Try DI!: Planning & Preparing a Differentiated Instruction Program

Try DI! is designed to provide you an opportunity to learn about an instructional framework, Differentiated Instruction (DI), aimed at creating supportive learning environments for diverse learning populations. Students will be presented a method for self-assessment of the extent to which their current instructional approach reflects the perspective, principles, and practices of the DI approach. The course reflects an approach that aligns the principles of DI with the practices of DI. The conc...
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Traumatized Child: The Effects of Stress, Trauma & Violence on Student Learning

This course is designed to help classroom teachers, school counselors, and other educational personnel gain strategies to reach and teach students who have been affected by stress, trauma, and/or violence. Participants will learn the signs and symptoms of stress and trauma and explore how stress, violence, and trauma affect a student's learning, cognitive brain development, and social-emotional development. The short- and long-term consequences of being exposed to stress, trauma, or violence, ...
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Teaching Elementary Math Conceptually: A New Paradigm

This course is designed to expand your methodology for teaching Mathematics. The course will explore an innovative teaching model that incorporates strategies for teaching concepts constructively and contextually. The goal is for you to gain a deeper understanding of the underlying concepts of various math topics and to explore the principles of teaching those concepts to learners. This course will focus on the topics of number sense, basic operations, and fractions.
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Teaching Diversity: Influences & Issues in the Classroom

Designed to give the learner the knowledge, tools, and dispositions to effectively facilitate a diverse classroom, this course teaches how to understand and identify differences in approaches to learning and performance, including different learning styles and ways in which students demonstrate learning. An emphasis in this course is on understanding how students' learning is influenced by individual experiences, talents, disabilities, gender, language, culture, and family and community values...
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Talented & Gifted: Working with High Achievers

This course provides information on the history of exceptional students in relation to education, current law, and accepted methods for referral, assessment, and identification. It covers major program models and methods of differentiating instruction to meet the rate and level of learning of those students identified. The course gives the learner an understanding of ways to meet the affective needs of the gifted and talented student in the regular classroom and lists resources for teachers an...
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Reading Fundamentals #3: The Elements of Effective Reading Instruction & Assessment

Note: It is recommended that the Reading Fundamentals courses be taken sequentially; however, it is not mandatory that all three courses be taken. Course Description This course will focus on learning to read, reading to learn, and an introduction to reading assessment. As part of these key areas of reading instruction, the five elements of effective reading instruction will be highlighted, including definitions, implications for instruction, and future directions.
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Reading Fundamentals #2: Laying the Foundation for Effective Reading Instruction

Note: It is recommended that the Reading Fundamentals courses be taken sequentially; however, it is not mandatory that all three courses be taken. Course Description Designed to lay the foundation for effective reading instruction, this course will teach you about the elements of effective instruction and the importance of reading instruction.
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Reading Fundamentals #1: An Introduction to Scientifically-based Research

Note: It is recommended that the Reading Fundamentals courses be taken sequentially; however, it is not mandatory that all three courses be taken. Course Description The purpose of this course is to improve your knowledge of science and the scientific process. This is the first course in a three-course series.
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Reading & Writing in Content Area

Reading & Writing in Content Area offers instruction in teaching reading and writing in various subject matter fields at the secondary level. The material stresses the skills of vocabulary building, comprehension, and writing, as well as methods for motivating adolescents to read and write. The course also provides information on recognizing reading difficulties, assessing textbooks, and the integration of reading strategies within a content area. The strategies taught are aligned with the Pra...
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Learning Disabilities: Practical Information for the Classroom Teacher

This course describes diverse theoretical approaches to handling learning disabilities in the classroom. Taught by Dr. Bob Pillay, it lays the foundation for sensitive, appropriate assessment and evaluation of students. In addition, this course covers program planning and implementation, stresses the importance of a close, positive partnership with parents or alternative caregivers, and explores methods for ensuring that the home-school axis is effective and meaningful. Major trends and unreso...
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Infant & Toddler Mental Health: Issues & Information for Educators

