Erikson now offers online continuing education webinars.

Engage in challenging topics, offered with the same high-quality instruction and range of credit offerings as our in-person continuing education.

Invigorate your practice with Erikson’s continuing education, all without having to leave your home or office.

Auditing our webinars is free! If you need professional development credit, Erikson offers this for a fee. For questions, contact Matthew Zaradich at [email protected].

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Current Webinars

Engaging Families to Expand Early Learning Opportunities: How Can Technology Help?

Instructors: Ana Blogojevic, Suzen Polk-Hoffses, and Juana Rodriguez Vazquez
Date: Thursday, August 21, 2014webinar_pic2

Discover new approaches to support family engagement in our upcoming webinar. Comienza en Casa staff Ana Blagojevic and Suzen Polk-Hoffses and parent and Americorps volunteer Juana Rodriguez Vazquez will discuss mindful and appropriate ways of using technology to build connections with families.
They will share examples of how iPads are used by the children and families at home to learn, create books, and document the world around them.

Presented with TEC Center at Erikson Institute

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Trauma and Young Children

Instructors: Julie Rinaldi, Ph.D., and Colleen Cicchetti, Ph.D.
Date: Wednesday, September 24, 2014

This free webinar addresses the concerning effects of exposure to webinar_picviolence and trauma on very young children and the impact of trauma on the developing brain and nervous system, as well as cascading effects on emotion regulation and behavioral health.  Manifestations of traumatic stress in early childhood will be presented to offer a better understanding of how to identify children affected by trauma. Diagnosis of traumatic stress disorders, including PTSD, will be discussed, as well as prevalence, course, and long term outcomes. The effects of trauma on caregivers will also be presented, including the disruption in the caregiver-child relationship exacerbates the effects of the trauma.

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Unaccompanied Child Migrants: Examining the Current Humanitarian Crisis and Implications for Early Childhood Mental Health

Instructor: Aimee Hilado, Ph.D., LCSWHilado

Date: Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Explore the current situation and the mental health implications of the child migrant experience. According to the Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families, an estimated 60,000 unaccompanied child migrants will have arrived at the U.S. border by the end of 2014, a dramatic increase from the 24,668 minors apprehended at the U.S.-Mexican border in 2013. Most of these children come from Central America – mainly, Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras – fleeing violence and poor economies while enduring a treacherous journey to reach the border.

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Using Technology and Children’s Media to Improve Social Skills in Young Children

Instructors: Tamara Kaldor, M.S., and Jordan Sadler, M.S., CCC-SLP
Date: Tuesday, October 14, 2014webinar_pic

This webinar is designed for practitioners and parents interested in learning how to use technology and children’s media to effectively improve children’s social skills at home, at school, and in clinical settings. Techniques for how to integrate technology into social skills groups for children affected by autism spectrum disorders (ASD), sensory processing disorders (SPD), communication disorders, and other developmental differences will be shared. High quality, professionally tested apps and children’s media will be demonstrated, and strategies and techniques will be discussed for using the iPad, iPod Touch, and iPhone to support young children’s social-emotional development and engagement. The session will conclude with a discussion of how technology can support the development of young children’s ability to relate to peers and adults.

Presented with TEC Center at Erikson Institute

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Moving On: Professional Boundaries and Transitions in Early Intervention, Education, and Care

Instructor: Jennifer Kemp, M.S.
Date: Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Transitions in care are inevitable in work with young children and families. However, our more recent understanding about the need for primary providers and the continuity of care have created systems where many of our jennyrelationships with children and families are lasting longer and are often growing to be deeper than in the past. This workshop will look at both sides of professional boundaries — why they are so important because of how they help and support us, as well as why they sometimes feel so challenging to maintain — and then consider them even further in the context of these transitions within and across service delivery systems. Participants will be able to participate in an interactive discussion about how they support transitions so that all participants leave with a renewed sense of professional responsibility and also a collection of strategies to help them ease the transition process within their role with young children and families.

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Past webinars

Seeing Into the Future: Introducing Coding to Young Children

Instructor: Frances Judd
Date: Monday, May 12, 2014

Today’s computer code is a language that offers children a bright tomorrow. With empowering opportunities clearly on the horizon for this generation of young children, it is critical that early childhood educators understand the basics of coding and it’s importance as tool for young children to possess in their early years. Learning to write computer code opens avenues for individual forms of self-expression, creativity, and personal fulfillment; and early childhood educators can offer intentional developmentally appropriate experiences that relate. This webinar presents five topics from the world of computer coding and demonstrates connections to real-world early childhood experiences with literature, manipulatives, artistic endeavors, games, and collaborative problem-solving.

Anxiety in Early Childhood: A Root Cause of Behavioral and Emotional Issues

Instructor: Kerry Kyle Davies, LCSW
Date: Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Many school-aged children involved in mental health treatment through schools exhibit a cluster of symptoms resembling Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder and/or Oppositional Defiant Disorder. Often these children are treated solely with behavioral/anger management techniques and psychotropic medication, leaving root causes of behavioral issues unexamined and thus untreated.  Join us in a webinar examining anxiety as a root cause of these challenging and often difficult to treat symptoms.  Learn how to recognize social, familial, and environmental factors leading to debilitating anxiety in children ages 6-8.  Learn to view acting-out behaviors in children as behavior adapted to cope with the dangers and pressures of their environments.  Aid these children and families in altering their environments and innate responses to their environments to improve interpersonal relationships, scholastic achievement, and quality of life.

The Important Thing About Shapes

Instructor: Lisa Ginet, Ed.D.
Date: Wednesday, April 23, 2014

This webinar promises to help boost participants’ geometric thinking and offers an exploration of important concepts regarding two- and three-dimensional shapes. Participants will deepen their understanding of the relationship between shape and number composition and will leave with strategies to help encourage their students’ thinking about geometry and its place in algebraic thinking as well as ideas for assessing and supporting children’s development of this important mathematical concept.

Including Gay and Lesbian Parents

Instructor: Jennifer Rosinia, Ph.D., OTR/L
Date: Thursday, April 4, 2013

Families headed by gay and lesbian parents often feel underserved by, or even invisible to, child care and school systems. In order to create a healthy home-school connection and properly include all children, care providers and teachers must become better informed about the wide range of variables that impact gay and lesbian parents and their children. This one-hour webinar explores current research in the developmental and educational outcomes of children from gay- and lesbian-headed households. Participants will be encouraged consider changes in their practice that can be easily made in order for all children and their families to feel safe and fully included.

Looking Through a Developmental Lens: The Importance of Engagement in Intervention

Instructor: Sherri Cawn, M.A., CCC-SLP
Date: Thursday, March 7, 2013

Developmental disorders such as autism often create serious challenges for the families of young children, and the clinicians working with them. The clinician’s primary goal is understanding the child’s unique developmental profile as well as establishing a relationship between the parent and the child that creates interactive, affective moments to support the mastery of functional emotional development.