HLC Work/Life & Professional Development Course Catalogue

Below, please find a list of courses offered on the HLC during the FY’17 Year of Meaningful Connections. They are separated by the four content areas– COMPASS:Career Navigation, Work/Life & Wellness, Interpersonal Focus and In the Know. The descriptions include the title, the facilitator’s information, the course details and the link within the Harvard Training Portal (https://trainingportal.harvard.edu) with class information dates and locations. Please note: not all of these courses will be offered year round.

For a full listing of courses through Harvard’s Center for Workplace Development, please go to: http://hr.harvard.edu/training-courses.

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 COMPASS: Career Navigation at Harvard

For information about upcoming COMPASS events and tools/resources, please visit the COMPASS website (https://hlc.harvard.edu/compass-your-guide-to-navigating-your-career-professional-development/).

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 WORK-LIFE & WELLNESS

Applying the Immunity-to-Change method to your New Year’s Resolution (S. Katsman)
HTP course information/class registration
The Immunity to Change method for achieving personal and professional goals was developed by Harvard professors Bob Kegan and Lisa Lahey and has been used by thousands of people from all walks of life to make meaningful and sustained changes.  In this session you will learn why determination and will power are often not sufficient to achieving your goals. You will uncover hidden forces that work against your best efforts and get tools for addressing these forces so that you can make the changes you want to make by working smarter, not trying harder.
Audience: This course is intended for Harvard Longwood Campus staff, faculty, post docs and affiliates.
Pre-requisites: None
Pre-work: To get the most out of this session, please bring a self-improvement goal to the workshop. Choose a goal that matters a lot to you and state it in the affirmative.  Below, find some examples of self-improvement goals:
–I want to get better at being more present with people who matter to me
–I want to get better at using my time and energy in a way that’s aligned with my values
–I want to get better at delegating
–I want to communicate more effectively
–I want to get better at sticking with mindfulness (or exercise, etc.) practice
Remember that the goal should focus on self-improvement – not on outcome. For example, if your goal is to run a 5K – that would be a great outcome goal. To convert it to a self-improvement goal ask yourself: what do I personally need to get better at in order to make progress towards my goal? So the self-improvement goal behind the outcome goal could be any of the ones listed below or something else: “I want to get better at going for regular runs” or “I want to get better at finding opportunities to run with other runners” or “I want to get better at prioritizing my personal and fitness goals”
Similarly if your goal is to lose 10lb (an outcome goal), to convert it to a self-improvement goal ask yourself: what do I personally need to get better at in order to make progress towards my goal?  Your answer may be any of the following or something else: “I want to get better at eating mindfully” or “I want to get better at prioritizing my health and wellbeing” or “I want to get better at planning and preparing nutritious meals and snacks”.
I will be reaching out to the participants of this workshop one week prior to the course  to review goals and to answer any questions.

Boost Your Resilience to Prevent Burnout (Harvard’s EAP)
HTP course information/class registration
Stress is a part of everyday life. Since we can’t eliminate it, learning how to recognize the signs of stress overload and boosting our ability to handle stressful situations can help. Understanding our own reactions to issues and planning ways to boost resilience can help us thrive in the midst of stress. Join us and learn ways to build your personal resilience by understanding the current research on resilience, practicing evidence-based healthy habits and using self-care to stay mindful. Join us for an interactive discussion about: Recognizing stress symptoms to prevent burnout; characteristics of resilient people and ways to boost your own resiliency to stress.
Audience: Harvard Longwood Campus staff, faculty, post docs and affiliates
Pre-Requisites: None

Caring for LGBTQ Youth: Celebrations and Struggles from the Voices of Parents and Guardians (Greater Boston PFlag)
HTP course information/class registration
Come hear from a group of local speakers about their journeys as caregivers of LGBTQ youth. The landscape of sexual orientation, romantic and emotional orientation, gender identity, and gender expression can feel like it is changing every day. These caregiver stories will illuminate families’ resilience and progress within that landscape while also speaking to the ongoing struggle facing LGBTQ people and families.
Audience: This course is intended for Harvard Longwood Campus staff, faculty, post docs and affiliates.
Pre-requisites: None
Pre-reading (optional): Articles attached at the class level

