• K-12 Education & Counseling/Social Work
    Education & Youth Services

UNH Professional Development & Training offers a variety of non-credit, continuing education programs for professionals in education, counseling, and social work.

Topic areas include General Education, Paraprofessional and Special Education, Counseling and Social Work, K-12 Suicide Prevention, and more. You can enroll at any time with flexible class formats that include one-day workshops, multi-day certificates, boot camps, and online programs.

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New Workshop! Using Video Modeling and Peer Modeling to Teach SEL Skills

November 8, 2023 | Live Online

Peer models and video modeling are effective tools in teaching students social/emotional related skills because they provide the visual of what to do combined with the script of what to say in student friendly ways. Peer modeling allows students to practice their skills while also helping others and leaves students feeling empowered, connected, and more accountable. Video modeling can be a tool in helping students learn skills in real life contexts and scenarios that are meaningful. This workshop will show you how to structure the use of video modeling and peer modeling to teach, practice, and build social emotional skills in the CASEL Competencies of Self Awareness, Self Management, Social Awareness, Relationship Skills, and Responsible Decision Making. Learn how to implement these at the Tier I level to teach whole class expectations such as how to agree/disagree constructively, accept feedback, and what group work looks like as well as at the Tier III level to teach student goals such as “reading the room,” reframing negative self-talk, or using replacement/coping strategies. There will be opportunities to collaborate, work through scenarios, and apply the content to your setting so you leave with strategies you can implement tomorrow.

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Anxiety and Depression in Adolescent Girls

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October 16, 2023 | Live Online

Drug use, self mutilation, sexual acting out, panic attacks, truancy, sadness, social isolation and suicidal ideation can all be manifestations of clinical anxiety and depression in adolescent females.

This workshop will address how to differentiate mood disorders from "normal" adolescent moodiness and oppositional behavior. Descriptions of treatment tailored to this developmental period will be explored. This workshop is appropriate for people working in schools, group homes, and other related settings.

6.0 Category A Continuing Education hours for licensure have been applied for through NASW-NH.

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Teaching and Reaching the Teenage Brain

A teen holding an image of a brainOctober 17, 2023 | Live Online

This workshop will focus on the 21st century preteen and teenager in a school environment. Often, their behaviors can be unexpected and variable. Just 15 years ago, it was blamed on hormones. Now we know that the brain is going through a transformation. Come to this workshop to better understand the teenage brain and its ability to prune itself and specialize.  Gaining new information about this brain research can help us access this age group’s attention in a variety of learning environments. 

We will consider how to differentiate for all students, enhancing their self-awareness, ability to self-regulate and to take charge of their learning. We will look at accommodations, the use of technology and the benefits of truly connecting with this age group.

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Yoga and Mindfulness in the Classroom: Trauma-Informed Tools to Support SEL, Academic Success, Behavior, and Climate

August 14, 2023 | Manchester, NH

In this experiential session, learn how integrating simple, engaging, developmentally appropriate yoga and mindfulness practices, specifically designed for the time and space crunched classroom (including online classrooms) can be a convenient and effective way to promote the development of SEL competencies, positive climate, and student success.

Participants will learn a variety of practical strategies they can immediately use with their students and for themselves, as well as research, case studies, and best practices for building support in their school community. Illustrated handouts and access to a library of additional helpful resources will be provided.

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Understanding SEL Disorders in the Classroom

August 15, 2023 | Live Online

Whether there is an official diagnosis of a social/emotional disorder or a student who exhibits many of the symptoms, the impact on the classroom is similar. These students often struggle with interpersonal skills, engagement, problem solving, and resilience.

Get an overview of disorders including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Reactive Attachment Disorder, Anxiety, Depression, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and Autism, to understand how they impact classroom functioning as well as what instructional and environmental strategies teachers can implement to better support students with these needs.

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Social Awareness and Relationship Building in Middle Schools: An SEL Approach

August 16, 2023 | Portsmouth, NH

Navigating the social challenges of a middle school community is a collaborative effort. Using the SEL frameworks, this workshop will breakdown the Social Awareness and Relationship Skills competencies into user friendly, fun, and proactive lessons and activities for your students.

There will be active discussion and problem solving to ensure that you as the practitioner/educator are comfortable teaching and modeling the skills within these areas. You will learn to tailor activities to the needs of your students and school population. 

