Relationships Matter

Clinical Psychology offers a unique perspective on the challenges of teaching. The same skill sets that facilitate relationship building and healing in the consulting room are absolutely transferable to the classroom. During this workshop, participants learn how to adopt an engaging presence and use rapport building to bring optimism, warmth, and enthusiasm into the classroom. Participants also learn how to use active placebo effects and principals of behavior modification to increase student learning and build structures that support student risk taking.

Activities:

  • Answer pre-questions that guide focus and increase active learning.
  • Participate in open discussions about memorable learning experiences.
  • Engage in Socratic questioning.
  • Participate in individual demonstrations.
  • Learn strategies that increase participant movement.
  • Learn tips for humorous and poignant story telling.
  • Practice dyadic peer interactions.

Participants can claim a digital badge and certificate upon completing the workshop and a post-workshop survey.

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Workshop Facilitator

Juan R. Abascal, a graduate of Rutgers University and Kent State University, is a Clinical Psychologist and Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Miami Dade College. He was awarded an Endowed Teaching Chair and has received NISOD’s Excellence Award. Dr. Abascal was also honored with the Service Learning Professor of the Year Award. As a graduate of the Salzburg International Education Institute, Dr. Abascal has been involved in the Global Education Initiative, as well as the Earth Ethics Institute. He has served as a Department Chairperson, Associate Dean, Academic Dean, and Associate Provost for Academic Affairs. Dr. Abascal has conducted numerous seminars on effective teaching, personal effectiveness, and stress mastery. He is a co-founder of MindWorks International, Inc., a creative performance consulting firm focused on optimal functioning, effective teaching, and transformational leadership in institutions of higher learning.

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Dominic Brucato, a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and Kent State University, is a Clinical Psychologist and Professor of Psychology at Miami Dade College. He was the recipient of an Endowed Teaching Chair and the Service Learning Professor of the Year Award. He also served as a Core Council Member of the Earth Ethics Institute and was involved with the Global Education Initiative. Dr. Brucato co-founded MindWorks International, Inc., a creative performance consulting firm focused on optimal functioning, effective teaching, and transformational leadership in institutions of higher learning.

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Please contact Edward Leach at ed@nisod.org or (512) 232-1430 for additional information or to arrange to have a campus-based workshop or regional workshop brought to your college or area.

Workshops supplement NISOD’s offerings of professional development programs and resources, which culminate with NISOD’s Annual International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence held every Memorial Day weekend in Austin, Texas. NISOD’s annual conference is noted as the premier convening of community and technical college faculty, administrators, and staff who strive for excellence in leadership, teaching, and learning. For more information about NISOD’s conference or to register, visit www.nisod.org/conference.