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Trainings and Courses

The Center for the Promotion of Social and Emotional Learning offers a wide variety of specialized training, formal education and advanced professional learning intended to help administrators, teachers and other educators improve their professional knowledge, competence, skills and effectiveness.

Not sure what you need yet? Contact CPSEL and we will work with you to develop a professional development plan based on the needs of your district or organization.

Current Offerings


SEL for Educators


Purpose

The ability to empathize is an important part of social and emotional development, affecting an individual's behavior toward others and the quality of social relationships. This training will challenge participants to examine their own empathy skills and will focus on practical and engaging activities and discussions that participants can have with their students to help develop empathy and perspective-taking in the classroom.

This training has been aligned with PA Core Standards, Academic Standards for Career Education and Work and Standards for Student Interpersonal Skills.

Objectives

Upon completion of this training participants will:

  • Be able to define empathy and how it differs from sympathy
  • Understand why empathy is important for healthy relationships
  • Understand the factors that contribute to diminished empathy
  • Become aware of their own strengths and opportunities for improvement as they relate to empathy
  • Understand the components of effective programming that cultivate empathy in students

Course Length

6.0 hours, half day, shorter workshop or series of workshops

Target Audience

This training is designed for educators and helping professionals but can be modified for parents or caregivers.

Facilities

Flexible or small group seating is preferred along with room for activities, microphone for large groups, screen, LCD projector, laptop, speakers and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this workshop.

Registration

Registration for this training is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit

Up to 6.0 hours of Act 48 and NASW

Purpose

During this workshop, participants will engage in teambuilding activities and discuss a variety of diversity topics including worldview, culture and stereotypes. The change process as it relates to prejudice will be examined, following a continuum from tolerance to affirmation. Participants will be given opportunities to develop self-awareness and practice conducting courageous conversations about race relations.

Objectives

Upon completion of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Discuss strategies for working with people from different cultural backgrounds
  • Learn to interpret common assumptions that may lead to unintended negative consequences by exploring worldview, examining bias, etc.
  • Identify and incorporate strategies for responding to bias statements, racial slurs, etc.

Course Length

Half to full day

Target Audience

The workshop is designed for all types of organizations and can be modified for various age groups as well.

Facilities

Flexible or small group seating is preferred along with room for activities, microphone for large groups, screen, LCD projector, laptop, speakers and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this workshop.

Registration

Registration for this workshop is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit

Up to 8.0 hours of Act 48

Approved ICPS trainers can offer one- and two-day training models, with customized follow-up consultation built into training contracts.

Implementation Training

I Can Problem Solve recognizes the importance of administrators, student support personnel and parents to program success. As a result, non-implementing staff members should plan to attend the implementer training or one-day training designed specifically for administrators, counselors and psychologists.

Training of Trainers

The two-day training is designed for implementers and includes either onsite or off-site coaching.

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Purpose

Social emotional learning is the process through which children and adults acquire the knowledge, attitudes and skills they need to recognize and manage their emotions, demonstrate caring and concern for others, establish positive relationships, make responsible decisions, and handle challenging situations constructively (www.CASEL.org). During this workshop participants will learn strategies to assist young children with self-management, the ability to regulate emotions, control impulses, thoughts and behaviors successfully in different situations. They will also learn specific activities to foster self-management skills and be provided with resources to work with young children.

Objectives

Upon completion of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • List effective strategies that help young children recognize, label and manage emotions
  • Identify techniques to teach young children emotional vocabulary
  • Apply strategies to assist young children with perspective taking

Course Length

1.0 to 3.0 hours

Target Audience

The workshop is designed for all helping professionals who work with young children.

Facilities

Flexible or small group seating is preferred along with room for activities, microphone for large groups, screen, LCD projector, laptop, speakers and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this workshop.

Registration

Registration for this training is the responsibility of the host school district or organization.

Continuing Education Credit

Up to 3.0 hours of Act 48

Purpose

Why is it that the smartest people are not necessarily the most successful? Research shows us time and time again that there are non-cognitive factors that can have a far greater impact than IQ on both academic and long-term success. These factors include mindset, students' beliefs about their intelligence and abilities, their habits of self-control and their reactions to everyday setbacks. This training will provide relatively simple educational and psychological interventions that target these factors and can transform students' experiences and achievements in school and in life.

Objectives

Upon completion of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Understand how a student's mindset affects academic achievement
  • Learn research based strategies for nurturing a growth mindset
  • Learn the importance of grit, self-control and deliberate practice for academic success
  • Become aware of goal-setting and planning techniques that are more likely to cultivate self-control and produce goal attainment
  • Understand the concepts of pessimism and optimism and how they affect resiliency
  • Learn basic cognitive techniques that can challenge negative thoughts and produce optimism over time

Course Length

6.0 hours, half day, shorter workshop or series of workshops

Target Audience

This training is designed for educators and helping professionals but can be modified for parents and caregivers.

Facilities

Flexible or small group seating is preferred along with room for activities, microphone for large groups, screen, LCD projector, laptop, speakers and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this workshop.

Registration

Registration for this workshop is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit

Up to 6.0 hours of Act 48 and NASW

Purpose

It is widely recognized that students are best able to focus on learning and academic success when they feel safe and respected. Therefore, positive school climate is a key factor in improving academic performance. This training will focus on the use of practical bullying prevention and intervention strategies to create an atmosphere of safety and respect for all students.

