Training and Professional Development

Our hands-on training, lectures and seminars are designed to provide the Brandeis community with a variety of programs intended to positively impact quality of life and job satisfaction and to develop an individual's ability to initiate and implement change within his or her work life.

For dates, times and registration information, please click on the workshop you are interested in below, or click on "Expand All" for a complete menu. Additional inquires can be directed to: ext. 6-4470.

*Training sessions are subject to change.

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New Employee Orientation

New Employee Orientation

New-employee orientation is designed to give new faculty and staff an introduction to Brandeis University and a chance to meet other employees starting out at the university. New-employee orientation is distinct from benefits orientation, which provides an overview of benefits available to Brandeis employees.  Please contact Human Resources 6-4474 to register.

Date Time
Location
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. HR Large Conference Room
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. HR Large Conference Room
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. HR Large Conference Room
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. HR Large Conference Room
Wednesday, July 8, 2015 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. HR Large Conference Room
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. HR Large Conference Room
Wednesday, September 9, 2015 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. HR Large Conference Room
Wednesday, October 14, 2015 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. HR Large Conference Room
Wednesday, November 11, 2015 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. HR Large Conference Room
Wednesday, December 9, 2015 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. HR Large Conference Room

The Human Resources conference room is located in Bernstein-Marcus.


Brandeis is Hosting the Following Skill Path One-Day Seminars with Participation from Area Colleges:

Tuesday 2/24/15 - Building Your Emotional Intelligence

The ability to recognize, understand and manage emotions, yours and others’, in a positive and constructive way—is a greater predictor of success than IQ, education or experience.  This communication seminar goes far beyond “people skills” to boil down the essentials of emotional intelligence into language anyone can understand. No theory here. Just the practical skills and motivation you need to improve all your work relationships, reduce stress and frustration, and advance your career.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: 

  • Recognize how your feelings, reactions and emotions affect your work relationships
  • Start choosing how you act—instead of responding automatically
  • Easily work with people with personalities and communication styles different from yours
  • Stay flexible and open in the face of change
  • Keep yourself and others from overreacting in emotionally charged situations
  • Anticipate problem situations and the underlying emotions and be prepared

Time: 9:00 - 4:00 pm
Location: Hassenfeld Conference Center, Luria Room

Continental breakfast and afternoon snack will be served.  There will be a lunch break when participants can get lunch on their own.  Space is limited, to be put on a waiting list please contact us at:  farquhar@brandeis.edu

To register, click here.

Wednesday 3/11/15 - Precision Thinking and Problem-Solving Skills

Are you facing too many problems at work and finding it difficult to develop adequate solutions? It’s a common dilemma, but SkillPath can help you solve it! Let us teach you the critical thinking processes you need for problem solving. We’ll show you how to replace the “reactive process” with “proactive thinking.” We’ll spell out the seven critical steps to take to solve virtually any problem. You will learn how to recognize the value of data collection and analysis when it comes to problem solving. And you’ll learn how to use tools such as brainstorming and mind mapping to come up with the best possible solutions. 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

  • Recognizing problems and gaining the qualities you need to become a problem solver
  • Generating solutions—and searching through the alternatives to choose the right one
  • Planning and implementing solutions and evaluating your results
  • Follow‐up and planning for future deci
  • Assessing risk and understanding the impact it has on your decision making

Time: 9:00 - 4:00 pm
Location: Hassenfeld Conference Center, Luria Room

Continental breakfast and afternoon snack will be served.  There will be a lunch break when participants can get lunch on their own.  Space is limited, to be put on a waiting list please contact us at:  farquhar@brandeis.edu

To register, click here.

Wednesday 4/1/15 - Understanding Personality Styles and Their Significant Impact

Have you ever asked, “Can’t we all just get along?” Well, until people begin to understand the differences in personality styles and truly appreciate the unique characteristics that each style brings to a relationship, conflict and tension won’t go away.  In this valuable training course, your employees will use The Personality Explorer™ to assess their personality styles and discover how personal styles affect interactions with others.  They’ll learn the four main types of personalities and address how each style offers strengths and weaknesses that must be recognized for effective communication. And most importantly, your employees will walk away with the skills and knowledge needed to develop and maintain successful relationships that lead to successful people and successful organizations.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Recognize the importance of identifying your own and others’ personality styles
  • Take a personality assessment to determine your style
  • Develop an understanding about your own style and how it affects your goals and stress level
  • Identify the different personality styles and how characteristics differ

Time: 9:00 - 4:00 pm
Location: Hassenfeld Conference Center, Luria Room

Continental breakfast and afternoon snack will be served.  There will be a lunch break when participants can get lunch on their own.  Space is limited, to be put on a waiting list please contact us at:  farquhar@brandeis.edu

To register, click here.

Monday 5/4/15 - Conflict Resolution and Confrontation Management

Unmanaged conflict in the workplace can lead to reduced teamwork and cooperation, diminished employee commitment, and lower levels of quality and productivity. It also increases stress, causes higher turnover and lowers morale.  But it doesn’t have to be that way.  Successfully managed conflict can have a healthy, positive effect on your organization.  Managed conflict is an effective way to bring important issues to light, and to open and strengthen the lines of communication with your co‐workers, boss, parents, or students.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

  • Gain insights into workplace conflicts and recognize how personalities and attitudes affect outcomes
  • Learn the importance of valid feedback:  How to give it and how to benefit from it yourself
  • Find better ways to control your anger as well as other’s anger
  • Equip yourself with the skills to deal with existing hard feelings and emotions in your workplace

Time: 9:00 - 4:00 pm
Location: Hassenfeld Conference Center, Luria Room

Continental breakfast and afternoon snack will be served.  There will be a lunch break when participants can get lunch on their own.  Space is limited, to be put on a waiting list please contact us at:  farquhar@brandeis.edu

To register, click here.


Professional Development Workshops

Preventing Sexual Harassment and Title IX for Managers and Faculty
The workshop will provide managers and faculty with the information and tools necessary to recognize, prevent and respond to sexual harassment and sexual assault.  The workshop will discuss the role managers and faculty have as Responsible Employees, and will include discussion of the new mandates under Title IX and the Campus SaVE Act.

Location: Hassenfeld Luria Conference Room

The workshop will be held on the following dates/times:

Date Time Register
Monday 2/23/15 1:00-3:00 pm Click here to register
Wednesday 2/25/15 9:00-11:00 am Click here to register
Friday 3/6/15 9:00-11:00 am Click here to register
Monday 3/30/15 9:00-11:00 am Click here to register
Thursday 4/9/15 1:00-3:00 pm Click here to register
Tuesday 4/14/15 1:00-3:00 pm Click here to register
Tuesday 5/5/15 9:00-11:00 am Click here to register
Thursday 5/7/15 1:00-3:00 pm Click here to register

Light refreshments will be served.

Realistic Optimism: The Power of Positive Thinking

Monday 4/13/15 1:00-2:00 pm

Hassenfeld Luria Conference Room

Whether you consider yourself an optimist or a pessimist, feel content with your life most of the time or often find yourself wishing things could be different, this seminar can help you learn how to get more enjoyment and fulfillment out of each day. You will get a basic understanding of positive psychology and some of its many potential benefits, such as improving the quality of your relationships, increasing creativity and productivity, and bettering your mental and physical health. In this seminar you will identify some of your own strengths and goals, and develop an individualized action plan for implementing what you learn in your daily life.

Click here to register.


CPR/First Aid Lifesaving Training

CPR/First Aid Lifesaving Training

For CPR lifesaving training workshops, please click here.


Library and Technology Services computer workshops available for staff

Library and Technology Services computer workshops

For Library and Technology Services computer workshops available for staff, please click here.