• Our “real-time” online trainings are temporarily approved by Northern Lights during this time. Your attendance will be submitted to BFIS. No certificates or credit will be issued for virtual roundtables, special topic field calls, and Weikart webinars.
  • Trainings will be delivered through Zoom. It is strongly suggested that you use a device (computer or phone) with a webcam.  If you don’t have access to one, you can call in. 
  • All online trainings will be offered free to participants.
  • You must RSVP as spots are limited.
  • If you have any questions, please reach out to Tricia Pawlik-York at


To receive the link for any of the meetings listed below, use the registration form and indicate which meeting you would like to join. A Zoom link will be emailed to you ahead of the meeting time. Note that these are not considered formal trainings and will not have certificates sent to BFIS and Northern Lights.

  • Effective Use of Zoom and Virtual Programming Tools: April 13 (10:00-11:00am with Nicole Miller)
  • Planning for April Vacation Camp: April 14 (2:30-3:30 pm with Tricia Pawlik-York)
  • Supporting Staff Who Are Working From Home: April 20 (10:00-11:00am with Nicole Miller)
  • Preparing for Summer Camp: May 6 (2:30-3:30 pm with Tricia Pawlik-York)


Basic Specialized Care: Basic Specialized Care (BSC) is designed for childcare professionals working in regulated childcare programs or schools, with children who are at risk or have special needs, and their families. In this workshop participants will learn to recognize how values, beliefs, and assumptions impact the quality of our relationships with families and learn to identify risk factors, strengths and protective factors in families.
April 8 and 15, 2020; 10am-1pm *CLASS IS FULL*
Trainer: Tricia Pawlik-York

Calm and Connect: Communication is a life-long challenge. This class teaches the science of effective communication, from its deep roots in connecting to forming a message that can best be received. The teacher’s mindful inner state is the foundation.
April 16, 2020; 1:30-3pm
Trainer: Beth Martell

Supervision 101: In this workshop participants will learn tips to becoming a successful supervisor. Topics include how to effectively delegate to staff who possess varying skill and motivation levels, tips for giving effective feedback to staff, understanding the steps to successful performance reviews, and strategies for dealing with challenging staff members.
April 22, 2020; 10am-12pm *CLASS IS FULL*
Trainer: Tricia Pawlik-York

Trauma-Informed Practices for Learning at a Distance: This workshop will cover the basics of trauma-informed practices with a focus on the four priorities of a trauma-informed approach: predictability, flexibility, connection, and empowerment. Alex will focus on how a focus on these areas supports children who are affected by trauma, with examples and suggestions for how we can build relationships across the physical distance we find ourselves in.
April 23, 2020; 1-2:30pm
Trainer: Alex Shevrin Venet

SEL PQA Basics: This workshop is for those who are familiar with the YPQI assessment tools and want to learn more about the new SEL PQA program assessment tool that is now approved for use by STARS.  The Program Quality Assessment tool developed by the Weikart Center has been extended to include core content on empathy, emotion management, teamwork, responsibility, initiative and problem solving, and brings in higher-order thinking items and learning strategy items.  In this workshop participants will walk through the tool and learn more about this efficient and reliable observational tool for assessing practices that support social and emotional learning (SEL).
April 28, 2020; 10-11:30am
Trainer: Tricia Pawlik-York

Reframing Conflict: What role do you play in conflict situations with the youth in your program? Do you know how to turn a conflict situation into an opportunity for growth? This interactive workshop introduces participants to the High/Scope step-by-step model for reframing conflict as well as general principles of conflict resolution.
April 29, 2020; 1-3pm
Trainer: Alissa Faber

Youth Resiliency and Well Being:  The Youth Resiliency and Well Being workshop is an opportunity to learn more about the protective factors of youth and what it means to be resilient. We will address strategies to increase protective factors of youth, essential building blocks of resilience, and common signs of substance misuse in youth as well as resources to address substance misuse and youth mental health.  
May 13, 2020; 2-3:30pm
Trainers: Umesh Acharya and Robin Katrick

Inspiring Our Adolescents: Have you ever worked with a youth who is stuck in a pattern and seems to be struggling with their motivation to move forward in life? Have you ever wanted to help them motivate and develop leadership skills to achieve more for themselves? This workshop will change the way you think of adolescents and approach your work with them. We will explore the impacts of trauma on brain development and behavior with the intent of building understanding and empathy, and skills to move forward with folks who have experienced trauma, instead of judgment or frustration. Combined with motivational tools and empowerment practices, you will leave with skills to fuel the inspiration within our youth and young adults.
May 20, 2020; 1:30-3pm
Trainer: Matt Wolf

Igniting Leadership and Empowering Others: Moving from Challenge to Change: This workshop explores a set of leadership skills and principles that can start someone on their leadership journey, or help those already on their path to hone their skills and reflect on their practices moving forward.  We will explore the use of a strength-based lens in reflecting on our own progress as well as helping those we work with to move toward their goals for themselves and empower progress in us all. An interactive and self-reflective workshop, participants will explore their own skills and resources for moving forward, while learning how to help the people they work with to realize their strengths and capitalize on them moving forward. 
May 27, 2020; 1:30-3pm
Trainer: Matt Wolf

Child Development K-5: An overview of child development for grades K-5, this workshop will provide background information on development ages and stages of the social, emotional, physical and intellectual domains.  Tips, activities and resources for how to plan and implement afterschool activities that are developmentally appropriate will be reviewed. Participants will have time during the workshop to plan activities as well as engage in activity “deconstruction” to determine what components of an activity align with the needs of each student.
May 28, 2020; 1-3pm *CLASS IS FULL*
Trainer: Nicole Miller

Adolescent Brain Development: This workshop will provide an overview of adolescent brain development and implications for behavior and communication. Participants will learn to identify three key aspects of adolescent brain development and describe three key tactics for communicating with adolescents in different stages of development.                                                                              
June 1, 2020: 10am-12pm
Trainer: Dr. Erica Gibson

Adolescent Health and Culture: This workshop will provide an overview of the relationship between culture and health in the context of adolescent-friendly services. Participants will be able to describe the intersection of patient-centered care and cultural competency as well as utilize the framework of cultural humility to minimize bias and optimize health outcomes.       
June 15, 2020; 10am-12pm
Trainer: Dr. Erica Gibson