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Learning and Training Opportunities

We deliver professional development that helps PreK-12 schools/districts and colleges/universities create rich learning environments rooted in staff and student well-being.

Current PreK-12 opportunities are designed for education and youth-serving professionals, including but not limited to in-service and pre-service teachers, administrators, school counselors, school psychologists, paraeducators, and school nurses.   

Interested in customized professional development for 1:1/small group coaching for your PreK-12 school/district?

Iowa Licensure Renewal Units

Iowa teachers can earn Iowa Licensure Renewal Units through select training. To earn Iowa Licensure Renewal Units, teachers must create an account. 

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Higher Education

Trainings are also offered for higher education audiences, including campus faculty, staff, and students. If you are interested in training for your campus faculty/staff or students, contact barry-schreier@uiowa.edu.

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Introduction to Restorative Practices Workshop
PreK-12
Professional Development
THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL. This workshop focuses on the fundamentals of restorative justice, restorative practices, and relationship building for classroom teachers and service providers.  It explores the role restorative practices play in relationship building and building capacity in dialogue around diversity, equity and inclusion. Learning Outcomes Identify parts of a restorative circle and types of […]
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Global Educator Wellness Ambassador Program
PreK-12
Professional Development
This opportunity is sponsored by the University of Iowa Baker Teacher Leader Center in partnership with the Scanlan Center for School Mental Health and UI Wild.  A year-long global learning experience for Iowa K-12 education professionals inspired to deepen wellness practices and improve social-emotional learning outcomes for their schools The first-ever Global Educator Wellness Ambassador Program delivers […]
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Imagine Iowa Training
PreK-12
Professional Development
Research
Be the first to experience the future of school-based mental health training and earn one state of Iowa licensure renewal credit  Are you a K-12 educator ready to take your mental health awareness training to the next level?   We are now recruiting 100 2022 Iowa BEST Summit attendees to participate in the first-ever Imagine Iowa […]
2022-2023 Educator Wellness Video Podcast Series
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2022-2023 Educator Wellness Video Podcast Series
PreK-12
Professional Development
An 8-part series for Iowa educators designed to enrich personal wellness practices that translate into healthier social-emotional-behavioral health practices in the PreK-12 classroom/school environment. Nationally-recognized wellness experts will help us explore and reflect on various dimensions of wellness, empowering us to prioritize ourselves so we can show up better for our students. Learning Outcomes Identify […]
2022-2023 Educator Wellness Video Podcast Series
Episode #1: Educator Wellness Podcast Series - Web page header_Dr. Peggy Swarbrick
Episode #1 – What is Wellness? Identity, Your 8-Dimensions of Wellness, and Creating a System to Support Your Well-Being
Professional Development
2022-2023 Educator Wellness Video Podcast Series Join Dr. Peggy Swarbrick in a conversation about her own wellness journey and how that journey led her to the development of the 8-dimensions of wellness framework (wellness in 8D). In this episode, we’ll explore the interconnectivity of the 8-dimensions of wellness, how a person’s values impact personal wellness activities, practices and […]
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Webinar: Introduction to DBT, Level 1: What is Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and What are the Implications for the Secondary Classroom?
PreK-12
Professional Development
Webinar
This introductory session will be an overview of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.  What is it?  How is it used? What’s the research say?   One practitioner shares her experience with DBT in the classroom, in one-on-one sessions with students, with small groups, and in her personal life.  Participants will leave the session with a working knowledge of […]
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Webinar: Introduction to DBT, Level 2: A Deeper Dive into Dialectical Behavior Therapy
PreK-12
Professional Development
This session will be a quick review of the Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) concepts from Level 1 and a deeper dive into applying them in practice.  How does DBT fit into a trauma-informed classroom?  Who benefits from DBT?  What might implementation look like?  Can I use DBT in my science (or math or English) class?? […]
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Nonviolent Communication Workshop
PreK-12
Professional Development
One of our primary ways of connecting with others is through language, whether it is speaking, emailing, texting or even thinking.   The way we communicate is born of habit and training from the people we interact with on a daily basis. Patiently bringing attention to specific aspects of our words and thinking can have profound […]
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Youth Mental Health First Aid Training
PreK-12
Professional Development
Youth Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental health and substance use challenges among children and adolescents ages 12-18.  Mental Health First Aid certification, which must be renewed every three years, teaches participants to: Recognize the potential risk factors and warning signs for a range of […]
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Tier 1: Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS)
PreK-12
Professional Development
Tier 1: Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) provide universal, preventive, proactive schoolwide management strategies that are designed to meet the needs of all students. This learning module will address systems, practices, and data necessary to ensure effective Tier 1 implementation, that is provided equitably to all students.   Learning Goals: What: Learners will be able […]
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Question-Persuade-Refer (QPR) for Educators
Professional Development
Webinar
Education professionals will learn an evidence-based practice question-persuade-refer (QPR) to help recognize crises including warning signs that someone may be contemplating suicide. Opportunities to role play will be provided to help you feel more confident with this practice.  This workshop is intended for licensed Iowa educators who are currently practicing OR for persons enrolled in […]
2022-2023 Educator Wellness Video Podcast Series
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Episode #2 – Creating Health Habits and Changing Behavior to Support Your Physical and Mental Health
Professional Development
2022-2023 Educator Wellness Video Podcast Series Join this episode to learn from Dr. Jennifer Heisz, an expert in brain health, about the effects of physical activity on brain function to promote mental health and cognition. Dr. Heisz will share fascinating discoveries connecting physical wellness (movement and sleep) to our mental health and will offer tips […]
2022-2023 Educator Wellness Video Podcast Series
Educator Wellness Podcast Series Episode #3 - Dr. Jacob Priest
Episode #3 – Connecting with Others in Difficult Times: Tending to Our Social and Emotional Dimensions of Wellness to Build and Sustain Healthy Relationships
Professional Development
2022-2023 Educator Wellness Video Podcast Series This episode is meant to give you tools for managing your emotions to better connect with others in a meaningful way during stressful times…such as the holidays. 😊  In this discussion, we will address relationship questions and offer advice on how to set firm and kind boundaries and give yourself the […]
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Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
Professional Development
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is a two-day interactive workshop in suicide first aid. ASIST teaches participants to recognize when someone may have thoughts of suicide and work with them to create a plan that will support their immediate safety. Although ASIST is widely used by healthcare providers, participants do NOT need formal training to attend the […]