Objectives

Upon completion of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Define bullying behaviors based on the U.S. Department of Education's definition of bullying
  • Understand the importance of bullying prevention and intervention from a school safety standpoint
  • Connect bullying prevention efforts to enhancing positive school climate

Course Length

2.0 hours

Target Audience

This training is designed for school administrators, student services personnel, certified and noncertified school staff, community based school partner organizations, law enforcement and juvenile probation officers. This training is not appropriate for students of any grade.

Facilities

Flexible or small group seating is preferred along with room for activities, microphone for large groups, screen, LCD projector, laptop, speakers and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this workshop.

Registration

Registration for this workshop is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit

2.0 hours of Act 48

Purpose

When we read to children we have a wonderful opportunity to foster social and emotional learning. Shared reading allows children to connect with the reader and feel empowered by the contributions they are making to the story which stimulates their learning. Participants will learn approaches for dialoguing with children while reading which fosters oral language, vocabulary comprehension and emergent literacy skills. Participants will learn techniques for creating deeper social and emotional learning experiences for children and helping children make connections between the stories they are reading and real life events.

Objectives

Upon completion of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Recognize the importance of developing children's social emotional learning skills
  • Identify techniques for engaging children in shared book reading
  • Identify approaches for encouraging children to gain deeper meaning from the stories they hear

Course Length

Half or full day

Target Audience

This training is designed for educators, helping professionals, parents and caregivers.

Facilities

Flexible or small group seating is preferred along with room for activities, microphone for large groups, screen, LCD projector, laptop, speakers and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this workshop.

Registration

Registration for this training is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit

Up to 8.0 hours of Act 48

Purpose

Afterschool programs have long supported skill-building and positive development in children and youth and can be an effective setting for supporting SEL because of the flexibility they have in their programming. By incorporating social emotional learning programs into afterschool programs, youth benefit from improved self-perception, positive social behaviors, reductions in student discipline, and increased achievement and attendance. SEL programming in afterschool programs can also contribute to increased employability skills and career readiness. This workshop will introduce SEL skills and highlight strategies that can be implemented specifically for the OST environment.

Objectives

Upon completion of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Identify SEL competencies and curriculum features important for SEL skill development
  • Identify SEL strategies which can be implemented in the OST environment
  • List specific components of effective SEL practices in OST

Course Length

1.5 hrs or half day

Target Audience

This training is designed for educators and helping professionals who work in afterschool settings.

Pre-Requisites

None

Required Materials

None

Facilities

Flexible or small group seating is preferred along with room for activities, microphone for large groups, screen, LCD projector, laptop, speakers and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this workshop.

Registration

Registration for this training is the responsibility of the host school district or organization.

Continuing Education Credit

Up to four (4) hours of Act 48


SEL for Parents or Parent Educators


Purpose

Social emotional learning is the process through which children and adults acquire the knowledge, attitudes and skills they need to recognize and manage their emotions, demonstrate caring and concern for others, establish positive relationships, make responsible decisions and handle challenging situations constructively (www.CASEL.org). This training will focus on engaging parents to become more active in their children's education and social emotional development. Parents will learn strategies to foster social emotional learning and increase youth resilience so they are prepared with skills to thrive academically and in life.

Objectives

Upon completion of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Effective strategies to help young children recognize, label and manage emotions
  • Techniques for teaching young children emotional vocabulary
  • Strategies to assist young children with perspective taking

Course Length

1.5 hours to half day

Target Audience

This training is designed for parents or organizations who work with parents.

Facilities

Flexible or small group seating is preferred along with room for activities, microphone for large groups, screen, LCD projector, laptop, speakers and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this workshop.

Registration

Registration for this workshop is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit

Up to 4.0 hours of Act 48

I Can Problem Solve recognizes the importance of administrators, student support personnel and parents to program success. As a result, parent educators should plan to attend the one-day Raising a Thinking Child implementation training.

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Purpose

Why is it that the smartest people are not necessarily the most successful? Research shows us time and time again that there are non-cognitive factors that can have a far greater impact than IQ on both academic and long-term success. These factors include mindset, students' beliefs about their intelligence and abilities, their habits of self-control and their reactions to everyday setbacks. This training will provide relatively simple educational and psychological interventions that target these factors and can transform students' experiences and achievements in school and in life.

Objectives

Upon completion of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Understand how a student's mindset affects academic achievement
  • Learn research based strategies for nurturing a growth mindset
  • Learn the importance of grit, self-control and deliberate practice for academic success
  • Become aware of goal-setting and planning techniques that are more likely to cultivate self-control and produce goal attainment
  • Understand the concepts of pessimism and optimism and how they affect resiliency
  • Learn basic cognitive techniques that can challenge negative thoughts and produce optimism over time

Course Length

6.0 hours, half day, shorter workshop or series of workshops

Target Audience

This training is designed for educators and helping professionals but can be modified for parents and caregivers.

Facilities

Flexible or small group seating is preferred along with room for activities, microphone for large groups, screen, LCD projector, laptop, speakers and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this workshop.

Registration

Registration for this workshop is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit

Up to 6.0 hours of Act 48 and NASW

Purpose

Social emotional learning is the process through which children and adults acquire the knowledge, attitudes and skills they need to recognize and manage their emotions, demonstrate caring and concern for others, establish positive relationships, make responsible decisions and handle challenging situations constructively. When we read to children we have a wonderful opportunity for fostering social emotional learning. Shared reading allows children to connect with the reader and feel empowered by the contributions they are making to the story, which stimulates their learning.

