Contact Dr. Peg to schedule a workshop, for additional workshop titles, or to develop a custom workshop just for your group! A wide variety of topics are available.
Workshop Topics: (Download a pdf of Dr. Peg’s most Frequently Requested Topics)
Recognizing and Responding to Student Mental Health Issues
Do you know the signs that a student may be in crisis or have a mental health issue? What should you do if you suspect that mental illness is contributing to poor academic performance or a student conduct problem? While not every student with a mental disorder will present a challenge to teaching and learning, it can be difficult to differentiate between student misconduct and mental illness, and equally difficult to know how to respond. Participants will learn how to recognize signs of a possible mental health issue and what practical steps to take to respond to a mental health crisis. Participants will also clarify expectations for administrators, faculty, and staff in order to make referrals and take appropriate action without attempting to make diagnoses or conduct therapy with students. Campus and community resources will be identified.
Identifying Pre-Incident Indicators to Violence and Taking Appropriate Action
Now more than ever, increased awareness and relevant training on how to respond to different types of emergencies are essential in today’s environment. Violence is a byproduct of the interaction between the physical setting, triggering conditions, and individual factors. We can assess and mitigate risk by recognizing “pre-incident indicators” to violence and selecting appropriate and proportional responses to them. This workshop will explain the spectrum of violence, identify pre-incident indicators to violence and “behaviors of concern” for students in crisis, dispel the myths and stereotypes that get in the way of taking appropriate action, and clarify options for responding to behaviors of concern.
Active Shooter Response: Campus (or Workplace) Safety
If your organization, agency, or school experienced an active shooter incident, would you know what to do? Basically, you have three options: run; hide; or fight. In this workshop, you will learn to recognize, respond to, and prevent active shooter incidents. Co-taught by experienced law enforcement and mental health experts, this workshop includes role play and small-scale simulation exercises.
Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA)
Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders. In many cases, can be offered at NO COST!
Increasing Cultural Awareness and Eliminating Microaggressions
By applying basic psychology principles of perception, attention, and cognitive biases, Dr. Peg demonstrates how perspective is subjective and our perceptions are shaped by our expectations and experiences. She will also examine microaggressions and provide tips for avoiding the offensive hidden messages that are often sent unconsciously and unintentionally to people of color and members of other marginalized groups. This interactive and experiential workshop will offer strategies for being more inclusive and foster the development of accurate perceptions and perspectives about race, ethnicity, culture, class, ability, sexual orientation, and citizenship.
Critical Thinking and Hiring Committees
Hiring decisions are often made on gut hunches and intuition, but what if your intuition was impacted by hidden biases and cognitive errors? As human beings, we are all vulnerable to snap judgments, stereotypes, and critical thinking errors. This provocative and engaging workshop challenges your biases and teaches how to apply critical thinking principles to make better hiring decisions.
Dealing with Difficult People in the Workplace
There’s at least one difficult person in every group. This fun and informative workshop will help you to make sure it’s not you [smile] by examining the common types and behaviors of difficult people in the workplace and the needs they are attempting to meet. We will also explore effective strategies for managing their behavior, getting the job done, and keeping your sanity.
Classroom Management: Motivating Students and Promoting Learning
No matter how long you have been teaching, there is always the possibility that you will have a student in your class whose behavior is disruptive. What would happen if you shifted your focus from managing their disruptive behavior to cultivating motivation and promoting learning? Using basic psychological concepts and principles of motivation, participants will explore a philosophy of classroom management that utilizes effective strategies for minimizing disruptive behavior and creating and sustaining a dynamic learning environment.
Dealing with Difficult Students and Having Difficult Conversations
Despite your best efforts to intervene, some students are unable or unwilling to conform their behavior to your expectations. In this workshop you will identify several common types of difficult students and the behaviors they exhibit, as well as the needs they are attempting to meet. You will also learn strategies for de-escalating problem behaviors and effectively communicating to students about their grades, their behavior, and consequences. Policies and procedures around student conduct violations will also be reviewed.
Handling Helicopter Parents in Higher Education Environments
Some parents fail to make the transition from K-12 to college and can become overly involved in all aspects of their child’s college experience. In the extreme, parents can become demanding and aggressive. Participants will learn how to respond when hovering turns into hollering. In a manner that enhances parental cooperation and promotes the student’s well being, participants will apply basic principles for active listening, boundary setting, and problem solving to deescalate aggressive behavior.
Self Care, Stress Management, and Burnout Prevention
Prevention is the best intervention. This workshop examines common sources of stress and offers practical strategies for preventing burnout and achieving balance at school, work, and home. Participants will learn stress management tools such as time-use analysis, time management, and cognitive restructuring, and will practice simple and effective stress reduction techniques during the session such as progressive muscle relaxation, breathing exercises, and guided imagery. You will leave informed and feeling refreshed. Can be customized for the workplace, schools and higher education institutions, or community and faith-based organizations.
