Professional & Personal Learning
Our instructor led training (ILT) sessions offer an interactive learning environment for employees and managers to develop and grow. The experience, reflection and application of different topics prepare individuals to apply new knowledge and skills to their work and personal lives.
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- Getting Ready and Motivated to Exercise:
Many of us know the many benefits of exercising and yet still struggle to develop and maintain a consistent exercise routine. Based upon empirical literature on behavior change and exercise, this session focuses on common barriers and difficulties surrounding exercise and will discuss ways to motivate you to get physically fit.
Simon Rec 101:
This session introduces you to the University's outstanding recreational facilities, share information on Vitality's extremely beneficial, Partnered Health Club Program and provide a brief overview of important components of a fitness program. Participants will receive a facility tour of the Simon Recreation Center, discuss programs and services available to members, and explore the fitness triad which includes cardiovascular, strength and flexibility. This is a great opportunity to improve your health and productivity. Participants will receive a complimentary one-time pass for a return visit to experience the Simon Recreation Center first hand.
Online Health Resources:
As part of the University's Wellness program this section will explore the Vitality website and introduce participants to the tools and learning resources available to them. In addition, we will explore the USDA's My Plate resource that focuses on healthy eating and provides both nutritional and physical activity online tracking goals.
The Developmental Lines of Bullying:
Bullying is a reality in our world. The news often reports tragedies that stem from bullying, and our children may have to deal with it on a daily basis. Steve Zwolak, the executive director of the University City Children Center, will be prepared to talk about bullying, how to recognize it, and how to deal with it.
The Impact of Attitude on Work and Life:
While you obviously need the appropriate knowledge and skills to do your job, the mind-set with which you approach your work plays a dominant role in your ability to perform. If you’re discouraged, you work sluggishly, think small and give up easily. However, when you feel good, confident and exhilarated you can win people to your side and create dazzling projects. This workshop will help participants explore how attitude can change their life and will provide them with opportunities to develop a more positive mind-set.
Letting Go of the Things that Hold you Back:
“Living the Good Life!” How often have we heard that statement? Usually its meaning is about happiness, health and satisfaction within our lives. In this session we’ll discuss what’s needed to accomplish “the good life”: what to bring along on life’s journey, what to leave behind, and what to acquire along the way.
Where are You Going? Goal Setting for Personal and Professional Success:
Goal setting gives you long-term vision and short-term motivation. The process of setting goals allows you to choose where you want to go in your personal life as well as your professional career. A life without goals is like a road trip without a map. By knowing exactly what you want to achieve, you are less likely to get lost, and you will be happier and less frustrated along the way.
Mindfulness: Being Present in Your Work and Life:
The idea of mindfulness or being mindful is complete engagement in the present moment. It is a state where you are not thinking, reflecting, judging or deciding, but are instead simply experiencing the things currently in your available experience. In many ways people are largely unaware of our present moment, and often operate on “auto-pilot” to some degree. The auto-pilot mode is our default mode of operation. Even when we find ourselves in a pleasurable quiet moment we automatically begin to daydream about others, plan/worry about the future or ruminate about the past. We miss living in the present moment because we fail to pay attention to it. Mindfulness is about waking up to the present moment and paying attention to our experience. Learning mindfulness is not difficult; however, it is difficult to remember to do it. This training discusses mindfulness and how to incorporate its practice into your life.
Balancing Work and Life:
Using the philosophy that “those who are happy at home perform better on the job,” this workshop was developed for those who feel burdened with too many responsibilities and without enough time for personal enjoyment. This workshop will help participants explore and define home responsibilities, identify career requirements and prioritize leisure time. The resulting better balance will help achieve more in one’s career and at home.
The Sandwich Generation: Balancing Your Personal Life with the Needs of Your Older Parents or Loved Ones:
A growing number of individuals are finding themselves raising their children while also supporting their parents. This group of people sometimes referred to as the Sandwich Generation face financial challenges which may include putting their children through college, paying for care for elder parents while trying to save enough for their own retirement. The goal of this workshop is to examine proper planning strategies to help meet these considerable financial responsibilities.
Trust is an essential component of successful relationships both at work and in one’s personal life. By establishing yourself as a person in whom others can put their trust, you can position yourself for greater personal happiness and professional success. Earning trust can take time and is not always easy, however. This workshop will describe several practices that help people build personal trust and credibility.