Participants will learn skills for engaging children in shared book reading; approaches for dialoguing with children while reading to foster oral language, vocabulary comprehension and emergent literacy skills. Techniques to create deeper social emotional learning experiences for children will also be covered, including: studying the story illustrations and asking children how characters might feel, discussing alternatives to how a character might feel, asking children how they might feel in a similar situation, asking open-ended questions which allow the child to do the thinking and questions that help children make connections between stories they are reading and real life events.

Objectives

Upon completion of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Recognize the importance of developing children's social emotional learning skills
  • Identify techniques for engaging children in shared book reading
  • Identify approaches for encouraging children to gain deeper meaning from the stories they hear

Course Length

Half or full day

Target Audience

The training is designed for organizations, school counselors, parents, school districts faculty and staff.

Facilities

Flexible or small group seating is preferred along with room for activities, microphone for large groups, screen, LCD projector, laptop, speakers and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this workshop.

Registration

Registration for this training is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit

Up to 8.0 hours of Act 48

Purpose

Social and emotional learning is the way in which a child experiences, expresses and manages emotions. This workshop will familiarize participants with a social and emotional learning program called, I Can Problem Solve (ICPS), and the parent program, Raising a Thinking Child (RaTC), developed by Dr. Myrna Shure. The ICPS program teaches young children how to think, not what to think, so they are more capable of making responsible decisions.

Objectives

Upon completion of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Explore how the Raising a Thinking Child (RaTC) program may enhance parenting skills and foster youth social and emotional development
  • Offer strategies that parents can use for dialoguing with children to teach them the skills necessary for problem solving

Course Length

1.5 to 3.0 hours

Target Audience

This training is designed for educators, helping professionals, parents and caregivers.

Facilities

Flexible or small group seating is preferred along with room for activities, microphone for large groups, screen, LCD projector, laptop, speakers and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this workshop.

Registration

Registration for this workshop is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit

Up to 3.0 hours of Act 48


SEL in the Workplace


Purpose

The majority of research on bullying focuses on its prevalence, causes and appropriate prevention and intervention responses for school-aged children. However, recent studies examine bullying behaviors that are exhibited by preschool-aged children. Preschool children, like older children, are capable of direct and indirect bullying behaviors. Young children who are victimized by their peers report being fearful of other children, are vulnerable to future episodes of victimization and are anxious about going to school. Participants in this workshop will learn bullying prevention strategies tailored for early childhood and will examine approaches to enhance their social and emotional learning.

Objectives

Upon completion of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Identify 3 criteria that make up difficult conversations
  • Examine intent versus impact on communication
  • Reframe conversations, utilizing a third person learning approach and listening with curiosity
  • Identify strategies for problem-solving

Course Length

2 hours or half day

Target Audience

This training is designed for adults in any type of group setting or organization.

Pre-Requisites

None

Required Materials

None

Facilities

Flexible or small group seating is preferred along with room for activities, microphone for large groups, screen, LCD projector, laptop, speakers and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this workshop.

Registration

Registration for this training is the responsibility of the host school district or organization.

Continuing Education Credit

Up to four (4) hours of Act 48

Purpose

Compassion fatigue is a state of physical and emotional exhaustion often coupled with increased cynicism and feelings of professional ineffectiveness. It happens slowly over time when professionals are exposed to the traumatic stories of their clients. Education about compassion fatigue is a protective factor and early detection can prevent symptoms from reaching incapacitating levels. Participants in this workshop will explore the signs and symptoms of the onset of compassion fatigue and will learn about prevention techniques and self-care strategies.

Objectives

Upon completion of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Understand the characteristics of compassion fatigue (CF), secondary traumatic stress (STS) and vicarious trauma
  • Understand how and why CF, STS and vicarious trauma develop
  • Be aware of who is most at risk for developing CF
  • Understand what happens to educator effectiveness if CF goes untreated
  • Be able to identify self-care practices and personal areas for growth

Course Length

3.0 hours, 2.0 hours or 90 minutes

Target Audience

It is designed for helping professionals and emergency responders.

Facilities

Flexible or small group seating is preferred along with room for activities, microphone for large groups, screen, LCD projector, laptop, speakers and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this workshop.

Registration

Registration for this workshop is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit

Up to 3.0 hours of Act 48

Purpose

Many people and organizations view conflict as something to be avoided. Yet conflict, differences and disagreements are natural results of people working together. Conflict can also be a catalyst that brings about necessary change: without it, teams can become complacent and not perform at optimum levels. This workshop explores the nature of conflict, the ways people handle it and new strategies that will help bring about stronger working relationships and better solutions and ideas.

Objectives

Upon completion of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Understand the impact of conflict in the workplace
  • Identify their conflict styles and learn the benefits and limitations of each style
  • Learn strategies for managing conflict effectively in the workplace

Course Length

6.0 hours, half day, shorter workshop or series of workshops

Target Audience

This workshop is designed for all working professionals.

Facilities

Flexible or small group seating is preferred along with room for activities, microphone for large groups, screen, LCD projector, laptop, speakers and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this workshop.

Registration

None

Purpose

When people engage in constructive activities and are provided with opportunities to practice decision making, to explore their sense of purpose and develop interpersonal competence, an individual's chances for a more functional life may increase. Participants will explore the sequential progression of interpersonal and collaborative skills developed through various teambuilding activities which are necessary to create a positive learning and working environment and develop an understanding of teambuilding initiatives via experiential activities.

