BCPDI 2018-2019

Burlington County Professional Development Institute

Your Resource for Professional Development in Burlington County

Workshop Contacts:

Bobbie Downs, Administrator BCPDI - bdowns@burlcoschools.org

Carrie Long, Administrative Assistant BCPDI - clong@burlcoschools.org

609-702-0500 ext. 7419


Workshop Information:

Location: All workshops will be held in the Media Center of the Burlington County Special Services School located at 20 Pioneer Boulevard, Westampton NJ unless otherwise noted.


Times: Workshops run from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm with registration beginning at 8:30 am, unless otherwise noted.

May 8th & 9th, 2019 (8:00am- 12:30pm)

Youth Mental Health First Aid- Certification Course


Presenter: Bobbie Downs, YMHFA Certified Instructor

Target Audience: Middle and High School Teachers, Counselors, CST Members, Paraprofessionals, Related Services Staff, Administrators


NOTE: THIS WORKSHOP IS FROM 8AM- 12:30PM ON EACH DAY. ATTENDEES MUST ATTEND BOTH SESSIONS AS 8-HOURS ARE REQUIRED FOR CERTIFICATION.


Workshop Description:

Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders.


All participants that attend will receive a nationally recognized certification and will be registered in the Youth Mental Health First Aid national database.


About the Presenter:

Bobbie Downs is the Director of the Educational Services Unit of the Burlington County Special Services School District. Prior to this position, she served as a teacher and then middle school principal at Burlington County Alternative School. She is a certified instructor for both Youth Mental Health First Aid and Mental Health First Aid. She is currently in the dissertation phase of her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership at Rowan University, where she also received her M.A. in School Administration.


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Deadline to register: May 1, 2019

May 15, 2019

AM Session: Anxiety Strategies and Interventions for Students (9:00-11:30am)


Presenter: Dr. Kerith Glass

Target Audience: Administration, school counselors, CST members


Workshop Description:

This workshop focuses on anxiety in children and adolescents. This will include common characteristics and qualities that may differ from anxiety in adults. Current school-based strategies and interventions will be discussed, such as cognitive behavioral therapy and student journaling. The main objective of this workshop is for participants to learn and acquire a variety of approaches to help students cope with their anxiety in different activities and environments throughout their school day. A lecture format, case study examples, experiential activities and group discussions will be used.


PM Session: Art Therapy: A School-Based Counseling Approach (12:30-3:00pm)


Presenter: Dr. Kerith Glass

Target Audience: Administration, School Counselors, CST members


Workshop Description:

This workshop will focus on the materials, projects and structure to incorporate art therapy as an approach for individual and group counseling sessions in the school setting. The objectives of this workshop are for participants to gain knowledge and have the opportunity to incorporate into their work the use of art to help students express themselves, especially if they work with students that have difficulty speaking about their concerns. Participants will learn to use art to assess and provide ongoing support for students through a variety of different structures and project ideas. The workshop will include lectures, case study examples, experiential activities and group discussions.


About the Presenter:

Kerith Glass, Ed.D. is a school psychologist for the Educational Services Unit (ESU) of Burlington County Special Services as well as an art therapist. For the past eighteen years, Kerith has had the opportunity to incorporate art therapy into school based approaches such as counseling and Child Study Team evaluations. In addition to her work at the ESU, Kerith has a small clinical art therapy practice for children, adolescents and adults in Camden County, NJ. She earned her Master’s Degree in Art Therapy from Drexel University and her Educational Specialist Degree in School Psychology from Rider University. Most recently, Kerith earned her Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership from Rowan University in March 2017.


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Deadline to register: May 8, 2019

Terms and Conditions

  1. The Burlington County Professional Development Institute (BCPDI) is comprised of districts in Burlington County who pay an annual membership fee. All employees of participating districts are permitted to attend any and all workshops free of charge for the school year in which a membership fee has been paid.
  2. A current photo ID issued by the registrant’s district and indicating he/she is an employee of said district is required for entrance to a BCPDI workshop. No person will be admitted to a workshop free of charge without proof of employment in a participating district on the day of the workshop.
  3. Employees of non-membership districts are able to register for any and all BCPDI workshops for a fee of $149 per workshop. Payment in the form of a purchase order, check or money order payable to the “Educational Services Unit - BCPDI” is required for admission on the day of a workshop. Cash and credit cards are not acceptable.
  4. Registrants are required to secure permission to attend a BCPDI workshop according to the “Request for Professional Development Leave” policies established in their districts. The BCPDI is not responsible for securing professional leave for any workshop participant.
  5. A Professional Development Certificate indicating the date and title of the workshop, the name of the presenter, and the number of professional development hours awarded will be provided at the conclusion of the workshop. No PD certificates will be issued prior to the conclusion of the workshop.
  6. In the event of inclement weather or other conditions that result in the cancellation of a scheduled workshop, information will be posted on the Burlington County Special Services School District website (www.bcsssd.k12.nj.us) under the ESU tab. An email will also be sent to all registrants. Every effort will be made to reschedule any cancelled workshop.

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