University of Vermont

Professional Development and Training

Personal Effectiveness

Personal Effectiveness



Campus Sustainability 101: Operations

Facilitator: Caylin McCamp, Education & Outreach Coord, Office of Sustainability; Michelle Smith, Green Building Coordinator, Capital Planning & Management; Abby Bleything, Sustainable Transportation Manager, Transportation & Parking Services; Corey Berman, Program Manager, UVM Recycling & Zero Waste; Marissa Watson, Sustainability Manager, UVM Dining
Target Audience: Anyone interested in learning more about sustainability efforts and programs on campus.
Time Allotted: 2 Hours
PeopleSoft Course Number: COM039

Level of Instruction: Introductory
Prerequisites: None

Overall Objectives: These five presenters will give you a behind the scenes look at how they’re working to advance sustainability on campus. How do our community’s aspirations for more sustainable energy use, food purchasing, transportation, recycling and waste reduction, and building construction translate into campus life? The session starts with a brief overview and exploration of participants’ interests so that the content can be customized to the group. There will be interactive elements and plenty of time for questions.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Be able to better communicate the history of sustainability efforts on campus and nuances of existing programs.
  • Know who to reach out or refer people to with questions with a better understanding of some of the roles on campus related or dedicated to sustainability efforts.
  • Able to identify ways that you or your unit/department can navigate campus in a more sustainable way. Possibly identify ways to work together with us in working collectively towards a more sustainable UVM. Understand how your unit fits into the campus sustainability picture.

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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®): Discover Your Type

Facilitator: Oleh Kaarmik
Target Audience: Individuals who want to know their type preference and to learn how it impacts their professional interactions, decision making and 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 those who are unfamiliar with MBTI or who haven’t taken the assessment with a MBTI certified practitioner. This class is also a prerequisite for advanced level 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 to appreciate its workplace applications
  • 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 interactions
  • PROCESS AND FEES: Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI®): This class is a pre-requisite for all other, advanced-level MBTI classes offered by our department. After you register via Peoplesoft, there will be a $19.95 + tax fee to take the MBTI® assessment. Further instructions will be provided in a separate email after you register. You will receive this email two to three days before the session date. Please, first register via PeopleSoft.

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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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Self-Awareness in Decision-Making

Facilitator: Oleh Kaarmik
Target Audience: Individuals who would like to deepen their self-awareness of their decision-making process.
Time Allotted: 2 Hours
PeopleSoft Course Number: COM036

Level of Instruction: Introductory
Prerequisites: None

Overall Objectives: Values exist, whether you recognize them or not. Life can be much easier when you acknowledge your values – and when you make decisions that honor them. They (should) determine your priorities, and, deep down, they're probably the measures you use to tell yourself if your life is turning out the way you want it to. When the things that you do and the way you behave match your values, life is usually good – you're satisfied and content. But when these actions don't align with your personal values, that's when things feel... wrong. This can be a real source of unhappiness. This is why making a conscious effort to identify your values is so important. This interactive workshop provides an opportunity to deepen self-awareness and assess values which guide our decision making. .

Learning Outcomes:

  • Deepen an understanding and importance of one’s values in mental processes.
  • Examine how you and your colleagues arrive at collective decisions.
  • Identify biases which may be influencing your decision-making process.

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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: 3.0 Hours
PeopleSoft Course Number: Please do not register online for this course. Instead please call the Professional Development office - telephone 802-656-5800

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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