Objectives

Upon completion of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Define the sequential progression of interpersonal and collaborative skills developed through various teambuilding activities which are necessary to create a positive interpersonal environment
  • Comprehend the components of successful teambuilding practices
  • Develop an understanding of teambuilding initiatives via experiential activities
  • Design professional strategies for creating a positive relational environments

Course Length

Half to full day

Target Audience

The training is designed for all types of organizations and can be modified for various age groups as well.

Facilities

Flexible or small group seating is preferred along with room for activities, microphone for large groups, screen, LCD projector, laptop, speakers and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this workshop.

Registration

Registration for this workshop is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit

Up to 8.0 hours of Act 48

Purpose

Social emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire the knowledge, attitudes, and skills they need to recognize and manage their emotions, demonstrate caring and concern for others, establish positive relationships, make responsible decisions, and handle challenging situations constructively. During this workshop, participants will examine how SEL skills impact the workplace and identify strategies for developing and maintaining healthy work and personal life balance. Growth mindset, learned optimism, perspective-taking and effective problem-solving strategies will be discussed with opportunity for group and personal reflection and applied learning.

Objectives

Upon completion of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • List strategies to build social and emotional competence and find balance in the workplace
  • Identify why positive relationships and effective problem-solving strategies at work increase job satisfaction, employee engagement and performance

Course Length

1.5hrs or half day

Target Audience

The training is designed for all types of organizations and schools.

Pre-Requisites

None

Required Materials:

None

Facilities

Flexible or small group seating is preferred along with room for activities, microphone for large groups, screen, LCD projector, laptop, speakers and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this workshop.

Registration

Registration for this training is the responsibility of the host school district or organization.

Continuing Education Credit

Up to four (4) hours of Act 48


Bullying Prevention


Purpose

This training will provide an introductory level overview of bullying behaviors, including cyberbullying, examine the roles individuals play in bullying situations and provide insight into the possible academic and health effects on all who participate in or observe bullying situations. Participants will be introduced to bullying prevention best practices designed to improve overall school climate.

Objectives

Upon completion of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Understand how bullying behavior impacts today's students and their school environment
  • Recognize possible academic and health effects for students involved in bullying
  • Identify the elements of an effective bullying prevention training

Course Length

3.0 hours (full training) or 60-90 minutes (overview only)

Target Audience

This training is designed for school administrators, student services personnel, certified and noncertified school staff, community based school partner organizations, law enforcement and juvenile probation officers. This training is not appropriate for students of any grade.

Facilities

Flexible or small group seating is preferred along with room for activities, microphone for large groups, screen, LCD projector, laptop, speakers and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this workshop.

Registration

Registration for this workshop is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit

Up to 3.0 hours of Act 48

Purpose

This training will provide in-depth examination of bullying prevention best practices designed to improve overall school climate with a focus on the vital role adults play in preventing and responding to school based acts of bullying – an overview of the Olweus Bullying Prevention Training will be provided as one example of a research based bullying prevention training designed to reduce bullying behaviors and improve school climate. The training will also focus on practical tools and strategies to engage parents and community partners in bullying prevention efforts.

Objectives

Upon completion of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Understand how effective bullying prevention training results in improved school climate
  • Recognize the elements of an effective bullying prevention training
  • Identify tools and strategies to engage parents and community partners in bullying prevention efforts

Course Length

3.0 hours (full training) or 60-90 minutes (overview only)

Target Audience

This training is designed for school administrators, student services personnel, certified and noncertified school staff, community based school partner organizations, law enforcement and juvenile probation officers. This training is not appropriate for students of any grade

Facilities

Flexible or small group seating is preferred along with room for activities, microphone for large groups, screen, LCD projector, laptop, speakers and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this workshop.

Registration

Registration for this workshop is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit

Up to 3.0 hours of Act 48

Purpose

This training will focus on what parents and caregivers can do to help children understand the impact of bullying on bystanders, children who bully and children who are bullied. The training will examine the roles individuals play in bullying situations and provide insight into the possible academic and health effects on all who participate in or observe bullying situations. Specific information will be provided to give parents and caregivers tips to help children and youth understand their role in countering bullying.

Objectives

Upon completion of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Understand how bullying behavior impacts today's students and their school environment
  • Recognize possible academic and health effects for students involved in bullying
  • Identify effective tips to help children and youth respond to bullying

Course Length

3.0 hours (full training) or 60-90 minutes (overview only)

Target Audience

This training is designed for school administrators, student services personnel, certified and noncertified school staff, community based school partner organizations, law enforcement, juvenile probation officers, parents and caregivers. This training is not appropriate for students of any grade.

Facilities

Flexible or small group seating is preferred along with room for activities, microphone for large groups, screen, LCD projector, laptop, speakers and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this workshop.

Registration

Registration for this workshop is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit

Up to 3.0 hours of Act 48

Purpose

It is widely recognized that students are best able to focus on learning and academic success when they feel safe and respected. Therefore, positive school climate is a key factor in improving academic performance. This training will focus on the use of practical bullying prevention and intervention strategies to create an atmosphere of safety and respect for all students.

Objectives

Upon completion of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Define bullying behaviors based on the U.S. Department of Education's definition of bullying
  • Understand the importance of bullying prevention and intervention from a school safety standpoint
  • Connect bullying prevention efforts to enhancing positive school climate

Course Length

2.0 hours

Target Audience

This training is designed for school administrators, student services personnel, certified and noncertified school staff, community based school partner organizations, law enforcement and juvenile probation officers. This training is not appropriate for students of any grade.

