In This Issue | September 2018
In this edition of the Brazelton Touchpoints Center's quarterly newsletter, we share an article about Dr. Brazelton's contributions to the field, information on the newly published Relationship-Based Competencies to Support Family Engagement, put a spotlight on the Touchpoints Parenting Program and lots more!
Berry Brazelton's Contributions to Research, Policy and Practice by Joshua Sparrow, MD
Joshua Sparrow, MD, Director of the Brazelton Touchpoints Center and long time colleague of Dr. Brazelton, published an article on Dr. Brazelton's contributions to research, policy, and practice in the award-winning, peer-reviewed journal,
Young Children .

Berry Brazelton's Contributions to Research, Policy, and Practice: Improving Contexts and Conditions for Families with Infants

Written by Joshua Sparrow, MD

Researcher, activist, and pediatrician, T. Berry Brazelton, MD (1918–2018), devoted his career to understanding children’s behavior and development, the strengths that parents bring to raising them, and the challenges that parents face. In particular, Brazelton was deeply concerned about the conditions and contexts in which families raise children, how these can disrupt children’s development, and what might be done—through research, policy, and practice—to foster more favorable environments for families.

The National Center on Parent, Family, and Community Engagement Releases New Relationship-Based Competencies to Support Family Engagement

The National Center for Parent, Family and Community Engagement (NCPFCE), which develops and disseminates resources for the early childhood community in support of the positive growth of young children and strong families and communities, has recently released new Relationship-Based Competencies (RBCs) to Support Family Engagement

Based in research and recommended practice, the RBCs are designed to guide family-facing professionals working with families from pregnancy through the early childhood years

Read on to learn more about the RBCs and how to download them for FREE!

Upcoming NCPFCE Webinars
Partnering with Community Colleges to Support Student Parents
September 27, 2018, 3:00 - 4:15 P.M. EST

Exploring the Relationship-Based Competencies for Early Childhood Professionals Who Work with Families
October 11, 2018, 3:00 - 4:15 P.M. EST

Exploring the Relationship-Based Competencies for Early Childhood Professionals Who Make Home Visits
November 1, 2018, 3:00 - 4:15 P.M. EST

Making an Impact Thanks to You!
We've been busy advancing our mission of ensuring all children - whatever their life circumstances, challenges, and resources - will be healthy, succeed as early learners and have the opportunity to thrive. It is with your support that we are able to positively impact children, families and communities!

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Professional Development Spotlight: Touchpoints Parenting Program
 The Touchpoints Parenting Program is a practical, preventive curriculum that supports positive parent-child relationships, and provides a series of parenting modules that enable facilitators to partner with parents as they learn about their children and address issues facing their families.

During this interactive and learner-centered training, participants explore:
  • Strategies for engaging parents in conversation about their children’s development
  • Supporting parental mastery as parents practice new skills
  • Group facilitation techniques based on the Touchpoints Approach 

This course meets the Head Start Program Performance Standard for Parenting Curriculum. A pre-requisite of the Touchpoints Individual Level Training is required.

For additional information on the upcoming training scheduled for October 25th and 26th, 2018 in Boston, or to learn more about on-site training, contact: Marlies Zammuto at [email protected] or call (978) 886-9041.
Find a Training Today!
Register for a Family Connections Training
Boston, MA
October 18th - October 19th
Brazelton Touchpoints Center
Learn How to Facilitate the Touchpoints Parenting Program
Boston, MA
October 25th - October 26th
Harvard Medical School
Pre-requisite: Must have completed an ILT
Attend an Upcoming NBO Training
Boston, MA
October 10th - October 11th
Harvard Medical School

Boston, MA
November 12th - November 13th
Harvard Medical School
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Notes from the Field
BTC faculty and staff actively partner with communities to build strong families and responsive systems of care. Here's just a glimpse of how we've stayed busy this summer!
BTC Director, Joshua Sparrow, MD , spoke at the Boston Basics Campaign, which focuses on five evidence-based caregiving principles, about what it means to #DoTheBasics by nurturing positive child-caregiver interactions. Josh delivered a major presentation to the 16th World Association for Infant Mental Health World Congress in Rome, Italy, and participated as a thought leader in several conferences and events held by Ascend at the Aspen Institute a nd the Bipartisan Policy Center, among others. Josh also participated in the Child Trauma and Opioid Use Expert Panel organized by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
Cathy Ayoub, RN, EdD, BTC's Director of Research and Evaluation, delivered a plenary presentation titled "Family Engagement: State of the Concept and Evidence Base" to thousands attending the National Research Conference on Early Childhood, as well as participated in a poster session and as a Symposium Chair and Discussant at the conference. Additionally, Cathy and her colleagues published "Building evaluation partnerships with tribal communities for home visiting" in the Infant Mental Health Journal.
Jayne Singer, PhD, Clinical Psychologist and BTC Faculty member , was awarded the "Top Doctor" Award in Boston for Psychology for 2018 by Top Doctors Magazine/Leading Physicians of the World organization.


Our renowned faculty - including Josh, Cathy, and Jayne - draw on decades of clinical expertise, professional experience and contemporary research in healthy child and family development to deliver presentations and keynote addresses, facilitate workshops, and participate in panel discussions at conferences and events around the country.

Topics covered by our faculty include childhood trauma, early learning and care, child maltreatment and abuse, mental health and the opioid epidemic, and strengths-based interventions to parent empowerment . 

Learn more about the benefits of engaging BTC Faculty for your next conference, convening, panel discussion, or workshops - contact us today !
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