Professional Development

Upcoming Professional Development Workshops: September-October 2018

If you’re planning ahead for your professional development, or want to have some suggestions for professional development opportunities to share with your staff, we have some new workshops coming to UBC’s Vancouver campus this fall:

These courses are eligible for professional development funding – visit the PD funding page for your employee group to learn more.

Four spaces left in Navigating Today’s Communication Challenges: July 24

We have four spaces left in our July 24, 2018, session on Navigating Today’s Communication Challenges. Register ASAP to sharpen your communication skills.

About this workshop

Have you ever wondered why your communication efforts click with some people and not with others? Or how others perceive you when you interact with them? Whether working with other people in your department, on a team, or just having a social conversation over lunch, it is quickly evident that some relationships are more productive than others.

As the need to work collectively increases, good discussion skills, effective listening and positive modeling are essential. In this insightful workshop you will learn to assess the communication needs of others and see how you can make simple adjustments in order to communicate more effectively. It will help you develop methods of communicating that will build on your strengths and the strengths of others.

This session is designed for anyone that wants to proactively improve and fine tune their interpersonal and communication skills at work.

Course Information

July 24, 2018, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Tech Enterprise Facilities III, Room 610, 6190 Agronomy Road [map]
Cost: $350
Register online

You may be able to use your professional development funding towards this course. Visit the PD funding page for your employee group to learn more, or contact pd.workshops@ubc.ca with questions.

Reminder: Community Leadership Program 2018-19 Information Sessions: July 23

If you or anyone on your team might be interested in an experiential leadership opportunity for emerging leaders to enhance their leadership skills and give back to community organizations, we invite you to attend out UBC Community Leadership Program information session on July 23 at 12:00 p.m.

Staff from all employee groups, as well as graduate students, are welcome to apply for this program. There is no cost to participants.

Session information

UBC Community Leadership Program Information Sessions
July 23, 2018, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Tech Enterprise Facilities III, Room 610, 6190 Agronomy Road [map]
RSVP through our program catalog

Visit clp.ubc.ca for more information and to learn about the impact of last year’s program. If you can’t attend one of the information sessions and have questions about the program, please email Stephanie Thorpe, Workplace Learning Facilitator.

2018 Coaching Internship Award Recipients

The 2018 recipients of the UBC Coaching Internship Awards are:

  • Elisabeth Chin, Manager, Student Experience, Sauder School of Business
  • Justine Cochrane, Curriculum Materials Coordinator, Faculty of Medicine
  • Savanah Knockwood, Indigenous Student Programs Coordinator, School of Population & Public Health
  • Mina Phaisaltantiwongs, Business Development Assistant (Computer Science), UBC Science Co-op
  • Raina Reddecliff, Associate Director, Campus Internationalization at UBCO
  • Shannon Remillong, Coordinator, Civil Engineering

We will open applications for the next round of the Coaching Internship Awards in October. To learn more about the program, visit http://www.hr.ubc.ca/coaching/become-a-coach/coaching-internship/.

Professional Development Opportunity: Navigating Today’s Communication Challenges: July 24, 2018

Have you ever wondered why your communication efforts click with some people and not with others? Or how others perceive you when you interact with them? Whether working with other people in your department, on a team, or just having a social conversation over lunch, it is quickly evident that some relationships are more productive than others.

As the need to work collectively increases, good discussion skills, effective listening and positive modeling are essential. In this insightful workshop you will learn to assess the communication needs of others and see how you can make simple adjustments in order to communicate more effectively. It will help you develop methods of communicating that will build on your strengths and the strengths of others.

This session is designed for anyone that wants to proactively improve and fine tune their interpersonal and communication skills at work.

