2014 Early On Faculty Colloquium - FULL


June 02, 2014


Grand Valley State University Downtown – Pew Campus DeVos Center
Loosemoore Auditorium
401 W. Fulton
Grand Rapids, MI 49504

401 W. Fulton
Grand Rapids, MI 49504


Registration begins at 8:45 AM
Training is from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Continental Breakfast will be served.
Lunch will be served.




2014 Early On® Faculty Colloquium: Supporting the Preservice Preparation of Personnel for Family-Centered, Transdisciplinary Practices in Natural Environments

Featuring: Robin McWilliam, Ph.D., Director of the Siskin Center for Child and Family Research,The Siskin Endowed Chair of Research in Early Childhood Education, Development and Intervention

Dr. McWilliam also has an appointment as Professor of Education at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and an adjoint professor of special education at Vanderbilt University.  He has formerly been a Professor of Pediatrics at the Vanderbilt Medical Center, a Senior Scientist at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute. Dr. McWilliam’s research centers on infants, toddlers, and preschoolers with and without disabilities, with a special focus on child engagement, service delivery models, and collaboration with families.  He has provided consultation, training, and technical assistance across the United States and in some countries overseas on providing early intervention in natural environments.  His Routines-Based Interview (RBI) is a widely used method of assessing families’ needs and developing individualized family service plan (IFSP) outcomes and individualized education program (IEP) goals.

Informative topics include:

  • Morning:  Tools to Prepare Students for Home Visiting
    • Some people think home visiting involves professionals working with the child on the living-room floor. No more. Current thinking about home visits emphasizes “family consultation” in the context of everyday routines. This session will discuss how we guide practitioners to this way of working, with practices faculty can present to their students.
  • Afternoon:  Functional Outcomes Come From Functional Assessment
    • How do we get functional child outcomes? We do functional assessment? How do we do functional assessment? We interview the child’s natural caregivers? How do we interview? We follow the protocol of the Routines-Based Interview. Back to outcomes, then: How do you write them? As participation-based outcomes with criteria.
  • Closing:  Why Can't We Just Bowl Alone?
    • Faculty need to prepare students for a working world involving other disciplines. They also need to prepare students to be the primary service provider. What are the key collaboration practices with which faculty can prepare students? What are the ingredients of transdisciplinary service delivery and how can they be prepared in personnel prep programs?

A wonderful opportunity for faculty and providers in social work, early childhood, infant mental health, special education, speech/language pathology, physical therapy, occupational therapy, nursing, and other early intervention disciplines.

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Colloquium Agenda

Applying for Student/Parent Discounted Rates:

Student Rate: $25.00 
Ten (10) scholarships awarded to first 10 students to register.

Students who wish to attend and receive the discounted rate must provide documentation on university letterhead indicating their enrollment at the college or university.

Parent Rate: $30.00

Please send requests for discounted rates and documentation to Roy Piggott at piggott_r@ccresa.org or fax it to him at (517) 668-0446.


Parking available at Fulton Lot.
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Robin McWilliam, Ph.D.

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