University of Vermont

Professional Development and Training

Personal Effectiveness

Personal Effectiveness


Affect Script Theory: Name Your Affects to Reduce Stress

Facilitator: Ellen McShane, Ed.D.
Target Audience: All Interested Staff
Time Allotted: 1.5 Hours
PeopleSoft Course Number: COM026

Level of Instruction: Introductory
Prerequisites: None

Overall Objectives: Did you know putting your affects and feelings into words can regulate your reactions to the world? Join this workshop to learn how Affect Script Theory can help you release stress and build resiliency. The nine affects named in Affect Script Theory offer us a way to maximize the positive affects, minimize the negative affects, while we name the affects whenever possible. Together, we can explore Affect Script Theory as a biologically-based explanation of human behavior and emotion that simply makes sense.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Describe the basic principles of Affect Script Theory
  • Identify practical applications of Affect Script Theory in your personal or work life

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Create a Professional Development Plan

Facilitator: Joel Shapiro
Target Audience: All Employees
Time Allotted: 1.5 Hours
PeopleSoft Course Number: HRS012

Level of Instruction: Introductory
Prerequisites: None

Overall Objectives: This small, interactive session will provide a framework and tools for developing a personalized professional development plan that utilizes internal and external resources.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Describe the components of a professional development plan
  • Discuss tools for creating a personalized professional development plan
  • Advocate for your own development with your supervisor

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Effective Time Management

Facilitator: TBD
Target Audience: All Employees
Time Allotted: 2 Hours
PeopleSoft Course Number: TIM001

Level of Instruction: Introductory
Prerequisites: Willingness to persevere at the challenge of being more effective with your use of time

Overall Objectives: This class offers strategies and tools to help participants think through their workday and identify ways to use time more wisely. Communicate unchanging principles related to the effective management of time while sharing practical ideas to help individuals become more efficient and effective.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Recognize the essential components of effective time management
  • Learn to analyze your workday and the expectations on your time
  • Apply principles of effective time management to your role at UVM
  • Organize priorities and integrate action steps to help you stay organized

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Managing Stress and Building Resiliency

Facilitator: Invest EAP Specialist
Target Audience: All Interested Employees
Time Allotted: 1.5 Hours
PeopleSoft Course Number: COM020

Level of Instruction: Introductory
Prerequisites: None

Overall Objectives: Learn how to put the brakes on stress when it is gaining the upper hand. Find new ways to approach an age-old challenge. In this workshop, you will learn about types of stress: the good, the bad and the ugly. We’ll discuss what happens in the brain when you are stressed and you’ll learn what you can do about it. You will leave with stress management tools that can help you shift from the stress response into a relaxation response - a state of being that puts you in the driver's seat. We invite you to take this opportunity to gain insights into the role stress plays in your life. You will gain tools for managing stress in order to increase your overall sense of wellbeing and functionality.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Gain a better understanding of the stress response
  • Reflect on your body’s signs and symptoms when you are stressed
  • Learn how to react before stress takes over
  • Experience stress management strategies to use in your daily life
  • Learn more about your Employee Assistance Program benefit

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Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI®): An Introductory Discovery

Facilitator: Oleh Kaarmik
Target Audience: Individuals who would like to know their type preference and how it impacts their professional relationships
Time Allotted: 3 Hours
PeopleSoft Course Number: COM027

Level of Instruction: Introductory
Prerequisites: None

Overall Objectives: This introductory class provides an overview of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI®). Participants are guided through the theory which inspired the formation of this assessment. In this session, participants also discover their type preference and learn about the many types within the MBTI®. This introductory class serves as a foundation for other more in-depth sessions focused on leveraging each type’s strengths for best performance and smoother teamwork.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Get introduced to the theory behind the MBTI® instrument and appreciate its mindset
  • Identify the four dichotomies
  • Discover your type preference using an MBTI® instrument and self-assessment
  • Recognize how MBTI® type preference plays a part in your daily choices

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Mindfulness for Everyday Life

Facilitator: Lindsay Foreman
Target Audience: All Interested Staff
Time Allotted: 2 Hours
PeopleSoft Course Number: COM035

Level of Instruction: Introductory
Prerequisites: None

Overall Objectives: It might seem unrealistic or even impossible to believe that one could practice mindfulness in a fast-paced work environment or in the midst of challenging life circumstances. One might imagine that practicing mindfulness could only happen in quiet serene environments, like sitting on a veranda sipping a cup of tea while watching the mist lift from the mountain peak. Although this is a lovely image, and it is true that slowing down in a quiet setting is definitely useful for cultivating mindfulness, mindfulness can also be effectively cultivated within the real circumstances of our lives. The tools that you will be learning in this workshop are informal mindfulness practices that can be realistically integrated into your daily life. This workshop will be experiential based, with some time for discussion and reflection. At the end of the workshop you will have explored several informal mindfulness practices and will have a plan for how to bring these tools into your life.

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Rethinking Change

Facilitator: Invest EAP Specialist
Target Audience: This workshop is most useful to workgroups or individuals anticipating future change or reflecting on past change
Time Allotted: 1.5 Hours
PeopleSoft Course Number: COM023

Level of Instruction: Introductory
Prerequisites: None

Overall Objectives: While workplace or personal change presents opportunity, it is often fraught with feelings of disequilibrium, fear of the unknown, anxiety and stress. In this workshop, participants practice skills and develop coping strategies to increase their options when responding to change. This workshop is most useful to individuals anticipating future change or reflecting on past change When we are in the middle of rapid change, we are busy coping with the feelings associated with the disruption, and we may be less present for thinking about different ways of responding to change. Whatever stage of change you are in, we hope that you'll take a break from your desk and join us!

Learning Outcomes:

  • Define the stages of change
  • Discuss the connection between change and stress
  • Analyze common responses to change and evaluate your own response

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Retirement Savings Plan Information Session

Facilitators: UVM Benefits Staff
Target Audience: Benefits-eligible Faculty and Staff
Time Allotted: 2 Hours
PeopleSoft Course Number: BEN016

Level of Instruction: Introductory
Prerequisites: This class is most appropriate for those not yet participating in a UVM Retirement Savings Plan.

Overall Objectives: This interactive workshop is geared to encourage new employees and those newly-eligible to participate in the UVM 403(b) Retirement Savings Plan: the fundamentals of this valuable benefit as part of your total compensation at UVM. Not so new to UVM but not yet participating? Please join us! We'll discuss the basics of the plan's design, how to create and set up your account, and why your participation is so important to your long-term goals.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Define the retirement benefit and identify the plans available
  • List three reasons opening a retirement account could be beneficial
  • Analyze the available retirement plans and choose the one that is right for you
  • Complete the required paperwork to enroll in a plan (optional)

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UVM Culture and Community

Facilitators: Professional Development & Training Staff
Target Audience: All interested employees, with a focus on onboarding new employees
Time Allotted: 3.5 Hours
PeopleSoft Course Number: NEO003

Level of Instruction: Introductory
Prerequisites: None

Overall Objectives: This course is designed to introduce UVM’s unique culture to new employees, but is also an excellent opportunity for all staff who would like to gain a greater understanding of UVM’s Our Common Ground. A portion of the class is dedicated to Preventing & Reporting Sexual Harassment and Discrimination and meets the requirement for attendance at this important training. Additionally, participants will learn of the many opportunities available to staff, such as professional development classes and seasonal trips sponsored by Staff Council.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Discover the origins of Our Common Ground and how we can incorporate it into our everyday lives
  • Understand UVM’s policy around Preventing & Reporting Sexual Harassment and Discrimination
  • Discover many of the opportunities available to staff here at the University

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