Institutions of education across the United States are becoming increasingly more diverse. As such, it is imperative that educational settings promote inclusive spaces that understand and support the learning needs of students, prioritize diverse perspectives through instruction, and acknowledge and support employee identity in the workplace.

As consultants, our training as psychologists, educators, and administrators includes an emphasis on multicultural organizational development. More importantly, our collective professional experiences span over 50 years in early childhood and K-12 educational institutions, as well as higher education.

Jernigan & Associates LLC offers customized comprehensive needs assessment, climate assessment, diversity and inclusion audits, professional development trainings and workshops, executive coaching, facilitated discussion, mediation, and technical assistance. Professional development workshops and trainings are designed for administrators, instructors, support staff, and other education-focused employees. Services are customized to provide specific skills and strategies to address identified areas of growth and are always informed by best practices, evidenced-based instructional techniques, and utilize experiential learning to facilitate transformational outcomes.

See the appropriate educational tab (K-12 or Higher Education) for more specific examples of workshops.

School-Based Behavioral Health

Our training on school-based behavioral health seeks to help schools promote the positive development, health, and learning experiences of all students. Current research has increasingly provided support for the positive association between mental and physical health outcomes and student success. We offer recommendations for prevention and intervention strategies, skills to develop and implement culturally relevant school-wide programming, and technical assistance to help promote improved academic, social, and emotional outcomes.

Institutions of higher education are recruiting students and employees from diverse backgrounds in order to prepare students for living and working in an increasingly multicultural society. Issues of diversity and inclusion are an essential guiding principle to ensure student access, success, and quality learning experiences. Importantly, factors related to diversity can affect the psychological climate and subsequent behavioral dynamics on college campuses. Students, faculty, and staff identify in a number of ways that influence how they perceive themselves and their interpersonal experiences relative to the learning environment. Such identities include, but are not limited to: race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, class, gender, presentation, sexual orientation, ability, and language. We aim to assist institutions in moving “beyond the numbers” often used as evidence of diversity to examine and promote institutional policies and practices that strategically and proactively cultivate inclusiveness and intercultural competence. We offer a variety of customized trainings and workshops for college campuses including, but not limited to:

  • Executive Coaching: Administrative Strategies to Promote Diversity and Inclusion
  • Cross Cultural Communication: Teaching and Mentoring Across Differences
  • Creating Inclusive Educational Spaces
  • Supporting Campus Mental Health
  • Integrating Cultural Factors into Assessment and Treatment
  • Supporting First-Generation College Students
  • Diversity in Residence: Cultural Competence Training for Residential Staff
  • Developing Inter- and Intra-Cultural Programs