Lifelong Learning for Professional Success and Personal Enjoyment:
Completing a formal education and maintaining one career throughout the remainder of our lives is no longer reflective of current work-life trends. While a single-career life remains the standard in fields requiring highly specialized education (e.g. medicine, law), career change is becoming more commonplace. As such, it is more important than ever to quickly learn new skills and to remain in the constant process of enhancing your existing skill sets. Hence, learning how to learn is worthwhile.
Additionally, adopting a proactive approach to learning as a way of living has been consistently documented as leading to greater life satisfaction and enjoyment further increasing our capacity for personal growth and helping to reduce the impact of aging. This workshop helps participants identify which learning style is their primary strength and how they can enhance “effective learning” with that style.
The Confident You: Taking Charge of Your Life:
Have you ever had something you really wanted to say to someone, but held it back because of some kind of fear or shyness? Have you ever given in to someone else’s way, and then regretted doing so because you believed strongly in your position. Do you wish you had the confidence to stand up for yourself more firmly in some situations? This workshop will give you some tips on how to add the confidence that helps you feel like you’re in control.
Developing Your Creative Side:
In today’s increasingly competitive business climate, there is a need for continuous innovation and value-added solutions. Individuals and organizations alike are discovering that new ideas have become the global currency of the future. Unfortunately though, as adults, we often limit our thinking and problem solving to fit known patterns and solutions by creating boundaries around our problems and circumstances. Enhancing our creativity can help us break through these boundaries.
- Conflict Resolution:
Conflict, strife and opposing points of view are always part of work and life. This session focuses on managing conflict as a potential for learning and change. It provides key approaches and insight into best practices for conflict resolution.
Employment Risk Management:
Employment law training can help prevent costly lawsuits by knowledge and skills to be productive and create respectful workplaces. This session will help participants make the right choices, including using resources to get help before challenges turn into problems.
Examine Your Leadership Style: MBTI:
We all have different psychological preferences for gaining energy, processing information, making decisions and approaching life. The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) helps us understand these preferences in ourselves and others to improve relationships at work and at home. This course will increase self-awareness and apply knowledge about personality type to the workplace. Note: You will need to complete the MBTI and submit an inter-departmental order for the $25 course fee at least one week before class. (Receive instructions for taking the MBTI after enrolling).
Interviewing & Orientation Essentials:
For hiring managers - Employee selection and retention is one of the most important factors in the workplace today. Poor selection of employees and employee turnover are expensive and both have a negative impact on work groups. This session will focus on the interviewing/hiring process, including: job posting, interviewing, selection, orientation, evaluation and retention techniques to help avoid pitfalls and make decisions that will lead to success for everyone involved.
Legally Protected Employee Absenses:
This class provides information regarding the different types of absences that employees may be entitled to based on federal and state regulations. Some of these issues may become very complex and the legalities may overlap each other, such as workers’ compensation and FMLA. Additionally, the class provides insight for managers on how to respond to requests for time off and be compliant with employment laws and University policies and procedures.
New Manager Orientation:
This full-day session is designed to give new managers the tools to transition into the role and is also open to current managers as a refresher. We will discuss leadership expectations, key management processes and important legal issues. We will also examine University mission and employee relations from a management perspective.
This session provides an overview for managers of the staff University Online Performance Evaluation (UOPE) process. Join us to discuss the importance of performance evaluations and learn about the three main components of the tool: core performance values, business goals and future goals, and the individual development plan.
This session covers the performance management policy and procedures at Saint Louis University. Effective use of the performance improvement memorandum, written warnings, and final warnings is an important component of overall performance management.
SkillSoft Introduction & Tour:
Professional development is as easy as watching a video at your desk. In this session, we will provide an overview of various tools and abilities offered through our on-line training software. This one hour session will introduce how you can created your own development plan, review and monitor your progress, search thousands of titles in our catalog and access Books 24x7. You will also learn how to use SkillSoft to register for our Instructor Led Training sessions.
Understanding Family & Medical Leave Act:
This "everything you ever wanted to know about FMLA". You will learn about the issues that are important for managers to be aware of when dealing with the Family and Medical Leave Act.
- Basic Presentations:
This session will discuss best practices of electronic presentations. We'll look at some tips and tricks to help you develop more effective presentations and avoid some of the pitfalls that often destroy a presentation.
Writing skills are crucial to professional development. This workshop will discuss grammatical and stylistic keys to writing clearly, concisely and with impact. During class, we will refer to the University writing standards (e.g., font, spacing) and style guide, and students will learn to draft a professional email. Participants are asked to bring two writing samples.
Conducting Effective Meetings:
Gathering a group of busy professionals in one room to discuss a mutual issue is a feat in and of itself, so how does one maximize the productivity of such a gathering? This session will introduce the essentials of effective meeting management and provide specific advice on how to address those factors that can torpedo even the most well planned meeting.
