The Academic Staff Professional Development Programming Committee (ASPDPC) invites all staff and faculty to 2 training opportunities this semester, though priority will go toward academic staff. Registration is required and details are as follows:
DATE CHANGE: February 20, 2pm-4pm, online
“Autism Thinking” is designed to inform participants of the neurodevelopmental characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Topics include, but are not limited to: Executive Functioning, Context Blindness, Theory of Mind, Central Coherence, Joint Attention, and One-Channel Processing. An understanding of these characteristics and challenges arms participants with the knowledge required to support individuals with ASD in their daily lives (in the classroom, in the home, or in the community). This presentation ends with a discussion of the methods used to support individuals with ASD. These practical tools and strategies will help participants be proactive and confident in their efforts to support individuals with autism in a variety of settings.
Register for Autism Thinking, attendance is limited to 60 participants.
“Mental Health First Aid”
March 21, 8am-3pm, lunch included, in-person, location TBA
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) for Higher Education teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. This training — which focuses on the unique experiences and needs of college students — gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to the appropriate care.
Register for MHFA, attendance is limited to 30 participants.
Sent on behalf of the Academic Staff Professional Development Programming Committee (Christopher Ledvina, Daniela Beall, Katie Morois, Lynn Rotter, Pooja Agarwal).