Workshop Series

Business Growth Acceleration Program (BGAP)


Improving growth opportunities for minority business enterprises

John F. Kennedy University’s Business Growth Acceleration Program for the first time is being offered publicly as it has been sponsored and held privately for corporations for 5 years. The program, a six-month course that addresses the specific needs of the participating business owner, and the supplier diversity challenges experienced by existing minority business enterprises (MBEs).

For the duration of the program, a total of 11 lectures will be delivered online. In addition to the lectures, there will be two in person events; Kickoff Introduction and a two-day Business Summit: Business Presentation.

The goals of the program are to:

  • Support the creation or revision of a strategic growth plan.
  • Assist in diversifying business offerings to address overdependence on a particular customer or product line.
  • Provide introductions to potential suppliers and strategic partners.
  • Offer one-on-one mentoring from practitioners experienced in overcoming challenges that entrepreneurs encounter.
  • Challenge participants to identify areas of improvement for their business.

The coursework covers:

  • The Power of Professionalism
  • Business Growth
  • Planning
  • Scenario Planning & Analysis
  • Blue Ocean Strategy Application
  • Market Research
  • Key Partnerships
  • Change Management
  • Financial Growth Analysis

Since 2010, program participants have experienced an average year over year growth rate of 23% in annual revenues and an impressive growth rate in full-time personnel. Leading corporations have also chosen BGAP as part of their supplier diversity strategy. The Institute of Entrepreneurial Leadership is considered a “growth accelerator,” offering practical entrepreneurship programs focused on the start and growth of business.

Instructor Team

The BGAP team includes real-world practitioners who are experts in the specific challenges that impact entrepreneurs. The team brings a depth of experience in the supplier diversity space and shares this practical expertise throughout the program. These industry leaders have held positions as CEO’s, board members, investors, supply chain operation leaders, and strategists and have been entrepreneurs themselves. To see instructor bios click here.

Admissions Requirements

The program is open to owners and senior executives of minority business enterprises (MBE) that have been in business for a least one year, and with a minimum of $1 million in annual revenues.

Dates and Fees
Spring 2017

The sum of $7,050 is due from each participant to cover the balance of program tuition, materials, accommodations, and most meals. In special circumstances, participants may be eligible for scholarship or a sponsorship may be available.


Treatment Strategies for Returning Troops


All Continuing Education Certificate courses may be taken as either certificate courses or as stand-alone Continuing Education courses. Prerequisites must be observed.

Since 9/11, approximately 2.1 million troops have served in Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) in Afghanistan, Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation New Dawn (OND). California has one of the highest numbers of deployed, wounded, and seriously wounded service members. 30,000 service members come back to California yearly – more than the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) can adequately serve. A RAND Corporation report in 2008 estimated that 300,000 vets suffer from PTSD, anxiety or major depressive symptoms. An additional 320,000 may have experienced a traumatic brain injury. Experts estimate that it usually takes about a year to re-stabilize after coming back but one’s family can be deeply impacted in that time.

This new certificate program is designed to provide mental health providers, family members, educators, school counselors, VA program staff at colleges and universities, and advocates at the many organizations who serve our veterans with the information and skills they need to address the pertinent issues affecting our returning troops. Taught by experts from the VA and the National Center for PTSD, the curriculum includes the latest empirically-supported treatment methods endorsed by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

Certificate requirements: A minimum of 50 hours is required. This includes three core courses, one treatment method, and at least three electives. Additional treatment methods may be taken as electives. New electives will be available in each catalog and different core courses are offered throughout the year.

Core Courses

  • Exploring the Psychological Impact of War and its Unique Treatment Considerations
  • Integrated Behavioral Couple Therapy (IBCT): An Effective, Evidence-Based Therapy for OEF/OIF Veterans and their Partners
  • The Difficult Journey Home: Promoting Resilience in Families during and after Deployment

Treatment Methods (choose one)*

Each participant must complete the full training in one of the following treatment methods:

(Treatment methods A & B are no longer being offered at this time)

  1. PTSD and Substance Abuse in Veterans – Seeking Safety: Overview and Implementation
  2. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) – Part I and Part II plus Consultation

*Additional treatment method courses may be taken as electives. New electives will be available in each catalog. Treatment Methods are offered throughout the year.

Discount Available! Enroll in three classes in this series at one time and receive 10 percent off each class.

Course Completion Time Limit

You will have 90 days to complete the online course from the date of registration. You may request 30 day extensions for a fee of $35. Download the Extension Request Form from the right sidebar and mail or fax it to our office or call us at 800.557.1384. Extensions take a few days to process. An email will be sent to you when the extension access has been granted.

Certificate Series Enrollment

The certificate program enrollment fee is $35. Please submit a Certificate Program Enrollment form on or before registering for your third course in the series. You will have three years to complete your course work from the date of your enrollment. Click here to submit your Certificate Program Enrollment online or use the downloadable enrollment form available under “Related Downloads” on the right side of this page.

