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UI Center for Credit Programs offers ICN courses for teachers and counselors starting March 5

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Center for Credit Programs and the College of Education are sponsoring workshops for teachers and counselors this spring, exploring some of the issues that affect today's youth outside of the classroom and thus have a profound effect on their performance in the classroom.

Utilizing the interactive distance education technology of the Iowa Communications Network (ICN), the workshop instructors will treat the topics of divorce and children, parent-teacher conferences, and working with at-risk children.

Fifteen sites have been reserved for each of the three workshops: Ankeny, Bettendorf, Cedar Rapids, Clarinda, Council Bluffs, Fort Dodge, Marshalltown, Mason City, Ottumwa, Peosta, Sheldon, Sioux City, Spencer, Waterloo and West Burlington. The sessions will originate from the UI campus, where students may also attend. ICN sites may be subject to change, depending on required advance registration. In some instances, additional ICN sites may be provided, depending on availability and interest.

In the "Divorce: Helping Families Meet the Challenge" workshop, participants will learn about how children deal with the stress divorce causes as well as some useful strategies teachers and parents can use to help them cope with this difficult time. The workshop will meet Friday, March 5 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. and on Saturday, March 6 from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

The second workshop, "Conferences with Parents: Strategies for Collaboration," concentrates on improving communication between parents and teachers during conferences. An emphasis will be placed on effective communication strategies and problem-solving techniques. This workshop will meet on Friday, March 26 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and on Saturday, March 27 from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

Dick Dustin and Stewart Ehly, UI College of Education faculty members, will conduct the two workshops.

Of particular interest to educators and school-based support service personnel is a third workshop, "Issues and Practices in Working with At-Risk Children and Youth: Part 2." Practical ways to work with children whose background and behavioral characteristics make them at-risk for deviant behavior will be explored. Some of the current issues facing today's youth, such as substance abuse and poverty, will also be discussed. This workshop will meet on Friday, April 9 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. and on Saturday, April 10 from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Workshop instructor is Ken Merrell of the UI College of Education.

Each of these workshops is offered for one credit hour and may be taken for graduate credit. Tuition is $184 per semester hour for graduate-level credit. A limited number of scholarships are available.

For registration information, contact the UI Center for Credit Programs, 116 International Center, Iowa City, Iowa 52242; call toll-free: 1-800-272-6430; fax: (319) 335-2001; email:; World Wide Web: