1.G. Outcomes Workshop: How to Write Meaningful, Functional Outcomes (Part 1 of 2)
Michelle Oliver, Santa Clara County Office of Education; Howard Doi, San Andreas Regional Center
This interactive workshop offers specific information and resources for developing Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) outcomes for families in Early Start. Participants will practice writing functional and complete child and family outcome statements. Participants who enroll in Part 1 of this two-part session will automatically be enrolled in Part 2.
1.H. Privilege and Prejudice: Addressing Hidden Biases (Part 1 of 2)
Barbara Stroud, Ph.D., California Association for Infant Mental Health
Recognizing and dismantling our unconscious negative beliefs about those who are different from us is hard, everyday work, but it’s critically important for working effectively with families served by Early Start. This two-part presentation will discuss privilege and bias, and facilitate self-discovery in a confidential and non-judgmental environment. Participants will receive the tools that all professionals need to become aware of, and overcome, their internalized biases. Participants who enroll in Part 1 of this two-part session will automatically be enrolled in Part 2.
1.I. Cultivating Cultural Humility (Part 1 of 2)
Senta Greene, Full Circle Consulting Systems, Inc.
In this follow-up to the general session, attendees will engage further exploring “cultural humility,” a new framework for interacting with and supporting diverse families. Participants who enroll in Part 1 of this two-part session will automatically be enrolled in Part 2.
1.J. Motivational Interviewing: Supporting Relationships and Imbedding Motivational Interviewing – Personally and Organizationally (Part 1 of 2)
Liz Barnett, MSW, Ph.D.
Do you have trouble motivating the families or staff that you support? “Motivational interviewing” is a collaborative communication style for strengthening a person's own motivation and commitment to change by addressing the common problem of ambivalence. In this session, you will learn about motivation and the four stages of motivational interviewing and practice the micro-skills needed to help people get over “Motivation Mountain.” Next, Dive deeper into motivational interviewing. Have an opportunity to explore creative ways of integrating these approaches into their workplace. Participants will come away with strategies and tools for creating a plan that can be tailored to individual settings and organizations. Ideas, tools and resources for supporting practice and evaluation of Motivational Interviewing will be shared. Participants who enroll in Part 1 of this two-part session will automatically be enrolled in Part 2.
1.K. Learning from the Experts: Best Practices in Supporting and Serving Children with Hearing and Vision Impairments and Their Families (Part 1 of 2)
Julie Rems-Smario, California Department of Education; Karen Nutt, California Braille Institute; Jamie Wei, San Diego Regional Center
Children receiving Early Start services should be regularly screened for vision and hearing. This session explores best practices in screening, and shares resources and strategies for developing a screening program, documenting assessment results, and referring families to services. Learn about the unique needs of children who are blind and have low vision, and children who are deaf and hard of hearing, and how Early Start professionals can connect these infants and toddlers and their families to appropriate services post-screening. Learn how to leverage community resources and work cross-collaboratively with other professionals and agencies to equip your staff with the tools and training needed to provide appropriate interventions and supports to children with vision and hearing impairments and their families. Participants who enroll in Part 1 of this two-part session will automatically be enrolled in Part 2.
1.L. Helping Parents Help Themselves
Patty Moore, Alpha Resource Center; Katie Hornberger, Disability Rights California
One way to support families whose children are receiving Early Start services is to teach and empower them to find relevant laws and regulations, and to know and understand their rights. These skills are especially important once a family transitions out of Early Start, and must advocate for themselves and their child within unfamiliar systems. This presentation will demonstrate how professionals can locate, navigate, and communicate current laws, regulations, and policies pertaining to Early Start, and support families in finding and using this information in various settings.
1.M. Funding the Future: Grant Writing for Sustainability of Improved Practices
Maura Gibney, South Central Los Angeles Regional Center; Arin Gabrielyan, Heluna Health
How do you find the resources to keep training new staff, refreshing the skills of veteran staff, and expand to serve more families, and tap into funding streams that may provide you with the capacity to provide services in more unique and specialized ways? Time to brush up on those grant writing skills. This session will present strategies for researching potential funding sources, reviewing and understanding application and grant requirements, organizing and focusing your proposal, and bolster your overall grant writing skills.