TPC 2022 Webinar Series

Navigating the new normal: Tools For Managing Program Delivery & Working With Young Parents

The TPC has launched our 2022 Webinar Series! This was a professional development opportunity for people who work with and serve teen parents across Colorado. The series was a forum for practitioners, researchers, policymakers, advocates, and stakeholders working with pregnant and parenting teens to share expertise, network, and gain professional knowledge to improve practice and service delivery.  If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to us at

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When: Tuesday, May 3rd, 10:00 – 11:30 am MT

Who: Dr. Ruth M. Lopez— University of Houston

         Dr. Rhoda Freelon — University of Houston

What: This webinar will draw from the research of Dr. Lopez and Dr. Freelon focused on family and youth engagement and share their approach to teaching educators who work with young people and their families in a way that honors their assets, particularly those from groups who have historically been disenfranchised in the community.  Their perspective will shine a light on family engagement, a critical consideration as programs  navigate the impacts of the intersecting crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic and heightened incidences of racial injustice.

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When: Thursday, May 12th, 10:00 – 11:30 am MT
Who: Marisa Gullicksrud, LCSW — Program Director of Child First, Invest in Kids

What: Marisa Gullicksrud, Program Director with Child First, will discuss early child mental health and the crucial role of engaging in dyadic work with both child and parent to achieve good mental health outcomes.  Child First believes in supporting the mental health of the parent as a key strategy for supporting the mental health and well-being of the child.  Marisa will describe how to achieve this dynamic when working with children and their caregivers and also build awareness about the importance of meeting and addressing the social-emotional and mental health needs of young children to ensure their positive development.

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When: Friday, May 20, 11:00 – 12:30 pm MT

Who: Dr. Kayla Knopp, PhD — Clinical Research Psychologist, San Diego

What: Secondary traumatic stress is a specific type of work-related stress that results from working with an individual who has been traumatized.  As service providers work in a post-COVID-19 environment, they are addressing trauma in all facets of their work.  This webinar will present evidence-based tools and strategies that providers can begin using immediately to build their resilience and overcome the stress and trauma of their job.

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When: Wednesday, May 25, 11:00 – 12:30 pm MT


  • Kallen Thornton, MSSW, LCSW — Colorado Office of Behavorial Health, CDHS

  • Kacy Behrend, LPC, LAC — Colorado Office of Behavioral Health, CDHS

What: This webinar will start a conversation with participants about parenting, substance use, and the intersections of what we know about teen parents. Kallen Thornton and Kacy Behrend will share the important work of the Tough as Mother  campaign and the resources that are available for use through their resource map and 211-integration, including resources specific to teen parents, and provide information about substance use as it relates to young parents. They will share strategies to screen for substance use and for talking to the adolescents about those issues. Finally, the presenters will look at what is known about adolescent substance use, what types of substances are used by adolescents as compared to adults, the unique challenges mothers have as it relates to substance use, and they will address the fear and stigma adolescents face when thinking about seeking support or treatment.

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Webinar Topics:
  • Authentically Engaging Teen Parents in Service Delivery, Tuesday, May 3rd, 10:00 am – 11:30 am MT
  • Supporting Early Childhood Mental Health Through Dyadic Parent-Child Work, Thursday, May 12th, 10:00 – 11:30 am MT
  • Addressing Secondary Trauma and Promoting Staff Resiliency, Friday, May 20, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm MT
  • Tough As A Teen Parent: A Conversation About Parenting and Substance Use, Wednesday, May 25, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm MT

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