Learning Outcomes

  • Determine the key attributes of the most effective communicators;
  • Identify four distinct communication styles;
  • Practice a few simple steps to improving your listening skills;
  • Assess their preferred communication style and the pro¿s and con¿s;
  • Quickly recognize the communication preferences of others;
  • Give and receive positive and corrective feedback;
  • Identify the most common communication challenges;
  • Determine how to make discussions more effective; and
  • State how body language can be used as an effective communication tool

Course Information

Date: July 24, 2018, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: TEF III, Room 610
Cost: $350
Register online

You may be able to use your professional development funding towards this course. Visit the PD funding page for your employee group to learn more, or contact pd.workshops@ubc.ca with questions.

Last Call to Register for Conflict Theatre – Deadline Extended to June 14

Every team faces conflict, and as a leader it’s important to know how to guide your team through these trying times. Conflict Theatre just might be the edge you are looking for to bring your conflict management skills to the next level.

Learning Outcomes

As a participant you can expect to walk away with the following skills:

  • Acquisition of new options and strategies for approaching conflict in a different way
  • Increased understanding of the hidden systemic and interpersonal structures that drive conflict
  • Development of communicative strategies and awareness of possibilities within situations of conflict
  • Practice in creating a sense of community and support, and collective a-ha moments

The deadline to apply has been extended to June 14. Sign-up today through the online application.

Visit the Conflict Theatre website for more information.

Call for UBC-V QPR Instructors: Application Deadline – June 13, 2018

The Suicide Awareness Working Group is recruiting staff and faculty members who are interested in becoming QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) instructors at the Vancouver campus. This is a volunteer role and full training is provided.

As a QPR instructor, you will:

  • Provide training
  • Promote QPR within your department
  • Receive ongoing support from the QPR instructor community of practice and QPR Institute
  • Have the opportunity to contribute to UBC Vancouver’s suicide awareness strategy

If you are interested in becoming a QPR instructor, please read this Info Sheet and complete a brief online application by Wednesday, June 13, 2018. Training will take place on June 27 and 28, 2018.

If you know a staff or faculty member who may be interested, and you are supportive of their use of time toward this initiative, please encourage them to apply or share the Info Sheet with them.

Questions about the QPR instructor training program? Contact the Co-chairs of the Suicide Awareness Working Group: Tam Uden or Kelly Eaton.

Last Call to Register for “The Working Mind” Session on June 20

We have a few spots still available for “The Working Mind”, a new training session being previewed by Miranda Massie (Health Promotions).

This evidence-based workplace training program aims to increase mental health literacy for employees. Anyone in HR is welcome to register for this free session.

Visit the post from May 17 for more information about the training session.

PD Opportunity: Selection Interviewing: May 11, 2018 – 4 Spaces Left

We have four spaces left in our May 11, 2018, session on Selection Interviewing: Ensuring Equity. Register ASAP to sharpen your interview and recruitment skills.

Note that this workshop is designed for UBC managers/administrators who have responsibility for the recruitment of staff.

About this workshop

The interview is a vital step in the hiring process, so you want it to be as effective as possible. This workshop will focus on the essential skills of behavioural interviewing so that you can more effectively get to know your candidates and find the best fit for your team.

Learning Outcomes

Through group exercises, discussions and role-play within this workshop, participants will:

  • Develop questions and practice behavioural interviewing skills
  • Develop tools to select the best candidate for the position
  • Understand basic concepts of human rights, employment equity, and the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy legislation

Participants will also review current Human Rights and Employment Equity legislation and discuss the objectives of UBC’s policy on employment equity.

Facilitation Team and Presenters

  • Lani McGill, Human Resources Advisor
  • Kathryn Stagg, Human Resources Advisor
  • Lindi Frost, Director of Employee Relations
  • Jude Tate, Director of Equity and Inclusion

Course information

Selection Interviewing: Ensuring Equity
May 11, 2018, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $25.00
Room 610, TEF III, 6190 Agronomy Road [map]
Register online until May 7; afterwards contact pd.workshops@ubc.ca

If you are interested in this course, you may be able to use your professional development funding. Please visit the page for your employee group to learn more.