This course is designed to help educators achieve a better understanding of infant and toddler mental health, child development, and strategies that can be used to promote positive relationships with children and their families. This course provides information that will help the learner understand and identify his or her role as a child care provider, educator, and early childhood professional. Infant & Toddler Mental Health provides research-based information on child development, attachment...
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Inclusion: Working with Students with Special Needs in General Education Classrooms

This course is designed to help special and general educators gain a better understanding of inclusion, one of the current educational reform movements that advocates educating students with disabilities in the general education classrooms. Upon course completion, the learner will be able to define key concepts and terms, identify and describe federal legislature and court cases, and list and describe the federal definition of students entitled to special services. This course will also discus...
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Harassment, Bullying & Cyber-Intimidation in Schools

Harassment, Bullying & Cyber-Intimidation in Schools will discuss definitions and the personal, social, and legal ramifications associated with sexual harassment, bullying, and cyber-intimidation. The course will address what we know about these troubling areas. We will then explore preventative strategies as well as how school staff can address these issues when they occur. A clear understanding of what constitutes harassment and the harmful effects of harassment on people and institutions is...
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Educational Assessment: Assessing Student Learning in the Classroom

This course is designed to further develop the conceptual and technical skills required by teachers to help them identify their educational goals and implement meaningful instructional strategies for effective learning by students with special needs. The focus of the course is on assessment for instructional programming and will outline procedures for designing or selecting, administering, and interpreting a variety of informal assessment measures typically used in schools. The presentation of...
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Early Childhood: Typical & Atypical Development

This course explores contemporary best practice and perspectives on early childhood development. Content includes patterns and sequences of typical development for children from birth to six years. Emphasis is on individual differences, cultural influences, and the impact of developmental delay and disability during infancy, toddlerhood, and the preschool years. Discussion will also include instructional technology (IT) and assistive technology (AT) applications for this population.
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Early Childhood: Program Planning

This course is designed to give you a new perspective on planning and implementing developmentally appropriate programs for young children from birth through age eight. In this course you will learn what is meant by curriculum, assessment, evaluation, and program planning as these terms apply to early childhood education. We will discuss several historical perspectives and theories on child development and examine best practice for early childhood education. We will also examine key concepts a...
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Early Childhood: Observation & Assessment

This course explores observation and assessment instruments, as well as recommended practices and available resources for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Content includes an emphasis on observing young children and assessing their early childhood learning environments.
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Early Childhood: Family-Centered Services

This course is designed to give you a new perspective on serving the needs of young children and their families. In this course you will learn what is meant by family-centered services as it applies to diverse systems of care, gain an understanding of family diversity, and explore the major stress factors facing families today. We will discuss the theoretical basis for family-centered services, as well as reflect on current research and best practice. Family-Centered Services will also examine...
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Drugs & Alcohol in Schools: Understanding Substance Use & Abuse

This course is designed to help the learner gain a more comprehensive understanding of alcohol, drugs, and their influences in the classroom. It provides a contextual framework for understanding what students may be experiencing either through their own substance use or as a result of the substance use of persons close to them and provides a basic historical perspective of substance use along with the biological, psychological, and social factors that comprise the disease of addiction. Upon co...
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Child Abuse: Working with Abused & Neglected Children

Designed to help the learner identify and effectively teach students affected by child abuse and/or neglect, this course covers how to recognize the signs of physical, emotional, and sexual abuse, and physical and emotional neglect in students. It also discusses the specific factors that exist in families who abuse or neglect their children. A major emphasis in this course is on helping the participant understand the special learning needs of abused or neglected children and how to meet those ...
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Behavior is Language: Strategies for Managing Disruptive Behavior

This course is designed to give the learner a new perspective on student behavior and effective tools to facilitate positive student change. Taught by Mick R. Jackson MS/ED, this course provides a developmental framework to help the learner understand what students are trying to communicate through the "language" of their behavior. Topics covered include behavioral techniques and intervention strategies that remediate disruptive behaviors, reduce power struggles while increasing classroom cont...
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Autism & Asperger's Disorder: Information & Effective Intervention Strategies

