Author: Dean Robbins

Odyssey Project features students and special guests in the pre-Election Day event ‘Why Vote?’

Voter turnout has emerged as a key concern in Wisconsin’s hotly contested midterm elections. Hear novel perspectives on the issue in a community event called “Why Vote?” presented by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Odyssey Project. It features Odyssey students reading their winning entries from the “Why Vote?” essay contest, along with appearances by Jean Feraca, distinguished broadcaster emerita of Wisconsin Public Radio; Andrea Kaminski, executive director of the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin; and Dave Zweifel, editor emeritus of The Capital Times. “Why Vote?” is held on Sunday, Oct. 26 — a week and a half before the...

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Professional Life Coaching Certificate program receives coveted accreditation

The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Professional Life Coaching Certificate program has been approved for accreditation by the International Coach Federation, the accrediting body for life coaching. This rare honor makes the UW the only academic institution in the Midwest with an Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP). Students in the Professional Life Coaching Certificate Program (PLCC) work toward professional credentialing as a life coach. Through a nine-month series of face-to-face classes and teleconferences, they learn to help people reach their potential and change their lives. Participants include those seeking to become a professional coach as well as practicing coaches who want...

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Conference on Child Sexual Abuse features nationally renowned speakers and new research

MADISON, Wis. – The 2014 University of Wisconsin-Madison Conference on Child Sexual Abuse offers the latest information on child sexual abuse treatment, intervention, assessment and prevention. Now in its 30th year, it is the leader in providing academic and evidence-based research for those who work with sexually abused children, adults who were abused as children, and offenders. The conference meets Oct. 27-29 at Madison Marriott West in Middleton, offering presentations by nationally renowned speakers and more than 50 workshops and institutes on a wide range of topics. A featured presenter is Prof. Ross Cheit, Brown University, whose book The Witch-Hunt Narrative: Politics, Psychology, and the Sexual Abuse of Children challenges the view that high-profile sexual abuse cases in the 1980s and ‘90s were hoaxes. Other keynote speakers are Diane Poole Heller, Ph.D., an expert in adult attachment theory and models, trauma resolution, and integrative healing techniques; and Mare Chapman, M.A., a Madison specialist in holistic psychotherapy, guided imagery and mindfulness meditation. The UW-Madison Conference on Child Sexual Abuse is aimed at therapists, child protection workers, attorneys, law enforcement officers and medical professionals. Participants will learn how to apply effective assessment methods and explore best practices for treatment methods. Conference co-director Prof. James Campbell, UW-Madison Continuing Studies, says, “Our conference is known for its excellence in providing current academic research as well as focusing on treatment strategies that can be...

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