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 2015 Professional Development Institutes

Petra Hesse
Bullying and Cyberbullying: Incidence, Causes and Prevention
PDI 556 (professional development only/non-credit)
Hybrid Course
Tuition: $625.00
On-campus Dates: May 29 & 30, 9am-3pm
Additional 12 hours will be online.
Instructor: Petra Hesse

Parents and teachers have been concerned about bullying among older elementary and middle school students for the past two decades. Bullying has been implicated in teen suicides and in school shootings. Researchers have studied why some children bully, why others become victims, why bystanders do not help the victims or confront the bullies, and what teachers and parents can do to intervene. In recent years, bullying has moved into cyberspace, and is occurring via e-mail, text messages and social networking sites. Similar to face-to-face bullying has been blamed for teen depression and suicides, and teachers and parents have wondered about their in prevention. In this institute we will review what is known about the incidence, causes, effects and prevention of bullying and cyber-bullying. We will also explore whether bullying and cyber-bullying are similar or different phenomena. Are the characteristics and motives of bullies, victims and bystanders the same in face-to-face contacts and in cyberspace? Are interventions similar of different in personal and in virtual space? The institute participants will gain a solid understanding of current research on bullying and cyber-bullying and of best preventive practices.

Petra HesseProf. William Sharp
Supporting Children's Emotional Development in Schools and Communities

PDI 554 (professional development only/non-credit)
Hybrid Course
Tuition: $625.00
On-campus Dates: June 25-27, 9am-5pm
Additional 12 hours will be online.
Instructors: Petra Hesse, Christine Morton, and William Sharp

This three-day institute has been developed in response to concerns voiced by many teachers and other human service professionals and reports by the Surgeon General, the American Psychological Association and other organizations indicating that 20 to 25% of children in the U.S. suffer from emotional problems, but frequently do not receive any professional help. This institute has been designed to support teachers, parents, and counselors in their efforts to strengthen children's emotional development in schools and communities.


How to Register

Register and Pay Online (Click on the 2015 Summer Professional Development Institutes listing)


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 (checks or vouchers) must be received to complete your registration. Make checks payable to Wheelock College.

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