This course describes Autism and Asperger's Disorder, including characteristics of these disorders, associated learning styles, communication weaknesses, and various intervention strategies. The course helps the learner understand why individuals with Autism spectrum disorders behave the way they do, and what you can do to enhance more appropriate behavior. This course also lists resources for educators, related service personnel, and parents who want more help or information on Autism and Asp...
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Attention Deficit Disorder: Information & Interventions for Effective Teaching

This course will help the learner achieve a better understanding of ADD and intervention strategies to facilitate positive student change. Taught by Mick R. Jackson MS/ED, this course covers the history of the disorder, accepted methods to assess and identify students with the disorder, and various methods, medications, and strategies that are currently used to treat it. For situations in which services beyond what can be provided in the classroom are required, the referral process for getting...
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Advanced Classroom Management: Children as Change Agents

Geared primarily for professionals (e.g., regular or special educators, instructional assistants, school psychologists, counselors) serving children and youths presenting behavior problems in the school or community, this course focuses on cognitive and cognitive-behavioral interventions (often lumped together under the rubric “social skills”) with an emphasis on teaching students how to change and manage their own behavior. Since previous knowledge and understanding of traditional behavio...
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Social And Multicultural Foundations

This course is designed to be a foundation for understanding diversity among clients in a pluralistic society. Emphasis will be on integrating awareness, knowledge, and skills related to counseling differences and similarities based on age, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliations, gender identification, sexual orientation, physical/mental limitations, social class, etc. This graduate-level course is 6 weeks. This course is available to take individually or as part of a degree...
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Introduction To Clinical Assessment And Diagnosis

This course introduces students to models and tools of assessment and diagnosis for the purpose of developing competency in evaluation and treatment planning for professional counseling practice. Students learn about and practice intake assessment techniques, mental status examinations, using the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV-TR®), outcome-based treatment planning, and behavioral analysis. Emphasis is placed on writing clear, accurate, and useful assessments ...
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Legal And Ethical Issues In Counseling

This course covers the legal and ethical responsibilities of the counseling professional. Students learn to interpret and act upon situations appropriately and effectively. Content includes issues such as client rights, confidentiality, duty to warn and protect, dual relationships, supervision and consulting, ethics with special populations, and ethical decision-making models. This graduate-level course is 6 weeks. This course is available to take individually or as part of a degree or certif...
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Life Span And Family Development

This course presents students with theoretical frameworks to foster an understanding of the various dimensions of human development. Emphasis is placed on biological, cognitive, and psychosocial development within the context of gender, family systems, social roles, and culture. Students evaluate clinical situations and assess potential therapeutic interventions in context. This graduate-level course is 6 weeks. This course is available to take individually or as part of a degree or certifica...
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Psychopharmacology

This course examines the history, biochemistry, main effects and side effects of prescription psychotropic medication. The goal of the course is to learn to work with clients who are taking psychotropic medication and monitor them for side effects and contraindications. Ethics and methods of working with medical personnel are included. This graduate-level course is 6 weeks. This course is available to take individually or as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an En...
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Internship C

Counseling Internship is a 600-hour clinical experience (900 hours in Utah) required of all MSC students. Depending on the campus, the internship is divided into either 200 or 300 hour sections, each lasting 15 weeks. Those campuses that offer CCMH 597 A, B, and C require students to complete 200 hours for each course (except Utah which requires 300 hours each), while those campuses that offer only CCMH 597 A and B require the student to complete 300 hours for each course. Please check with yo...
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Internship B

Counseling Internship is a 600-hour clinical experience (900 hours in Utah) required of all MSC students. Depending on the campus, the internship is divided into either 200 or 300 hour sections, each lasting 15 weeks. Those campuses that offer CCMH 597 A, B, and C require students to complete 200 hours for each course (except Utah which requires 300 hours each), while those campuses that offer only CCMH 597 A and B require the student to complete 300 hours for each course. Please check with yo...
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Supervision/management In Clinical Mental Health Counseling

