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Apply for the EI Collective before December 20th!

EI Collective: Attuned & Intentional - reflective practice group opportunity from EITP

EITP is proud to support another offering of the Illinois professional development opportunity, EI Collective: Attuned and Intentional, that encourages and strengthens the practice of early interventionists by fortifying their support, fostering team cohesion, mitigating stress and compassion fatigue, and providing a space for contemplation and critical thinking.

Through 7 engagements with team facilitators, participants will focus on establishing relationships that encourage the growth and development of the interventionists and who they engage within their EI practice. A guided process promotes discussing, questioning, planning, and decision-making using the expertise of team members and other professionals. The purpose is to collectively ‘see’ an event, experience, or person as clearly as possible without judgment, criticism, or praise.

Each of these activities supports the interventionists’ ability to increase awareness and appreciation of themselves and the work being done. As interventionists engage in these practices, the capacity to honor and cherish their strengths while exposing and working on their vulnerabilities will continue cultivating a foundation for ongoing personal and professional growth and improving the quality of EI services.

Intended for intermediate-level learners who are active EI providers supporting Illinois families. See the Application’s Detail section for more information.

EI Collective Requirements

  • Interested participants should submit an application before December 20th to be a part of an active collective that will meet 1-2 times per month. The first session will be an introductory session lasting one and a half hours, with the additional sessions lasting two hours.
  • Participants should be prepared to share self-reflection/personal/work experiences and engage in active listening with reflective responses.
  • Participants will participate virtually by computer or tablet (not by phone) with access to audio, microphone for speaking, and video camera for live video image projection, and to be in a location where they can participate fully and confidentially for each session.
  • Participants will receive a copy of the book Pause and Reflect: Your Guide to a Deeper Understanding of Early Intervention Practice by Dana C. Childress, Ph.D., with the expectation of reading and completing the activities associated with the book separately and before sessions.

It is recommended that participants have prior knowledge of the Mission of EI, Division of Early Childhood (DEC) Recommended Practices, Illinois EI Principles, elements of the coaching approach, and adult learning principles.


There will be 4 cohorts available.  All times listed are central standard time (CST).

Option 1: 
Tuesday Morning Cohort
Option 2: 
Wednesday Morning Cohort
  • Feb. 20, 2024 9:00-10:30 am (central)
  • March 5, 2024 9:00-11:00 am
  • March 19, 2024 9:00-11:00 am
  • April 9, 2024 9:00-11:00 am
  • April 23, 2024 9:00-11:00 am
  • May 7, 2024 9:00-11:00 am
  • May 21, 2024 9:00-11:00 am
  • Feb. 21, 2024 9:00-10:30 am (central)
  • March 6, 2024 9:00-11:00 am
  • March 20, 2024 9:00-11:00 am
  • April 10, 2024 9:00-11:00 am
  • April 24, 2024 9:00-11:00 am
  • May 8, 2024 9:00-11:00 am
  • May 22, 2024 9:00-11:00 am
Option 3: 
Wednesday Afternoon Cohort
Option 4: 
Thursday Morning Cohort
  • Feb 21, 2024 1:00-2:30 pm (central)
  • March 6, 2024 1:00-3:00 pm
  • March 20, 2024 1:00-3:00 pm
  • April 10, 2024 1:00-3:00 pm
  • April 24, 2024 1:00-3:00 pm
  • May 8, 2024 1:00-3:00 pm
  • May 22, 2024 1:00-3:00 pm
  • Feb. 22, 2024 9:00-10:30 am (central)
  • March 7, 2024 9:00-11:00 am
  • March 21, 2024 9:00-11:00 am
  • April 11, 2024 9:00-11:00 am
  • April 25, 2024 9:00-11:00 am
  • May 9, 2024 9:00-11:00 am
  • May 23, 2024 9:00-11:00 am

EI Credit

EITP is an approved sponsor of CEs towards IDPR licensures for Dietitian/Nutrition, LCPC, OT, PT, Social Work, and SLP.

Attendance and participation at a minimum of 6 of 7 sessions is required for any EI credit.  Up to 13.5 hours of contact hours and EI credit will be awarded as follows:

  • 3 hours in Working with Families
  • 3 hours in Intervention
  • 2 hours in Atypical Child Development
  • 2 hours in Typical Child Development
  • 3.5 hours in Assessment

Financial Support

EITP will financially support participants at the participant’s Early Intervention state rate. Attendance and participation at a minimum of 6 of 7 EI Collective sessions is required for any financial support. Individual financial support is based on the number of sessions attended.


Questions about this opportunity can be emailed to Maria Matticks, EITP Professional Development and Technical Assistance Specialist.

Applications are Due Wednesday, December 20th

For further information about the EI Collective or to submit your application, please open our EI Collective Application.


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