Introduction to “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” (L.Miklas)
HTP course information/class registration
This session will provide an overview of “The Maturity Continuum”, the model that serves as the foundation for Stephen R. Covey’s 7 Habits book and tools.  This model can be applied at the individual, team, and organizational levels to increase effectiveness in planning and organizing, time and priority management, and communication. This course contributes to development of the following Harvard competencies: Planning and Organization, Accountability and Building Trust.
Audience: This course is intended for Harvard Longwood Campus staff, faculty, post docs and affiliates.
Pre-requisites: None

LGBT Aging 101: What You Need to Know About Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Aging (The Fenway Institute, Fenway Health)
HTP course information/class registration
Our mainstream community has limited knowledge of the cultural, psychosocial, historical and economic issues facing LGBT older adults and caregivers. This presentation will examine what life has been like, and is for LGBT older adults and caregivers. We’ll explore  the unique experiences of this population, generational differences, caregiver responsibilities, questions about healthcare, housing and what is “successful aging”.
Audience: This course is intended for Harvard Longwood Campus staff, faculty, post docs and affiliates.
Pre-requisites: None
Pre-work: No pre-work, come as you are to listen and ask questions

LGBTQ Families: Speaking Up and Speaking Out (Family Equality Council)
HTP course information/class registration
There are three million lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) parents in the U.S. raising six million children. LGBTQ families have important stories to tell, joys to celebrate, and challenges to overcome. This workshop is for LGBTQ parents, prospective parents, people with LGBTQ parents, and all allies. Learn more about the experiences of LGBTQ families and ways we can speak out together for the lived and legal equality of all families.
Audience: This course is intended for Harvard Longwood Campus staff, faculty, post docs and affiliates.
Pre-requisites: None
Pre-work: None

Meditation- Heartfulness (B. Bahl)
*For registration please email hlctraining@hsph.harvard.edu*
Practice of meditation is associated with a sense of peacefulness and physical relaxation. Researchers have long claimed that meditation also provides cognitive and psychological benefits that persist throughout the day. Some things you know in your head, some you know in your heart. Connect the two – join us for 10 week Heartful meditation practice.
Audience: Harvard Longwood Campus staff, faculty, post docs and affiliates
Pre-Requisites: None

Proactive Adult and Elder Caregiving (Harvard’s EAP)
HTP course information/class registration

Adult caregivers frequently juggle multiple responsibilities, including work, family, and care of an aging parent or family member. Employees are often caught off guard when an elder or older adult experiences a medical crisis. Planning proactively for the care of a parent or loved one, such as understanding the different levels of care, costs, and available resources, can help mitigate the stress of caregiving and provide more options. This seminar offers:
*An overview of strategies and types of providers to best prepare for the demands and complexities of caregiving
*Resources to proactively lay the groundwork for adult and elder care support before an unexpected event occurs
*A look at the emotional side of caregiving and available resources for support.
Audience:
Harvard Longwood Campus staff, faculty, post docs and affiliates
Pre-Requisites:
None

Quality Cancer Care (Harvard’s EAP)
HTP course information/class registration
A diagnosis of cancer is both overwhelming and devastating. Most people enter the medical system lacking the knowledge and understanding to effectively navigate the process. This can cause increased anxiety. In this course, you will learn: what to expect during early stages of a cancer diagnosis through to the treatment phase; the physical, emotional and spiritual challenges that ensue; and multiple ways to claim back one’s power – for individuals and families. The use of complementary therapies, traditional medical treatments, diet, and exercise will also be explored. When it is complete, you will have gained a working knowledge of quality cancer care.
Audience: Harvard Longwood Campus staff, faculty, post docs and affiliates
Pre-Requisites: None

Welcoming a Baby? Thinking of Adoption? New to Childcare? (E. Ringuette)
HTP course information/class registration
This monthly course provides an overview of the multiple resources offered to Harvard employees as well as employees of the Longwood Medical Area. Topics covered include a review of various child care options and how to find child care that’s right for you. We also review benefits available to each employee type and their various pay schedules, planning your leave, mother’s rooms and other key information for new parents from the Harvard Longwood Community. Note: registration of this course through the Harvard Training Portal will result in it being listed as complete and viewable under training history. For the purpose of confidentiality, you may also register by emailing hlctraining@hsph.harvard.edu with your name, the course name and date you wish to attend.
Audience: Harvard Longwood Campus staff, faculty, post docs and affiliates
Pre-Requisites: None