Certificate Series Completion

After you have completed the all the courses needed to fulfill the certificate requirements, please complete and submit a Certificate Verification form, available under “Related Downloads” on the right side of this page or send an email to Please allow six weeks for your course work to be reviewed and a certificate to be issued to you.

Frequently Asked Questions are available under “Related Downloads” on the right side of this page.


The Practical Side of Counseling


Discover what every therapist should know about insurance: the difference between EAP, HMO, EPO, PPS, and POS plans; the 12 crucial questions to ask when checking coverage and the criteria for Medical Necessity; how to fill out claim forms so they process quickly; and how to avoid common costly mistakes.

Learn how to integrate insurance into your practice so you can successfully advocate for your clients needs and make your services more accessible to clients of all socioeconomic backgrounds.


Somatic Psychotherapy


Somatic Psychotherapy acknowledges that the body and the mind are interconnected and function together, and that to adequately address psychological issues, the body must also be considered and addressed. From the somatic perspective, changes do not just happen on a psychological level, but must also be somatically experienced and anchored.

This series offers an understanding of the way the mind and body impact each other and introduces ways to work somatically in clinical practice.


Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) Learning System


The Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) Learning System is a certification preparation and professional development tool that offers the most up-to-date HR content aligned with the HRCI Body of Knowledge. The curriculum of this course, designed by subject matter experts, covers the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI) body of knowledge, and includes application exercises that develop specific competencies and decision-making skills. By attending the course, you get the added benefits of experienced facilitators, peer-to-peer interaction, and a structured classroom environment that enhances learning and helps you stay on track. Plus, you’ll share real-world experiences with other HR professionals that can improve your workplace effectiveness immediately. All participant materials are included in the course fee.

Program Requirements

  • A minimum of 36 hours is required

Interested in training your team? Ask about volume discounts, contact Continuing Education at or 800.557.1384


Queer Consciousness


Members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, and Questioning (LGBTIQ) communities face unique mental health and well-being issues about which mental health providers should be aware. The courses in this series will provide the latest information on these issues and supportive therapies.


Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE)


We are pleased to offer FOUR one-hour online sessions of MCLE credit:

  • Course ONE: Recognition and Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession (1-hour)
  • Course TWO: Legal Ethics (1-hour)
  • Course THREE: Competence Issues (1-hour)
  • Course FOUR: General (1-hour)

With a focus on social ethics that addresses race, racism, privilege, the role of the judicial system in sustaining cultural norms and how this impacts the challenges facing legal professionals. These courses will explore the moral, ethical and philosophical implications of legal practice. Through critical analysis of the profession, participants will identify popular beliefs about race, racial identity, privilege and the rule of law in American culture. Participants will also analyze their attitude towards the profession, their clients, and themselves as they discover tensions and conflicts in the practice of law. How we can increase well-being both physically and mentally will also be explored. These online courses will be taught at the introductory level.


Workshop in Minimum Continuing Legal Education

General Practice, Praxis, and Connecting with Feelings of Well-Being (1-hour)


CE Credit Hours: 1
MCLE: 9067

This online course is designed to explore how the practice of law can offer ways of meaningful engagement with the world while providing a sense of fulfillment in life. This online course considers aspects of the law that bring suffering and disease and explores how to reframe these experiences to bring joy and happiness.

Instructor: Kim Clark, JD

Kim Clark is a lawyer, critical race theorist, and a certified spirituality and social change consultant. Attorney Clark works with individuals and organizations to improve performance, motivation and well-being. She is an active member and contributor to ClassCrits, a network of scholars and activists interested in the critical, interdisciplinary and international analysis of law and economic relations. Clark has taught at several Bay Area schools of law.

JFKU-CE is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists, by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) to provide continuing education for MFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs & LEPs and by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) to provide continuing education for RNs.  JFKU-CE maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


Online Course Registration and Login

New Users – What to Expect:

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Technical Requirements:

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Course Completion Time Limit

You will have 90 days to complete the online course from the date of registration. You may request 30 day extensions for a fee of $35. E-mail ( or call us (800.557.1384) to begin this process. Extensions take a few days , an email will be sent to you when the extension access has been granted.

Accessing Certificate

Successful completion of the final exam and submission of the course evaluation unlocks your certificate. Please select the “Retrieve My Course Details” button to print or save your certificate. *You may need to refresh the course dashboard webpage for this button to populate.

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Mindfulness-Based Therapies


Mindfulness is best described as a non-judgmental awareness of sensory and thought experience that can create a deeper sense of understanding and freedom to choose. Research has increasingly shown it to be an effective tool for changing negative behaviors, managing difficult emotions and reducing suffering.

This workshop series introduces evidence-based approaches that incorporate mindfulness, including Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT).


Healthcare Programs


Continuously changing regulations in the industry place increasing pressure upon healthcare providers and facilities. This means that physicians need qualified medical assistants to help with many of the daily duties of the office. Recognizing the scope of practice for the medical assisting is always changing, John F. Kennedy University offers the following Healthcare Programs.

Each course includes lecture, personal practices, case studies, skill-based exercises and demonstrations that show participants how to apply these concepts in clinical practice.