PEI Provider News Volume 7, Issue 39

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.

PEI Provider News Banner
A PEI Newsletter

Volume 7, Issue 39

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:

Blue Divider

Free Activity Books for Texans

Activity Book Pages

This free family resource features 25 pages of fun for every child. Download a copy here or order a box for the children in your community below.

Activity Books are shipped for free and available in quantities of 100/box. Questions? Contact us.

Order Activity Books

Blue Divider

Save the Date - Partners in Prevention 2021

PIP 2021 Header

The 21st Annual Partners in Prevention Conference will take place at the Renaissance Austin Hotel in Austin, Texas on November 2-4, 2021. Our hybrid conference is still evolving to align with social distancing and the safety of all presenters and conference goers.

Our 2021 theme is Forging Forward Together: Nurturing Communities and Families.

We seek to recognize the challenges of the past year and the power of coming together, carving out paths towards a future that supports prevention and early intervention professionals and the communities they support and partner with.

Feel free to share this message with others. Start the conversation on your social media accounts! #pipcon2021

For questions, please contact

Your feedback is needed!

Partners in Prevention is planning a hybrid-model conference at the Renaissance Austin Hotel, with select conference sessions available virtually. Please help us get an idea of your preferred method of attending this year's conference by answering one question below. Thank you!

Take Our 1-Question Survey

Blue Divider

Parent Café Training

Coffee Cup on Table

PEI is excited to announce FREE virtual Parent Café trainings, facilitated by My Health My Resources (MHMR) of Tarrant County.

Parent Cafés are physically and emotionally safe spaces where parents and caregivers can have authentic conversations about what matters most to them. Through individual deep self-reflection and peer-to-peer learning, participants explore their strengths, learn about the Protective Factors, and create strategies from their own wisdom and experiences to help strengthen their families.

This training will be conducted over three consecutive days from 9:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. To obtain credit for this course, participants must complete the entire duration of each option (3 days training)

Date: July 14-16
Time: 9:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.
(Registration deadline July 7th)

Register Here

Space is limited to 30 participants, and a minimum of 2 participants per team is required. Contact Arrenia Thomas with registration questions.

Participants who have previously attended Parent Café Training do not have to re-register for this training.

For general questions about PEI Training contact 

Blue Divider

Training Tuesdays

Colored Pencils

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.

The Richness of Black Fatherhood

Date: June 8th
2:00 P.M. - 3:30 P.M. CST
Registration Link

Join PEI’s Kevin Overton-Hadnot, director of Contract Management and Oversight; Mosley Hobson, Fatherhood and Military program specialist; and Kenneth Thompson, CPS Fatherhood program specialist, for a live conversation following a review of the recorded HHS Black History Month Father Engagement panel. The panel featured five speakers from organizations across Texas with a focus on father engagement and highlighted Black men and their role in the family. Bring your questions and engage with our speakers.

Blue Divider

Connect with the PEI Learning Hub

Learning Hub Lightbulb

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

Spark Training: Being Youth-Friendly

This training, developed by the Adolescent Health Initiative at the University of Michigan and adapted by the Texas Dept. of Family and Protective Services, discusses how providers can best meet the unique needs of adolescents and approach them in a developmentally-friendly manner.

Ages and Stages Questionnaire-3 (ASQ-3™) Overview and Best Practices (Self-Paced Course)

Children grow and change rapidly. Home visitors can use the ASQ-3 as a tool to celebrate how each child is developing and support parents’ role in that growth. A home visitor who stays on schedule for ASQ-3 screenings supports a parent's investment in their child's future and provides ways to encourage next steps in their development. In this course, you will learn how to administer the ASQ in partnership with a parent; score the screening; and talk with parents about potential concerns. Note: This Achieve OnDemand learning experience qualifies for .3 IACET Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health® Approved Training Opportunity

Upon completion of this learning experience, participants earn in-service training credits from First3Years Texas. Review this crosswalk, which details The Essentials of Home Visiting trainings that support each Endorsement Knowledge & Skill Area, as well as credit hours a professional may earn upon completion.

Blue Divider

Essentials of Home Visiting Courses

Essentials of Home Visiting Banner

Essentials of Home Visiting Webinars - Now Free for Grantees

Access the Essentials of Home Visiting Portal free of cost. Use this link to register.

