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Education, Health, and Human Services

In-Person Workshops

There are no in-person workshops scheduled at this time.

 

Online Courses
Our Children and Homelessness

Online, self-paced, instructor-led
May 8 – June 2, 2017
$55 (This price reflects a 20% discount off the regular $70 price, as this course is new and we will be asking participants for feedback that will help us improve future courses.)

Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the
issues faced by mothers and children who are or have been homeless, and will learn practical strategies for working with those who have experienced the challenges of living under these circumstances.

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Course Description
This course will address issues related to homelessness and the sociological underpinnings of homelessness. Potential impacts of homelessness such as toxic stress, trauma, and adverse childhood experiences (ACE) will be addressed, as well as the impact homelessness has on the mother/child relationship, child development, and long-term outcomes for both.

  • Module 1: Who are the children living with
    homelessness?
  • Module 2: The impact of homelessness
  • Module 3: Maternal health and wellbeing

 

Learning Objectives

  • Describe current statistics related to family homelessness;
  • Describe significant trends contributing to family homelessness;
  • Discuss the effects of homelessness on society;
  • Describe the impact of byproducts of homelessness and the impacts on children;
  • Describe the significance of adverse childhood experiences (ACE) on early childhood development;
  • Describe and discuss five behavioral manifestations of early childhood trauma;
  • Discuss current research addressing maternal mental health;
  • Describe the impact of domestic violence on maternal health and child development;
  • Discuss research findings correlating maternal education and incidence of homelessness.

 

Course Format
The course is delivered online through the University of Minnesota’s online learning platform, and is comprised of readings, out-of-class assignments, and online discussion. Through your participation in this course, you will have the opportunity to connect with others who work in the Early Childhood field in addition to your instructor, Dr. Harney.
This 12-hour course is spread over four weeks. You should expect to spend approximately three hours per week on course content. All work can be done on your own time as long as it is completed by the assigned due dates.

 

Content Areas
This course addresses the following Minnesota Knowledge & Competency Framework competencies:
I.B.4 Give examples of the developmental consequences of stress and trauma; protective factors, resilience, and the development of mental health; and the importance of a safe, stable, and nurturing relationship with adults.
I.C.2 Recognize Individual Variances: Implement practices that are respectful and inclusive of a child’s individual learning style, cultural background, and educational abilities.

 

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Accommodation, Modification, and Adaptation of Curriculum and Instruction

Online, self-paced, available anytime
$99 (7.5 hours)

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This course meets the standards set by the Minnesota Department of Education for teacher re-licensure

Instructional adaptations are not just for students who are struggling. When adaptations are made, all students benefit. You will learn when to use accommodations and modifications, and a practical process and method for using them. You will modify both a lesson and a unit of instruction so that you are prepared to use your new skills immediately in your classroom to provide opportunities for academic success for all students.

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Autism Spectrum Disorders

Course 1: Navigating the Distinctive World of Autism Spectrum Disorders
Course 2: Addressing Behavioral Characteristics of Autism
Online, self-paced, available anytime
$119 per course (7.5 hours per course)

The autism spectrum is wide and complex; one size does not fit all. Autism is on the rise. The US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) identifies 1 in 88 American children as on the autism spectrum; a ten-fold increase in the past 40 years.

Course approved by the State of Minnesota Board of Social Work

Course 1: Navigating the Distinctive World of Autism Spectrum Disorders

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This course examines the history of ASD, what we currently know and understand, and why it is on the rise. You will be captivated and informed about how the spectrum affects those with ASD by watching two videos. The first, Loving Lampposts, is told by the award-winning film producer, Todd Drenzler, whose son has autism. The second features Taylor Crowe who shares his personal journey with autism in My Life with Autism. A solid foundation of the terminology used to describe, diagnose, and understand ASD rounds out your learning in “Navigating the Distinctive World of Autism Spectrum Disorders.”

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Course 2: Addressing Behavioral Characteristics of Autism

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This course emphasizes the importance of respecting and recognizing the individual’s ability to cope with stressors in his/her environment. You will explore the unique learning styles of individuals diagnosed with ASD and apply practical strategies which support those individuals. You will gain a fuller understanding of how to assist individuals with ASD interact socially and how to control emotional responses. A listing of outside resources which support individuals on the autism spectrum rounds out your learning in “Addressing Behavioral Characteristics of Autism.”

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Instructional Strategies for Teachers

Online, self-paced, available anytime
$99 (7.5 hours)

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Teachers must engage students and enhance their learning through vibrant classroom activities. Learn to use effective instructional strategies: what works, why it works, and when it works best. Learn a variety of strategies to raise student performance, and how to effectively check for understanding. Learn techniques and methods such as previewing strategies, engagement strategies, and graphic organizers, to encourage the development of critical thinking, problem solving, and performance skills.

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Key Warning Signs of Early On-Set of Mental Illness

Online, self-paced, available anytime
$99 (7.5 hours)

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This course meets the standards set by the Minnesota Department of Education for teacher re-licensure.

Teachers will learn the scope of mental health disorders in children, the impact such disorders can have on learning, the challenges general education teachers can expect in the classroom, as well as positive behavior reinforcement techniques and accommodations for the classroom setting. You will learn how the normal brain functions in learning and what factors may interfere with the learning process, and major mental health categories seen in school populations and specific characteristics of several key diagnoses. In addition, teachers will become aware of the impact of childhood mental health disorders on students, families, and communities, and be able to effectively advocate for students and families.

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Positive Behavior Intervention Strategies

Online, self-paced, available anytime
$99 (7.5 hours)

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This course meets the standards set by the Minnesota Department of Education for teacher re-licensure

Learn the key concepts of positive behavior intervention, as well as school-wide positive behavior intervention strategies. You will be able to determine individual priorities through self-assessment tools and develop an individualized plan for the further use of PBIS.

