Professional Development Institutes

Wheelock College Professional Development OpportunitiesDesigned for today's busy professional, Wheelock's Professional Development Institutes are intensive programs that can help you boost your skills, advance your career, and earn undergraduate or graduate credit and/or valuable Professional Development Points (PDPs) or Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

Most of our Professional Development Institutes (PDIs) are offered evenings and weekends on a compressed schedule, which may be as short as one session. Some also include an online component, allowing you to gain the benefits of face-to-face learning while reducing the time you spend commuting.

Wheelock's PDIs are designed for nonprofit leaders, school principals, teachers, early childhood and other education professionals, social workers, child life specialists, and others dedicated to improving the lives of children and families.

Summer 2014 Professional Development Institutes

Gail Dines BioDiane Levin bio
PDI 523 - Media Madness: The Impact of Sex, Violence & Commercial Culture on Adults, Children and Society

July 7 - 10, 2014
3 Graduate Credits/67.5 PDPs
Instructors: Gail Dines and Diane Levin

For the 19th year, Wheelock College is offering a very popular summer institute on the role that the media (television, magazines, advertising, pornography, video games and music videos) plays in shaping our gender identity, our intimate relationships, our children’s lives, and ultimately our culture—and what we can do about it. The institute is taught by Dr. Gail Dines, author of PornLand: How Pornography Has Hijacked Our Sexuality, and Dr. Diane Levin, author of So Sexy So Soon: The New Sexualized Childhood and What Parents Can Do to Protect Their Kids and Remote Control Childhood: Combating the Hazards of Media Culture.

Participants will learn:
  • How media violence affects behavior and contributes to violence in society
  • How media images perpetuate and legitimize sexism, racism, consumerism and economic inequality
  • How political and economic forces shape the media
  • How media affects children’s ideas, learning, behavior and relationships
  • How to critically deconstruct media images and develop media literacy skills
  • How to become active in advocacy, community building, and grass roots organizing
  • How to work with children, families, schools, and the wider society to counteract the harm being caused and promote the positive

PRO 417/517 -
Welcoming LGBT Families In Education & Human Services
July 7- 11, 2014Prf. Ellie Friedland
Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm
Instructor: Ellie Friedland

Prepares Early Childhood and Elementary Educators, Child Life Specialists, and Social Workers to understand and meet the needs of LGBT- headed families and their children. Examines research and case studies on LGBT families and best practices for creating safe, welcoming environments. Introduces LGBT history; legal, medical and social systems; homophobia; heterosexual privilege; action for change.


Tuition and How to Register

Tuition and Registration Fees: Non-matriculated student/professional development: $1,005 tuition plus $10 registration fee. (Audit prices also available for PDI 523: Please contact Gail Dines at

Register Online (Click on Summer Graduate Courses and choose PDI 523 or PRO 417/517 from the alphabetical list of course numbers. For PRO 417/517, please be sure to choose the PDI option.)


Download the Graduate/PDI Non-Matriculated Student Registration Form. Complete the form with your choice of Professional Development Institutes and fax the completed form to 617-879-2099 or mail it to the Office of Graduate Admissions, Wheelock College, 200 Riverway, Boston, MA 02215. Payment must be included at the time of registration.

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