Partnering for Change: Having the Conversation

Date: June 15th
Time: 12:00 P.M. - 1:00 P.M. CDT
Register by: June 14th at 12:00 P.M. CDT

As a home visitor, how do you engage with families around the topic of substance abuse? This webinar explores strength-based strategies and conversation starters you can incorporate in your work with parents to successfully engage families around the issues of substance abuse and support the growth and development of their children. This webinar complements Challenges in Home Visiting: Substance Abuse self-paced course.

Domestic Violence: Safety Planning

Date: June 22nd
Time: 12:00 P.M. - 1:00 P.M. CDT
Register by: June 21st at 12:00 P.M. CDT

As a home visitor, how can you support families impacted by domestic violence to develop a safety plan? This webinar discusses developing a working knowledge of community resources and collaborating with formal and informal institutions to support families using a strength-based, family-centered approach. This webinar complements the Domestic Violence in Home Visiting self-paced course. 

Matching Family Needs to Resources

Date: June 23rd
Time: 2:30 P.M. - 3:30 P.M. CDT
Register by: June 22nd at 2:30 P.M. CDT

As a home visitor, it can be challenging to align available resources to the needs of families. This webinar explores how to carry out your role in the infant mental health spectrum and feel confident in connecting families to community resources and supports when the need arises. This webinar complements the Foundations of Infant Mental Health in 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. 

Blue Divider

External Training Opportunities

Understanding Suicide Risk Among Children and Pre-Teens: A Synthesis Workshop

Date: Tuesday, June 15, 2021
Time: 12:30 P.M. - 2:00 P.M. ET

On June 15, 2021, The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) will convene a synthesis workshop culminating the work of three research roundtables focused on understanding suicide risk and risk trajectories among children and pre-teens, including groups with recent increases in risk.

The synthesis workshop will summarize the state of the science and highlight research priorities related to this critical topic. The goal of the series is to ultimately inform identification of at-risk youth and timing and targets for intervening.

Blue Divider

Survivor Voices Needed for Interviews

Logo of the Steve Hicks School of Social Work

The University of Texas at Austin Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault is seeking 150 Texans ages 18 and up to participate in an interview project to understand better the services, gaps, and accessibility of resources for Texas sexual assault survivors. If selected, participants will receive a $30 gift card.

Participants will be asked to talk with a trained sexual assault researcher for one hour about services for survivors in Texas, whether they received the help they needed and what they would advise to improve support for survivors. 

Visit the Survivor's Research Study for more information, or call (512) 333-4354

Blue Divider

Fatherhood Resource Hub & 2021 Summit

Having long recognized the important role that fathers play in the lives of their children and families and their challenges to remaining involved with their children, the state of Texas has partnered with the Child and Family Research Partnership to develop a comprehensive online resource -- Fatherhood Resource Hub.

Explore the materials and resources of the Fatherhood Resource Hub at and join the virtual and free 6th Annual Texas Fatherhood Summit: Taking Research to the Field on June 17-18!


2021 Texas Fatherhood Summit

Date: June 17-18
Time: 1:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M. CST each day

Register Now

Blue Divider

Free PAX Tools Training Opportunity

The Educational Service Center Region 13 is partnering with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission to offer a free training on evidence-based PAX strategies. The nine-hour virtual training is appropriate for childcare and youth workers, juvenile justice staff, after-school and summer camp, behavioral health providers, coaches, youth ministers, and peer support providers.

Trainings usually cost between $225 and $600 per participant, but for a limited time, they are able to offer full scholarships to Texas organizations/providers working with youth and or families.

Participants who complete the training receive a lifetime certification and access to all members-only resources and materials, including live monthly advanced support calls with PAXIS Institute trainers and a substantial resource kit for their organization.

All scholarship trainings must be completed by August 31, 2021. Contact Donna Wasielewski for more information about this training.

Blue Divider

COVID-19 Vaccinations Are Now Easy to Schedule

Everyone age 16 and older is now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in Texas. According to the CDC, fully vaccinated people may stop wearing masks or maintaining social distance in most indoor and outdoor settings.

Get your vaccine appointment through the Texas Public Health Vaccine Scheduler. People can also sign up by calling 833-832-7067. Operators are available to assist you from 7 am to 7 pm, 7 days a week. 

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

Blue Divider

Share Your Work!

If you have any events or news that you would like to share in the next e-newsletter please email