Professional Development Programs at Marylhurst University in Portland, Oregon

Trainings and Workshops to Meet Your Professional Development Needs

Welcome to Marylhurst’s Professional Development Center. We offer practical, professional (noncredit) courses and programs for working people to help you grow in your career. We specialize in business process and leadership issues with programs in lean, agile, innovation and we also offer core immersion courses in management and leadership.

No Need to Apply into Marylhurst

It’s easy to sign up for any of our programs, courses or seminars through the Professional Development Center. You don’t need to apply to the university. Our programs are designed for working people looking to learn things they can immediately apply on the job. Find the program you’re interested in, click and register online with a credit card or company purchase order. It’s really that simple.

Upcoming Trainings and Workshops

 January 20 – 21  | Art Therapy Treatment of Children with Attachment Disorders 

Children with attachment disorders have particular difficulty forming and maintaining relationships, complicating the development of trusting therapeutic relationships in treatment. This course is intended to help clinicians gain insight, empathy and practical skills for working with this population. Attachment behavior will be looked at from theoretical and developmental perspectives, and a long term case study of a child in art and play therapy will be presented. An experiential component will explore art media and processes that can be helpful in supporting the developmental progress of children with attachment problems.

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January 22 | Dance Therapy Workshop

This continuing education workshop will include both didactic and experiential elements, exploring how to foster resilience through specific movement goals. Participants should come ready to move! For licensed professionals. Accepted by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) as 3 CE hours.

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February 10 – 11  | The Dance of Relationship – Dance Movement Therapy Workshop 

This workshop is designed as continuing education for licensed professionals. Enroll to examine the nonverbal aspects of relationship and communication. Review dance movement therapy concepts that have application to interpersonal relationship and study the meaning of movement in human interaction by exploring styles of relating.

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April 7 – 8  | Interpersonal Neurobiology & Treatment of Depression

Explore the neurobiological roots of anxiety and depression, and examines how the brain works in therapy and responds to treatment. Join other licensed professionals to explore the unexpected consequences of clinical neuroscience, notably how understanding the brain can increase self-understanding and acceptance of ourselves and others in clinical work.

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May 12 – 13 | Reclaiming Soma

Join other licensed professionals to explore body awareness as a unifying force in the body-mind-spirit paradigm. Engage in body awareness exercises, kinetic imagery and meditative movement. This course will be of interest to participants seeking to replenish personal resources and to learn movement methods, which can be shared with students and clients for stress reduction and centering purposes.

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Need On-Site Training or Professional Development?

Flexible courses - Marylhurst UniversityWe also bring workplace training and consulting to organizations throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond. We can train your employee groups, and work one-on-one or with work teams on specific projects. We can offer Marylhurst expertise for your internal training programs, and we can even help your employees who need their undergraduate or graduate degrees get on track to fulfill their academic goals.

Professional Development Center Questions?

Need to know more about our Professional Development Center or just have a few questions? Contact Lynn Brown at 503.534.4012 or

Interested in completing your bachelor’s degree or earning a master’s degree? Let’s get you started.

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