On-Site Consultations

On-site consultations are provided to administrators who plan professional development seminars. Staff issues and concerns are addressed. Motivational and leadership issues are also discussed.

On-site consultations are provided to teachers to help them develop productive ways in which to share difficult information with parents. Classroom strategies are devised. Recommendations are made for in-depth follow-ups for children that are of concern.

Seminars For Students

Dealing with Unwanted Advances - This seminar focuses on ways in which young people make decisions that are sometimes difficult. They learn to handle situations that are uncomfortable and often confusing. These include situations that may involve sex, drugs and partying. This seminar involves the students in a structured format that encourages participation.

Eating Disorders - Students are provided with a forum in which they can express the fears and concerns that so often lead to serious eating problems. Early symptoms of eating disorders are discussed. The format includes a questionnaire and follow-up discussion.

Park East offers a wide range of services to schools, nursery through senior high. This includes seminars for administrators, teachers, parents and students, on site consultations, psycho-educational testing and counseling. We customize seminars that address specific concerns and needs a school may have.

Professional Development Seminars

Dealing With Difficult People - Dealing with difficult people is a problem in all areas of life - personal and professional. In this seminar we will learn to assess the context in which encounters with difficult people occur and present specific techniques for reaching desired goals. Participants will learn how to create a non-defensive posture, resist a provocative encounter, encourage an open dialog while maintaining control of the exchange and hear the real concerns behind a hostile presentation. In group exercises we will analyze scripted situations and apply appropriate techniques for successful resolution.

Team Building - Building an effective teaching team involves the clear structuring of responsibilities, acknowledging each individual's area of expertise, and establishing a cooperative spirit. We will discuss the elements that make an effective team and then use that structure to analyze your team. These will include clearly articulated goals and objectives, accountability and feedback on progress toward goals and support for each team member. Factors that contribute to ineffective teams will be identified. These will include blurry & overlapping responsibilities, within team competition, and rigid and inflexible structure. How to resolve differences when they arise will be discussed and methods of resolving disagreements effectively will be outlined.

Communication in the Workplace - Skills of relating and communicating with others are crucial for success and satisfaction in the workplace. Effective communication lies in what you say, how you say it and how you listen to others. In this seminar, the different elements of effective speaking and the varied styles of communicating what you have to say will be identified. The skills of listening will be demonstrated and the factors that inhibit successful listening will be illuminated. Structured exercises, role-plays and anecdotal situations will give participants the opportunity to see, learn and practice these skills. Individual questionnaires will be given to each individual to complete both at the beginning and end of the seminar so they can target their strengths and areas for growth.

Preventing Teacher Burnout - Enthusiastic, dedicated teachers are a school's most valuable resource. Retaining these teachers involves being alert to signs of burnout and ameliorating the factors that contribute to it. In this workshop we will identify specific symptoms, including psychosomatic complaints and behavioral manifestations, such as increased anxiety, moodiness, frustration and irritability. Factors that lead to burnout will be outlined and specific methods for addressing these factors will be presented. Structured exercises and a checklist participants can utilize in the analysis of burnout factors in their individual schools will be included.

Overcoming Resistance To Change - Rigidity, fear and defensiveness can cause people to put up a wall of resistance, creating obstacles to change, sowing dissension, and impeding intellectual and structural growth. In this seminar we will identify overt and covert forms of resistance, including passive resistance, sabotaging, and blatant defiance. Specific strategies for dealing effectively with resistance will be taught. In addition, common pitfalls when introducing change and how they can cause resistance will be discussed. Anecdotal situations will be presented highlighting effective and ineffective responses to resistance when it occurs.

The The Administrative Challenge: Forging Alliances, Building Relationships, and Maintaining Integrity - Successful administrators require a broad range of interpersonal skills. They must at times be managers, motivators, mediators, disciplinarians and even counselors. In addition, they must deal with numerous personalities, needs, demands and regulations. In this seminar we will teach specific skills and techniques, identify sensitive situations that administrators confront, and provide opportunities to apply the strategies taught in structured exercises and role-plays.

Dealing With Anger - Feelings of anger - both your own and that of others - can cause people to lose their focus, get caught in unproductive exchanges and create additional and unnecessary stress. We often struggle with how to cope with anger - how to counter it when it is directed as us, how to express it when we feel it ourselves and how to inhibit our response if necessary. There is a broad repertoire of responses that can help a person become more effective and less stressed. How to develop effective and strategic responses in a variety of situations will be examined. These will include: dealing with angry parents or colleagues in the school setting, maintaining one's professional role, and controlling the tenor of the exchange. Structured exercises will be given to the participants, including anecdotal situations that they will have the opportunity to critique.

Mediating Differences - In even the best school communities, differences can arise from issues that are minor and insignificant to those that are major and of considerable importance. This can include differences among staff members, parents, between parents and staff, staff and administrators, etc. Unless these differences are resolved so that no one feels they are a loser, dissension and stress result; an atmosphere of dissatisfaction, competition and distrust can ensue. In this seminar methods for resolving disagreements will be outlined and specific strategies and techniques will be taught and applied to anecdotal situations.

Parent-Teacher Conferences - Structuring a conference so you have maximum control is a key element to successful parent-teacher conferencing. Specific concepts and strategies to accomplish this will be discussed. These will include giving information to parents that may be difficult for them to hear, dealing with parents with whom you are uncomfortable and maintaining a non-defensive and non-judgmental posture. Each area of discussion will include structured exercises and role-plays.

Sharing Difficult Information - Sharing difficult information with parents about their children can be a highly stressful and delicate task. How to tell parents information that will be difficult for them to hear and to tell it to them in a manner that they can hear it, is a highly developed skill. Balancing how much to tell, how to phrase it, and how to state it so that the concerns are clearly understood is a challenging endeavor. Being able to manage defensive and possibly angry responses is an additional skill a teacher must master. This seminar will address these issues and provide practical guidelines and strategies that can be employed.

The Difficult Child In The Classroom - Teachers must know how to deal with many children - from the easiest to the most difficult and with the wide range of behaviors these youngsters present. This seminar offers both a practical and conceptual framework designed specifically for understanding the difficult child. Techniques for addressing behavioral problems in the classroom are discussed and situations are presented for discussion. Opportunities are given for participants to present examples from their teaching experience.

Parenting Seminars

The Battle of Wills - Setting Limits and Reducing Strife - The setting of limits will be examined in terms of family dynamics and child development. This will include the establishment of boundaries and the empowerment of parents. Practical strategies, including how to avoid conflict and manage confrontation will be presented.

Sibling Rivalry - Parents with more than one child will inevitably face the problems of sibling rivalry at one time or another. This seminar helps parents sort out the sibling rivalry that is friendly, useful and acceptable from that which has less productive overtones. It also presents strategies to deal with unproductive sibling rivalry.

Parenting After Divorce -The task of parenting can be more complex once you have divorced. Issues that emerge with your child sometimes involve your ex-spouse, and sometimes only you and your child. Love, loyalty, discipline, protection from disputes, can become parenting traps. In this seminar many of the pitfalls that frequently occur will be discussed as well as possible solutions to these problems.

Identifying the Gifted Child - Identifying a child's giftedness early on is essential so that his or her talents can be recognized and special needs addressed. This seminar will outline the behaviors typical of gifted children and the steps to take to enhance their development.

Parent-Child Communication - Effective communication is a skill. How to listen so that your child is encouraged to speak openly to you and how to speak to your child so that he or she listens are skills that are discussed and demonstrated.