PEI Provider News Volume 7, Issue 29

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A PEI Newsletter Volume 7, Issue 29

Welcome to PEI Provider News! Our weekly e-newsletter to providers combines provider resources, stories of interest, exclusive educational opportunities, and grant information. In this issue:

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Grantee Training Needs Assessment Due

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Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) is committed to ensuring our grantees have the training and professional development they need to navigate Texas families’ needs.

In order to ensure that PEI is offering the support you need to create opportunities for partnerships with families, we are asking you to complete the survey below to determine what topics require additional focus and support. 

Please take 15-20 minutes to complete this survey by April 1st.

You can complete the survey on behalf of your overall organization’s input or share the link with your staff and subcontractors to fill out on their own.

Training Needs Survey

For additional questions, please email

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Call for Presenters - 21st Annual Partners in Prevention Conference

Prevention and Early Intervention is now accepting applications for presenters for our 21st Annual Partners in Prevention (PIP) Conference. This year's conference will blend virtual and in-person opportunities for presentations, and will take place at the Renaissance Austin Hotel in Austin, Texas on November 2-4, 2021. Conference sessions should be designed for participants to take away concrete skills and ideas to connect what they have learned with the families they partner with. 

The application process has moved online. Application deadline is April 1, 2021.

Apply Now

Start the conversation on your social media accounts! #pipcon2021

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Parenting Tips Calendar Call for Artwork

Our Call for Artwork is underway, and we're already getting some amazing creations. We encourage all grantees to participate in submitting their child and youth art for the 2022 Parenting Tips Calendar by May 1st

Check out this beautiful example sent to us by the El Paso Center for Children below!

FAMILY Example

We’d love to see what "strong Texas families" look like to the children you support in your community. Artwork should be at least 8.5x11 (the size of a standard sheet of paper) and should have a focus on highlighting the strength and diversity of Texas families.

For more information, questions, support brainstorming, or to express interest, contact Tom Stephan.

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Training Tuesdays

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Join us every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month as we explore current, relevant topics based on state trends, featuring PEI speakers and guest experts.

Child Abuse Prevention Month Panel: A Community Response to Nurturing Families

Date: April 6th
Time: 2:30 P.M. - 3:30 P.M. CST

Children thrive in safe, stable, nurturing families and communities. Behind many families that succeed there is a strong community that provides ways for the family to meet their own needs. Join DFPS in honor of Child Abuse Prevention Month for a one-hour panel session with faith-based and parent leaders as they discuss strategies to support and engage all families where they live, work, play and worship and build strong communities. 

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Connect with the PEI Learning Hub

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To take these courses: Type or paste the course names below into the search bar on the PEI Learning Hub:

  1. Click on the course and select “request”
  2. On your transcript select “launch” to begin
  3. When the video is complete, go to "completed" courses in your transcript
  4. Select "evaluate" to provide feedback

For questions, contact

Domestic Violence and Child Maltreatment

What are the best ways to assess and intervene in family situations that may involve domestic violence? This webinar includes best practices around interviewing children at an age-appropriate level and the effects of exposure to domestic violence on children.

Achieve OnDemand: Domestic Violence in Home Visiting (Self-Paced Course)

Domestic violence is a prevalent and recurring issue in home visiting. Build  confidence to address domestic violence while working with families as their home visitor. Topics include the impact of violence on family systems, parenting, and child development. Common scenarios and strategies are presented for talking with parents about keeping themselves and their children safe. This course supports you in developing a non-judgmental approach in working with families whose background and circumstances may or may not be differ from your own. Note: This Achieve OnDemand learning experience qualifies for .3 IACET Continuing Education Units (CEUs). 

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Essentials of Home Visiting Courses

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Essentials of Home Visiting - Free Webinars coming in April.

The Essentials of Home Visiting live webinars will soon be available on the Essentials of Home Visiting Portal at no cost to PEI Grantees. You'll receive a separate message in April with additional details. 

Free Be Strong Families COVID-19 Daily Webinars 

Be Strong Families is hosting a series of webinars in English (12:00pm CDT) and Spanish (1:30pm CDT) daily. Check out their website for topics including grieving experiences and expectations, family storytelling workshop, self-care for caregivers, financial resilience, and candid experiences of COVID-19. 

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External Training Opportunities

Webinar: Prioritizing equity and community wellbeing in the wake of catastrophic events

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Date: April 13th
Time: 11:30 A.M. - 1:00 P.M. CST

While catastrophic events create disruptions and contribute to trauma across populations, they also highlight the resilience of communities and can propel leaders to address long-standing inequities magnified by the disruption. This peer learning forum will focus on what equitable recovery looks like in the current context, and how resilient communities can help prevent suicide and trauma. This webinar will: 

  • Use the Adverse Community Experiences and Resilience (ACE|R) framework to think about equitable community-level recovery and systems change that supports wellbeing in the long term.
  • Identify actions agencies and organizations have taken before or during periods of disruption such as the COVID-19 pandemic to create protective environments, strengthen economic supports, and advance other suicide and trauma prevention strategies.
  • Discuss what actions are needed moving forward to further community wellbeing, prevent suicide and trauma, and intentionally address racial and other inequities.
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COVID and Texas

Texas has opened vaccinations to all adults starting today. Read more about the announcement at the DSHS COVID-19 Newsroom.

Even after you get a dose of the vaccine, continue to wear face masks, practice social distancing and regular handwashing to slow the spread. 

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