Mental Health & Wellness

Current Courses



Course Descriptions
 

Creating a Positive Environment to Enhance Learning, Promote Productivity, and Improve Wellbeing
Instructor: Carol Ebert
Credits: 1      
Type: Face-to-Face

Students perform better in the classroom when they “feel good,” engage in pleasurable learning activities, and are less stressed. The intention of this course is to expose teachers to theories and practical applications that can be implemented right away to improve the learning environment, improve productivity, and enhance the wellbeing of teachers and their students.

  • March 23-24, 2018  Milwaukee
     

Creating a Wellness Culture for Your School, Students, and You!  (NEW!)
Instructor: Carol Ebert
Credits: 1                            
Type: Face-to-Face

Wellness is needed more and more in our lives, and is a challenge with all the unhealthy messages coming from multiple sectors of our society. Our schools are challenged to focus more on wellness with no direction. This hands-on course will provide a roadmap on how to build a wellness culture in the school setting that encourages healthy eating, movement, social interaction, intellectual creativity, spiritual connectedness, and emotional well-being for staff and students.

  • February 16-17, 2018  Middleton
  • July 17-18, 2018  Milwaukee
  • August 1-2, 2018  Green Bay
     

Great Work, Skills and Strategies
Instructor: Gary Berkowitz
Credits: 3            
Type: Online

In the ever-changing educational climate, we are being challenged to do more and more to impact the lives of our students, collaborate within our schools, and lead change.  Additionally, we all have personal lives that we value and want to make a difference. Participants will gain knowledge, strategies and insights into implementing more great work in all aspects of their lives.

  • February 5 - March 19, 2018  Online
     

Hope and Healing: Working with Individuals Who Have Experienced Trauma
Instructor: Diane Hietpas
Credits: 3            
Type: Face-to-Face

More than two-thirds of children report having experienced a traumatic event by age 16.  While many will return to prior levels of functioning, some will display ongoing emotional and behavioral challenges long after the traumatic event.  This course will review the effects trauma has on brain development, describe the characteristics of children who have experienced trauma, and will provide in-depth opportunities to learn ways of providing hope and healing for these children in the home, school, and community environments.

  • July 16-20, 2018  La Crosse
  • July 30 - August 3, 2018  Green Bay
     

Journaling for Joy: Using Gratitude Journaling to Increase Student Mindfulness (NEW!)
Instructor: Debra Biechler
Credits: 1            
Type: Face-to-Face

This course describes how to grow a gratitude journaling practice.  Participants will learn the researched benefits of this practice as well as myriad techniques for generating journal entries.  Students will engage in writing and other activities that enhance & inform their writing efforts, including collaging, intentional listening, and guided meditation.

  • August 1-2, 2018  Middleton
     

Meditation and Other Mindfulness Practices (for grades 4-12 classrooms)
Instructor: Debra Biechler
Credits: 1            
Type: Face-to-Face

This course will introduce participants to the benefits and science of meditation.  Techniques for meditating will be taught and practiced during class.  Other mindful applications including gratitude journaling, Qi-Gong, and drawing will be taught and practiced during sessions. 

  • June 21-22, 2018  Green Bay
     

Meditation and Other Mindfulness Practices (for grades PK-3 classrooms) (NEW!)
Instructor: Debra Biechler
Credits: 1            
Type: Face-to-Face

This course includes an introduction to Mindfulness and strategies for educators to use in the classroom.  Researched benefits of mindfulness-based education techniques will be studied, as well as ways to share these strategies with parents.

  • February 23-24, 2018  Middleton
  • July 11-12, 2018  Green Bay
  • July 17-18, 2018  Middleton
     

Motivation and Mindset: Promoting Growth Mindset (NEW!)
Instructor: Denise McFarlin
Credits: 1            
Type: Face-to-Face

Research on the growth mindset shows that students who believe they can grow their basic abilities have greater motivation and higher achievement than do students who believe their abilities are fixed, and that teachers can influence students’ mindsets.  We will examine what science says about the brain and growth mindset.  A plan for implementing growth mindset strategies and informing parents about their role will be formed. 

  • February 2-3, 2018  Green Bay
  • April 27-28, 2018  Milwaukee


Poverty: Impact on Students and Strategies to Support Classroom Success
Instructor: JoAnn Berkowitz
Credits: 3            
Type: Online

Participants will increase their knowledge and skills in understanding the impact of poverty on student performance and specific strategies that support at-risk student classroom success.  Students will become aware of poverty indicators in their state, community and school district; specific effects of poverty on student emotional, social, physical , and academic development; success stories of communities and schools who have implemented programs that have had great success, and components in schools and classrooms that support at-risk students success. 

  • February 5 - March 19, 2018  Online
  • June 5 - July 16, 2018  Online
     

Raising Achievement: Engaging Students of Poverty
Instructor: Denise McFarlin
Credits: 3            
Type: Face-to-Face

Establishing consistently high rates of academic engagement with students of poverty is often a challenge.  Research has shown that teachers who capture and maintain the attention of their students produce better academic results and experience fewer discipline issues.  We will examine what research has shown to be the most significant factors influencing student engagement.  Teachers working with students of poverty will be challenged to formulate a research-based plan for future teaching with the engagement of students of poverty in mind.

  • Tuesdays, January 30 - March 13, 2018  Green Bay