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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 2018 Full Tuition - $560/credit hour


Assisting Grieving Children and Families                                                     G 1 Credit       
ED 501 01 (4488)                        Limit 20                                                           
Oct. 3 & 4                   W/R          4:30-9:00pm                                        
Oct. 13                         S                8am–4:30pm                                  Braden, Carol

Location:  SC114

This workshop will teach techniques to assist the bereaved child.  You will explore normal vs. complicated grief behavior, grief styles, why children fail academically, isolate themselves and often use disruptive behaviors in the classroom.  You will learn developmental stages, grief reactions, communication tools, group processes and the facilitator’s role in companioning children in their grief.  This course offers an option for interested participants in becoming a facilitator for Brooke’s Place.

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


Post-Secondary Options and Opportunities                                                 G1 Credit

ED 501 04 (4503)                 Limit 15                                                                       

Oct. 27 & Nov. 10        S        8am-4:30pm                                         Marsh, Amy/Easterday, Carroll

Location:  SC 114  

A practical examination of student exploration of, preparation of, preparation for and transition to postsecondary education, research and compile resources and develop a final project that will be useful to practicing professional school counselors.

Intended Audience: Middle/Secondary, Counseling, Special Education


School Counselor Boot Camp                                                                                G 1 Credit
ED 501 03 (4490)                  Limit 15                          
Sept. 29 & Oct. 6           S          8am-4:30pm                                      Samide, Laura

Location:  JH 208

Students will gain strategies, tools and resources to prepare for specific aspects of elementary school counseling, including classroom lesson delivery, individual counseling, advocacy and peer mediation.


Motivational Interviewing for School Counselors                                    G 1 Credit
ED 501 05 (4573)                         Limit 20                       
Nov 17 & Dec 8                  S         9am-4:30pm                                  Abel, Nick

Location:  SC 114

Motivational Interviewing is an evidence-based approach to counseling that gives professionals the tools to work through client resistance to change. Popular in substance abuse treatment, the approach also has great utility for school counselors. Come learn about and practice the basics of Motivational Interviewing in the 1-credit workshop.

Intended Audience:  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

LEADERSHIP  The Butler Way
College. Career. Community. You.

July 9-12, 2018 | Monday-Thursday  9AM-4PM
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 from July 9-12, 2018. 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
  • College and Career Readiness with Dr. Brandie Oliver
  • SMART goal setting, Team Building and Networking; Creative and Innovative Leadership; Back home application and experiential learning
  • Partnership with Indiana Sports Corp

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
  • Expand your knowledge of College and Career
  • Learn more about the Indy Sports Corporation
  • 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 and an individual award upon review of all goal action plans.

Please visit our 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. The first meeting date is January 18, 2018.  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, 2018.  Final application date is December 15, 2018.

*Conference dates are 8am-4pm on the following dates: 

February 7
April 11
June 6
August 8
October 10
December 12

Location: Butler University

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