UNK Professional Development Series

UNK Professional Development Series provides opportunities for students, professionals to learn more about behavioral health topics

UNK Professional Development Series

The UNK Department of Counseling and School Psychology is hosting its 10th annual Professional Development Series beginning September 26.

“It is designed to meet the continuing education needs of our alumni, current students, and people out in the field,” says Dr. Grace Mims, chair of the Department of Counseling and School Psychology. “The idea for the series started with our advisory council.  They said there is a great need for continuing education.  Anyone who has a license or certification has to continue to get training.”  The Professional Development Series helps to fill the need for continuing education in central Nebraska.

The series kicks off with two topics: Special Education Issues and Becoming an Expert Witness.  In the morning, participants will learn about changes to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act. That afternoon, school psychologists and other professionals will learn more about preparing to be an expert witness. 

The series continues throughout the academic year with five sessions on working with older adults, transitioning to the DSM-5, criminogenics, and working with military clients.  “Every year we try to do something new.  We try to keep it very relevant to the current issues and trends in the field,” says Dr. Mims.

The program is responsive to the needs of professionals. Participants can gain either Continuing Education or course credit for participating. Current students and other professionals who attend at least two sessions, do two assignments and develop a tool for use in their work can qualify for college credit from UNK.

To learn more about the series, including a schedule of sessions, view the Professional Development Series program brochure.  Participants can register online for any session of the series.  The cost is $30 for UNK Students and $75 for professionals.