This course is an overview of supervision and management as they relate to the practice of counseling. Models of supervision and counselor development, supervision and management processes, assessment and evaluation issues, and ethical and legal aspects of supervision are emphasized. Students explore their skills in management, supervision, and consultation, particularly as they relate to recent changes in the mental health care delivery system. This graduate-level course is 6 weeks. This cou...
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Seminar Clinical Mental Health

This course integrates mental health foundations with historical, philosophical and contextual dimensions of clinical mental health counseling practice, and reviews the trends in both the knowledge and skills necessary to practice clinical mental health counseling. Additionally, this course explores current national and local issues relevant to the practice of mental health counseling. Community resources and professional networks are explored as a means of demonstrating the integration of the...
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Biological Basis Of Behavior/physiological Issues

This course examines the biological foundations of human functioning in relationship to cognition, emotions and mental health. It includes an overview of neuro-anatomy, biochemistry, and main effects and side effects of prescription psychotropic medication. The goal of the course is to learn how the underlying biological aspects of human functioning affect processes of adjustment and well-being relevant to client populations. There is special attention given to issues pertaining to those who a...
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Legal, Ethical, And Professional Issues In Counseling

This course covers the legal and ethical responsibilities of the counseling professional. Students learn to interpret and act upon situations appropriately and effectively. Content includes issues such as client rights, confidentiality, duty to warn and protect, dual relationships, supervision and consulting, ethics with special populations, and ethical decision-making models. This graduate-level course is 8 weeks. This course is available to take individually or as part of a degree or certif...
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Multi-cultural Issues In Mental Health Counseling

This course is designed to be a foundation for understanding diversity among clients in a pluralistic society. Emphasis will be on integrating awareness, knowledge, and skills related to counseling differences and similarities based on age, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliations, gender identification, sexual orientation, physical/mental limitations, social class, etc. This graduate-level course is 6 weeks. This course is available to take individually or as part of a degree...
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Personality Theories And Counseling Models

This course enables students to differentiate among the primary theoretical models of personality theory and counseling practice, including psychodynamic, affective, cognitive behavioral, humanistic, interpersonal, multicultural, and systems theory. A focus on evidence-based practices that incorporate cultural diversity issues with population-specific approaches is significant feature of this course. Emphasis is on the importance of students recognizing belief systems that accurately reflect t...
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School Counseling: Administration

Participants examine the roles and responsibilities of administering school counseling programs. The processes of designing, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating comprehensive school counseling and guidance programs are analyzed. Emphasis is placed on the role of the school counselor as a leader and advocate in systemic change. This graduate-level course is 6 weeks. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Advisor. School Counseling and Guidance Programs Assessment Examine the need for...
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School Counseling: Delivery Of Services

Aligned with the national school counseling model, the primary focus of this course is on guidance curriculum, individual planning, responsive services, and system supports that advocate for every student’s academic, career, personal, and social success. Delivery components of effective K-12 school counseling programs are examined. Participants analyze current strategies, interventions, and trends to promote constructive partnerships and student wellness. This graduate-level course is 6 w...
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School Counseling: Foundations

Participants examine the history, services, settings, roles, and competencies of counselors in K-12 schools in the United States. Laws and ethical standards related to school counseling are explored. In addition, participants also examine important trends that continue to influence school counseling programs. This graduate-level course is 6 weeks. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Advisor. Foundations of School Counseling Review the historical development of counseling and guidance s...
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Caregiver Help 2: Depression and Grief

The emotional stress of caring for persons who are aging, chronically ill or disabled can be debilitating for family members as well as professional caregivers. This course addresses caregiver depression and grief and provides a three-step process that can help develop an attitude of creative indifference toward the people, situations and events that cause emotional stress. It offers suggestions for dealing with preparatory grief, an experience shared by families and professionals as they cope...
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Spirituality Unplugged: Assessing and Empowering Clients' Spirituality

