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UOEXCEL professional development series starts Oct. 28 in PDX

The UO College of Education’s (COE) new professional-development series, UOEXCEL, will kick off Friday, Oct. 28 at the White Stag Block in Portland with a seminar entitled, "Return to Learn: Success at School Following Concussion."

The first seminar will be led by Ann Glang, PhD, and Melissa McCart, EdD, from the UO’s Center for Brain Injury Research and Training, along with McKay Sohlberg, PhD, from the Communication Disorders and Sciences program. They’ll be joined by David Kracke, a Portland-based attorney with extensive experience legislating brain-injury cases and Dr. Jim Chestnutt, a physician from Oregon Health and Sciences University who frequently treats athletic injuries.

"Our College of Education faculty and their collaborators are uniquely qualified to bridge the gap between their science and current practice," said Randy Kamphaus, dean of the College of Education. “We’re deeply committed to UOEXCEL as an authoritative training resource for school-based and other professionals in Oregon and beyond."

Attendees who complete UOEXCEL courses receive verification of completion, which individuals can use to generate professional development credit in their fields.

Other seminars will follow.  For example, on Friday, November 11th, Shoshana Kerewsky, PsyD, will lead a seminar called “Grief and Loss for Therapists and Educators,” a deep-dive into helping understand and assist individuals coping with tragic life events. Shoshana is the former Director of the College of Education’s popular Family and Human Services program and currently faculty in the college.

UOEXCEL is the University of Oregon’s Excellence in Community Education and Leadership professional development institute for educators, clinicians, and other professionals in the areas of education, human services, prevention science, and clinical disciplines. The faculty-led modules feature international authorities and experts renowned for inventing and perfecting the educational and professional techniques that they will be sharing.

These trainings on current and essential topics are designed to meet the professional development needs of teachers, counselors, psychologists, speech pathologists, social workers, and other education, human development, and mental health professionals dedicated to improving their daily practice.

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