Notre Dame College to host Ohio Education Association Program on Social Skills for Social Competence

Notre Dame College will host the 2013 North Eastern Ohio Education Association (NEOEA) Day seminar on “Social Skills for Building Social Competence” from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, October 18, at the College’s Performing Arts Center.

The program, featuring Jay Berk, a licensed clinical psychologist and expert in working with children, adolescents and families, includes sessions on “teenager talk," iPad applications, unspoken rules and sensitivity to student differences, among others.

The NEOEA Day conference is open to the public and to current educators, education and psychology students and social service professionals, who are eligible to receive 5.5 contact credit hours upon completion.

During the seminar, participants will explore the absence of social skills and the impact of poor communications skills among children, learn to help adolescents connect socially vital skills along with appropriate humor to make and keep friends and discover how to assist young adults in developing successful social group skills. In addition, the program will aid those who work with students in becoming more sensitive to the overall social and mental health needs of youth.

Berk, who earned a master’s degree in clinical counseling psychology from Cleveland State University and a doctorate in clinical psychology from Union Institute, has provided training and conducted workshops throughout the country, including at many universities and in Ohio schools districts. His specialties include treating clients with stress and anxiety issues, learning differences, Attention Deficit Disorder, Asperger syndrome, Tourette syndrome and several behavioral disturbances.

He is a consultant for the Cleveland Clinic, as well as hospitals in Australia and England, and has written a manual for UNICEF, which is used by teachers working with children in Bosnia.

To register for the NEOEA Day seminar, contact Kim Thomson in the College’s Academic Support Center for Students with Learning Differences, at 216.373.5184 or kthomson@ndc.edu.

The cost of the program is $30, which includes lunch.

Notre Dame is located at 4545 College Road in South Euclid. Enter the campus via the South Green Road entrance between Mayfield and Cedar roads. The Performing Arts Center is on the ground floor of the Administration Building.



For 90 years, Notre Dame College has educated a diverse population in the liberal arts for personal, professional and global responsibility. Founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame in 1922, the College has grown strategically to keep pace with the rapidly changing needs of students and the dramatic changes in higher education. But it has never lost sight of its emphasis on teaching students not only how to make a good living but also how to live a good life.

Today, the College offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 disciplines plus a variety of master's degrees, certification programs and continuing and professional development programs for adult learners on campus and online. Notre Dame College offers 24 NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletic programs for men and women and is located in a picturesque residential neighborhood just 25 minutes from the heart of Cleveland. Hallmarks of the Notre Dame experience include stimulating academics, personalized attention of dedicated faculty and staff, and small class sizes.

Notre Dame College is located at 4545 College Road in South Euclid.