OPEN WORKSHOPS

   

UDO hosts regular professional development experiences for teachers, parents and child-serving professionals — anyone who works with or spends time with young people. These experiences are open to everyone and registration can be completed online by using the links below or by telephone (410-444-5415). Payments can be processed directly online with a credit card and check payments can be mailed to our office for processing.

Below is a list of the open workshops that are currently on the calendar and open to the public. All workshops are offered at the TranZed Alliance Conference Center in Baltimore, MD from September 2016 through May 2017.

Questions? Call the UDO office at 410-444-5415.

  

"WOW! I just experienced the best workshop ever! I learned so much and left empowered and invigorated!"

— Workshop Participant             

November 14, 2018

Trauma and the Brain: The Developmental Impact of Trauma in Childhood
9-4 | TranZed Alliance Conference Center, Baltimore, MD 
Presented by Frank Kros, MSW, JD

Key discoveries in neuroscience have revealed a more comprehensive and sophisticated understanding of the impact of trauma on the developing brain. With incredible specificity, scientists have mapped how the experience of abuse in childhood changes the growing brain and predisposes it to psychiatric disorders in adulthood. Child abuse produces severe stress in the brain. The body's physiological response to stress impacts the brain at a highly vulnerable period in its development. This overwhelming exposure to physiological stress in the brain results in enduring alterations in brain structure and function including gene expression, mylenation, neurogenesis, synapogenesis and neural morphology. These alterations pave the way for "inward directed" problems like depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation and post-traumatic stress disorder and/or "outward directed" problems such as aggression, addiction and impulsiveness. Understanding the specific consequences of abuse on the growing brain can significantly inform interventions and inspire new approaches for the focus and goal of treatment for child abuse victims. [click here] 

COST
Individual: $149.00 per person | Group Rate (3 or more): $129.00 per person 

Click here to register 

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December 7, 2018

Giving a Fish a Bath: The Untold Story of the Adolescent Mind 
9-4 | TranZed Alliance Conference Center, Baltimore, MD 
Presented by Frank Kros, MSW, JD

Ever think the adolescent mind was impossible to understand? Recent discoveries in neuroscience offer exciting insights into how the brains of our teens really work and the special “brain-based” challenges facing adolescents as they mature. This workshop reveals why teens are especially vulnerable to drug use, high-risk peer influences and depression as well as the proactive measures adults can take to minimize a teen’s exposure to these dangers. This seminar also addresses the often mystifying role of hormones on adolescent development and focuses on the key roles that stress and sleep have on teen learning processes. In addition, the workshop offers strategies compatible with the many strengths and opportunities available during this miraculous developmental period, including helping teens to develop positive character traits. If you’ve ever thought that the adolescent mind could not be understood, this workshop will arm you with the latest insights and information on knowing and empowering the teenage brain. [click here] 

COST
Individual: $149.00 per person | Group Rate (3 or more): $129.00 per person 

Click here to register 

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December 12, 2018

Right From the Start: Building Great Brains from Birth to Age Five 
9-4 | TranZed Alliance Conference Center, Baltimore, MD 
Presented by TBD

There is no better time to invest in building really extraordinary brains than in the first few years of life. Neuroscience is overflowing with fresh insights and valuable information on nurturing and educating young brains. From birth to age 5, the brain has very specific emotional, physical, nutritional and intellectual needs. When these needs are adequately met, brains flourish. When these needs are not met, highly predictable consequences result that require targeted interventions for correction. [click here] 

COST
Individual: $149.00 per person | Group Rate (3 or more): $129.00 per person 

Registration opening soon! 

