Trainings and Webinars

Explore past webinars and trainings on topics about Family Leadership, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Adult Involvement, Family-to-Family Support, and Language, Literacy and Social Development.

Past Webinars

Attachment and Trauma in DHH Adopted Children (10/12/18)

As both parents and professionals of two Deaf adopted sons, the presenters offer a unique perspective to professionals and parents.  The presentation includes information on trauma and how it affects brain development including language, learning and behavior.  They also discuss how parent leaders and providers can identify and work with the unique challenges that adoptive families face that result from attachment issues and trauma typically associated with adoption. Providers learn how to develop an effective partnership with families who have adopted deaf children, as well as how to utilize parent to parent support in reaching their goals with the families. 

Presenters:   Jon Bergeron, PhD and Shelly Bergeron

What Families, FBOs and EHdi Programs Want: Findings from a National Needs Assessment (8/2/18)

This webinar will expand on the results and next steps of the National Needs Assessment that has recently been completed by the National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management (NCHAM) for the Hands & Voices FL3 program. The results of this needs assessment will provide input to the H&V FL3 program in providing assistance to families of children who are D/HH, all coordinators of state/territory EHDI programs, and directors of family-based organizations who are contracted with their state/territory EHDI programs. The presentation also includes an overview the assessment methodology; reveal the details of the needs of families, family-based support organizations, and EHDI programs; and discuss next steps.

Co-Production of Services: Family/Professional Partnerships in EHDI Systems (7/26/17)

This presentation will describe the theory of co-production of services (Batalden M, et al. 2015) which encourages collaborative work on healthcare system design. The conversation will move beyond ‘how to get families involved’ to discussing the process in which families co-produce the system’s activities side-by-side with professional partners.  Concrete suggestions and examples, along with objective tools and measurements for ensuring successful outcomes in the family/professional partnership dynamic will be shared.  Presenters: Janet DesGeorges, Executive Director, and Molly Martzke, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Hands & Voices.
Primary Audience:  EHDI program staff, pediatric health care professionals and other EHDI stakeholders. Additional audience participants encouraged to attend:  Family leaders, family-based support organizations.

Fostering Family Engagement and Leadership in EHDI Systems (8/31/17)

This session will define and describe the characteristics of family leadership in state based learning communities and EHDI Program Advisory Committees.  Additionally, information will be given that identifies tools, including the JCIH Self-Assessment Tool, to encourage and evaluate family engagement and leadership in local EHDI systems.  Participants will explore how new family leaders can prepare for their role in upcoming activities and give the seasoned family leader new tools to engage in the EHDI system.     Presenter:  Candace Lindow-Davies, Director of Outreach, Hands & Voices
Primary Audience:  Family leaders, family based support organizations.  Additional audience participants encouraged to attend:  EHDI Program Staff, pediatric health care professionals and other EHDI stakeholders

You too? Me too! The Impact of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Adults on the Parenting Journey (9/29/17)

Examine the positive impact that Deaf/Hard of Hearing (D/HH) mentors, guides and role models can have on the families and their children. The journey begins and ends with families but there is so much that Deaf/HH mentors, guides, role models can do to support parents raising confident and happy children. Sharing everyday experiences and expertise from a diverse group  of Deaf/HH professionals may reduce parenting stress and increase the joy, hope and expectations that parents may have for their child.

Past Trainings

Confronting Bias in Collaborative Teams

From a keynote session at the H&V Leadership Conference in 2017.

Collaboration among providers is a crucial component of a child’s success, especially as an increasing number of families are participating in services from multiple programs. However, our individual bias can interfere with our ability to effectively participate in such teams. This presentation will explore othering and group attribution bias. Participants will examine the unique and powerful way these kinds of bias create and maintain unnecessary divisions among professionals, particularly those from different programs or philosophies. Participants will explore why these types of bias are harmful and what individuals can do to confront bias and reduce its impact on professional relationships.
Trainer: Louise Rollins (Maryland/DC Hands & Voices)

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Uniquely Delivering Family to Family Support Within EHDI Systems and Beyond (3/18/18)

Formalized family-to-family support in EHDI systems is well established through organizations such as Hands & Voices (H&V) and other family and professional based organizations.

This interactive workshop will explore the breadth and depth of the types of support that families can benefit from, defining the quality of supports they should experience, and exploring families’ preferences about informational resources they receive. This information will be shared from research and real world life experience of the presenters. The methodology of the delivery of family-to-family support will be explored based on a model developed by Hands & Voices which explores the concentric circles of support, including both passive (e.g. newsletters, fact sheets, websites) to active (e.g. retreats, social media networking, one-to-one and group direct interactions) supports. The pros and cons of virtual family-to-family support via platforms that can provide families access to one another will also be discussed. The practical application of providing support will be explored in the context of:  working with challenging and under-involved families; working with culturally diverse families; the impact of Deaf adult participation in family-to-family support; and uniquely providing that support through differing methods.

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Other Webinars of interest

Clerc Center

Check out the Clerc Center Webcasts regarding language and literacy here: learning-opportunities/webcasts.html

The Clerc Center presents an exciting lineup of free webcasts to address your professional development interests. Our webcasts are a convenient way to meet professional development requirements, as well as supply families with needed resources. Without incurring traveling expenses or workshop fees, individual educators, professionals, and parents can interact with professionals in the field of deaf education from the comfort and convenience of their own office, school location, or home computer. It's also possible for groups of colleagues, teachers, and/or families to view the webcasts from one central location.