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Developed by Family Institute founder Joan Winter, Ed. D., and FIV consultant Harry Aponte, ACSW, The Aponte/Winter Professional Development Program is an intensive nine-month training program for individuals who have already demonstrated professional accomplishment and a capacity to develop high-level skills. Participants have included executives, ministers, consultants, counselors, managers, teachers, therapists, trainers, and people who want to define their identities in the workplace and the community.


The goal of the Aponte/Winter Professional Development Program is to promote effective communication, professional efficacy, and maturity. The program’s focus is to help participants recognize the aspects of their life experience and personal psychology that both support and impede effective use of themselves in their professional endeavors.

Program participants learn to make use both of life’s successes and failures, pride and shame, sameness and difference as sources of wisdom and motivation for greater professional effectiveness. Throughout the year, approximately 14 participants meet monthly for two-day intensive seminars in which they each work on specific professional and personal challenges in order to attain a higher level of functioning in their organization and community. This process helps participants integrate their core values, beliefs, talents and skills to become effective agents of personal, social, and institutional change.

Training Program Facilitators: Joan Winter, Ed. D., Harry Aponte, ACSW, and Grace Hadeed, Ed. D.

Training Program Components

Resolution of Work Related Issues:

  • Managing conflict

  • Motivating self and others

  • Risk-taking

  • Evaluating performances of self and others

  • Problem identification in organizations

  • Leadership development

  • Professional image

  • Personal values and career goals

  • Organizational change through effective interventions

Personal Goals Development:

  • Understanding the issues that affect behavior

  • Developing coping skills

  • Managing stress

  • Building peer group support

  • Restoring optimum performance

  • Intervention to prevent relapse

Skills Development:

  1.  Internal Skills – the personal integration of the professional’s life experiences, values, attitudes, etc. into an effective behavioral tool.

  2. External Skills – The actual technique or behavior used by the professional in the conduct of his work.

  3. Theoretical Skills – The acquisition of a conceptual framework and assessment model necessary to understand the change process and make interventions, when needed.

  4. Collaborative Skills – The ability to coordinate one’s assessment and implementation efforts with other professionals and agencies to include co-workers, supervisors, customers, suppliers, and other agencies, as needed.

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