First Steps has provided funding for the Early Childhood Center (ECC) to continue professional development focused on improving the quality and impact of home visiting practices. In 2018-2019, we will offer training designed to help providers reduce no-show and cancellation rates as well as build strong relationships with families to increase their engagement. The focus of this training will be on practices that establish clear roles and responsibilities, assist in developing strong partnerships, and build relationships with families from the start.
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National Webinar Series 2018-2019
First Steps National Webinar Dr. Robins McWilliams
This is the first of two webinars in our 2018-2019 national webinar series. Dr. McWilliams is a well-known national expert on routines-based intervention. Do you want to get a whole new perspective on your work and move toward a family-centered approach that puts families in the driver’s seat? If so, this webinar is for you.
First Steps National Webinar: Pyramid Model in Early Intervention
Dr. Erin Barton of Vanderbilt University presents about the importance of supporting social emotional development for all the children we serve in First Steps. She introduces the Pyramid Model as one framework for thinking about social emotional development and addressing challenging behaviors.
Home Visiting Webinar Series 2018-2019
First Steps Home Visiting Follow Up Webinar 1
Steve Viehweg and Katie Herron deliver this webinar, which is the first in the 2018-2019 Home Visiting Series. This webinar re-caps the professional development delivered in the fall of 2018 around best practices in home visiting.
First Steps Home Visiting Webinar 2, 2018-2019, Co-creating Action Plans and Checking in with Families
Steve Viehweg and Katie Herron co-lead this webinar on engaging with families at the end of early intervention visits to create an action plan (formerly known as homework) for caregivers to work on between visits. How do we avoid just assigning something? How do we get families to actively think about what they are willing to do? Videos of home visits provide examples for discussion.
First Steps Home Visiting 3: Setting the Stage and Clarifying Expectations
Steve Viehweg, Katie Herron and Becky Haymond discuss the importance of having clear conversations with families from the very beginning about what First Steps is and what everyone’s roles look like (family, provider, service coordinator) in order to avoid frustration and promote family engagement. Specific suggestions/wording are offered and a video clip is shared.
First Steps Home Visiting 4: Peer Reflection on Home Visiting Practices (coming soon)
Steve Viehweg, Katie Herron, Teri Williams, and Julie Sheffield spend the hour discussing an early intervention home visit video from beginning to end. This final video in the series features video clips and then discussion around how to do a quality check-in, how to engage caregivers in modeling, and how to do a meaningful session wrap-up.
National Webinar Series 2017-2018
First Steps: The Role of Family Assessment in Family Centered Home Visiting
This is the first of 3 webinars in the 2017-2018 national webinar series. Dr. Mary Beth Bruder joins us and presents about the importance of family-centered early intervention and, in particular, family centered assessment.
First Steps National Webinar: Emerging Issues in Early Intervention
This is the 2nd webinar in our 2017-2018 national webinar series. Maureen Greer, Executive Director of the IDEA Infant and Toddler Coordinators Association and former Part C Coordinator in Indiana, shares state and national data on a variety of factors that impact early intervention service delivery
First Steps Breaking the Iron Cage of Poverty: An Insider Perspective
This is the 3rd webinar in our 2017-2018 national webinar series. Dr. Beegle, a national expert on poverty, delivers a presentation on intergenerational poverty and its impact on services such as early intervention. Through research and stories, she shares strategies about how to better work with families experiencing poverty and she also helps providers shift their perspective.
Home Visiting Series 2017-2018
First Steps Home Visiting Series Webinar 1: Addressing the Opioid Crisis as Early Interventionists
This is the first webinar in the 2017-2018 Home Visiting Series. Steve Viehweg has a conversation with Justin Phillips from the OverDose Lifeline, about the Opioid Crisis in Indiana. Justin shares how early intervention providers can identify when families might be struggling and how they may be able to help. She also shares data and information about what is happening in the body and mind when addiction occurs so that providers can view this crisis through an informed lens.
First Steps Home Visiting Series Webinar 2: Autism
This is the 2nd webinar in the 2017-2018 Home Visiting Series. Steve Viehweg has a conversation with Dr. Rebecca McNally Keehn, a psychologist at Riley Child Development Center, about Autism Spectrum Disorder and what First Steps providers need to know about assessment, diagnosis and treatment.
First Steps Home Visiting Series: Webinar 3: Indiana Funding Maze and Community Resources
This is the third webinar in the 2017-2018 Home Visiting Series. Rylin Rodgers, Training Director at the Riley Child Development Center, delivers a presentation about healthcare options for families and other community resources. This invaluable presentation helps to clarify for First Steps providers what resources are out there and how to explain them to families.
First Steps Webinar #4: Care Coordination with DCS/Foster Care
This is the final webinar in the 2017-2018 Home Visiting Series. Steve Viehweg speaks with Julie Stewart, the Director of Child Welfare Services at Adult and Child Health. They talk about how First Steps providers can work effectively with DCS as well as foster families to ensure continuity of communication and services.
First Steps Exit Skills Checklist Module – First Steps Personnel Only
This module is required for all First Steps personnel and covers all the basics on why we gather this data, how to complete the Exit Skills Checklist and how to find additional resources. There is a quiz at the end and providers must score 80% or above to pass.
First Steps: Family Engagement in Early Intervention
This webinar from 2015 features Dr. Carol Trivette presenting about the importance of building family capacity to support children’s learning. She shares strategies and shows videos to support her stance that every provider’s most important job is to build family capacity.
First Steps: Introduction for Providers to the Family Assessment Tool
Katie Herron takes providers through this brief, 20 minute webinar that introduces the new family assessment tool that became mandatory in October 2017. The focus is on how providers can use the family assessment to improve their first session with families.