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 more information: ext. 6-4470

*Training sessions are subject to change.

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New Employee Orientation

Click here for upcoming New Employee Orientations

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 19th, 2014 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. HR Large Conference Room

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

HR Large Conference Room

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

HR Large Conference Room

Wednesday, June  11th, 2014 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. HR Large Conference Room
Wednesday, July 9th, 2014 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. HR Large Conference Room

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


Professional Development Workshops

For Non-Managers: How to Make the Most of Your Performance Review

It is once again time for annual performance reviews. This workshop will provide employees with the tools and information necessary to make the most out of your performance review. Participants will learn the following:

  • How to accurately document your performance
  • Creating a “Yay me!” file highlighting your accomplishments
  • Thinking about what would be helpful for professional growth
  • How to have a productive conversation with your supervisor
Date Time Location
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 10:00 am-12:00 pm HR Large Conference Room
Monday, April 14, 2014 9:30am-11:30am HR Large Conference Room

Light refreshments will be served

To register for a workshop, please choose from one of the following options

1) Workshop IV – Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - Click here to register

2) Workshop V - Monday, April 14, 2014 - Click here to register

Writing Skills Workshop: Improving Grammar, Punctuation, and Word Usage
How to write more polished and effective emails, memos and reports

Do you want your email messages, letters, and other written materials to be more polished and professional? If so, then come for a review of ways to enhance the “readability” and effectiveness of your messages.  Special focus will be on grammar and punctuation, sentence structure, commonly misused words, commonly misspelled words, and tips on how to proofread. Bring your questions about grammar rules, writing style, or other aspects of business writing.  Presented by Bernadine Cassell, M.S.

Date Thursday, March 13, 2014
Time 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location Hassenfeld Luria Conference Room
Registration Click here to register

Refreshments will be served.

The Luria Conference Room is located in Hassenfeld Conference Center.

Assertive Communication Skills

Communicating with clarity, confidence and poise is perhaps the most overlooked business skill of all … but the most essential for anyone who wants to make a powerful, positive impression in any workplace situation.  In this course, we’ll present eye-opening and empowering tips, techniques and strategies for communicating in ways that win the attention, respect and approval of others—both the verbal and nonverbal communication skills that can make the difference between career stagnation and success.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define the types of communication and identify the most effective one for career success
  • Build assertive communication skills by focusing on confident verbal and nonverbal behavior
  • Recognize situations that require assertiveness and the strategies to respond accordingly
  • Identify additional professional situations where assertiveness will promote your career
Date Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Time 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location Hassenfeld Luria Conference Room
Registration Click here to register

Continental breakfast and an afternoon snack will be served.  There will be a one hour break for lunch on your own.

The Luria Conference Room is located in Hassenfeld Conference Center.

Active Listening

Listening is one of the most important skills you can have in the business world today, regardless of your position. True, effective communication is about more than two or more people talking together. Listening and understanding the underlying meaning (not just the spoken words) requires specific skills and attention. Understanding that what is not said may be more important than what is said so tuning in on the meaning of non-verbal communication is critical to building productive working relationships. This program will save you time, frustration and even money as you navigate the world of powerful Active Listening.

 Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize and conquer your personal obstacles to being a good listener

  • Understand the power of effective listening and how to use it to your advantage

  • Ask the right questions at the right time for improved performance

  • Become aware of the power nonverbal communication and capture the richness it brings to each message
Date Monday, March 24, 2014
Time 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location Hassenfeld Luria Conference Room
Registration Click here to register

Continental breakfast and an afternoon snack will be served.  There will be a one hour break for lunch on your own.

The Luria Conference Room is located in Hassenfeld Conference Center.

Preventing Sexual Harassment 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 the Campus SaVE Act.

The workshop will be offered twice, at the same time and location, on the following dates:

Date Time Location
Thursday, March 20, 2014 9:30 am-11:30 am HR Large Conference Room
Monday, April 16, 2014 9:30 am-11:30 am HR Large Conference Room

Light refreshments will be served

To register for a workshop, please choose from the following links:

1) Workshop II – Thursday, March 20, 2014 -  Click here to register

2) Workshop III – Monday, April 16, 2014 -  Click here to register

HEALTHY YOU

Fitness Walking Seminar
Date Time Location
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 12:00 pm-1:00 pm Hassenfeld, Sherman Hall

Presented by Tufts Health Plan

  1. Introduction:  Benefits of Fitness Walking
  2. Before You Start
    1. Before You Start
    2. Proper Clothing to Wear
    3. When/What to Eat and Drink
  3. Stretching/Flexibility
  4. Walking:  Optimal Walking Workout to Maximize Benefits
  5. Additional Exercises to Enhance Walking Program:  Injury Prevention 

To enroll, click here.

For more information or questions email or call Tim Carey at tcarey@brandeis.edu  or 781.736.4461


Lemberg Children's Center

Managing Your Child’s Anger: Effective Tools for Teaching Conflict Resolution

First presentation: March 13th 12PM- 1PM

Ongoing parent discussion group: Thursdays 12PM-1PM

Dates: March 6th– May 15th, 2014

Location: Shapiro Campus Center, room 314

Children, like adults, get angry—this is a natural feeling, however, how they react is important in learning how to participate in a social setting. They express their feelings in ways that depend on their ages, what they can understand and what they can do. Howie Baker and Karen Gutterman of the Lemberg Children’s Center will present tips and skills for understanding, managing, and preventing a young child’s angry behavior as well as helping children use conflict resolution skills rather than rely on physical aggression. The curriculum is part of the ACT Raising Safe Kids program by the American Psychological Association. To learn more about the program, please visit our website at www.brandeis.edu/lemberg/act.