Facilities

Flexible or small group seating is preferred along with room for activities, microphone for large groups, screen, LCD projector, laptop, speakers and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this workshop.

Registration

Registration for this workshop is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit

2.0 hours of Act 48

Purpose

Cyberbullying involves the use of digital communication devices, including cell phones and Internet, to send damaging words or images intended to harass, harm, embarrass and humiliate a victim. Relational aggression is manipulation intended to harm or control another person's ability to maintain healthy relationships with their peers. It is a more subtle form of bullying which includes exclusion, manipulation, rumors and gossip. Participants in this training will learn cyber lingo and common forms of bullying using technology such as computers and cell phones. Strategies to reduce both cyberbullying and relational aggression will be explored along with the legal ramifications of this type of bullying behavior.

Objectives

Upon completion of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Understand the legal ramifications for people engaging in cyberbullying
  • Explore the ramifications of relational aggression and learn strategies for reducing this form of bullying

Course Length

1.5 hour to half day

Target Audience

This training is designed for educators and helping professionals but can be modified for parents and caregivers.

Facilities

Flexible or small group seating is preferred along with room for activities, microphone for large groups, screen, LCD projector, laptop, speakers and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this workshop.

Registration

Registration for this workshop is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit

Up to 4.0 hours of Act 48

Purpose

The majority of research on bullying focuses on its prevalence, causes and appropriate prevention and intervention responses for school-aged children. However, recent studies examine bullying behaviors that are exhibited by preschool-aged children. Preschool children, like older children, are capable of direct and indirect bullying behaviors. Young children, who are victimized by their peers, report being fearful of other children, are vulnerable to future episodes of victimization and are anxious about going to school. Participants in this workshop will learn bullying prevention strategies tailored for early childhood and will examine approaches to enhance their social and emotional learning.

Objectives

Upon completion of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Define aggressive behaviors in pre-school and young children that may be a form of bullying
  • List strategies for how adults should address aggression and bullying behavior in young children
  • List support strategies for bullying prevention in young children
  • Identify evidenced-based programs to enhance pro-social skills including empathy in young children

Course Length

1.5 to 3.0 hours

Target Audience

The workshop is designed for all helping professionals who work with young children.

Facilities

Flexible or small group seating is preferred along with room for activities, microphone for large groups, screen, LCD projector, laptop, speakers and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this workshop.

Registration

Registration for this workshop is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit

Up to 3.0 hours of Act 48

Purpose

Cyberbullying involves the use of digital communication devices, including cell phones and Internet, to send damaging words or images intended to harass, harm, embarrass and humiliate a victim. Sexting (the combination of sex and texting) is the act of sending sexually explicit messages or photos electronically, primarily between cell phones. In the United States, 85 percent of teens and young adults (13-29) send text messages and one in five teenage girls have sent or posted a nude or seminude photo (The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, 2008). Participants will explore the social and emotional consequences of sexting and cyberbullying and learn about common social media sites which may be risky for youth. Common forms of bullying using technology such as computers, gaming platforms and cell phones will also be explored. Participants will understand the legal ramifications for people engaging in sexting and cyberbullying and learn strategies to educate youth about the consequences of negative cyber behavior.

Objectives

Upon completion of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Examine common forms of bullying using technology such as computers and cell phones
  • Use strategies to educate youth about the consequences of their cyber behavior

Course Length

1.5 hours to half day

Target Audience

This training is designed for educators, helping professionals, parents and caregivers. It can also be modified for youth.

Facilities

Flexible or small group seating is preferred along with room for activities, microphone for large groups, screen, LCD projector, laptop, speakers and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this workshop.

Registration

Registration for this workshop is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit

Up to 4.0 hours of Act 48

Purpose

As educators, we have heard a great deal about the importance of bullying prevention and intervention during the school day and the out-of-school time (OST) setting. We know the detrimental effects that bullying can have on all those involved and yet, we are often left wondering how to put this research into practice. How do you empower bystanders who witness bullying? How do you cultivate empathy in children who bully others? And how do you support parents so that they can help keep their children safe? In this training, we will move beyond general guidelines and bullying statistics and provide actual tips, techniques and lesson plans that can be used in your school and/or OST program to cultivate a safe environment where students can learn, develop strong relationships and have fun.

Objectives

Upon completion of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Use strategies to empower bystanders who witness bullying
  • Employ techniques to cultivate empathy in youth who engage in bullying behavior
  • Support parents
  • Put techniques and lesson plans into action in school and/or OST programs

Course Length

1.5 to 3.0 hours

Target Audience

The training is designed for OST program staff, and school district faculty and staff.

Facilities

Flexible or small group seating is preferred along with room for activities, microphone for large groups, screen, LCD projector, laptop, speakers and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this workshop.

Registration

Registration for this workshop is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit

Up to 3.0 hours of Act 48

Purpose

When bullying happens the majority of youth are on the sidelines, not taking an active role in the bullying behavior but not actively stopping it either. Bystanders often feel unsafe, powerless to change things and remorseful if they do nothing to stop bullying behavior. Youth who participate in this workshop will learn strategies for reacting in positive and proactive ways when bullying is witnessed directly or indirectly. Bullying prevention initiatives are most successful when there is a focus on empowering bystanders to safely intervene and promote a safe and respectful environment.

