ENVISAGE:

ENabling VISions And Growing Expectations

An International Research Network

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Parenting is hard work! Parenting a child with a disability brings many new challenges. ENVISAGE-Families (Enabling Visions and Growing Expectations) was our original program. We created it with, and for, parents who are new to childhood disability. ENVISAGE-Families was developed with three goals: (i) to offer parents some ways to understand modern strengths-based ideas about health and development; (ii) to learn how to communicate and collaborate with service providers; and (iii) to connect with other parents in similar life situations. Strong evidence from questionnaires and interviews shows its impact on parents’ sense of empowerment and their confidence in parenting.

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Building on extensive feedback from parents in the ENVISAGE-Families program, we have now created and are testing ENVISAGE for Service Providers (E-SP). The goals of ENVISAGE-SP are to make ENVISAGE concepts easily accessible to SPs, and offer insights into how SPs can bring these ENVISAGE concepts to life in their clinical work with children with disabilities and their families. E-SP is currently being offered as a research program, with the hope that it can be made widely available once proof of concept has been established.

Every family experiences parenting their children in a unique way. We hope that the several components of the ENVISAGE program may provide some guidance for those experiences – ideas and insights that will be useful for both families and the service providers with whom they engage. 

Enrolment for ENVISAGE-SP is now open

By service providers we mean the health professionals who families engage with – for example therapists, paediatricians, rehabilitation physicians, psychologists, social workers, and others.

We wish to engage with service providers (SPs) who work with children with developmental challenges, delays or disabilities and their families. Our aim is to evaluate a series of five online workshops for service providers. Learn more here.

If you want to join, please contact

Debbie Hughes (Canada): envisage@mcmaster.ca 

Jacky Lipson (Australia): envisage@acu.edu.au

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Time Commitment

1 hour pre-workshop preparation & 1 hour online Zoom session

Requirements

Reliable internet access & computer with a webcam (or a mobile device)

Virtual sessions

Virtual sessions with our facilitators - a service provider and a parent.

For each Workshop, you will be able to:

1. Take the short Pre-Workshop Survey 
2. View the Workshop Outline 
3. Watch the Workshop Webinars 
4. Complete the pre-session Activity Sheets
5. Access the Zoom Video Conferencing 
6. Review relevant readings, articles and web pages 
7. Let us know what you think by providing feedback after each online discussion

For each Workshop, you will be able to:

1. View the Workshop Outline 
2. Watch the Workshop Videos 
3. Complete the pre-session Activity Sheets
4. Access the Zoom Video Conferencing 
5. Review relevant readings, articles and web pages 
6. Let us know what you think by providing feedback after each online discussion

"ENVISAGE: ENabling VISions And Growing Expectations" is the copyright of P. Rosenbaum, L. Miller, C. Imms, J. Ziviani, A. Cross, V. Cavalerios, and R. Martens.(Copyright © 2019, P. Rosenbaum, L. Miller, C. Imms, J. Ziviani, A. Cross,  V. Cavalieros, and R. Martens). ENVISAGE must not be copied, distributed or used in any way without the prior written consent of McMaster University.