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January 19-21, 2019

Creating Connections: A Transformational Approach to Brain-Based Presenting 
9-4 | TranZed Alliance Conference Center, Baltimore, MD 
Presented by Frank Kros, MSW, JD

COST
Individual: $499.00 per person 

Click here to register 

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January 24, 2019

Beyond Poverty: Brain-Inspired Ways to Understand and Respond to Poverty
9-4 | TranZed Alliance Conference Center, Baltimore, MD 
Presented by Frank Kros, MSW, JD

Poverty has a synergistic and pervasive negative impact on children’s brains. Given the many developmental windows occurring in childhood, poverty often wreaks havoc on the brain’s ability to grow and function optimally. In this workshop, participants will learn the specific impact of poverty on the developing brain, the outcomes of that damage in the classroom and the community, and the interventions that can be used to overcome poverty’s effects. Specific, research-based strategies for combating the negative impact of poverty on learning will be introduced for infants, pre-school and school-aged children. [click here] 

COST
Individual: $149.00 per person | Group Rate (3 or more): $129.00 per person 

Click here to register 

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February 7, 2019

Rethinking ADHD: What Works, What Doesn't and Why 
9-4 | TranZed Alliance Conference Center, Baltimore, MD 
Presented by TBD

Many believe that children with ADHD suffer from poor parenting or lack the moral fortitude to behave appropriately. Nothing could be further from the truth. ADHD is a physiological disorder of the brain with definite, predictable behavioral consequences. This workshop uses brain scanning technology to illustrate the physiological differences in the development of brains with and without ADHD. Equipped with this new knowledge on the nature of ADHD, this seminar explores how the ADHD brain works differently from non-ADHD brains and provides scores of practical interventions for improving learning and behavior. Participants learn how to become “the surrogate frontal lobes” for their ADHD students and how to change their view of ADHD from a purely behaviorally disorder to a unique brain construct that can be accommodated with highly successful outcomes. [click here] 

COST
Individual: $149.00 per person | Group Rate (3 or more): $129.00 per person 

Registration opening soon! 

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March 7, 2019

Change Your Language, Change Their Lives: What You Can Say Differently Today to Transform the Tomorrows of Our Youth 
9-12 | TranZed Alliance Conference Center, Baltimore, MD 
Presented by TBD

Neuroscience discoveries have revolutionized our understanding of how the brains of our children learn and grow. In particular, brain research reveals how the specific language used by adults who teach, mentor, counsel and parent youth has a much more profound effect on their development than previously realized. Learn the four powerful “Languages of the Brain” that will transform the lives of the children you serve. Walk away with a new way of talking to youth that builds resilience, promotes intrinsic motivation, enhances cognitive stimulation and creates kaleidoscope thinkers. What you say matters, more than you ever knew! [click here] 

Conquering Boredom, Apathy and Indifference in the Classroom: Strategies to Engage, Excite and Motivate Your Students 
1-4 | TranZed Alliance Conference Center, Baltimore, MD 
Presented by TBD

Do you have students who appear to have no interest in their own education? Do they appear dull and lifeless in class? Are teacher’s frustrated with how to reach these students and break through the apathy? Today’s student brains are different than in past generations. Raised on technology, socially connected via multi-media, and with an entertainment orientation toward learning, these brains are easily bored by traditional lecture-based learning. They present in the classroom as unmotivated, apathetic and indifferent to their educational career. But you can conquer the curse of boredom and transform them from “passive to passionate” with the strategies taught in this workshop. UDO will show you how to engage students every lesson, no matter what the content. You’ll learn the tools for putting students in charge of their own learning and turning their motivation level “upside down.” Most important, you’ll get the skills to put fun and excitement into your lessons without “losing control” of your classroom and you will dramatically increase student retention while you are doing it. You’ll love how your students respond to these strategies! [click here] 

COST
Individual: $149.00 per person | Group Rate (3 or more): $129.00 per person 

Registration opening soon! 

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March 27-29, 2019

Trauma and Learning: Responding to the Developmental Impact of Trauma in Childhood 
9-4 | TranZed Alliance Conference Center, Baltimore, MD 
Presented by Frank Kros, MSW, JD

Updated description coming soon. 

