PEI Grantee News Volume 8, Issue 7

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PEI Grantee News
A PEI Newsletter Volume 8, Issue 7

Welcome to PEI Grantee 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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Partners in Prevention Conference Updates

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PIP 2021 Conference Registration Deadlines! 

We are nearing your last chance to register to join us either in-person or virtually at the largest annual gathering of prevention and early intervention professionals in Texas!

The conference attracts parent educators, youth service providers, civic leaders, policy advocates, researchers, DFPS staff, Prevention and Early Intervention grantees, and others with a professional interest in child and family well-being, youth development, and juvenile justice. Attendees benefit from a wide variety of presentations, including but not limited to: lived experience from parents and youth; fatherhood engagement; ethics; diversity, equity, and inclusion; program evaluation; home visiting; and positive youth development.

Click Here to Register for PIP

*PIP Registration Deadline is Tomorrow, Tuesday, October 19th!*

For any questions about registration contact us at

Start the conversation on Facebook and Twitter using conference hashtag #pipcon2021

Grantee Registration Codes

Your program point of contact has already received a registration link and discount codes. 

Each PEI Grantee has been granted two complimentary in-person registrations and two virtual registrations (per contract). 

If you would like to register additional virtual attendees the cost is $100.

For any questions about registration contact us at

Our Commitment to Safety

The Prevention and Early Intervention Division wants every attendee to feel and be safe during PIP. We are following CDC and Texas Department of State Health Services guidelines before and during PIP.

What this means:

  • We strongly encourage mask wearing, hand washing, and social distancing throughout the conference.
  • Items for participants are packed separately and safely before they are given to attendees.
  • Masks and sanitizing hand gel will be included in your conference bag.
  • Wristbands to signify level of comfort with direct contact or proximity to other conference attendees will be offered to each attendee. 

For more information, please contact 

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Community Maltreatment Risk Map Trainings

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Deep-Dive and Technical Assistance for the 2019 Maltreatment Risk Maps

Date: November 10th
Time: 11:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M. CST

Join us for a deeper dive into the technical aspect of risk map data. We will also explain how to find the original data used in the maps so communities can track their own data over time.

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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

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.

This Achieve OnDemand learning experience qualifies for .3 IACET Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

Motivational Ethics

Every Choice Has A Consequence

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Parent Café Enhanced Technical Assistance Webinars

Are you a trained and/or certified Parent Café host?

My Health My Resources (MHMR) of Tarrant County will be hosting Parent Café Enhanced Technical Assistance and skill building webinars for all providers who have participated in virtual Parent Café training.

Webinar Topic: Developing Café Themes

This webinar will consist of coaching participants on creating Parent Café Themes. Making sure your story, ties in all the protective factors and relates back to your theme.

Date: Thursday, Oct 28th
Time: 9:00 A.M. - 10:30 A.M.

Register Now

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Essentials of Home Visiting Courses

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Grantees can now download a complete list of upcoming trainings on the PEI Learning Hub

Did you know?

Essentials of Home Visiting Trainings:

  • are approved training opportunities for multiple credentials.
  • are IACET accredited (International Accreditors for Continuing Education and Training) 
  • count towards training requirements to earn and renew a Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Endorsement® from the Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health.

Upon completion of the Essentials of Home Visiting learning experiences, 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.

Access the Essentials of Home Visiting live webinars through the Essentials of Home Visiting Portal free of cost. 

Use this link to register for any webinars from Start EarlyTM

The Impact of Domestic Violence on Children

Date: October 21st
Time: 12:00 P.M. - 1:00 P.M. CDT
Register by: October 20th at 12:00 P.M. CDT

As a home visitor, how can you help families understand child growth, child development, and how parenting techniques may impact their child's development? This webinar focuses on risk factors, family patterns, and cultural beliefs related to domestic violence. This webinar complements the Domestic Violence in Home Visiting self-paced course.

Being Present With Families

Date: October 28th
Time: 12:00 P.M. - 1:00 P.M. CDT
Register by: October 27th at 12:00 P.M. CDT

How do our personal values and experiences impact the work we do? The qualities of being nonjudgmental, present and an active listener will be covered as well as some potential barriers to active listening. This webinar complements the Basics of Home Visiting self-paced course.

