Strengthening Parent-Child Relationships Through Online and In-Person Parent Education

August 27, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm
Free, open to all
Online Webcast


Are you, as a parent educator, looking for ways to facilitate group discussion around sensitive topics that are at the forefront of our lives today? Do you wish to talk about topics such as how to talk to kids about race or how to be your child’s sexuality educator, but you find parents hesitant to openly engage in these conversations? This webcast is your opportunity to discover how to design your learning environment, whether online or in-person, to promote parental self-awareness, perspective-taking, and conceptual change.

Presenter Heather Cline, Ph.D., will outline a unique, parent education approach that will help parents examine and shift their beliefs and perspectives. She will provide tools to guide parenting behaviors and interactions that will serve as a useful guide for facilitating group discussion around sensitive topics at the forefront of our lives today. 

By attending this webcast, you will be able to:

  • Recognize how parents’ beliefs and perspectives influence their parenting behavior.
  • Facilitate group discussion through an indirect and engaging approach that holds space for divergent perspectives, and honors individual parent development.
  • Design your learning environment to promote greater self-awareness, perspective-taking, and to strengthen qualities of parent-child interaction.

This webcast will draw on elements of the Reflective Dialogue Parent Education Design (RDPED) to illustrate how videos and semi-structured, open-ended questioning may be used to engage parents in reflective processing about a multitude of topics from play and literacy to sexuality and racism. Throughout this presentation, Dr. Cline will guide you in translating this approach to your own unique work with parents, both virtually and in-person.

Approved for 1 hour of CFLE continuing education credit

About the Presenter

Heather Cline
Heather Cline, Ph.D.

Heather Cline, Ph.D., is the founder of Training+U LLC, a professional development company created to support the Reflective Dialogue Parent Education Design (RDPED). For more than a decade, Dr. Cline has been training parent educators on the RDPED through graduate courses as well as local, national, and international workshops. In addition to her work on the RDPED, Heather is a lecturer at the University of Minnesota where she teaches parent and family education in the department of Family Social Science.