Continuing Education Courses

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Webinar – Importance of Early Relational Health in the Care of Pediatric Patients

Friday April 19, 2024 | 9:00am – 11:00am

FREE for T2K/GAT therapists, as well as those outside of T2K/GAT!

2 CEUs/CCUs approved by TSHA, TOTA and TPTA

Facilitator: Umber Darilek PhD, RN, IBCLC

Dr. Darilek is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Pediatrics at UT Health San Antonio. She is an experienced NICU nurse and researcher of early relational health interventions from an implementation science lens.

Description: This is a class on the importance of early relational health in pediatric care environments. First we will discuss the problem of toxic stress and ACES that children with complex medical diagnoses can experience in medical care. Then we will discuss what early relational health can do to buffer the stress and interrupt trauma while strengthening primary relationships in early childhood and how this affects brain architecture. I will describe how early relational health has been implemented in the NICU clinical setting, the elements of it, and the research supporting it. I conclude with how to asses the risk for needing further intervention, and there will be a question and answer session at the end.


Following this course, participants will be able to…

1. Describe the involvement of the Vagus nerve in stress mediation.
2. Discuss the impact of medical separation from parents and painful procedures in the care of children with complex medical diagnoses.
3. Define early relational health.
4. Name three early relational health interventions.
5. Describe how early relational health interventions buffer children and their primary caregivers from the effects of toxic stress, and how it relates to brain architecture.
6. Name the domains of early relational health assessment, so that they can observe the families in their own care.


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