UHCL to co-host school counseling spring institute

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University of Houston-Clear Lake School of Education is teaming up with the Bay Area Counseling Association, and the Teen and Police Service Academy, also known as TAPS, to co-host the Collaborative Bilingual Counselor Training Spring Institute for mental health professionals and educators. “Dismantling the School to Prison Pipeline” is the event’s theme, which will be held May 3, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the university’s Bayou Building, 2700 Bay Area Blvd., Houston, TX 77058.

A strong link exists between school dropout rates and incarcerations, known as the school-to-prison pipeline. One in three juveniles sent to the Texas Youth Commission are school dropouts, and more than 80 percent of Texas adult prison inmates are school dropouts. Concern is that the zero tolerance disciplinary policy in place at Texas schools today, which remove thousands of juveniles from the classrooms, sending them to in-school and out-of-school suspensions, can ultimately become a gateway into the justice system. The full day workshop will review and discuss positive behavioral interventions and supports, an approach many believe to be a possible solution.

General sessions and breakout sessions topics include the following: using positive behavioral interventions and supports to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline; managing the classroom using the positive behavioral interventions and supports framework; what educators need to know about second language acquisition; recognizing parent obstacles and building parental involvement; examining zero tolerance; and understanding the underlying causes of child and adolescent behavioral issues.

Onsite registration is $35 and includes seven continuing education units, continental breakfast and lunch. For additional information, contact Tara Warner at warner@uhcl.edu.

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University of Houston-Clear Lake offers more than 80 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including a doctoral program, from its four schools, which include the School of Business, School of Education, School of Human Sciences and Humanities, and School of Science and Computer Engineering. In 2011, the university gained approval from the state to add freshman- and sophomore-level courses to its roster and is currently planning for its first freshman class in fall 2014. For more information about the university, visit http://www.uhcl.edu.



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