COST
Individual: $299.00 per person

Click here to register  

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April 10, 2019

Trouble Letting Go: Understanding Addiction in the Adolescent Brain 
9-4 | TranZed Alliance Conference Center, Baltimore, MD 
Presented by Frank Kros, MSW, JD

In this workshop participants will learn why adolescents are more sensitive and more vulnerable to the effects of alcohol, nicotine, and drugs than adults are. This workshop will examine why this vulnerability exists and will provide concrete methods for both prevention and intervention. In addition, the process of addiction in the brain is examined with implications for changing addictive behaviors in adolescents. [click here] 

COST
Individual: $149.00 per person | Group Rate (3 or more): $129.00 per person 

Click here to register  

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April 30, 2019

Giving a Fish a Bath: The Untold Story of the Adolescent Mind 
9-4 | TranZed Alliance Conference Center, Baltimore, MD 
Presented by TBD

Ever think the adolescent mind was impossible to understand? Recent discoveries in neuroscience offer exciting insights into how the brains of our teens really work and the special “brain-based” challenges facing adolescents as they mature. This workshop reveals why teens are especially vulnerable to drug use, high-risk peer influences and depression as well as the proactive measures adults can take to minimize a teen’s exposure to these dangers. This seminar also addresses the often mystifying role of hormones on adolescent development and focuses on the key roles that stress and sleep have on teen learning processes. In addition, the workshop offers strategies compatible with the many strengths and opportunities available during this miraculous developmental period, including helping teens to develop positive character traits. If you’ve ever thought that the adolescent mind could not be understood, this workshop will arm you with the latest insights and information on knowing and empowering the teenage brain. [click here] 

COST
Individual: $149.00 per person | Group Rate (3 or more): $129.00 per person 

Registration opening soon! 

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May 15, 2019

The New IQ?: Understanding and Teaching Executive Function Skills In and Out of the Classroom
9-4 | TranZed Alliance Conference Center, Baltimore, MD 
Presented by TBD

Teaching young minds to think—clearly and efficiently—is a universal goal of parents and teachers alike. Thinking skills such as planning, goal setting, organizing, prioritizing, self-monitoring, accessing working memory, inhibitory (impulse) control and sustaining focused attention are critical to academic, vocational and relationship success at every age. Most important, the development of these skills allows youth to mature into independent, healthy and functional adults. [click here] 

COST
Individual: $149.00 per person | Group Rate (3 or more): $129.00 per person 

Registration opening soon! 

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June 5, 2019

Beyond Poverty: Brain-Inspired Ways to Understand and Respond to Poverty
9-4 | TranZed Alliance Conference Center, Baltimore, MD 
Presented by Frank Kros, MSW, JD

Poverty has a synergistic and pervasive negative impact on children’s brains. Given the many developmental windows occurring in childhood, poverty often wreaks havoc on the brain’s ability to grow and function optimally. In this workshop, participants will learn the specific impact of poverty on the developing brain, the outcomes of that damage in the classroom and the community, and the interventions that can be used to overcome poverty’s effects. Specific, research-based strategies for combating the negative impact of poverty on learning will be introduced for infants, pre-school and school-aged children. [click here] 

COST
Individual: $149.00 per person | Group Rate (3 or more): $129.00 per person 

Click here to register 

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June 18, 2019

Mind Management: Neuroscience, Self-Care and Life Success 
9-4 | TranZed Alliance Conference Center, Baltimore, MD 
Presented by Frank Kros, MSW, JD

The purpose of this workshop is to share with attendees practical, research-supported techniques for keeping in top mental condition — even under the stresses and challenges of career, family and personal life. Drawn from the latest neuroscience, this session will show attendees how to keep their minds in the best possible shape emotionally, psychologically and spiritually. Participants will learn how to develop a high level of mental fitness and extraordinary psychological health. In addition, participants will be shown how to accelerate their learning, deepen their relationships and effectively resolve stress. [click here] 

COST
Individual: $149.00 per person | Group Rate (3 or more): $129.00 per person 

Click here to register 

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