April 10 – 12, 2019 | Holiday Inn, Grantville, Pa.
Meet ELECT staff and gain program-specific professional development, share best practices, and learn skills to better serve the expectant and parenting teens of Pennsylvania.
It is recognized that ALL high school graduating students could benefit from goals that prepare them for adulthood. The Midwestern Intermediate Unit’s ELECT program took it a step further and categorized these goals into 6 independent living categories. Students are empowered to complete the Steps to a Successful Transition with intense follow up 10-12 weeks following their graduation. This webinar will highlight a best practice for serving students in the ELECT transition component and allow for discussion and sharing among program staff.
From overuse to addiction, the ugly side of smart technology is impacting everyone – from children to adults. Learn the do’s and don’ts so that your experience with technology is a positive one. This webinar will help participants understand the overall effects of technology on emotional and physical health, recognize the signs of technology overuse and addiction, learn strategies and tips for using technology in a positive way, and find resources for educating students and parents about technology use.
Using Protective Factors to Support the Healthy Development of Pregnant and Parenting Teens and Their Families
The Strengthening Families Protective Factors Framework is a strengths-based approach to working with families. It is composed of five protective factors that, when robust in families, promote healthy outcomes for children. As youth mature they take on an increasingly active role in their own development. This shift is the focus of Youth Thrive, a research-informed framework that promotes factors that increase the likelihood that adolescents can develop into healthy, thriving adults. These complementary frameworks describe attributes that mitigate risk and enhance well-being for families and youth. Pregnant and parenting teens are at the juncture of these frameworks – they are developing as both parents and young people. Participants in this webinar will explore these frameworks and identify strategies to create environments where parenting teens feel empowered, build protective factors, and ultimately, experience positive outcomes.
During the webinar, participants will learn about the basic eligibility requirements for subsidized child care, how services for teen parents are prioritized, and where they can go to access those services – the newly formed Early Learning Resource Centers (ELRCs).
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, addiction is a chronic, often relapsing brain disease that causes compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences to the addicted individual and to those around him or her. Participants will learn about the continuum of addiction and discuss prevention strategies and treatment options best suited to pregnant and parenting teens. No amount of alcohol is safe during pregnancy. Participants will identify symptoms of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). Not all children with FASD are alike, the symptoms vary from mild to severe and early identification is the first step to an improved prognosis. Additionally, participants will explore the distinction between helping behavior and enabling behavior in order to assist pregnant and parenting teens who may be struggling with substance use or abuse.
Serving young parents requires a commitment to supporting delay of another pregnancy. Parenting one baby while attending school can be challenging – two could make academic growth truly difficult. One of ELECT’s stated goals is delaying more childbearing. How does an educator offer education on contraception while empowering young parents to make healthy choices benefiting themselves and their little ones? This webinar will offer medically accurate facts to assist ELECT personnel teach contraception with respect, honoring each young parent’s personal values while creating an atmosphere of open communication.
Providing home-visitation consultation services is an important part of the work we do. It allows us to provide better technical assistance to our clients as we observe their interactions with their children. But it is important that home visitors take steps to make sure that they, their co-workers and clients are all safe before, during and after home visits. This webinar will provide best practice recommendations for home visitors to keep them safe during home visits.
Many myths exist around the topic of suicide. One of the most dangerous myths is that talking about suicide with a young person will plant the idea in their head and cause suicide. In reality, the opposite is true. Asking directly about suicidal ideas or intentions can help people who believe like there is no one to talk to about how horrible they feel. This webinar will introduce the risk factors that contribute to mental health issues and suicidal behavior and the warning signs that require immediate action. Strategies for intervening will be explored as well as best practices for referrals and follow up.