Objectives

Upon completion of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Explore the cycle of bullying and define bullying behavior
  • Examine social norms for pro social bystander behavior in bullying scenarios
  • Discuss strategies for proactively intervening when peer abuse occurs

Course Length

1.5 hour to half day

Target Audience

The workshop is designed for youth in grades 5-8.

Facilities

Flexible or small group seating is preferred along with room for activities, microphone for large groups, screen, LCD projector, laptop, speakers and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this workshop.

Registration

Registration for this workshop is the responsibility of the host organization.

Certificate

A participation/completion certificate will be available.


Suicide Prevention


Purpose

Lifelines Prevention program is a comprehensive school based approach to adolescent suicide prevention. The Lifelines prevention program consists of four components: administrative readiness consultation, training for school faculty and staff, a parent workshop and student curriculum. The Lifelines Prevention program targets the entire school community by providing suicide awareness materials for administrators, faculty and staff, parents and students. The main goal of the Lifelines Prevention programs is to assist everyone in the school community with recognizing when a student is at potential risk of suicide and helping them to understand how and where to access help.

Objectives

Upon completion of this training participants will be able to instruct faculty and staff on how to respond initially to potentially suicidal students and know how to obtain help rapidly for them to increase the likelihood that

  • Members of the school community can more readily identify potentially suicidal adolescents
  • Troubled adolescents are aware of and have immediate access to helping resources and seek such help as an alternative to suicidal actions

Course Length

Half to full day

Target Audience

The training is designed for faculty and staff.

Required Materials

The Lifelines Prevention Curriculum must be purchased by the participants. Purchasing information is available at the Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide website.

Facilities

Flexible or small group seating is preferred along with room for activities, microphone for large groups, screen, LCD projector, laptop, speakers and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this workshop.

Registration

Registration for this workshop is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit

Up to 8.0 hours of Act 48

Purpose

Lifelines Intervention is a school based three tiered intervention model to prevent suicide. The first tier involves early identification and assessment of at-risk students, the second tier includes referral to community resources for additional support services and the third tier enhances protective factors which increase resilience and provide defense against stressors.

Objectives

Upon completion of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Provide context for contemporary societal values and attitudes about suicide by reviewing suicide from a historical perspective
  • Highlight the role of personal values and experiences in the assessment and intervention process
  • Present epidemiological information about suicide risk to facilitate early identification of at-risk students
  • Review a protocol for an assessment interview
  • Outline strategies for engaging students and parents in the assessment and referral process
  • Call attention to special categories of students who may be at an elevated suicide risk

Course Length

Full day

Target Audience

The training is designed for school counselors, school psychologists, school psychiatrists and mental health liaisons.

Required Materials

The Lifelines Prevention Curriculum must be purchased by the participants. Purchasing information is available at the Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide website.

Facilities

Flexible or small group seating is preferred along with room for activities, microphone for large groups, screen, LCD projector, laptop, speakers and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this workshop.

Registration

Registration for this workshop is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit

Up to 8.0 hours of Act 48

Purpose

Lifelines Postvention is a comprehensive program that helps school communities respond to adolescent suicide and other traumatic death. The Lifelines Postvention program focuses on school response with practical and specific guidelines, addresses the developmental needs of elementary, middle and high school students, targets identified needs of competent community members and aligns with best practices in comprehensive safe schools planning. Lifelines Postvention outlines a research based model to assist in the development of policies and procedures for structuring the school's response and presents a toolbox of practical response options that reflects the developmental needs of students.

Objectives

Upon completion of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Describe the history and evaluation results of Lifelines Postvention
  • Review theoretical foundation of the Lifelines Postvention model
  • Clarify the roles of competent community members in postvention
  • Outline the roles and responsibilities of the crisis team
  • Identify situations that present postvention challenges
  • Use the Lifelines Postvention resources found in the manual and on the CD-ROM

Course Length

Half to full day

Target Audience

The training is designed for faculty and staff.

Required Materials

The Lifelines Prevention Curriculum must be purchased by the participants. Purchasing information is available at the Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide website.

Facilities

Flexible or small group seating is preferred along with room for activities, microphone for large groups, screen, LCD projector, laptop, speakers and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this workshop.

Registration

Registration for this workshop is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit

Up to 8.0 hours of Act 48

Purpose

Act 71 of 2014 requires school staff to receive four hours of suicide awareness and prevention training every five years, beginning with the 2015-16 school year. This training, conducted by certified Lifelines™ trainers, meets Act 71 requirements. Lifelines™ is a comprehensive program that helps school communities prevent and respond to adolescent suicide and other traumatic death. The Suicide Awareness and Prevention training focuses on school response with practical and specific guidelines, addresses the developmental needs of elementary, middle and high school students, targets identified needs of competent community members and aligns with best practices in comprehensive safe schools planning. This training will equip participants with the knowledge required by Act 71 of 2014.

Objectives

Upon completion of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Provide suicide awareness for all staff
  • Recognize the risks associated with suicide for students
  • Provide best practices information on reporting and response
  • Review sample best practice suicide policy guidelines and best practices in age appropriate prevention for each grade level
  • Provide strategies for intervening, providing appropriate resources and referring for additional help from competent community members

Course Length

4.0 hours or two part series, each 2.0 hours

Target Audience

The training is designed for administrators, crisis team members, faculty and staff.

Facilities

Flexible or small group seating is preferred along with room for activities, microphone for large groups, screen, LCD projector, laptop, speakers and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this workshop.

