PEI Provider News Volume 7, Issue 30

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A PEI Newsletter Volume 7, Issue 30

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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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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Child Abuse Prevention Month


April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and we sent out a social media toolkit to help empower communities with resources to support Texas children, youth, and families where they live, work, and play!

We encourage you to promote child abuse prevention awareness this month with your networks to equip families with knowledge and resources to support child abuse prevention practices in Texas.

And don't forget to wear blue this Friday, April 9th, for #GoBlueDay to show your support of Child Abuse Prevention!

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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. 

Making PEIRS Reports Work for You: Tracking Surveys and Other Tasks in PEIRS

Date: April 27th
Time: 2:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M. CST

Join PEI’s Research and Evaluation Team as we highlight reports in the PEI Reporting System that help you track surveys and data collection tasks in PEIRS. The first half of the webinar will highlight tools for all PEI providers and the second half will highlight tools for those with the home visiting tab.

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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

Achieve OnDemand: Foundations of Infant Mental Health Practice in Home Visiting (Self-Paced Course)

Caring about the parent-child relationship is a primary purpose of home visiting with families. By using the power of observation, listening, and inquiry with a family, you activate a parent's learning so they use the same strength-based skills with their child. This course covers critical issues in infant mental health, including brain development and attachment. It provides practical ways home visitors can use observation and listening to strengthen the parent-child relationship. It also incorporates strategies for incorporating reflection to extend the 'learning together.’

Achieve OnDemand: Basics of Home Visiting (Self-Paced Course)

Home visitors are committed to the best possible life for babies and their parents. During this course, you will learn how your strengths and motivations will help you achieve this goal and connect with families of all kinds. This course serves as an introduction or valuable refresher on fundamentals such as how to plan for home visits; set goals with families; and handle the unexpected challenges your job presents. 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 - Now Free for Grantees

Beginning Tuesday, April 6th, PEI Grantees will have access to the Essentials of Home Visiting live webinars free of cost. Visit the Essentials of Home Visiting Portal to view the schedule and register for upcoming webinars. Questions? Contact the Support Team by email or call (312) 481-8859.

Home Visiting Safety (Webinar)

Date: April 6th
Time: 10:00 A.M. - 11:00 A.M. CDT
Register by: April 5th at 10:00 A.M. CDT

What measures should you take to ensure your personal safety in your work with families? This webinar explores the importance of home visitor safety, how to identify safety risk factors, and appropriate actions to take based on various risk factors. Note: This webinar complements the Basics of Home Visiting self-paced course.

Exploring Values and Beliefs Around Parenting (Webinar)

Date: April 8th
Time: 2:30 PM - 3:30 P.M. CDT
Register by: April 7th at 2:30 P.M. CDT

We all come to the table with our own beliefs about parenting. This webinar covers how to acknowledge and monitor those beliefs and address how they may impact the work we do with families. This webinar complements the Foundations of Infant Mental Health in Home Visiting self-paced course.

Promoting Effective Parenting with Motivational Interviewing (Webinar)

Date: April 13th
Time: 12:00 P.M. - 1:00 P.M. CDT
Register by: April 12th at 12:00 P.M. CDT

Reflective practice is essential to providing high-quality home visiting services and engaging with families. The utilization of motivational interviewing in reflective practice can greatly enhance the effectiveness of services and improve relationships with families served. Motivational interviewing is a collaborative, person-centered form of guiding to elicit and strengthen motivation for change. This webinar identifies the fundamental elements of motivational interviewing and explores strategies for using motivational interviewing in home visiting. This webinar complements the Basics of Home Visiting self-paced course.

Free Be Strong Families COVID-19 Daily Webinars 

Be Strong Families hosts a series of webinars in English (12:00 P.M. CDT) and Spanish (1:30 P.M. 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

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

DSHS Launches Texas Public Health Vaccine Scheduler. As Texas opens COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to everyone age 16 and older, the Texas Department of State Health Services is launching the Texas Public Health Vaccine Scheduler. Read more on this this and all state health updates at DSHS News Releases.

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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