LIVE Partnering with Families: Strategies for Successful Communication
Enroll in Partnering with Families to:
Discover effective strategies for overcoming common barriers and improving communication with families
Explore the benefits of family engagement
Get practical ideas for incorporating a family's home culture into the classroom
Gain valuable insights on how to prepare for meetings with families
Learn to productively address topics that may be difficult, such as developmental delays and challenging behaviors
- Benefits of Partnership
- Family Engagement
- Barriers to Partnership
- Tips for Successful Communication
- Planning a Meeting with Families
- Ideas for Family Engagement
- Case Study
- Family Conference Planning Form
- Motivational Interviewing Communication Strategies
- Reflective Questions for Meeting with Families
- Intended for: Educators working with Infant-Pre-K
- May be applicable for: Educators working with children K-3rd
Meet Your Trainers
Elizabeth Carley, OTD, OTR/L, IMH-E®
Liz has nearly 20 years of professional experience since completing her bachelor’s, master’s and clinical doctoral degrees in occupational therapy at the University of Southern California. In this time, she has practiced as an occupational therapist serving children and families through a non-profit community-based mental health agency and served as Assistant Professor of Clinical Occupational Therapy and the Director of Admissions for the Chan Division of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy at USC. In her current role with IMPACT, Liz creates professional development course content, delivers trainings to early childhood professionals, and supports the team with program and systems development and evaluation.
Kelsey Henderson-Wasmund, IMH-E®
Kelsey has been in the field of Early Learning for over 15 years. After graduating from Washington State University with her bachelor’s in human development and certification in Early Childhood, Kelsey began her career as an early learning educator supporting infants and toddlers in the foster care system, and born prenatally exposed drugs and alcohol. After 8 years in the classroom, she went on to receive her endorsement in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health and transitioned into her current role as an Inclusion Specialist working with other early learning teachers and administrators supporting children with challenging behaviors and disabilities.
Amy Bender, MA,
Amy has over 15 years’ experience supporting children and families through early learning programs, day treatment preschool settings, and providing direct therapeutic services to children and families. Amy holds a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Childhood Psychopathology and Child Development. She is endorsed as an Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Mentor and provides Reflective Supervision and Consultation. She has been with Northwest Center for 12 years supporting inclusive early learning as a Director, Operations Director, and launching IMPACT in 2018. Amy utilizes her experience supporting children with mental health disorders and challenging behaviors through her work with IMPACT, and is a passionate advocate for the early learning field.
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- Try out a test meeting
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