Registration

Registration for this workshop is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit

Up to 4.0 hours of Act 48


Youth Crime and Violence Prevention


Purpose

Energy drink companies have fostered an eclectic audience for the myriad of caffeinated beverages on the market today. Youth engaged in this workshop will explore energy drink ads and examine the techniques used by companies to make their products appealing to youth and other target audiences. Additionally, youth will explore the anatomy of the energy drink and identify the health risks of these beverages, especially when they are consumed by children and adolescents.

Objectives

Upon completion of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Decode advertisements to determine the target audience, language, subtext and visual
  • Explore the contents of energy drinks and determine the effects of excessive caffeine and vitamins
  • Construct advertisements for self-designed energy drink ads incorporating the tricks of the trade

Course Length

1.5 hour to half day

Target Audience

The training is designed for youth in grades 6-8.

Required Materials

The Lifelines Prevention Curriculum must be purchased by the participants. Purchasing information is available at the Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide website.

Facilities

Flexible or small group seating is preferred along with room for activities, microphone for large groups, screen, LCD projector, laptop, speakers and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this workshop.

Registration

Registration for this workshop is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit

Up to 8.0 hours of Act 48

Purpose

Participants will learn about popular social media sites, apps, video games and Internet hot spots that captivate children. There are certain genres of games that have the potential to become addictive and those genres will be explored as well as the observable behaviors in youth that may be warning signs of compulsive behavior. Additionally, participants will learn about free and affordable parental controls available on the market.

Objectives

Upon completion of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Discuss why youth are drawn to technology and the technology they use most
  • Examine observable behavior that may indicate compulsive use of technology
  • Understand the parental controls for various technology
  • Discuss strategies to assist youth who are using technology in excess

Course Length

1.5 hours to half day

Target Audience

This training is designed for educators, helping professionals, parents and caregivers.

Facilities

Flexible or small group seating is preferred along with room for activities, microphone for large groups, screen, LCD projector, laptop, speakers and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this workshop.

Registration

Registration for this workshop is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit

Up to 4.0 hours of Act 48

Purpose

Seventeen million children under the age of 18 live with alcoholism in their homes in the United States (National Association for Children of Alcoholics). These children will have different life experiences such as disorder, confusion, inconsistency and uncertainty. This training will discuss risk factors for youth and adolescents from dysfunctional families, specifically homes where a family member suffers from the disease of addiction. Participants will explore how these children avoid stress and cope with their familial environments and learn strategies for working successfully with these youth.

Objectives

Upon completion of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Examine characteristics of dysfunctional/struggling families
  • Identify strategies for working with children in dysfunctional homes
  • Identify resources for pregnant women and families struggling with substance abuse
  • Examine approaches for communicating about substance use/abuse

Course Length

1.5 hours to half day

Target Audience

The training is designed for educators and helping professionals.

Facilities

Flexible or small group seating is preferred along with room for activities, microphone for large groups, screen, LCD projector, laptop, speakers and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this workshop.

Registration

Registration for this workshop is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit

Up to 4.0 hours of Act 48

Purpose

Do you or other educators in your building use social networking sites to keep in touch with students? Does your Acceptable Use Policy adequately cover social networking? This training will provide educators with an understanding of social networking and ways to navigate complex issues of privacy, security and ethics. This highly engaging and interactive training will utilize the social networking site Facebook as a focus for the discussion.

Objectives

Upon completion of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Understand privacy issues associated with educators' use of social networking
  • Recognize security implications for use of social networking sites as an instructional tool
  • Examine ethical implications for "friending" students and colleagues

Course Length

3 hours

Target Audience

This training is designed for school administrators, student services personnel, certified and noncertified school staff, community based school partner organizations, law enforcement and juvenile probation officers. This training is not appropriate for students of any grade

Facilities

Flexible or small group seating is preferred along with room for activities, microphone for large groups, screen, LCD projector, laptop, speakers and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this workshop.

Registration

Registration for this workshop is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit

Up to 4.0 hours of Act 48

Purpose

This training will investigate the increasingly sophisticated use of technology by hate groups to lure youth into this violent, racist subculture. Hate groups are one specific type of gang and are present throughout the United States, including Pennsylvania. Specific information will be provided on the insignia, symbols, philosophies and recruitment tools of groups operating in Pennsylvania. The strategies used by these groups to target disenfranchised youth and offer them a sense of belonging, power, responsibility and family will be presented. How mainstream adults can recognize at-risk youth and offer them positive connections and role models will also be discussed. Finally, the alarming trend of juvenile participation in hate crime activities will be examined, as crime data collected by the Federal Bureau of Investigation clearly shows a disturbing image of the youthful hate crime offender. This training will analyze data at the state and national level to learn: what is a hate crime; the characteristics of hate crime victims and offenders; and what can schools do to prevent and respond to bias incidents and hate crimes.

Objectives

Upon completion of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Recognize hate groups/extremist groups as security threat groups which target disenfranchised youth
  • Identify recruitment techniques used by these groups to target at risk youth
  • Define "ethnic intimidation" according to the Pennsylvania Crimes Code
  • Identify best practice resources to prevent and respond to bias incidents and hate crimes

Course Length

3.0 hours (full training) or 60-90 minutes (overview only)

Target Audience

This training is designed for school administrators, student services personnel, certified and noncertified school staff, community based school partner organizations, law enforcement and juvenile probation officers. This training is not appropriate for students of any grade.

