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Please expand the listings below to learn more about past events and seminars. The Center for Professional Development is happy to provide more information about any of these events upon request. Presentation slides as well as speaker information is also available. Please join our mailing list to be notified of upcoming events and opportunities.


  • June 2017 
Join the Digital Age!

From entrepreneurs to enthusiastic novices to small business owners to teachers (and everywhere in between) - we all know of digital skills we wish we had. CPD, in partnership with Silicon STEM Academy, has the answer for you - our Join the Digital Age Series!

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  • June 2017 
STEM Summer Institute 2017

With so much buzz about STEM education - you don't want your students to be left behind! Are you interested in implementing the latest in STEM education and problem based learning (PBL) in your school? If so - we have the perfect professional development opportunity for you!

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  • June 2017 
Small Biz Boot Camp for Entrepreneurs, Freelancers, Clinicians and Non-Profit Innovators

Join your small-business colleagues to hear from a lively panel or entrepreneurs, social advocates and innovators about their successes, as well as obstacles they've faced.

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  • June 2017 
Leading From Within

This personal empowerment program is designed to help you become the leader you were meant to be in all facets of your life.

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  • June 2017 
Storytelling for Business: Tell Your Story to Connect with Customers

No matter what your business's goals your growth requires that you connect with people and the very best way to do that is through a story. But finding your business's story can be tricky.

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  • March - May 2017 
Critical Thinking, Innovation and Persuasion

A series of workshops led by marketing and organizational development expert Travis White, Ph.D. Dr. White will lead you in hands-on learning and exercises to use your brain and body to think more clearly and decide more effectively and converse more persuasively.

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  • May 2017 
Trauma Dynamics

Join national topic expert, speaker, clinical researcher and therapist Saj Razvi in exploring two cutting-edge developments in trauma therapy: body-based (or autonomic nervous system) psychotherapy and MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy.

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  • March - June 2017 
Introduction to Animal Abuse Evaluations

This graduate-level course will examine animal cruelty, defining the risk factors at the individual, community, and societal levels.

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  • March - May 2017 
Critical Thinking, Innovation & Persuasion

A series of workshops led by marketing and organizational development expert Travis White, Ph.D.

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  • February - April 2017 
Civic Education for Civic Engagement

Join national, regional, and local experts in this two-part workshop series as they share their insights about participatory democracy, from the basics on the legislative process to community organizing and protesting.

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  • October 2016 - February 2017 
Forensic Field Guide Series

Join Denver Metro Law Enforcement agents in a special series of interactive workshops that will bring the crime shows to you! Immerse yourself into the world of forensics, criminal minds, and the justice system and earn CE credits.

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  • January 12, 2017 
Introduction to Ethics Course

In this introductory course, Dr. Kerkhoff provided an overview of the four moral principles that are at the foundation of most ethical considerations: autonomy, nonmaleficence, beneficence and justice. Using in-class exercises and examples that class participants shared, Dr. Kerkhoff explained how you can identify the ethical principle(s) underlying all of the participants' professional activities.

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  • December 2016
December CAC Camp

The Center for Professional Development is proud to offer Certified Addiction Counseling Trainings at the University of Denver. Join instructors Thea Wessel and Erin Gazelka and take the courses you need to complete your certification. Take all seven courses at one time or choose whatever courses you still need a la carte! More CAC courses coming soon.

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  • October 15, 2016 
Working with Transgender, Transsexual, and Gender Nonconforming Clients Conference

The Center for Professional Development (CPD) in partnership with the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW), Gender Identity Center of Colorado (GIC), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS): Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Office of the Assistant Secretary of Health (OASH), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and Office for Civil Rights (OCR) are proud to have presented a one-day intensive workshop for clinicians focused on working with transgender, transsexual and gender nonconforming clients.

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  • September 23-24, 2016 
Innovations of Narrative Therapy

David Epston, a co-founder of Narrative therapy in partnership with Michael White, was joined by Travis Heath and marcela polanco in inviting the audience to explore innovative practices and applications of this approach to psychotherapy; an approach involving the listening for and telling of stories, utilizing language and politics to shape narratives of hope and change. 

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  • August 3, 2016 
Division 18 Annual Conference

The Psychological Footprint of Mass Casualty & Intense Traumatic Events on Victims, Responders, and the Larger Community 

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  • April 20, 2016 
Marijuana Summit

The University of Denver Sturm College of Law and the Center for Professional Development presented the Marijuana SUMMIT, featuring speakers representing Denver Law, Daniels College of Business, and the state of the science in Psychology and Biology. 

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  • April 18, 2016 
Compassion in Action

A Social justice workshop with Indian human rights activist Anuradha Bhosale, whom offers an in-depth, first-person account of the current issues surrounding women's rights in India.

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  • January-May, 2016 
Brain Rounds

Monthly lectures in translational science. Thought leaders in neurology, psychology, biology, neuroscience, and more delivering interdisciplinary lectures.  

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  • February 5, 2016 
Couples Interventions 2016

An interactive workshop on best practices and modern innovations in the field of couples therapy. This whole day conference utilized panels, break out sessions, and discussion groups to provide participants a unique experience rich with options and and exposure. 

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  • November 9, 2015 
Military & Veterans Community Awareness Panel

The University of Denver and a panel of distinguished experts presented discussion about the resource needs, mental health, advocacy, and community support of military personnel and veterans in Colorado.

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  • November 6, 2015 
The Dyslexia Debate

The University of Denver’s Morgridge College of Education and Center for Professional Development presented this all-day interactive symposium exploring the construct of dyslexia, how children learn to read, why some children struggle, and what we can do to improve literacy outcomes for all students.

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  • October 23, 2015 
Expert Witness Bootcamp

The University of Denver Denver FIRST, Center for Professional Development, and Sturm College of Law, in conjunction with the the Sport and Performance Psychology program in the Graduate School of Professional Psychology, present Expert Witness Boot Camp—a unique, real-world courtroom training opportunity for mental health professionals. Focusing on performance optimization and courtroom skills-building, the first part of the program equips participants with the same performance optimization skills used by professional athletes. These sessions are led by internationally recognized faculty from the Sport and Performance Psychology program. The second half of the program—led by Sturm College of Law faculty and alumni—provides special insight into courtroom procedure, the role of the expert witness, working effectively with attorneys, and managing cross-examinations.

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  • April 10, 2015 
DSM-5: A Workshop for Clinicians

Dr. Lynette Henderson-MetzgerDr. Lynette Henderson-Metzger, a University of Denver professor, presented this clinician workshop to highlight the editions and changes made during the DSM's newest revision. The lecture demonstrated the important and sometimes controversial changes between the DSM versions. Dr. Henderson-Metzger focused on knowledge and information which was critically relevant for clinical practice in the mental health field. The seminar was approved for 3.0 CE credits by APA