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             

January 24, 2018

Right From The Start: Building Great Brains From Birth to Age Five 
9-4 | TranZed Alliance Conference Center, Baltimore, MD
Presented by Ellen Abramson, MA

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 

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February 17-19, 2018

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

This is a unique learning experience for professionals who present, teach, train or who want to motivate and influence any group of people. "Creating Connections" is a powerful, practical, cutting-edge workshop illustrating how recent discoveries in neuroscience can be used to dramatically increase the impact of presentations, trainings, academic courses, and leadership and teamwork retreats.

Every participant will receive immersion in UDO's copyrighted "C-DARC" presentation model that uses neuroscience principles to help you organize and deliver highly memorable presentations. You'll also receive individual, personal coaching on your own delivery style, multiple opportunities to present using the techniques taught while receiving expert feedback and a culminating experience where your final performance is videotaped and critiqued. This is a positively intense learning experience that will dramatically improve your skills.

COST
Individual: $499.00 per person 

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February 28, 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

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March 21, 2018

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 Shauna King, Ed.S.

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 

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April 13, 2018

Two Workshops, One Day!

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 Shauna King, Ed.S.

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 Shauna King, Ed.S.

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 (for both workshops) 
Individual: $149.00 per person | Group Rate (3 or more): $129.00 per person 

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April 26, 2018

Walk the Brain Path 
9-12 | TranZed Alliance Conference Center, Baltimore, MD
Presented by Frank Kros, MSW, JD 

For educators, parents and other child-serving professionals who want to optimize the learning performance of their students, children and youth; this is the place to start. If you are interested in how the brain learns and excited about the potential of neuroscience for accelerating this learning process, this topic effectively translates brain science into tools you can use immediately.

You'll learn the anatomy of the brain and the structures that most heavily influence human learning. You'll recognize teaching methods that support this learning process and be equipped to identify teaching techniques that block the brain's natural ability to learn. This session offers low-cost and no-cost strategies to enhance learning, increase problem solving ability, boost motivation and expand information retention. Not only will you be empowered to help kids learn better, you'll accelerate your own learning ability!

COST
Individual: $99.00 per person  

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May 16, 2018

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 

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June 27, 2018

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 

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