Effective Strategies for Healthy Communication in Every Kind of Relationship
In this critically important workshop, you will learn and practice effective strategies to share and understand each others’ thoughts and feelings, resolve disagreements and conflicts in a peaceful way, recapture the lost art of listening, face up to and openly deal with difficult situations, and set healthy boundaries in all your relationships.
Understanding the College Student on the Autism Spectrum
College students on the Autism Spectrum may need additional support to navigate the transition from K-12 to college and adjust to living independently. Participants will receive information about the Autism Spectrum and the range of challenges that students may experience as they transition to college. You will also review differences between K-12 policies and college expectations and learn practical strategies to assist, coach, and support students on the Autism Spectrum as they transition to living independently and are stretched academically, socially, and personally.
Do Something Different for a Change
Most people say they want change, but they are not willing to make changes. They want something different, but they are not willing to do something different. Why? Because change is hard, it’s scary, and it comes at a cost. This highly interactive half-day or full-day workshop reviews the three common barriers to change, introduces the ABCs of change, and reveals behavior change secrets your therapist knows but may not tell you.
Do Something Different for a Change (Biblical Version)
The work of becoming a new creation in Christ can be challenging for many Christians. After receiving counseling, hearing great sermons, studying scripture, and developing a lifestyle of prayer, experiencing a changed life can still appear far off and out of reach. Through this one day workshop, students will learn core principles related to change, especially how to overcome barriers to bringing change into their lives. Using fundamental biblical principles and scriptures related to change, combined with best practices in psychology, this course promises to clarify the role of believers in receiving God’s best for their lives.
Most people say they want something different, but they often fail to do something different. Procrastination is the great thief of productivity and entices us to put off doing the very things that would move us toward the change we desire. In this interactive workshop, you will review the three common barriers to change and the ways that procrastination keeps you stuck. Participants will also discover the “ABCs of change” and learn practical strategies to overcome workplace and personal procrastination.
Contact Dr. Peg to schedule a workshop, for additional workshop titles, or to develop a custom workshop just for your group!
Dr. Peg has worked with the following groups and organizations:
Al Jazeera America
Veterans Affairs Health Administration Center (Colorado)
Colorado Department of Corrections – Office of Human Resources
Colorado Housing and Finance Authority (CHFA)
Achdiocesan Housing/Catholic Charities (Denver)
Del Norte Neighborhood Development Corporation (Denver)
Correctional Accreditation Managers Association (CAMA)
Metro Talk Show – KGNU Radio
Divine Calling with Stephanie Riggs (KRKS Radio)
Rocky Mountain PBS, Realizing the Dream
A Pastor’s Perspective on Marriage and Family – KLDC Radio
I Am Love Builders – Christ the King Radio
College of the Desert
Elgin Community College
Front Range Community College
University of Colorado Denver
Junior Black Chamber of Commerce (University of Colorado)
Community College of Aurora
Red Rocks Community College
University of Virginia Alumni Services Career Services
Colorado Community College System (CCCS) State Student Advisory Council Leadership
Challenge School (Cherry Creek School District – Colorado)
Colorado Educational Services and Development Association (CESDA)
Fresh Start Family Services (Las Vegas, Nevada)
Colorado Learning and Teaching with Technology (COLTT)
Colorado Business Women (CBW)
Feminist Luncheon (hosted by Dr. Elinor Greenberg)
Brother Jeff’s Cultural Center
African American Caregivers Support Group
African American Quilters and Collectors Guild (Colorado)
Center for Workforce Development (Colorado)
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Denver Alumnae Chapter
Travel Professionals of Color
A Woman’s Worth
Especially Me, Inc.
Downtown Aurora Visual Arts (DAVA)
Arts From Ashes
South Fellowship Early Learning Center
National League of American Pen Women
Hampton Roads Book Club
Christ Tabernacle (New York)
Shorter Community AME Church
Miracle Mountain AME Zion Church
Christian Vocational Training School
What people are saying about Dr. Peg’s workshops, training, and consulting services:
“Informative, engaging, inspirational.”
“Great encouragement and resources.”
“My day job is counseling people addicted to opiates, from pain killers to heroin. Your easy and clear constructs and tips about dealing with procrastination and fear not only have helped me personally, but have been great teaching tools for my clients to help move them into recovery. Thanks for what you do!”
Certified Professional Coach
True Transformation Concepts
“Peggy was instrumental as my guide, catalyst, analyst, and prayer warrior. She prayed with me to unleash God’s power which brought truth and clarity. With Peggy’s support and insightful assistance, that which I had been unable to express, became an outpouring of ideas and direction.”
owner of Denise Materre Consulting