About the Webinar This webinar teaches participants ways both to understand a client’s spirituality as well as ways that they can empower clients to effectively utilize their spiritual strengths in coping with illness, loss and grief. The webinar offers a hands-on approach to techniques such as spiritual autobiography, planning and developing rituals, and assisting clients to utilize other spiritual practices. Learning Objectives: 1) Define spirituality and differentiate it from r...
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Treating Anxiety in Bereavement: What All Grief Counselors Need to Know

About the Webinar Research suggests that anxiety is the preeminent emotion in acute grief, as well as a primary indicator of complicated mourning. Despite this, many grief counselors fail to appreciate the importance of anxiety and tend to focus relatively more attention on other emotions, such as depression, anger, and guilt. This is unfortunate, since anxiety after a loved one’s loss is often a significant concern and can create many problematic reactions, whether such anxiety is at “...
The Association for Death Education and Counseling

Grief: The Story of Love After Loss

About the Webinar The death of a loved one is a very common and uniquely challenging life experience — one of the most difficult a person can face. Love is the bedrock of grief and its guiding light as people find pathways through the pain of loss, reshape their relationship with the person who died, and remake their lives. However, for an important subgroup of bereaved people, troubling thoughts and feelings, problematic behaviors or inadequate support occurs and blocks the pathway. The ...
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A Brief Intervention to Mitigate Suicide Risk: The Safety Planning Intervention (SPI)

About This Webinar The Safety Planning Intervention (SPI), developed by Barbara Stanley and Gregory Brown, is an brief intervention which takes approximately 20-45 minutes to complete, provides patients with a prioritized and specific set of coping strategies and sources of support that can be used should a suicidal crisis occur. SPI is designed to help individuals lower their imminent risk for suicidal behavior by consulting a pre-determined set of potential coping strategies and a list...
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Helping Your Young Client Persevere in the Face of Learning Differences

Clinicians and teachers working with students struggling at grade level are committed to raising their students’ achievement potential by creating opportunities to learn. In order to accomplish this, they need to learn new techniques that can help encourage discouraged students – particularly those who have different ways of learning – by supporting and motivating them without enabling self-defeating habits. This course will provide new strategies and techniques for helping students mini...
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Living a Better Life with Arthritis: Eliminating Self-Defeating Behaviors

Every day, people unwittingly choose actions and attitudes that contribute to pain or lead to other less-than-desirable consequences for their health, relationships or ability to function. These actions and attitudes are what are called self-defeating behaviors (SDBs) and they keep us from living life to the fullest—if we let them. This course is a self-instructional module that “walks” readers through the process of replacing their self-defeating arthritis pain issues with healthy, posi...
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Biology of Aging: Research Today for a Healthier Tomorrow

What is aging? Can we live long and live well—and are they the same thing? Is aging in our genes? How does our metabolism relate to aging? Can your immune system still defend you as you age? Since the National Institute on Aging was established in 1974, scientists asking just such questions have learned a great deal about the processes associated with the biology of aging. Technology today supports research that years ago would have seemed possible only in a science fiction novel. This cours...
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Alzheimer's Caregiver Guide and Tips on Acute Hospitalization

This course is presented in two parts. Part 1 offers strategies for managing the everyday challenges of caring for a person with Alzheimer’s disease, a difficult task that can quickly become overwhelming. Research has shown that caregivers themselves often are at increased risk for depression and illness. Each day brings new challenges as the caregiver copes with changing levels of ability and new patterns of behavior. Many caregivers have found it helpful to use the strategies described in ...
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Economic Distress and Clinical Practice

This is a brief course that defines stress and its physical, emotional, cognitive, and behavioral responses and identifies the common indicators of financial stress. It demonstrates a model for performing a financial stress assessment that uses specific tools to identify impact, severity and components of financial stress. It goes on to illustrate a variety of interventions, including thought construct, self-narrative, meaning, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), disputing dysfunctional belief...
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