Yoga for Every Body (K. Kwass)
*When this course is offered, please find dates and locations at hlc.harvard.edu under HLC Workshops. All levels welcome*
A MSW, RYT 500 and Kripalu certified yoga teacher, Karen has enjoyed yoga for over 20 years. She guides gentle and moderate yoga classes in a safe and supportive environment allowing students to work at their own pace. She brings joy, compassion, and awareness of her students, and an ability to adapt or modify postures in effort to meet individual needs. You will need comfortable clothes,  a yoga mat, water bottle and signed Release Form.

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INTERPERSONAL FOCUS

Conflict Resolution Strategies
HTP course information/class registration
We all have situations when conflict might arise. In this course we are going to discuss the main elements that create conflict, how to identify your own style and learn some strategies to help you to resolve conflict. This course contributes to development of the following Harvard competencies: Managing Conflict, Communication Skills, Negotiation.
Audience:
This course is intended for Harvard Longwood Campus staff, faculty post docs and affiliates.
Pre-requisites:
None

Conversations that take Courage
HTP course information/class registration
This course will help you to reflect on conversations that take courage whether they involve managing up, engaging as a team member or addressing a challenging situation. You will take time to self-reflect on your own style and to prepare and implement the key elements for a successful conversation. This course contributes to development of the following Harvard competencies: Communication Skills, Building Trust, Interpersonal Skills.
Audience: This course is intended for Harvard Longwood Campus staff, faculty, post docs and affiliates.
Pre-work: Consider a time when you had to have a conversation that took courage and bring that example ready to share in the class.
Pre-requisites: None

Effective Strategies for Recruiting a Diverse Team (G. Simkiss and M. Kerwin)
HTP course information/class registration
Recruiting for a diverse team is essential to Harvard University. By building a diverse team, you will expand the perspectives and approaches from which decisions are made. Not only is diversity recruitment essential to our mission, but it is the law. As a Federal Contractor, Harvard has an obligation to make “good faith efforts” in the recruitment of minorities, women, individuals with disabilities and veterans. During this course you will learn why diversity recruitment is important, how to think differently about your staffing needs and gain skills to reduce unconscious bias during the interview process. This course contributes to development of the following Harvard competencies: Valuing Diversity, Building a high performing team.
Audience:
This course is intended for Harvard Longwood Campus staff, faculty, post docs and affiliates.
Pre-requisites:
None
Pre-work:
Complete the Implicit Bias online test prior to the class. See attachments at class level in HTP.

Manager Networking Events (G. Simkiss/L. Miklas)
HTP course information/class registration
Twice each year we invite managers and supervisors across the Harvard Longwood Campus to gather for lively discussion over a light breakfast. Topics vary to match current trends or initiatives, such as Engagement, Giving and Receiving Feedback, and Useful Tools and/or Models for challenges like process improvement. The format will vary – some sessions will feature a guest speaker, others will incorporate an article or case study, all will include time to learn, discuss, and network.
Audience:
This course is intended for Harvard Longwood Campus staff and faculty managers.
Pre-work: 
Be prepared for pre-reading, which will be provided via e-mail in advance of each session.
Pre-requisites:
None

Manager/Supervisor Series (G. Simkiss)
HTP course information/class registration
The goal of this series is to assist both experienced and newly appointed managers and supervisors, to develop or fine tune their own knowledge and expertise within the management function.  The program runs for 6 consecutive weeks, and provides an opportunity to learn from colleagues and share best practices. This course contributes to development of the following Harvard competencies: Valuing Diversity, Building a high performing team, Teamwork and Collaboration, Managing Conflict, Communication, Interpersonal Skills, Planning and Organizing, Time Management, Building trust, Delegation.
*Module 1: Recruitment
*Module 2: MBTI and Management Styles
*Module 3: Interpersonal Skills
*Module 4: Personal Effectiveness
*Module 5: Team Building
*Module 6: Coaching
Approval from your immediate supervisor and at least one direct report is required. Attendance at all 6 classes is strongly encouraged as each module builds on the previous module.
Audience: HLC staff and faculty managers with at least one direct report
Pre-Requisites: None
Pre-Work: There is pre-work for this course. Please see attachments at the class level in HTP.

