The Training Institute at GPA

Increasing awareness of the need for evidence-based approaches to serving students with social, emotional and behavioral challenges

Learn about our upcoming training, Compassion Fatigue & Secondary Trauma: Implications for Special Educators, March 10, 2017, with Dr. Ange Puig. 3 free CEUs for New Jersey Educators. Click here for information on the training and to register.

Training Institute logo and tablet image with iconsThe Training Institute at Garfield Park Academy disseminates information on best practices in special education. The Institute offers free trainings to school leaders and other educators, with a focus on innovative, evidence-based approaches to serving students with social, emotional, learning and behavioral challenges.

Our Goal

Our goal is to help other schools – public and private – become more aware of the need for using evidence-based school-wide strategies in teaching social-emotional learning, cognitive and behavioral supports, and character development.

Past and Future Topics Include:

  • Working with Students Who are Living in At-Risk Environments
  • Teaching Self-Determination & Self-Direction to Teens with Social and Emotional Challenges
  • The Role of Self-Regulation in the Lives of Students with Social and Emotional Disabilities
  • Beyond Positive Behavioral Supports: Understanding Teaching Family Model in School Setting
  • Trauma Informed Care
  • Data-driven Decision-making and Accountability in School-Based Social Services
  • Mental Health Supports in School Setting
  • Building Skills for Happiness: Teaching Resiliency to At-Risk Students

We Offer:

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A SPEAKERS BUREAU to help local schools bring experts to their school.

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Free SEMINARS OFFERING CEU CREDITS for Educators.

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Free E-NEWSLETTERS to disseminate best practice.


Drawing on the advice of the nationally-respected volunteers on our Professional Advisory Board, topics and speakers are selected to help ensure that New Jersey educators have access to topics and speakers that engage attendees and change school culture.

Professional Advisory Board:

Maurice Elias
Ph.D. Professor of Clinical Psychology Rutgers University

Vito Gaglardi, Sr.
Policy advisor and Former Commissioner NJDOE

John Lestino
Past President, NJ Association of School Psychologists

Peggy McElgunn, Esq.
President, Teaching Family Association

Mark Mintz, MD
Founder and CEO CNNH

Bud Milner, MS
Director of Residential Programs, Indiana United Methodist Children’s Home


The Training Institute at GPA is a program of Garfield Park Academy. For more information, call 609-877-4111.