• 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.

Teaching and Reaching the Teenage Brain (Gr. 6-12)Teenager holding a brain graphic in their hand

March 14 | Live Online

This workshop will focus on the 21st century preteen and teenager in school. How do we connect with this young adult? Often giving them responsibilities can result in a mixed bag of outcomes.

Come to this workshop to better understand today's teenager. Gain new information regarding what brain research is telling us about accessing this age group in a learning environment.

Consider and discuss differentiating for students with a variety of diagnoses, such as ADHD and Autism, in an inclusive middle school or high school classroom environment.

Take away ideas to modify, adapt and accommodate to help them access not only their curriculum but gain self-regulation skills and better understanding of how they learn.

Model for Treating Anxiety, Depression and Low Self-Esteemperson wearing hoodie, seen from the back, looking out into the gray ocean

March 17 | Portsmouth

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.

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

March 24 | PortsmouthA group of older elementary students talking and smiling together

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.

Motivation, ADHD, and LearningDespondent-looking girl with head on desk

March 31 | Live Online

In this workshop you will look at current issues in the psychology of motivation, especially in relation to ADHD students.

Topics will include:

  • literature on motivation, including psychological and educational issues;
  • the role of motivation in the functioning of ADHD students;
  • research on the brain and its effect on motivating behavior, functioning, and learning;
  • how ADHD and certain breakdowns in brain function impact motivation;
  • and strategies for teaching motivation and learning to ADHD students.

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

Empathy and SEL: How to Build More Connectivity and Empathy in the ClassroomA young girl trying to engage a boy who has given up

New date - MARCH 29! | Browne Center, Durham

Social Awareness and Relationship Skills are two of the Core Competencies of Social Emotional Learning as defined by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL).

Empathy is the glue that holds these two competencies together. Our ability to nurture and teach empathy is necessary for a well-rounded educational experience and vital to healthy students, schools and communities.

This experiential and interactive workshop will expose participants to the science and pedagogy of empathy-based programming and offer tools and activities that can be used immediately with students or clients.

Cognitive Frameworks in SELYoung kids in a classroom sitting on the floor with teacher

March 27 | Live Online

There are several major cognitive functions required for successful development and participation in social/emotional learning. Learn what they are, how they impact each other, and what it looks like in the classroom, so we can better remove barriers, provide supports, and teach skills in these areas.

When we understand the role of cognitive functions in learning/behaviors, we can better understand these deficits as lagging skills instead of laziness, bad choices, or opposition. Then, we’ll build your toolbox of practical and evidence based classroom strategies that are brain based to better help students with social/emotional challenges.

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

Teenage girl staring at a wall with arrows pointing left and rightIn-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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