Continuing Education


Past Opportunities

Spring 2014
Center to Advance The Study of Loss – Park University
When Words Are Too Painful To Speak: Writing Our Loss Stories 
There are some losses that seem too painful to talk about. We may pride ourselves for making it through another day without acknowledging the deep pain we feel. Yet, somewhere inside, we know that we are not working through the pain of loss in a healthy fashion. Some of us may even experience distance from people close to us as they tire of hearing the painful depth of loss and fear we may not move forward in life. This group will create a safe haven where we can explore these losses by learning how to write out our stories and release some of the tension and fear we ourselves may hold. These groups are open to all, young and old, professional and general public, and include loss from employment, from relationships [i.e., divorce, etc.], or from the death of a close other.

October 18, 2013
Center To Advance The Study of Loss – Park University
Unacknowledged Grief of Professionals in End-Of-Life Scenarios: Weighing in on Emotional Boundaries
Is there a professional taboo on grieving when a patient/client dies? If so, what consequences does this have for the professionals and how might it impact the quality of care they provide to others? Emotion management is common among the bereaved and often shared by professionals who care for the dying and their families, as they work through the grief related to losing the people they provide care for. Self-care is preached and taught for those providing end-of-life care and counseling, but is it enough? And is it practiced? We will explore these often unspoken concerns and look at ways in which we can take down emotional walls and support one another by encouraging healthy grieving practices for all. This workshop is designed for professionals involved in end-of-life and bereavement care fields, as well as for students preparing for these respective careers.

March 2013 - Teaching American History Conference

April – May 2013 - ACT prep test program

July-August, 2013
Common Core: Participants increased understanding on how to begin the school year ready to provide quality instruction, as well as leadership for colleagues around the common core state standards.

Writing-Common Core: Participants developed specific grade level units based on the three types of writing presented in the Common Core State Standards.

Special Topics - Assessment and Grading #101: Participants developed a plan for setting learning goals for student achievement which will provide students with clear targets for their learning.

Content Area Literacy: Grades K-6 Content Area Literacy: Grades 6-12
These courses were designed to build a foundation for the meaningful incorporation of literacy strategies in content-area instruction.

Chinese Visiting Teacher Education Certificate Program
Chinese Visiting Student Summer Camp

Professional Development


Wine Tasting – Personal Enrichment Series

Kansas City Leadership Academy
In collaboration with the Hauptmann School of Public Affairs the Kansas City Leadership Academy provided leadership education, both academic and experiential for 20 young professionals, each receiving CEU’s

American Business Women’s Association Conference
264 Participants received CEU certificates

Basic Facility Security Awareness Training
The goal of security awareness is to provide the business community with the basic security information they need to know while performing their job functions. Community Base organizations and Bank Executives attended.

Global Business Seminar
International Business Protocol, Diplomacy & Cross-Cultural Applications held at the Mexican Consulate in Kansas City, MO. This event was attended by Sporting Innovations, Overland Park Economic Development Council, Clay County Health Department, Black & Veatch, City of Kansas City, MO, and InterMark 3, Inc.