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Reading Strategies

Online, self-paced, available anytime
$99 (7.5 hours)

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This course meets the standards set by the Minnesota Department of Education for teacher re-licensure

Reading, like playing a sport, improves with practice. Good readers use strategies and techniques that help them comprehend and remember what they are reading. Educators will explore best practice techniques for phonemic awareness, phonics, and reading strategies that impact comprehension. You will use best practice techniques to improve students’ reading and comprehension.

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Studies in Gambling Addiction Certificate (SIGA): Counseling the Pathological Gambler

Online, self-paced, available anytime
Certificate: $1,295 (60 hours), includes Courses 1 and 2
Course 1: $695 (30 hours); Course 2: $695 (30 hours)

Completion of the 60-hour certificate may be applied toward certification by the American Academy of Health Care Providers in Addictive Disorders.

This unique training provides specific knowledge and advanced clinical understanding pertaining to the identification, diagnosis, referral, and treatment of individuals with a gambling disorder. You will learn skills and tools to identify and diagnose a gambling disordered client and how to integrate effective gambling disorder treatment techniques in your practice.

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According to the National Council on Problem Gambling, about 1% of American adults — nearly 3 million people — are pathological gamblers. Another 2%–3% have less serious but still significant problems, and as many as 15 million are at risk. To meet the growing demand for trained professionals in the area of gambling addictions, UMD Continuing Education (CE) and the North American Training Institute (NATI) collaborated on a unique online training program, Studies in Gambling Addiction: Counseling the Pathological Gambler.

This training provides specific knowledge and advanced clinical understanding as it relates to the identification, diagnosis, referral, and treatment of individuals with a gambling addiction. Completion of the 60-hour training may be applied toward certification by the American Academy of Health Care Providers in Addictive Disorders.

Further information on content outlines (for the Certificate, Course 1, and Course 2), activities and assessments, CEU approvals, and policies can be found on the NATI website.

 

To gain the maximum benefit from this course, it is recommended that participants have a working knowledge, experience in the field of mental health, or completed prior educational programs related to:

  • Addictive disorders
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Mental health
  • Social work
  • Counseling
  • Nursing
  • Public health
  • Marriage and Family practice

 

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Course 1:

Upon completion of the Studies in Gambling Addiction Certificate courses, you will be able to:

  • Discuss the importance of the winning phase in the progression of a gambling addiction.
  • Integrate the concept of ‘the bailout’ into a treatment plan for a gambling addiction client.
  • Identify maladaptive behavior and thinking as it relates to the addiction process.
  • Differentiate between the motives for gambling among different gambling types.
  • Identify a personal belief system about winning as it relates to superstition and magical thinking.
  • Describe how the cognitive development of an individual aids in the development of a gambling addiction.
  • Integrate the underlying personality dynamics in assessing pathological gambling.
  • Explain the importance of looking at the entire psychosocial environment when assessing pathological gambling.
  • Identify two models for understanding the functioning of the gambler.
  • Identify methods for assessing the gambler, and list the major assessment tools.
  • Complete an initial assessment and formal diagnosis of a pathological gambler.
  • Demonstrate how DSM-5 Criteria and GA Twenty Questions are used in diagnosis.
  • Differentiate between other disorders and pathological gambling.
  • Discuss the five stages of the grieving process.
  • Integrate the concept of unresolved grief into an understanding of the development of a gambling addiction.
  • Understand the concept of substitute satisfaction and its role in the development of the gambling addiction.
  • Describe the phases of the Miller Treatment Model.
  • Critique the importance of this model in the treatment of an addicted gambler.
  • Apply this concept to a specific caseload.
  • Identify specific learning interventions for pathological gamblers in treatment.
  • Develop a therapeutic cognitive approach in dealing with a pathological gambler.
  • Identify significant psychological factors in the development of a gambling disorder.
  • Integrate working treatment plan skills.

 

Register Now! Part 1 Course (30 hours)

 

Course 2:

Upon completion of the Studies in Gambling Addiction Certificate courses, you will be able to:

  • Examine the role that unmet needs and substitute satisfaction play in the gambling disordered client’s life.
  • Trace the gambler’s unresolved grief episodes to the development of a gambling disorder.
  • Identify three early family history patterns and examine their relationship to the gambling disorder.
  • Trace the gambler’s cycle of rebellion, guilt and shame, and conformity.
  • Describe the ‘Teflon’ and ‘Velcro’ phases of rebellion and conformity.
  • Identify seven elements of the gambler’s dissociative experience.
  • Explain the recommended treatment interventions based on strengths and needs in the area of personal, interpersonal, vocational, financial, and legal.
  • Diagram the significant stress source in the client’s life and the implications for treatment.
  • Identify behaviors and patterns evidenced during the Assessment & Diagnosis: Advanced Questionnaire
  • Utilize news articles to summarize current legal thinking on pathological gambling sentencing.
  • State impressions of client drawn from the House-Tree-Person projective test.
  • Identify significant experiences related to money.
  • Discuss personal attitudes and feelings about money.
  • Relate personal attitudes to counseling practice.
  • Identify the two reasons for the client’s distressing affect.
  • Discuss the importance of isolation of affect.
  • List five personality vulnerabilities in this type of gambler.
  • List eight thinking patterns the gambler uses to deny reality.
  • Analyze the active/passive dimension of the psychodynamic concepts of the pathological gambler.
  • Assess the roles of physical reality and emotional reality in the understanding and treatment of the impulsive disordered client.

 

Register Now! Part 2 Course (30 hours)

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