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CPE Summer Institute

Counseling and Psychology in Education (CPE) Summer Institute
June 10-15, 2013 

The purpose of the CPE Summer Institute is to provide professional opportunities for educators, administrators, and related-service providers such as school counselors and school psychologists working in P-12 settings.  The CPE Summer Institute offers professional training in a variety of topics that are current, relevant, and applicable. All courses are offered on campus at the University of South Dakota, June 10-15, 2013.  Each course is a two-day experience, from 8:00am to 4:30pm, and is offered for 1 credit hour at the on-campus state support tuition and fee rate. For each two-day session, please choose one course to participate in.

Session One: June 10-11, 2013

COUN 792: Employee Burnout – Addressing Precursors, Symptoms and Implementing Positive Change in Educational Settings
Instructor:  Dr. Gerta Bardhoshi
Is it stress, exhaustion or burnout? Learn how to recognize precursors to burnout, understand personal and organizational effects of burnout, and equip yourself with specific strategies to promote a school climate that creates positive change.This course will provide research-based information and effective strategies for educators, counselors, and administrators working in K-12 settings.

EPSY 792: Workshop in Student Motivation to Learn
Instructor:  Dr. Amy Schweinle
SYN: 79616
Many of us feel frustration when we try to employ good teaching strategies, but our students seem disinterested and unmotivated to learn. This workshop will address student motivation from multiple perspectives (the student, the classroom, the teacher). We will discuss different concepts of motivation, their connection to learning, and practical classroom techniques to improve students' motivation to learn. 

SPSY 792: Working with Students who Display Challenging Behavior in the Classroom
Instructor: Dr. David Hulac
This course will provide educators with the knowledge to understand environmental conditions that lead to problematic behavior and will provide guidance for developing interventions that are effective at reducing problematic behaviors in the classroom.

Session Two: June 12-13, 2013

COUN 792: Supervision 101: Learn the Basics of Ethical and Competent Supervision
Instructor:  Dr. Kathleen Brown-Rice
Do you find yourself in a supervision position? This course will provide you knowledge regarding the basic concepts of ethical and competent supervision and how to utilize this in your professional work. Specifically, you will be provided with research-based information and effective techniques to utilize with supervisees to assist them in providing quality service.   

COUN 792: Bullying– Helping Educators Understand Bullying and Utilize Effective Prevention Efforts
Instructor:  Dr. Gerta Bardhoshi
This course will cover the various forms of bullying, legal implications, and what works in terms of prevention and intervention efforts for schools and communities. Focus will be placed on creating comprehensive anti-bullying policies in accordance with the South Dakota model policy for bullying, including the establishment of effective reporting and investigation procedures for schools.

SPSY 792: Classroom Management – From the Basic to the Difficult Classes
Instructor: Dr. David Hulac
This course will provide educators with the research-based tools necessary to manage a classroom of students. Topics will include classroom management basics and will present research on means to control difficult classrooms.

Session Three: June 14-15, 2013

COUN 792: Mental Health Diagnosis Primer
Instructor:  Dr. Kathleen Brown-Rice
This course will provide information regarding the current and proposed future diagnostic methods with emphasis on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. A select overview of pathology, assessment, and interventions related to mental disorders will be addressed. The contents of the course will be related to both school and mental health service providers.

SPSY 792: Interventions to Promote Social and Emotional Competencies 
Instructor: Dr. Nicholas Benson
Social interaction and emotional experience are pervasive influences on children's thinking, learning, and well-being. Educators now recognize that social and emotional competencies contribute to academic achievement as well as other important life outcomes. This course will cover school-based programs and strategies that can be used to build social and emotional competence, increase engagement of students in academic and extra-curricular activities, and help students find meaning and purpose in their schooling.

EPSY 792: Attachment and Social Success Inside and Outside the Classroom
Instructor:  Dr. Harry Freeman
The number one predictor of school drop-out is not academic failure, but social failure.  Students that form positive social connections with peers, teachers, and administrators are more likely to perform better and lead happier lives both inside and outside the classroom.  Emotional and social outcomes, however; are typically not on the radar of today's content-standards focused curriculum.  In this workshop we will examine the nature and importance of children's emotional and social development in home, school, and community settings, with a particular emphasis on how educators can recognize, understand, and respond to at-risk youth.  

For further information on the Counseling and Psychology in Education Summer Institute:
Please contact Dr. Hee-sook Choi at 605-677-5250 or     
For information on reduced tuition for elementary/secondary teachers and vocational instructors, please visit