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June 2018

From Communication to Conversations: Expanding Language Development in the Early Childhood Years

June 28 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm EDT
Free

ABOUT THIS WEBINAR Children’s language use grows dramatically throughout the toddler and preschool years. Words and phrases expand daily and children begin to form sentences that go beyond sharing their preferences. Their speech sounds continue to develop and include both predictable, and sometimes adorable, error patterns.  Pre-literacy skills also emerge during this developmental window and lay the foundation for academic success as children approach elementary school. In this webinar, the presenters will discuss decontextualized language, early developing morphemes, timelines for…

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July 2018

Family Finances Series: Separation & Single Parenting in the Military

July 10 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm EDT
Free

ABOUT THIS WEBINAR For many service members with families and children, it can be a difficult balance between responsibilities to their families and to the military. Separation and single parenting can make this balance even more difficult, leaving service members and their family members shouldering even more responsibilities than before. During this 90-minute webinar, Dr. Mixon and Dr. Gillen will discuss both the emotional and financial impacts of separation and single parenting in the military. This event is hosted by…

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Military Consumer Protection Awareness

July 17 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm EDT
Free

About This Event The 90 minute webinar will cover the Military Lending Act (MLA), which was enacted in 2006 and implemented by the Department of Defense (DoD), and protects active duty members of the military, their spouses, and their dependents from certain lending practices. These practices could pose risks for service members and their families, and could pose a threat to military readiness and affect service member retention.  A general overview of the Servicemember Civil Relief Act will also be provided,…

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Opportunities & Possibilities: Posttraumatic Growth in Research & Practice (Part 1)

July 18 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm EDT
Free

ABOUT THE WEBINAR In this presentation, Richard Tedeschi, Ph.D. will discuss the theoretical model and research basis of posttraumatic growth, the process by which trauma survivors often find valuable changes in how they live life in the aftermath of trauma. He will outline a framework for therapeutic interventions that facilitate posttraumatic growth through a way of relating called expert companionship. This approach to practice incorporates a broad view of what constitutes trauma, including many experiences that are not typically considered traumatic in our…

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August 2018

Opportunities & Possibilities: Posttraumatic Growth in Research & Practice (Part 2)

August 8 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm EDT
Free

About the Webinar In Pt.2 of the ‘Opportunities and Possibilities: Posttraumatic Growth in Research and Practice’ webinar series, we will continue our conversation on PTG through a facilitated discussion from a variety of panelists with experience in both posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and PTG from the academic, clinical, and non-profit communities. Session two of the PTG series will highlight content from Pt.1 where presenter, Richard Tedeschi, Ph.D., outlines the evolution of PTG and the framework for therapeutic interventions that facilitate…

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Grow! Empowering Parents to THRIVE

August 16 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm EDT
Free

ABOUT THIS WEBINAR In partnership with the Department of Defense's Office of Military Community and Family Policy, Penn State University's Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness is implementing a new initiative to empower parents as they nurture their children across developing stages. The THRIVE Initiative includes age-specific programs designed to guide parents in learning and using parenting and health promotion strategies for raising healthy children. This 90-minute webinar will focus on the GROW program which is designed for parents of children…

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The Power of Family Mealtimes: Strategies to Promote Health and Wellbeing

August 21 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT
Free

ABOUT THIS WEBINAR Many of us overlook the importance of family mealtimes. There are many reasons such as being overbooked, overscheduled, work, and traffic- the reasons are endless. There seem to be fewer and fewer occasions when the family can sit down together and enjoy a meal. The benefits of family mealtimes are numerous. Research has shown that children consume more nutritious meals, get better grades, and engage in less high-risk behavior. Tune in to this webinar to learn more about…

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Family Finances Series: Financial Planning for Life Events

August 28 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm EDT
Free

ABOUT THIS WEBINAR In this 90-minute webinar, Dr. O'Neill will talk about preparing for the inevitable circumstances that life throws our way. Divorce, untimely death, health crises, marriage, remarriage, widowhood, home-buying, and retirement take a tremendous toll on finances. Dr. O'Neill will talk about savings and insurance as protective barriers against the financial distress these events can cause. She will also discuss recovery plans to regain lost finances and starting again on a reduced income. This event is hosted by…

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September 2018

Paying for College: The Forever GI Bill and Repayment Plans

September 25 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm EDT
Free

This 90-minute webinar will cover the Forever GI Bill or the Colmery Act with speakers from the Veteran's Benefits Administration Office. Dr. Carrie Johnson will explore repayment options, including deferment and forbearance options, for active military service members. The event is hosted by the Personal Finance concentration area of the Military Families Learning Network. Speakers Dr. Carrie Johnson, Extension Personal and Family Finance Specialist, Assistant Professor at North Dakota State University. Research Interests: Personal finance for low-income and underserved populations; Financial education impact; Student loan debt;…

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Small talk: Strategies to support child communication before words emerge

September 27 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm EDT
Free

About this Webinar Previous webinars in this series have covered child communication development through the preschool years.  In this session Drs. Mollie Romano and Juliann Woods will discuss what families, early care and education providers, and early interventionists can do to help a child learn to communicate and talk.  A focus will be placed on evidence-based strategies to support communication leading to words and how caregivers can embed these strategies in everyday activities - from walking to the bus stop to pick…

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