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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Development of Play in Young Children

March 21, 2019 @ 12:30 PM - 4:00 PM


Free to early intervention staff. Please contact Amy Clark (413-783-5500 x116) to register or for more training information.


CEIS 2012 Competencies: 1.7, 6.4


Come learn how to support the most important occupation of children! Early intervention clinicians will discuss how to support children’s play skills and partner with families in finding fun ways to challenge and teach children new skills. This is a great workshop for those new to early intervention or who are seeking playful inspiration to guide their therapy sessions.

NOTE: Please car pool if possible as parking can be tight.  If available, on street parking is recommended.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize the characteristics, functions and importance of play in the lives of children and families.
  • Identify how children learn through play, within and across developmental domains.
  • Discuss interventions and play strategies to enhance child’s play and support family members as play partners.


Karen Pellan, DS, CEIS

Melissa Stern, MS, OTR/L, CEIS


Amy Clark
413-783-5500 x116
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Chicopee Public Library
449 Front St.
Chicopee, MA 01013 United States
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