Webinars are such a useful and easy way to access professional developments opportunities at the click of your mouse. Here are some upcoming webinars that you may want to add to your calendar or share with staff. These are all free or low-cost and open registration from reputable sources.

Compassion Fatigue, Burnout, and the Strengths‐Based Workplace — Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at 2pm

Presented by The National Association for Addiction Professionals, this free webinar will define and distinguish health‐risks commonly experienced by Helping Professionals, specifically burnout and compassion fatigue. The webinar will emphasize both risk factors and protective factors for these stressors within individuals and organizations; and will provide a means to assess one’s personal vulnerability to these.

Learning objectives from the webinar include:

  • Define, recognize and distinguish the professional health-risks of compassion fatigue and burnout.
  • Understand the most common risk factors for the development of compassion fatigue and burnout (CFBT) among helping professionals, and assess one’s personal level of risk.
  • Describe the elements of an effective approach to recovery from compassion fatigue and burnout (CFBT).
  • Understand and cultivate a variety of research-supported protective factors against CFBT within ourselves, and within our work settings.

Engage Volunteers in New Ways — Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at 2pm

How long do volunteers usually stay with your program? Do you struggle with keeping them interested, involved and engaged? This free webinar, presented by Volunteer Match, will help you think about new strategies and help you evolve your program.

This includes:

  • Creating new roles and responsibilities for volunteers
  • Pathways for more involvement and leadership positions in your program
  • How recognition plays a role in retention
  • The importance of including continuing education and professional development to keep your volunteers engaged
  • Tools to help you evaluate your program and implement new ideas

Financial Management for Nonprofit Organizations — Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at 12pm

Unlike for profit businesses, nonprofits are not judged by their financial bottom line; instead, their value is measured by the effectiveness of their services and how successfully they achieve their mission. Yet, for most organizations, the ability to deliver effective services is dependent on sound management practices, of which financial management is an essential piece. Unfortunately, most nonprofit organizations have serious gaps and inefficiencies in their financial systems.

This webinar will cover the core differences between for profit and nonprofit financial management and will review practices that should be employed in a nonprofit organization to help them be more accountable, transparent and achieve long term sustainability.

Transition Activities that Build Young Brains, Manage Behavior — Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at 3pm

Transitions can be one of your best tools for managing behavior in your classroom management tool belt. Let’s move beyond the standard transition activities to creating innovative transitions that build brains and create community. Ellen Booth Church is well known as an expert in Circle Time and Transitions. In this webinar, she will take a look at ways we can use transitions as mini-teaching opportunities and a joyful approach to managing behavior with compassion and clarity. This free webinar is great for anyone works as a facilitator of programming in early childhood education.

Ellen will explore these topics with us:

  • How to create quick innovative interludes can positively redirect attention, calm and center, release extra energy and tension, and gently guide behavior
  • A look at the brain research that supports using transitions as innovative learning opportunities
  • The research that predicts the importance of building innovation skills in the next generation of young children
  • Ways to use transitions to nurture next generation innovators

Reading Art Enriches Writing — Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at 3pm

Explore how art and literacy are intrinsically linked and enrich each other. Participants will read children’s artwork, decode the drawings and paintings for meaning, and use the art as a springboard for many types of writing—descriptive, persuasive, expository, poetry, and narratives. Participants will have epiphanies, seeing how art inspires self-expression with vivid vocabulary, compelling characters, stunning scenes and dramatic plots. Become immersed in this creative process and be inspired to bring the insights of art enriching literacy into your school.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Dive deeply into insights from children’s artwork to extract meaning and intent
  • Use images as springboards for various types of writing
  • Explore author voice through different writer roles, transforming for different audience and presentation formats