Understanding Substance Abuse through the Family Lens

Date: November 9th
Time: 12:00 P.M. - 1:00 P.M. CDT
Register by: November 8th at 12:00 P.M. CDT

As a home visitor, how do you intentionally respond to situations where substance abuse is present in the families you support? This webinar discusses ways to recognize a family's values and strengths which can help guide you approach when working with a family impacted by substance abuse. We will also explore how substance abuse affects family dynamics. This webinar complements Challenges in Home Visiting: Substance Abuse self-paced course.

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National Hispanic Heritage Month

National Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month recognizes the achievements and contributions of Hispanic American champions who have inspired others to achieve success. To honor this month, we will be sharing with you celebrations and events across Texas in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month 2021. Here are some upcoming events:


Online. El Paso - El Paso Community College is proud to present art that celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month in our second virtual art exhibit. Link:


Online. Austin – The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center presents our digital programs. Please use this page as a guide to our digital resources, which are free to use for anyone who wants to learn more about Mexican-American and Latino/a/x art & culture. Link:


Ongoing. Houston – Sicardi Gallery. The gallery primarily hosts exhibitions of modern and contemporary Latin American art. A number of artists from the United States and other countries also exhibit their work at Sicardi Gallery. The artists range in career development from emerging artists to modern and contemporary masters from Latin America. Link:


10/16/21. Houston – The Houston Latin American Philharmonic ensemble hosts a Viv Latin America concert to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. Link:

Please answer this one-question survey about how you prefer to celebrate culture and heritage at PEI. This survey will be open through 10/22/21:

Take the One-Question Survey

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External Webinars

Brazelton Touchpoints Center

Promoting mental Health and Family Well-Being in Today’s world Webinar

Learning to Listen: How to Call People In (Instead of Calling Them Out) – 1-hour free webinar

Date: October 20th
Time: 2:00 P.M. CDT

Loretta J. Ross, Professor in the Program for the Study of Women and Gender at Smith College, teaches courses on white supremacy, human rights, and calling in the calling out culture. In this free webinar, she will share stances, skills, and strategies for listening to those with whom we disagree. She will discuss how we can call in those whose implicit or explicit biases limit what they hear into productive conversations and new understandings.

Trauma and Resiliency Action-Informed Learning Series (TRAILS) Kick-off Event

Date: October 21st
Time: 12:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M. CDT

Beginning with this kick-off event, NTTAC will launch a center-wide action and informed learning series focused on addressing trauma and building resilience in and across all systems.

This event will offer perspectives of trauma and resiliency in a panel format featuring youth and young adults, family members/caregivers, clinicians, and other stakeholders. The panel will be followed by opportunities to discuss current challenges, innovations, and needs in smaller groups with facilitators. Issues and ideas that emerge from discussion will inform and support the learning series over the next year.


All who provide services and supports to children, youth, and families, and those who receive services and supports from the child-serving system of care.


Participants will:

  • Learn about trauma and resilience from the perspectives of those who have experienced trauma and from those who support them.
  • Discuss the different aspects of resilience.
  • Engage in peer sharing around challenges in addressing trauma, as well as innovative approaches.

*Please note that this session will be recorded. A virtual lounge/calming space will also be available during the session.

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Young Minds Matter Virtual Conference

Date: October 21st and 23rd 
Register (free)

Since 2010, the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health has hosted a free biennial conference in Houston focusing on children’s mental health topics. Virtually connect with others through art, community-building, and healing activities to strengthen and improve the mental health and well-being of youth and their families in the greater Houston area and across Texas. 

Participants will be able to:  

  1. Describe ​”upstream” community approaches that can strengthen community healing, connection, and justice.  
  2. Engage in candid and productive discussions about how structural inequities and racism impact the mental well-being of children and youth of color.  
  3. Demonstrate the power of engaging historically excluded groups (people of color, individuals and families experiencing financial challenges, mental health challenges, etc.) in all aspects of multisector, collaborative work. 
  4. Identify barriers and strategies to lift up the voices of youth and residents as the decision-makers and leaders of their community.

CEUs will be offered for the following: marriage and family therapists, licensed professional counselors, social workers, and certified addiction professionals.

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