents, Resiliency and Calming Chaos, Caring for the Caregiver, & Equity in Early Childhood. Each focus area will provide a deep dive into connecting research to practice and how the topics interrelate with the needs & support of early childhood development


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

Each webinar is broadcast live in Central Standard Time.

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





Learning How to Navigate Vicarious Trauma

Vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue are two of the top reasons burnout occurs among professionals in the mental health field and any direct services with children and families. This webinar will discuss how compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma influences professionals and the steps we can take to ensure burnout does not occur.



Self awareness | Professional/personal Development | Emotional Response


Managing Compassion Fatigue While working with Young Children and Challenging Behaviors with Michael Rovaris

This presentation will explore the parallels experienced by childcare professionals between caring for themselves and for the children and families they serve. The participants will learn about the concepts of compassion fatigue, secondary trauma, and burnout, as well as their own potential vulnerability to professional stress and trauma.

Expert Session presented by Michael Rovaris: As the Professional Development Manager, Michael works collaboratively with the management team of First3Years and statewide partners to develop and provide best practices training opportunities for early child professionals, staff, and family members.

Michael holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas in Broadcast Management and a Master’s of Social Work degree from Southern University at New Orleans. Before joining First3Years, Michael worked in over a dozen countries providing counseling to military personnel and their families while stationed abroad.  On many of these assignments Michael enjoyed working as a consultant to the staff and families of the child development centers.  In addition to this work, Michael has been an Assistant Professor of Infant, Child, and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, worked as a paid consultant to the Children’s Television Workshop the producers of Sesame Street and as a Senior Trainer at ZERO TO THREE, The National Center for Infants Toddlers and Families. Michael is also currently a National Trainer for the Brazelton Touchpoints Center at Boston’s Children’s Hospital, Harvard.


Direct service Skills | Working with Others | Communication

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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