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TEACH Butler Workshops

Please contact Cindy Smith at for College of Education Professional Development and School Counseling Workshops registration.

Professional Development Workshops

Fall 2020 Workshops  |  $580/credit hour


Career Development Preparedness                                         G 1 Credit       
ED 501 02 (4417)                       Limit 20                                   SCM 120                           
Sept. 26 & Oct.  3       S          8am–4:30pm                               Rickman, Stacey

This course involves a careful examination of career preparedness through the use of key elements from the dARE model focused on Discover, Ask, Research, and Execute. Discover – self-exploration, Ask – emotional presence, Research – critical thinking during search, and Execute – plan for cultural and social experiences. Emphases are on discovery of natural career interests, presence to emotional states experienced along the career journey, and application of critical thinking during research. This interactive and participatory course is for students at any stage in their understanding of career self-interests.

Intended Audience:  Middle/Secondary, Early/Middle Childhood, Counseling, and Administration


Assisting Grieving Children and Families                            G 1 Credit       
ED 501 03 (4461)                           Limit 10                             Online                                                   
Oct. 7 & 14 and          W            5:00-9:00pm                                        
Oct. 17                         S             8:00am–3:00pm                    Braden, Carol

This workshop will teach techniques to assist the bereaved child and explore unique grief styles of children and their family. You will learn developmental stages, grief reactions, communication tools, group processes and the facilitator’s role in companioning children.  This course offers an option for interested participants in becoming a facilitator for Brooke’s Place. (Instructor will contact you with link for online instruction.)

Intended Audience:  Middle/Secondary, Early/Middle Childhood, Counseling


Fun and Creativity in Elementary School Counseling           G 1 Credit
ED 501 01 (4416)                      Limit 20                                     SCM 120             
Oct. 10 & 24               S          8am-4:30pm                                 Altman, Sarah

Working with elementary students allows school counselors to provide fun and creative strategies to help them be successful! The workshop will provide some hands-on, take-away activities for graduate students.

Intended Audience: Early/Middle Childhood, Counseling 


School Counselor Boot Camp                                                 G 1 Credit
ED 501 04 (4418)                      Limit 15                                  SCM 120                      
Nov. 7 & 14                S          8am-4:30pm                              Samide, Laura

Students will learn to deliver effective classroom lessons, use data to determine efficacy and advocate for programming, establish an effective peer mediation program, coordinate programs for bully prevention, college/career readiness and more, support the needs of all students.Participants will learn Tier 1 and 2 accommodations to address many of the Indiana School Counseling Competencies for Students.

Intended Audience:  School Counseling

School Counseling Students Workshops

Workshops for school counseling students are now listed under TEACH Butler Professional Development Workshops. As a requirement of the School Counseling program, students must take six hours of workshop credit. Three of these six hours are required workshops.

Required workshops

Assisting Grieving Children & Families (offered each semester—must be taken fall, spring, or summer of year two).

The following two required workshops will be held a minimum of one time per academic year. Those on the regular track should plan to take these workshops in year three. Fast-track students will need to take the series in year two. These workshops will be offered on a rotating schedule of dates and times and must be checked each semester. 

The workshops in this series are:

  • Post-Secondary Planning for School Counselors
  • Crisis & Trauma in Schools

Elective Workshops

In addition, counseling students must pick three elective workshops to complete at some point in the program. Each semester, including Summer I and Summer II, there will be a variety of workshop course offerings. The TEACH Butler professional development workshops lists the available workshops each semester.

You are able to register for workshop courses prior to the start of the semester on your account just as you would a regular course. To enroll after the start of the semester, please see the Enrollment Procedures page.

Student Leadership | The Butler Way

Student Leadership The Butler Way
Cost:  $195 per student; covers instructional costs, t-shirt, lunch, and all supplies. 

Intended Audience:  High-school student conference; students may attend in teams or as an individuals

Butler University’s College of Education is hosting Leadership The Butler Way on campus. This conference is an exciting opportunity for young leaders in your high schools to learn how to implement The Butler Way in their personal lives, school experiences, future careers, and communities. Through interactive team-building activities, guest speakers, and collaborative conversations, each student will walk away knowing the importance of passion, servanthood, unity, thankfulness, and humility in leading others.

We encourage schools to send teams of 4-6 students. In addition, an adult sponsor may attend the conference with his or her team for free. Students may also participate individually, and we will form teams with other individual attendees. At the completion of the conference, each team will create a School-Based and/or Community-Based Goal Action Plan to submit to the College of Education. Upon review, Butler University’s College of Education will award a Butler Youth Service Award to one action plan developed after the conference.  

Highlights of the conference:

  • Neuroscience and the Brain! with Dr. Lori Desautels
  • SMART goal setting, Team Building and Networking; Creative and Innovative Leadership; Back home application and experiential learning

After attending this conference students will:

  • Demonstrate and practice team leadership through active group participation
  • Understand that it is within their power to make a difference in their school and community; identify individual strengths
  • Be inspired to DO something by creating an action plan to implement in their school and/or community
  • Identify The Butler Way principles and apply them to their school/community

Butler University’s College of Education will award a Butler Youth Service team award upon review of all goal action plans.

Please visit our STUDENT LEADERSHIP | The Butler Way online registration form​ or contact Cindy Smith at

EPIC | Butler University-IAPSS Superintendent's Academy

EPIC – Educators Preparing Inspired Change

Certificate in Education Leadership Excellence

The Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents, through their partners at Butler University’s College of EducationExecutive Education, and the Lacy School of Business, present EPIC, a groundbreaking leadership excellence program for Indiana’s Public School Superintendents.  EPIC is designed to position Superintendents for dynamic leadership in their districts.  Based on the feedback provided by superintendents throughout the state, the experience will build skill in many areas including:

  • Strategy Development
  • Budgeting/Finance
  • Change Management
  • Community/Stakeholder Outreach
  • Building a High Performance Team
  • Board Relations

The program is scheduled for six (6), one-day sessions* over a twelve (12) month timeframe with intercession work between sessions and space is limited to 24 Superintendents per cohort.  Along with accredited PGP hours, Superintendents who complete EPIC will receive certification through Butler University.

We are offering the second cohort pricing of $3,500 per Superintendent and also offering an early registration price of $2,500 if application is received by November 1 deadline.  Final application date is December 1.

To learn more about EPIC, visit  To register for the EPIC Superintendents Academy, please visit: