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Are you looking to increase your professional effectiveness?  The Professional Effectiveness Classes mentioned below will assist you in these areas.
 

Class Calendar

 

Actionable Learning: How to Sustain New Habits After Training

Facilitators: Oleh Kaarmik, Talent Development Specialist, Professional Development & Training
Audience: All interested employees
Time: 1.5 Hours
PeopleSoft Code: COM070

Level of Instruction: Introductory
Prerequisites: None

Overall Objectives

To truly achieve behavior change, the training itself is only half the battle. Because the real struggle is in daily routines, and in day-to-day interactions with colleagues and customers, this class is designed to help you making your learning “stick.”

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand what needs to happen for the habit to change, for good
  • Explore the stages people go through when changing a habit
  • earn strategies which will enable you to make the change that “stick”
  • Develop and Action Plan to successfully transition to your desired behavioral change

All Aboard! A virtual tour of EAP Stress Tools. (Two-part series)

Facilitator: Kim Jennings
Audience: UVM employees, managers and wellness leaders seeking digital stress management tools
Time: 1 Hour per session

Level of Instruction: Introductory
Prerequisites: Must complete Week One to attend Week Two.

Stress is your body’s normal response to challenging events. But when your stress response continually fires, called chronic stress, this can adversely affect your health.

In this two-part guided tour, we’ll walk you through the stress management portal available at your fingertips. You’ll engage in activities designed to help you learn more about your stress triggers and explore the rich resources aimed at helping you gain control of, and mitigate, your stress.

Two Sequential Classes (must register for both sessions)

  • Week One - PeopleSoft course code COM067

  1. Reflect on how the “ten key areas of stress” impact you.
  2. Watch a journaling tool demonstration and reflect on the power of journaling as a way track the sources and symptoms of your stress.
  • Week Two - PeopleSoft course code COM068 (Prerequisite: Must register and attend Week One)

  1. Engage in a dialogue about reframing and determine where in your life this skill could create value and opportunity.
  2. Explore the rich resource available in the EAP portal to help regain control and start living with less stress.

 

Campus Sustainability Series: Coping with the Climate Crisis

Facilitator: Caylin McCamp, Education & Outreach Coordinator
Audience:  Employees who are concerned about the climate crisis
Time:  1 Hour
PeopleSoft Code: COM061

Level of Instruction: Introductory
Prerequisites: None

Opportunity:  Attendees who complete all five sessions in the "Sustainability Series" will be eligible to become Sustainability Ambassador (doc)

Overall Objectives

Surveys show that most UVM employees understand the reality of the climate crisis and are rightfully concerned and distressed by it. This session will skip the climate science and instead discuss psychological and emotional responses to climate change reported by campus and share strategies for coping in crisis. Much of this session will be activity and discussion based. Participants should come willing to share their own experiences.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand what other employees report experiencing
  • Understand Active Hope principles
  • Know how to continue the work with additional resources

Campus Sustainability Series: Keeping Potable (Drinking) Water Safe- Backflow Prevention, Flushing, Testing

Facilitator: Lynn Wood, Physical Plant Zone Manager
Audience:  All interested employees.
Time:  1 Hour
PeopleSoft Code: COM065

Level of Instruction: Introductory
Prerequisites: None

Opportunity:  Attendees who complete all five sessions in the "Campus Sustainability Series" will be eligible to become Sustainability Ambassadors (doc)

Overall Objectives

Our bodies are made up of 60-75% water.  Water is essential as it delivers minerals, trace elements and vitamins to the cells.  This section will be a discussion about the history of city water supply lines, how system pressure changes can cause drinking water to become cross contaminated? Local Plumbing Codes and installation/maintenance of proper safety devices.

Learning Outcomes

  • History of Cross Contamination of Water Systems
  • Understand how Backflow Preventers operate
  • Annual Testing- Code Requirements

Campus Sustainability Series: Sustainable Dining at UVM

Facilitator: Marissa Watson, Sustainability Manager, UVM Dining
Audience:  All interested employees.
Time:  1 Hour
PeopleSoft Code: COM064

Level of Instruction: Introductory
Prerequisites: None

Opportunity:  Attendees who complete all five sessions in the "Campus Sustainability Series" will be eligible to become Sustainability Ambassadors (doc)

Overall Objectives

To understand UVM and UVM Dining’s local purchasing commitments and sustainability initiatives.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand food values, their complexities and how they drive purchasing commitments
  • Collaborate to sustain reduced packaging on campus (EcoWare)
  • Possibly identify ways to work together with us in working collectively towards a more sustainable UVM.

Campus Sustainability Series: Sustainable Materials Management and Zero Waste @ UVM

Facilitator: Corey Berman, Program Manager, UVM Recycling & Zero Waste
Audience:  For anyone interested in recycling, composting, Zero Waste and how UVM deals with all its “stuff”.
Time:  1 Hour
PeopleSoft Code: COM060

Level of Instruction: Introductory
Prerequisites: None

Opportunity:  Attendees who complete five sessions in the "Campus Sustainability Series" will be eligible to become Sustainability Ambassadors (doc)

Overall Objectives

To learn about the impacts of the items we use every day and how we can be better stewards of our planet’s resources. We will also discuss any changes due to the Coronavirus as well as recent changes in Vermont law

Learning Outcomes

  • Learn about what UVM is doing to reduce its environmental footprint and how to engage with programs on campus.
  • Have a better understanding of changes in Vermont law regarding the plastic bag ban and food scraps ban.
  • Come away with tips, tricks and hints on making it easier to reduce, reuse and recycle.

Campus Sustainability Series: Sustainable Transportation at UVM

Facilitator: Abby Bleything, Sustainable Transportation Coordinator; Jim Barr, Director of Transportation & Parking
Audience:  All interested employees
Time:  1 Hour
PeopleSoft Code: COM063

Level of Instruction: Introductory
Prerequisites: None

Opportunity:  Attendees who complete all five sessions in the "Campus Sustainability Series" will be eligible to become Sustainability Ambassadors (doc)

Overall Objectives

Curious what sustainable transportation practices and programs exist at UVM? Join us as we uncover the options available to get you to and around campus more sustainably. Participants will learn about how transportation fits into the University’s sustainability efforts, understand current sustainable transportation programs and what is coming, and have opportunities to share experiences and ask questions.

This course will focus on how transportation fits into sustainability efforts, what is being done on campus to support sustainable transportation options and practices, and how COVID-19 is changing our transportation landscape.

Learning Outcomes

  • Able to identify ways that you and your unit/department can navigate to and around campus in a more sustainable way.
  • Possibly identify ways to work together with us in working collectively towards a more sustainable UVM.
  • Understand how you and your unit fits into the campus sustainability picture.

Living & Working through a Pandemic: Making Space for Grief

Facilitators: Laura Engelken & Christa Hagan-Howe
Audience:  All interested employees
Time:  1.5 Hours
PeopleSoft Code: COM057

Level of Instruction: Introductory
Prerequisites: None

Overall Objectives

The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted our lives in ways that have forced us to drastically reimagine many of the structures and patterns that guide our daily lives and relationships with the world. In the midst of all this adaptation, both at work and at home, there also comes loss. Research shows that creating opportunities to acknowledge such loss and its impact upon our lives enables us to more effectively engage what we are experiencing, as well as create space for new possibilities.

This small group workshop offers a space to reflect upon one’s experiences surrounding COVID-19 and identify resources and ways for processing grief that may be particularly helpful at this time.

Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI ®): Discover Your Type

Facilitator: Oleh Kaarmik
Audience: Faculty, Staff & Students
Time: 3 Hours
PeopleSoft Code: 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 & Fees

  • 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 small 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.

Navigating the Pandemic with Increasing Success

Facilitator: Taryn Austin, M.A., LCMHC, LADC
Audience:  All interested employees
Time:  1 Hour
PeopleSoft Code: COM066

Level of Instruction: Introductory
Prerequisites: None

Overall Objectives

Workplaces and individuals are facing a constant state of change and disruption amid COVID 19. Resilient people prepare for change and adapt before change is imposed on them. In this workshop we will reflect on this unusual time, normalize feelings, talk about the grief cycle many are experiencing as they navigate change, celebrate successes, share new discoveries, and talk about resources that address our need for emotional support.

Learning Outcomes

  • Consider times when you or someone you care about could connect to the EAP benefit for support.
  • Reflect on actions you can take to ensure success during times of change and uncertainty.

Perfectionism, Re-Visited

Facilitators: Oleh Kaarmik, Talent Development Specialist, Professional Development & Training
Audience: All interested employees
Time: 1.5 Hours
PeopleSoft Code: COM062

Level of Instruction: Introductory
Prerequisites: None

Overall Objectives

Many people claim to be perfectionists because they have high standards, work with optimism and pleasure and improve their knowledge and skills. When people say they are perfectionists, they think it makes them look good. But true perfectionism is a flaw more than an asset – for the person themselves and for the team.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand what unhealthy perfectionism is and how it affects persons and teams
  • Learn how to manage yourself and/or your team when attention to detail becomes “too much”
  • Create an Action Plan to keep track of progress while staying accountable

Re-invent Yourself in the Workplace

Facilitator: Oleh Kaarmik
Audience: All interested employees
Time: 2 Hours
PeopleSoft Code: COM058

Level of Instruction: Introductory
Prerequisites: None 

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand that our experiences at critical junctures are an invitation to re-examine our attitudes, the choices we make and how we arrive at those decisions.
  • Explore how getting things done right may help you in getting more done.
  • Learn to operate at your highest level of contribution in a team and individually even in more scarce environments.

Transformative Feedback

Facilitators: Oleh Kaarmik, Talent Development Specialist, Professional Development & Training
Audience: All interested employees
Time: 1.5 Hours
PeopleSoft Code: COM069

Level of Instruction: Introductory
Prerequisites: None

Overall Objectives

With institutionalization of performance reviews, giving and receiving feedback is an essential part of this process. When done in the right way, feedback should not be unnerving and fear-provoking. When done with the right intentions, feedback can lead to outstanding performance and high satisfaction at workplace.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand what motives, what environment and what mindset are most feedback-effective
  • Explore how giving - as well as receiving - feedback is a skill that can be mastered
  • Practice how to prepare for the upcoming feedback conversation

UVM Culture & Community

Facilitators: Professional Development & Training Staff
Audience: All interested employees, with a focus on onboarding new employees
Time: 3 Hours
PeopleSoft Code: Please do not register online for this course. Instead please call the Professional Development & Training Office

Level of Instruction: Introductory
Prerequisites: None

Overall Objectives

With the goal of setting up all employees so they can thrive at The University of Vermont, Culture & Community  is an interactive session that welcomes and orients new employees to the institution and its core values, Our Common Ground. New employees are introduced to resources critical to their success on campus such as professional development opportunities and social justice initiatives. It is recommended to be completed in an employee’s first month of work.

Please Note: Registrations close 24 hours (one workday) in advance of online classes.

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