Diversity and Affirmative Action Training:
This interactive program will raise awareness and understanding on the concepts of discrimination and harassment in the workplace; how to identify it and how to address it, both informally and through University policies.
Goals are like road maps, without them we don't know where we are going or what our destination is. This course will discuss how to develop realistic goals that are obtainable.
Intro to Project Management 101:
This one hour, introductory session covers the basics of project management. Students will learn what project management is and how to use project management techniques to garner optimal results. The instructor will provide examples of processes already in place at the University and discuss strategies to initiate, plan, execute and manage projects across departments.
Intro to Project Management 201:
This course is a follow up to the Project Management 101 introductory course. Designed to provide a slightly more detailed overview of project management, this course will allow participants to explore the potential of delving in to the possibilities that strong project management skill can offer. This class is the second in a three part series which will culminate in a half day session, Project Management 301.
Successful Customer Service:
Knowledge goes a long way toward the delivery of exceptional customer service. This session looks at the factors that make service outstanding while focusing on the customers’ needs and wants. This interactive session takes a positive approach to handling all customers, even the difficult ones.
True teamwork occurs in an open and trusting atmosphere where flexibility is the key and hierarchy is of little importance. Explore forming, storming, performing and norming your team as a member or a manager.
This session will help you learn how you are spending your time and provide tips and tricks to better manage tasks related to your goals.
Safety & Preparedness
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Alcohol and Drug Intoxication Presentation:
Incorporates the consequences of alcohol abuse. The participants utilize the Fatal Vision Goggles which imitate the effects of intoxication.
BLS AED/CPR Training:
The BLS automatic electric defibrillator/cardiac pulmonary resuscitation training class is an American Heart Association Healthcare Provider approved training. The 4 hours class is provided by a DPSSS officer at a cost of $5.00 per person. The $5 fee covers the certification card which is good for 2 years. The BLS automatic electric defibrillator/cardiac pulmonary resuscitation training class is an American Heart Association Healthcare Provider approved training. The 4 hours class is provided by a DPSSS officer at a cost of $5.00 per person. The $5 fee covers the certification card which is good for 2 years.
Is a comprehensive safety program which stresses the importance of a shared responsibility for personal safety. Participants are given information on criminal behavior and techniques to remain safe on campus.
Community Emergency Response Team (CERT):
CERT training consists of 8 - 2 hour training modules. At the conclusion of the training the participant will participate in a final disaster simulation exercise. The modules covered in the program are Disaster Preparedness, Fire Safety, Disaster Medical Operations 1 and 2, Light Search and Rescue Operations, Disaster Psychology, Terrorism, and CERT Organization. Training is provided by an array of field experts from fire, EMS, Emergency Management and Psychology. These classes and all support equipment are provided free of charge to all faculty and staff.
This training is offered to small groups upon request. The training is St. Louis City Fire Department approved. St. Louis City Fire Department assists the University with this training program. Fire extinguisher training gives participants an opportunity to utilize and experience what it is like to extinguish a real fire in a non-stress situation. This training is free of charge.
Fire Safety training combines a classroom overview of the elements and classes of a fire along with the types of extinguishers available on campus. This training takes the fire extinguisher training to the next level by incorporating education with live experience. This training is available to small groups upon request and is free of charge for all members of the University community.
First Aid Training / Lay Person AED / CPR:
This 8 hour training course is designed to provide the lay responder with basic automatic electronic defibrillator/cardiac pulmonary resuscitation training along with basic first aid. The basic first aid covers topics of airway obstruction, pressure points and treating for shock. The course is provided to the SLU community for $15.00 and is certified through the American Heart Association. The certification card is good for 2 years.
Rape Aggression Defense (RAD):
The Rape Aggression Defense System is a program of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques for women. The R.A.D. System is a comprehensive, women-only course that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and risk avoidance, while progressing on to the basics of hands-on defense training. R.A.D. is not a Martial Arts program.
Our courses are taught by nationally certified R.A.D. Instructors and provide each student with a workbook/reference manual. This manual outlines the entire Physical Defense Program for reference and continuous personal growth, and is the key to our free lifetime return and practice policy for R.A.D. graduates.
Once or twice a year Saint Louis University plays host the National Weather Service Storm Spotter Training course. A meteorologist from the National Weather Service provides the training in a brown bag lunch session that allows participates to become official storm spotters for the National Weather Service. This class is free of charge. Watch for information regarding upcoming classes on Newslink.