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Supporting Families During the Early Childhood Years: An Overview of the Take Root and Sprout Parenting Programs

October 29 at 11:00 am-12:30 pm EDT


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About This Webinar:

Take Root is the first program in the THRIVE Initiative for parents from pregnancy through the first three years of their child’s life. This universal parenting program helps parents build upon their existing skills and provides applicable real-life tips and techniques for a variety of situations. The presenters will highlight the Take Root online program and its focus on building a parent’s capacity to reflect on the thoughts, feelings, and intentions of themselves and their children.

Sprout is the second program in the THRIVE Initiative and addresses the unique context of parenting children between the ages of 3 and 5 years old. Another universal parenting program, Sprout uses online learning modules to focus on everyday moments from the perspective of both parents and children. The presenters will highlight the ways in which Sprout can equip parents with strategies that promote positive interactions, enhance communication, and build strong relationships with their children.

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Terri Rudy, MPA

Terri Rudy is a Research and Evaluation Associate at the Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness, and the Project Manager for the Resource Center for Improving Family Health Behaviors. Terri has a Master’s in Public Administration and a BA in Psychology from Penn State. Terri has been a part of the Clearinghouse since 2012 and currently manages the outreach and communication efforts for several applied social science research projects. Terri has been involved in the development and implementation of programs and projects focused on promoting health among military families, including the programs that fall within the THRIVE Initiative.

Ryan Chesnut, Ph.D.

Ryan Chesnut is an Assistant Research Professor at the Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness at Penn State. He earned his PhD in Family Communication from Penn State in 2014. His primary research interests include parent-child interactions, family well-being, and program evaluation. At the Clearinghouse, Dr. Chesnut works on the THRIVE Initiative, which is a suite of strengths-based, developmentally appropriate parenting programs designed to foster parenting competency, family functioning, and child well-being. Dr. Chesnut has been involved in the development, dissemination, and evaluation of the THRIVE programs.

Continuing Education (CE) Credit

This webinar offers 1.5 early intervention CE credits through the Early Intervention Training Program (EITP) at the University of Illinois for providers in Illinois. To learn more about EITP, go to https://eitp.education.illinois.edu

The following states have agreed to recognize the early intervention continuing education credits we supply: Georgia, and for service coordinators in Washington

Programming approval for 1.5 CE credits will be obtained for Social Work, Licensed Professional Counselors, and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists from the UT Austin Steve Hicks School of Social Work. Check with your state licensing agency for reciprocity and/or credit approval if licensed for other professions or in one of the following states: CO, FL, HI, IA, KS, KY, MI, NY, ND, OH, OK

This program has been submitted to the Commission for Case Manager Certification for approval to provide board certified case managers with 1.5 clock hours.

Certificates of completion are available for providers interested in documenting their training activities.

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