Facilities

Flexible or small group seating is preferred along with room for activities, microphone for large groups, screen, LCD projector, laptop, speakers and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this workshop.

Registration

Registration for this workshop is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit

Up to 3.0 hours of Act 48

Purpose

Bullying is a form of abuse, characteristic of aggressive behavior that is intentional, repeated or severe and indicates a power imbalance. When individuals are bullied they are more likely to have anxiety or depression, low self-esteem, present with avoidant behaviors, have difficulty sleeping and have higher absenteeism from school or work. Pregnant youth, in particular, may experience negative attention from their peers including repetitive name calling, rumor spreading and obscene gestures. Adults who work with youth have a responsibility to ensure that all youth are in a safe environment and protected from harm. This workshop will explore the signs and symptoms of youth involved in bullying behavior, effective intervention strategies and the federal and state laws that may apply to and protect pregnant teens.

Objectives

Upon completion of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Use strategies to recognize signs and symptoms of youth who may be involved in bullying
  • Intervene when bullying is suspected and empower and reinforce bystander behavior
  • Understand laws related to protected class issues that may apply to pregnant teens
  • Practice being an effective and supportive responder to youth affected by bullying

Course Length

1.0 to 2.0 hours

Target Audience

The training is designed for educators and helping professionals working with pregnant teens.

Facilities

Flexible or small group seating is preferred along with room for activities, microphone for large groups, screen, LCD projector, laptop, speakers and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this workshop.

Registration

Registration for this workshop is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit

Up to 2.0 hours of Act 48

Purpose

This training will provide an overview of concepts and pedagogical strategies involved in implementing the Safe Dates Program. Safe Dates is a research based program for preventing dating violence and promoting healthy relationships among teens. It is recognized as a model program on SAMHSA's National Registry of Evidence Based Programs and Practices (NREPP).

Objectives

Upon completion of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Recognize characteristics of healthy peer and dating relationships
  • Discuss research on effective interventions for teen dating violence
  • Identify the elements of the Safe Dates Program
  • Implement the Safe Dates Program in a classroom or community context

Course Length

1.5 days or 1 day

Target Audience

The training is designed for teacher or community based organization personnel/implementers, supporting children in grades 8-12. Safe Dates lessons address educational standards for health education and school counseling.

Required Materials

The Safe Dates Curriculum must be purchased by the participants. Purchasing information is available at Hazelden Publishing at www.Hazelden.org

Facilities

Flexible or small group seating is preferred along with room for activities, microphone for large groups, screen, LCD projector, laptop, speakers and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this workshop.

Registration

Registration for this workshop is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit

Up to 12.0 hours of Act 48

Purpose

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, addiction is a chronic, often relapsing brain disease that causes compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences to the addicted individual and to those around him or her. Participants will discuss current trends in drug use/abuse. Participants will explore the continuum of addiction, signs and symptoms of substance abuse, the enabling process, and identify research-based prevention strategies.

Objectives

Upon completion of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • List current trends in substance use and abuse
  • Identify Pennsylvania Youth Survey results related to prevalence of substance use among PA's youth
  • Define the continuum of addiction
  • List signs and symptoms of substance use

Course Length

1.5 hours to half day

Target Audience

This training is designed for educators, helping professionals, parents and caregivers.

Facilities

Flexible or small group seating is preferred along with room for activities, microphone for large groups, screen, LCD projector, laptop, speakers and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this workshop.

Registration

Registration for this workshop is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit

Up to 4.0 hours of Act 48


Youth Development


Purpose

Participants of the this training will understand the youth mentoring role within the Student Assistance Program (SAP) process or as part of the services provided through the school districts counseling department. Participants will comprehend laws relevant to educators and mentors, identify strength based approaches for working with students to foster resiliency and recognize characteristics of dysfunctional/struggling families.

Objectives

Upon completion of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Discuss strategies to enhance youth protective factors
  • Examine effective youth mentoring techniques within a school or agency setting with an understanding of confidentiality and mandated reporting requirements
  • Engage in varied learning methods including role-play, didactic and applied learning techniques

Course Length

Half to full day

Target Audience

The training is designed for SAP team members, faculty and staff.

Facilities

Flexible or small group seating is preferred along with room for activities, microphone for large groups, screen, LCD projector, laptop, speakers and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this workshop.

Registration

Registration for this workshop is the responsibility of the host organization.

Continuing Education Credit

Up to 8.0 hours of Act 48

Purpose

During this institute, participants explore leadership traits, examine the seven types of power and learn the difference between power, influence and authority. They will examine the Dangerous Systematic Process beginning with negative assumptions and potentially leading to prejudice. Participants will identify communication and conflict styles and explore strategies for peaceful conflict resolution and engage in teambuilding activities to reflect the team approach to leadership development.

Objectives

Upon completion of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Recognize negative assumptions to illustrate the importance of confronting negative assumptions before they can lead to negative forms of stereotyping, prejudice, discrimination, racism/homophobia, scapegoating and genocide
  • Examine leadership qualities and explore variations of power, influence and authority
  • Participate in hands-on activities to facilitate critical thinking, leadership and proactive communication strategies

Course Length

Half to full day

Target Audience

The institute is designed for youth in grades 6-12

Facilities

Flexible classroom seating must be available along with a podium, microphone for large groups, screen and electrical outlets for the effective delivery of this training.

Registration

Registration for this workshop is the responsibility of the host organization.

Certificate

A certificate of participation/completion will be available.

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