For the past several weeks, EPIC has been sharing our various parenting and family engagement programs with you. This week, we are shifting gears and shedding light on our Professional Development department, as we've got a lot of exciting upcoming workshops and learning opportunities.

So what is Professional Development? Department Director Jamie Rackl shares, "PD allows professionals to improve their skills in order to better meet the needs of students, clients, participants, and the community. As a result, organizations can see an increase in staff retention, skills and work productivity, and improved staff morale."

That's something we could all use these days. As with all of EPIC's programming, Professional Development has gone virtual and is offering a range of content for professionals, some specifically adapted to today's virtual world:

  • February 9: Communication Skills For Challenging Conversations
  • February 11 & 16: Self Care For Professionals
  • February 18: Raising Resilience

To register for any of these workshops, or to find additional development topics, contact Program Coordinator Alexis Tabacchi at 716-332-4129.

In case you missed it:
  • Families in Transition is a confidential and supportive space that focuses on a variety of topics like emotional growth, communication, and non-violence. This intensive parenting program helps participants retain or regain custody of their children and positively enhance the future.
  • Incredible Years is an evidence-based, two-part program for children ages birth through six years. Baby & Toddler aims to promote emotional and social competence, while Preschool Basic is designed to strengthen family interactions and build school readiness skills. 
  • Pathways to Character is an ongoing program created by teachers, to help children feel confident in their own selves and in how they relate to others. In this program, children learn the importance of trustworthiness, open-mindedness, fairness, citizenship, honesty, respect, self-reliance and caring.
  • Ready, Set, Read! accepts participants on a rolling basis - this literacy program is geared toward the whole family and taps into brain development, learning styles, vocabulary, comprehension and more. (P.S., speaking of reading- stay tuned next week for a big announcement about Read Across America Day!)
  • Just For Teens kicked off early this month, with another session beginning March 1 - this program for pregnant and parenting teenagers focuses on support, not judgement, and builds their confidence and skills both as parents and individuals.
  • Triple P begins February 23 - this gentle parenting program covers topics like bedtime routines, hassle-free shopping, managing aggression and discipline strategies.
  • Monthly family engagement workshops covering topics like crisis & trauma, work/life balance and positive discipline. For a full schedule or to register, click here!
  • OneNY Safe Virtual Challenge: This is a year-long event by OneNY, where participants can commit to running, walking or biking anywhere from 31 to 2,021 miles throughout the year. This event is not only a great way to get outside safely and with purpose, but each registration can also support a charity or nonprofit of your choice. Team EPIC is off and running (literally and figuratively) so we hope you'll join us!

In gratitude,

Tara N. Burgess, Executive Director
and the entire EPIC team