Training & Professional Development
Thom Child and Family Services is committed to providing high quality early intervention services to infants, toddlers, and families across the state. We also work closely with child care professionals and provide training and consultation services to others in the early childhood community.
We feel passionately about the importance of supporting the professional development of our staff. Early Intervention is an intricate blend of disciplines and fields – early childhood development, allied health and nursing, social work, education, home visiting, service coordination, and community-based programming all come together in this family-centered system. To encourage employees to advance their professional development, Thom Child and Family Services has established two specific programs to support staff seeking training opportunities:
- The Phyllis A. Fazzio Scholarship program – an initiative supported by the Thom Child and Family Services Board of Directors which allows for advanced clinical training, or leadership and management training for experienced employees. Click here to learn more about this exciting opportunity.
- Thom Academy – a time-limited, tuition reimbursement initiative created by the agency to support ongoing professional development for all employees. Click here to learn more about this exciting opportunity.
Thom Child and Family Services takes great pride in being able to offer high quality professional development opportunities covering a wide range of topics. Training topics vary annually and are grounded in current research, supporting evidence-based practice.
For more information about professional development opportunities through Thom Child and Family Services please contact James Young, Coordinator of Continuing Education and Professional Development (508-655-5222 x139).
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Battelle Developmental Inventory Basics
February 7, 2019 @ 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Thom Child and Family Services employees only with a maximum of 18 participants. Thom programs will be charged $10 per employee sent. Please contact James Young (508-655-5222 x139) to register or for more training information.
CEIS 2012 Competencies: 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.6
The Battelle Developmental Inventory™, Second Edition (BDI-2™) is an early childhood instrument which helps measure a child’s progress along the developmental continuum by both global domains and discrete skill sets. This workshop will provide Early Intervention clinicians with basic knowledge on how to use the BDI-2™ to determine eligibility in Massachusetts Early Intervention. Topics to be discussed will include an overview of the tool, a review of administration, scoring instruction, how to interpret the results, and how to share results with families.
Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:
- Utilize the BDI-2™ testing manuals and materials.
- Demonstrate an understanding of eligibility determination for EI services in MA.
- Use the BDI-2™ in the EI setting.
- Demonstrate the ability to accurately score the BDI-2™.
Kim Chevalier, RN, BSN, CEIS, NCSN, MEd, has been a nurse for over 15 years. Her nursing experience has been focused on the pediatric population with 10 years spent in Early Intervention (EI) where she has worked with numerous families of babies born pre-term. In addition to her EI experience, she has worked for 8 years in an urban school system and 3 summers as a residential summer camp nurse. Kim is a certified Infant Massage Instructor, a CPR/First Aid Instructor, and has experience mentoring nursing students. Presently she is employed by Thom Westfield Infant Toddler Services.
Courtney Moreno, MA, CCC-SLP, is a Speech-Language Pathologist and a certified Early Intervention Specialist. She has practiced at Thom Westfield Infant Toddler Services for over ten years and serves as the programs’ SCERTS Coordinator. Courtney has a particular interest in serving children challenged by autism spectrum disorder and childhood Apraxia of speech. In addition, she has mentored numerous graduate students and Clinical Fellowship Year placements. Courtney is an experienced presenter conducting several workshops focusing on early literacy development, AAC techniques for daycare providers and specializes in supporting programs in incorporating the SCERTS model into early intervention services.
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Recently Updated Documents:
- 2.1_Home Visiting Guidelines–edited
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