Professional Development Programs

Summa Institute
The Summa Professional Development approach emphasizes supporting inherent well-being and builds upon the strengths that are in each person. Summa’s programs have a long track record of improving each professional’s ability to successfully increase their students’ well-being, confidence, and academic excellence.

Our programs aid professionals to develop understanding, build skills, and interact with integrity while respecting diversity.
Professional development programs offered at Summa Institute include:

  • Talks, Presentations, and Seminars: with a focus on positive relationships with children and their parents.
  • Professional Development programs: Trust and Skill building programs for professionals that are challenging, insightful and fun.
  • Ongoing Support: Summa Institute is interested in promoting competency and success.  To this end, we provide follow-up support to our programs.

Some of our most popular presentations include:

  • Strategies of Parent Education: Family is the crucible of the child’s well-being. Delivery, implementation, and approaches to parent education useful for schools, mentors, or health service professionals serving parents and children.
  • Natural Learning Relationships: Consciousness of the developing child, optimal well-being, and education
  • Brain Development and Natural Learning Relationships child development: How relationships affect the developing brain and access to well-being.
  • Supporting Positive Development in Children: K-5 (ages 5 through 12 years)
  • Supporting Well-being in Relationship with Adolescents and Teenagers (ages 13through 18)
  • The Dance of Mutual Development between Adult and Child: How children affect adult development
  • How Children Succeed: Conquering the Tyranny of Normal
  • Children and Social Justice: The child’s perceptions and contributions
  • Bullying: Causes, Prevention, and Solutions (includes all age children)
  • Behavioral Dysfunction: Alternatives for Children Who Are Diagnosed with Chronic Behavioral Dysfunction (includes all age children) - Developmentally appropriate responses that support optimal well-being
  • The Power of Project Based Learning: The exploration of real life questions and learning by doing.
  • The Importance of Play in Education: the benefits of play to brain development, cognitive development, social skills, language skills, enhanced attention, emotional growth, and attuned relationships.
  • Physicians and Children Patients: Building TRUST in the first 5 minutes of an office visit with children patients
  • Healthy Boundaries with Children: Creating and maintaining healthy boundaries
  • Divorce and Blending Families: Positive answers to a vexing challenge of our times
  • Children, Their Families, and Bereavement: children’s changing perceptions of death and dealing with bereavement
  • Using Child Development in Family and Educational settings: Learn to create environmental conditions that promote positive development and well-being in children
  • Relationships with Parents in Education: Relationship with a student’s family is essential to student success. Teacher/family collaboration supports optimal development and academic success in a way that elevates the child’s highest potential.

For more information contact:
Josette Luvmour, PhD,
Family Development Director at Summa Academy
Professional Development at Summa Institute
503.287.1785 phone
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