Have you ever wondered if you’re doing the right thing in your NICU?
If you answered yes, you’re in good company.
If you answered yes, you’re in good company.
The IGNITE Program is for OTs, PTs or SLPs in need of education and mentoring in the specialized field of neonatal therapy. Here, you’ll learn from nationally-recognized neonatal therapy mentors Chrysty Sturdivant, OTR, CLC, CNT, and Sandra Carroll, OTR, CLC, CNT, throughout this 10-month mentoring program.
IGNITE includes 10 months of self-paced, on-demand learning, featuring 13 recorded webinar trainings with your mentors. The trainings provide foundational education in the art and science of neonatal therapy and result in 16 contact hours or 1.6 CEUs for PT and OT and 1.6 ASHA CEUs for SLPs when completed.
During the IGNITE Program, you participate in 9 LIVE Group Guidance Calls (1 per month from June through February) with your mentors. Bring all of your questions to this safe learning environment and feel the relief of checking in with supportive and credible mentors.
As an online course, we’re able to bring the education you need directly TO YOU! You also receive on-demand access to trainings and recorded calls in an exclusive online learning hub.
Being part of the IGNITE Progam’s Private Facebook group (optional) allows you to connect with your mentors and colleagues in real time. Post questions, share resources and support each other through challenges.
During IGNITE, you’ll receive numerous resources to help you construct the foundational pieces for your neonatal therapy program. We’ll provide handouts, activity sheets and tools, and case studies. Need a practical way to guide your family intervention trainings? We’ve developed a scale for you. Need a job description for neonatal therapists? You’ll get that, too!
When I listen to the Ignite training and think of injustices that may have occurred through lack of knowledge and training, I can only wonder what unfortunate outcomes may have occurred. Thanks to Ignite, I pray those injustices are never repeated. Ignite teaches others to do great things when they can.
Thank you Ignite for yet another amazing Webinar. I always feel so inspired after each and every Webinar. I am so impressed with the EPPS scale you developed and am eager to start incorporating it into my practice.
Thank you for sharing this wonderful tool with us. Thank you for sharing your heartfelt motivation and insights with as well. You are such remarkable women! I am sooo grateful to you.
MEET YOUR INSTRUCTORS
Chrysty Sturdivant, OTR, CNT, Instructor for the IGNITE Program is a certified neonatal occupational therapist and practiced in NICUs in the Dallas area since the early 1990’s. Chrysty is the Vice President of the National Association of Neonatal Therapists (NANT) and serves on the NANT Professional Collaborative. She is a Member of NANT and the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). Chrysty is a wife, mother and grandmother of eight.
Sandra Carroll, OTR, CLC, CNT, C-ELBW, Trauma Informed Professional, Co-Creator and Instructor for the IGNITE Program is a neonatal occupational therapist who has had the great opportunity to have her hands on NICU babies and their families since 1993. Currently, she is an Advanced Clinical Specialist who works in a Level IV NICU. In addition, Sandra holds certifications as a Neonatal Therapist, Lactation Counselor and as a caregiver for the extremely low birth weight infant. Her most recent passion and accomplishment is becoming a Trauma Informed Professional. Her role as a neonatal therapist has also allowed Sandra and her colleagues to be the some of the first to participate in and publish research in relation to the novel use of Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES) in the neonatal population. Sandra lives in Dallas, Texas with her husband and two teenaged daughters. She spends her free time reading and being creative with flowers.
MEET YOUR MENTORS
Jenene Woods Craig, PhD, MBA, OTR/L, CNT, Mentor for the Ignite Program is the Program Director for the Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health and Development (IECD) program in the School of Psychology at Fielding Graduate University. She has enjoyed a distinguished 38-year career in leadership, management, clinical experience, and non-profit higher education.
Dr. Craig brings unique context as a seasoned neonatal occupational therapist (OT). Her professional work includes decades of emphasis in Trauma-Informed Care, infant and early childhood mental health, diversity and social justice, and parent-infant attachment. Dr. Craig’s focus is to translate interprofessional advances in the understanding of early life adversity, epigenetics and parental mental health into actionable improvements in the care of critically ill infants and families. Dr. Craig’s passion for infant mental health and the life-span impact from infancy through adulthood is revealed in her active professional organization work. Dr. Craig currently serves in leadership with the National Association of Neonatal Therapists (NANT), sits on the Board of Directors for the National Perinatal Association (NPA), and was the inaugural Co-Chair of the Neonatal Therapists National Certification Board (NTNCB). Dr. Craig’s work revolves around her own personal journey in neonatal trauma, her work as an OT, and her first passion as mother of six.
Jenny Reynolds, MS, CCC-SLP, CLC, CNT, BCS-S, Mentor for the INGITE Program is a board-certified swallowing specialist currently practicing as Advanced Clinical Specialist at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas in the Neonatal ICU. Jenny is also a certified lactation counselor and Certified Neonatal Therapist. Her research publications have been in the area of dysphagia. Jenny volunteers with Texas Speech Hearing Association Convention as a programming strand chair. Jenny is a member of the NANT professional collaborative. She is an adjunct lecturer for several speech therapy graduate programs in the Dallas area. Outside of work, Jenny serves in her community as a Court Appointed Special Advocate.
MEET YOUR SPEAKERS
Jennie Jacob, MSPT, CNT, DCS, NTMTC graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy in 2000. She entered the workforce in early intervention, and has worked in all areas of pediatrics across her career. Since 2007, Jennie has specialized in the NICU and developmental follow up for NICU graduates. She currently works in the NICU and follow up clinic at Banner University Medical Center-Tucson, as well as part time at Milk and Honey, a breast feeding and lactation therapy group where she provides outpatient therapy for children under two. She is a Certified Neonatal Therapist, a National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN) designated Developmental Care Specialist, and is certified in Neonatal Touch and Massage. Jennie was as an inaugural Member of the Neonatal Therapist National Certification Board, has been a clinical faculty member for The University of Arizona LEND program since 2014, and is a guest lecturer for NANT’s Ignite program. Even after almost 20 years as a clinician, Jennie still finds passion in her daily work in the NICU and is excited about all the opportunities that lie ahead.
Anjanette Lee, MS, CCC-SLP, CNT, NTMTC is a Speech-Language Pathologist who has been practicing in the NICU for over 25 years, receiving Newborn Individualized Developmental Care and Assessment Program (NIDCAP) certification in 1999 and then helping her NICU’s quality improvement team incorporate family centered and neuroprotective care practices as standards of care.
Anjanette is certified in Neonatal Touch & Massage and in 2017 became one of the first Certified Neonatal Therapists in the nation. Anjanette provides mentorship for other Neonatal Therapists and NICU staff both within the Memorial Hermann System and across the nation. She has co-authored chapters in Kenner & McGrath’s 1st edition of Developmental Care of Newborns & Infants, and Case-Smith and O’Brien’s 7th edition of Occupational Therapy for Children.
Anjanette serves as co-chair of the National Association of Neonatal Therapists Professional Collaborative and also serves on the NANT national conference planning committee. She is part of the teaching faculty for Education Resources Inc. and the NANT Ignite program.