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Beyond the Lunch Bunch: Building Effective Social Skills Groups in Your School Community

August 18, 2023 | Portsmouth, NH

Working collaboratively, we will discuss ways to bring a social skills groups from an awkward lunch conversation to a social experience that your students enjoy and can identify and recognize that learning is taking place.  The workshop will focus on critical social skill development from understanding pragmatic language to navigating the world of relationships.  We will discuss how to shift the lens from the adults providing social skills curriculum and instructing the students on dos and don’ts of conversation-to goals and skills chosen by your students based on their daily experiences, social mistakes and successes.

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Building Resiliency Skills

August 21, 2023 | Portsmouth

Many of our students lack resilience and are unable to persevere when things get difficult or recover from setbacks. The fear of failure is often what impacts student performance beyond just raising their hand or taking tests and also affects how they perceive themselves, work with others, and problem solve obstacles. With the high percentage of students affected by trauma, or the increase of anxiety in the classroom, youth just aren't taking risks like they used to.

This course will delve into what the research says about resilience and offer environmental and instructional strategies to increase risk taking and perseverance.

Learn how to structure group activities that push students to collaborate, fail and recover, think out of the box, problem solve, reflect, and give and accept feedback. The structure of these activities align with CASEL core competency areas, can be easily applied to content related classes, and the skills transferred to various settings.

Come ready to move, play, and take home group activities that you can implement in your classroom tomorrow.

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Model for Treating Anxiety, Depression and Low Self-Esteem

September 22, 2023 | Manchester, NH

The integration of treatment techniques for clients with anxiety, depression and low self-esteem has been proven to help make treatment both effective and rapid.

In this workshop, you will learn to integrate motivational skills, bibliotherapy, cognitive, behavioral and interpersonal models of therapy to effect therapeutic change. Individuals who previously required months of therapy can now experience significant improvement in just a few sessions. An opportunity for both observation and hands-on practice will be available.

6.0 Category A Continuing Education hours for licensure have been applied for through NASW-NH.

Self-Care Resources for Educators

Empowering Educators Coping With Stress

Free 30-minute webinar led by Hannah Mariotti, Educational Consultant, and Sarah Wagner, School Psychologist. Based on UNH Professional Development & Training’s full-day workshop “Empowering Educators Coping with Stress.”

According to research nearly half of teachers experience high daily stress. How do we cultivate positivity, especially in challenging times? Learn to uphold an optimistic nature and renew your passion for teaching with research-based effective and simple steps that can be applied both in and out of the classroom.

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K-12 Suicide Prevention Training

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In-Service Training for Educators, Administrators, and Staff Working with Youth

This 2-hour training for school personnel meets the requirements set out in SB (Senate Bill) 282 for suicide prevention education in public and charter schools. Evidence-based training will include identifying:

  • youth suicide risk factors,
  • warning signs,
  • response procedures,
  • referral post-intervention,
  • and resources available within the school and community.

Requirements of the act, such as identifying a person within the school as  the point of contact when a student is believed to be at risk for suicide, and parent education will be reviewed.


Professional Skills Certificate

Are you intersted in deepening your skills, developing a competitive resume, or positioning yourself for a career change? A professional skills certificate is a great way to accomplish all of that. UNH Professional Development & Training offers certificate programs in 26 content areas.

Most of our certificate programs are self-paced and may be completed within two years with a range of electives and required workshops, which allows for customization to your interests within any certificate area. Certificate programs are time- and cost-effective and provide a strong foundation for the next phase of your career. Skill-build for the job you want!

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Digital Badges

In today's digital job market, first impressions can be everything. Leverage your professional presence with a digital badge to show off your hard-earned credentials. Whether on LinkedIn or your personal website, a digital badge demonstrates your professional competencies and qualifications at a glance.

UNH Professional Development & Training, in partnership with Credly, currently offers digital badges in six topic areas, and several are issued in partnership with an accompanying certificate program.

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Custom Workforce Training

Does your business or organization require group training? PD&T can help! Our Custom Training services offers a high-quality, individualized cirruculum, hands-on training with an instructor, and scheduling flexibility to meet your needs. Most of our signature programs can be customized for individual group trainings, or we're happy to work with you to develop a program just for you, no matter what the topic area.

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