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Please Pass the Love Online Courses

The school mental health (SMH) online courses listed below were developed by PLEASE PASS THE LOVEPLEASE PASS THE LOVE is committed to increasing SMH supports to improve the quality of life and educational opportunities for children, families, and educators. These unique courses are self-paced, and students may take these courses for graduate credit and Iowa License Renewal Credit. We also offer an audit option.

Please Pass the Love SELF-PACED COURSES

Registration is rolling, so register at ANY TIME throughout the last day of the semester listed. These courses typically take 8 weeks to finish. 

These courses are presented in a modified, self-paced format. Participants are expected to access the course and post regularly (at least once a week) and make reasonable progress, but there are no due dates attached to individual assignments to provide flexibility and to better accommodate participants' busy schedules.

School Mental Health Literacy
Schools are working with countless young people on a daily basis that are coming in with complex mental health and trauma needs. This course will provide participants with basic information regarding mental illnesses, trauma, and suicide prevention to increase cultural competent mental health literacy. The second portion of the course focuses on preventative and responsive strategies within a multi-tiered systems of support in classrooms and school buildings. Students will be asked to critically reflect and adapt their pedagogies as they learn, reflect and process new information through readings, activities, and discussions. This highly engaging class is designed to offer participants important information and requires meaningful application to their professional lives.

Fall 2022 dates: Enroll any time between August 22 – December 16, 2022
Developed by: Please Pass the Love
Graduate Credit -
2 semester hours, $420.00
Iowa License Renewal Credit - 2 semester hour, $200.00

Building Strong Student Relationships
Many times classroom climate development and relationship-building are folded into preservice teacher program courses focused on classroom management. The course title, classroom management, sends the message that power is important and children need to be managed. This course will challenge participants to reconceptualize how education views the relationship between students and staff as well as provide a framework for building relationships with students. Participants will have opportunity to workshop on their existing relationship systems as well as provided with resources to develop new strategies and approaches.

Fall 2022 dates: Enroll any time between August 22 – December 16, 2022
Developed by: Please Pass the Love

Graduate Credit - 1
semester hour, $210.00
Iowa License Renewal Credit - 1 semester hour, $100.00

Racial and Cultural Trauma
An abundance of research argues that perceived discrimination, racism, and stigma increase negative mental health outcomes. These negative outcomes may include experiences of anxiety, depression, and suicidal ideation. What do we do when schools are creating these experiences for students of color? This course takes a critical approach to understand and address how the role of schools in creating trauma for students before exploring strategies to improve school experiences for racially and culturally diverse students. Course participants will be asked to critically reflect and adapt their pedagogies as they learn, reflect and process new information through readings, activities, and discussions. This highly engaging class is designed to offer participants important information and requires meaningful application to their professional lives.

Fall 2022 dates: Enroll any time between August 22 – December 16, 2022
Developed by: Please Pass the Love
Graduate Credit - 1
semester hour, $210.00
Iowa License Renewal Credit - 1 semester hour, $100.00 

When Self-Care Isn't Enough
When was the last time you had a professional development opportunity that focused solely on you? Did your preservice preparation include opportunities and strategy to help prevent burn out and empower you with the skills to maximize your own wellness?
This course is built on the philosophy that you cannot take care of others without taking care of yourself first. Over 40% of teachers report feeling high stress daily during the school year. 40-50% of first year teachers leave education in their first five years of teaching. High levels of stress can have negative consequences on a body. Self-care cannot just be about lighting a candle and taking a bath rather about self-preservation.  This course will help educators to self-assess their own wellness, discuss the brain science behind why self-care is so critical, ask participants to engage in self-reflection, and explore different domains & self-care strategies. Students will focus on building capacity to do more than just “get through” but learn how to thrive instead. This is a must-attend course for all educators. 

Fall 2022 dates: Enroll any time between August 22 – December 16, 2022
Developed by: Please Pass the Love
Graduate Credit -
1 semester hour, $210.00
Iowa License Renewal Credit - 1 semester hour, $100.00 

 

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Please Pass the Love EVENTS

Midwest School Mental Health Conference 2022
Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for young people 15-24 in Iowa.  In 2016, 13.4% of young people indicated, on the Iowa Youth Survey, that they had seriously considered suicide in the past year. One out of five youth has a mental illness yet fewer than 20% receive treatment.  Schools are working with countless young people on a daily basis that are coming in with complex mental health and trauma needs.  This course includes attendance at the entire 10th Annual School Mental Health Conference as well as additional coursework that will give professionals an opportunity to explore these topics further as well as critically reflect. 
Summer 2022 dates: August 11 - 12, 2022
     Last day to register August 12, 2022!
Coursework for License Renewal will be due October 1, 2022

Developed by: Please Pass the Love
Iowa License Renewal Credit - 1 semester hour, $100.00 


Important Online Course Information

You may enroll in a maximum of 12 credit hours in one semester through Continuing Education & Professional Development. Questions? Please contact the Distance Learning Center at 1-800-76-TEACH (800-768-3224).

Students seeking to use these courses for recertification or salary advancement should seek prior approval from their school district or appropriate licensing agency. Scroll down for a list of states from which we cannot currently accept registrations, located at the bottom of this page. 

Equity and Inclusion

https://www.drake.edu/diversity/
At the heart of Equity and Inclusion at Drake we believe that acting upon opportunities and empowering our community is the way to achieve long term and effective change. That commitment to community is demonstrated by a variety of student, faculty, and staff opportunities to join efforts in programs and initiatives. 

Tax Information

Students taking EDMA courses through Continuing Education and Professional Development do not have a 1098T tax form available for viewing in myDrake unless enrolled in a Drake degree program. Please click on this link for more information: https://www.drake.edu/accounts/1098tinformation/
Questions should be directed to Student Account Services, (515) 271-2151.
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