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Supporting Families During the Early Childhood Years: An Overview of the Take Root and Sprout Parenting Programs

October 29, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT

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About This Webinar:

Take Root is the first program in the THRIVE Initiative for parents from pregnancy through the first three years of their child’s life. This universal parenting program helps parents build upon their existing skills and provides applicable real-life tips and techniques for a variety of situations. The presenters highlight the Take Root online program and its focus on building a parent’s capacity to reflect on the thoughts, feelings, and intentions of themselves and their children.

Sprout is the second program in the THRIVE Initiative and addresses the unique context of parenting children between the ages of 3 and 5 years old. Another universal parenting program, Sprout uses online learning modules to focus on everyday moments from the perspective of both parents and children. The presenters highlight the ways in which Sprout can equip parents with strategies that promote positive interactions, enhance communication, and build strong relationships with their children.

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Terri Rudy, MPA, is a Research and Evaluation Associate at the Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness, and the Project Manager for the Resource Center for Improving Family Health Behaviors. Terri has a Master’s in Public Administration and a BA in Psychology from Penn State. Terri has been a part of the Clearinghouse since 2012 and currently manages the outreach and communication efforts for several applied social science research projects. Terri has been involved in the development and implementation of programs and projects focused on promoting health among military families, including the programs that fall within the THRIVE Initiative.

Ryan Chesnut, Ph.D., is an Assistant Research Professor at the Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness at Penn State. He earned his Ph.D. in Family Communication from Penn State in 2014. His primary research interests include parent-child interactions, family well-being, and program evaluation. At the Clearinghouse, Dr. Chesnut works on the THRIVE Initiative, which is a suite of strengths-based, developmentally appropriate parenting programs designed to foster parenting competency, family functioning, and child well-being. Dr. Chesnut has been involved in the development, dissemination, and evaluation of the THRIVE programs.

Continuing Education (CE) Credit

  • Continuing Education Credits for this event are no longer available for Social Work, Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Case Managers, or Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Educators.
  • Certificates of Attendance are available for providers interested in documenting their professional development activities.

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October 29, 2019
11:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT
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