EITP is proud to support a new Illinois professional development opportunity, EI Collective: Attuned and Intentional, that encourages and strengthens the practice of early interventionists by fortifying their support, fostering team cohesion, mitigating stress and compassion fatigue, and providing a space for contemplation and critical thinking.
Through 7 engagements with team facilitators, participants will focus on establishing relationships that encourage the growth and development of the interventionists and who they engage within their EI practice. A guided process promotes discussing, questioning, planning, and decision-making using the expertise of team members and other professionals. The purpose is to collectively 'see' an event, experience, or person as clearly as possible without judgment, criticism, or praise.
Each of these activities supports the interventionists' ability to increase awareness and appreciation of themselves and the work being done. As interventionists engage in these practices, the capacity to honor and cherish their strengths while exposing and working on their vulnerabilities will continue cultivating a foundation for ongoing personal and professional growth and improving the quality of EI services.
- Interested participants should submit an application before August 1st to be a part of an active collective that will meet 1-2 times per month. The first session will be an introductory session lasting one hour, with the additional sessions lasting two hours.
- Participants should be prepared to share self-reflection/personal/work experiences and engage in active listening with reflective responses.
- Participants will participate virtually by computer or tablet (not by phone) with access to audio, microphone for speaking, and video camera for live video image projection, and to be in a location where they can participate fully and confidentially for each session.
- Participants will receive a copy of the book Pause and Reflect: Your Guide to a Deeper Understanding of Early Intervention Practice by Dana C. Childress, Ph.D., with the expectation of reading and completing the activities associated with the book separately and before sessions.
It is recommended that participants have prior knowledge of the Mission of EI, Division of Early Childhood (DEC) Recommended Practices, Illinois EI Principles, elements of the coaching approach, and adult learning principles.
There will be 2 options for attendance, Tuesday mornings or Wednesday afternoons. All times listed are central standard time (CST).
|Tuesday Morning Cohort||Wednesday Afternoon Cohort|
- Sep 19, 2023 9:00-10:00 am (central)
- Oct 3, 2023 9:00-11:00 am
- Oct 17, 2023 9:00-11:00 am
- Oct 31, 2023 9:00-11:00 am
- Nov 14, 2023 9:00-11:00 am
- Nov 28, 2023 9:00-11:00 am
- Dec 12, 2023 9:00-11:00 am
- Sep 20, 2023 1:00-2:00 pm (central)
- Oct 4, 2023 1:00-3:00 pm
- Oct 18, 2023 1:00-3:00 pm
- Nov 1, 2023 1:00-3:00 pm
- Nov 15, 2023 1:00-3:00 pm
- Nov 29, 2023 1:00-3:00 pm
- Dec 13, 2023 1:00-3:00 pm
EITP is an approved sponsor of CEs towards IDPR licensures for Dietitian/Nutrition, LCPC, OT, PT, Social Work, and SLP.
Attendance and participation at a minimum of 6 of 7 sessions is required for any EI credit. Up to 13 hours of contact hours and EI credit will be awarded as follows:
- 3 hours in Working with Families
- 3 hours in Intervention
- 2 hours in Atypical Child Development
- 2 hours in Typical Child Development
- 3 hours in Assessment
Resources will be added to this page as they are developed and curated over time. We value the expertise everyone brings and look forward to adding to this page throughout the sessions.
The materials related to the 4Rs Model were developed by EITP from Reflective Supervision/Consultation by the Center for Early Education & Development at the University of Minnesota © 2019