Mindful Commitments at Work (S. Katsman & E. Ringuette)
HTP course information/class registration
Have you ever agreed to take on a volunteer assignment only to find yourself overwhelmed and resentful as a result? Do you find yourself wracking your brain for ways to back out of commitments that you didn’t have to take on in the first place? Learn how to discern between extra work that propels you towards your professional goals and extra work that adds to your already full plate without adding to your resume. The course contributes to the development of the following Harvard competencies: Communication Skills, Decision Making, Strategic Thinking and Interpersonal Skills.
Audience: This course is intended for Harvard Longwood Campus staff, faculty, post docs and affiliates
Pre-requisites:
None

Stress Management on the Go (S. Katsman)
HTP course information/class registration
Do you wish you had some quick-and-easy ways to manage your stress on-the-go? Whether you are stuck in traffic or waiting in a very long line at the bank during your very short lunch break, come learn tips and tricks to help you bring yourself back to a calm and focused state – no matter what life throws your way! This course contributes to development of the following Harvard competencies: Continuous Learning, Managing Conflict.
Audience: Harvard Longwood Campus staff, faculty, post docs and affiliates
Pre-Requisites: None

Unconscious Bias (G. Simkiss)
HTP course information/class registration
All of us have unconscious biases that may prevent us from making equitable, inclusive decisions. Our brains rely on past cultural experience to provide data that fills in the blanks between the things we see. We understand by weaving together the information we have with the threads of information that our brains remember. We tend to make associations very quickly, based on our experience or beliefs, and more slowly when we see something counter to our experience or beliefs. This course has been created to enable to you understand bias and to find ways to mitigate unconscious bias. This course will develop the following Harvard competencies: Communication Skills and Valuing Diversity.
Audience: Harvard Longwood Campus staff, faculty, post docs and affiliates
Pre-Requisites: None

Work/Life Integration (S. Katsman)
HTP course information/class registration
Work/Life Integration model (developed by Dr. Stewart Friedman of the UPenn Wharton School of Business) offers an empowering alternative to the elusive promise of Work/Life Balance. In this course we will learn about the four life domains- Home, Community, Work, Self and how to identify mutual value between different domains to better integrate each domain into one’s life. The benefits of practicing Work/Life Integration include greater sense of control, improved health and wellness, lower stress, and more energy. This course contributes to development of the following Harvard competencies: Continuous Learning, Innovation, Risk Taking, Strategic Thinking.
Audience: Harvard Longwood Campus staff, faculty, post docs and affiliates
Pre-Requisites: None

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IN THE KNOW

Goal Setting Sessions: Helpful Tips for Staff and Managers (L. Miklas)
HTP course information/class registration for Managers
HTP course information/class registration for Staff
This one-hour workshop is designed to help you prepare for meaningful year-end assessments by articulating clear, specific goals at the beginning of the annual performance cycle (Planning-Coaching-Assessing). From SMART principles to Action Verbs, we will explore useful tools and examples. Whether you are using the ePerformance Standard Form, Summary Form, or Exception Form, the content is relevant.  This course contributes to development of the following Harvard competencies: Accountability, Building a High Performing Team, Delivers Results, Planning and Organizing, and Pursues Excellence.
Audience for Managers class: Harvard Longwood Campus staff and faculty managers
Audience for Staff class: Harvard Longwood Campus staff, faculty, post docs and affiliates
Pre-Requisites: None

Managing A Leave of Absence (R. Gabriel)
HTP course information/class registration
Managing A Leave of Absence will help provide an understanding of the Leave of Absence process, including the roles and responsibilities of both the employee and manager involved before, during and after a leave. The discussion will include an overview of eligibility for each employee class (Admin & Professional\ Non-Exempt\Post Doc), types of leaves, guidelines, and time entry. The leave types covered will include: FMLA, Short Term Disability, Maternity and Parental, Workers Compensation, Long Term Disability, Military Leave, Domestic Violence Leave and Personal Leave. This course contributes to development of the following Harvard competencies: Organizational Awareness, Accountability, Attention to Detail, Planning/Organizing
Audience: Harvard Longwood Campus staff, faculty, post docs and affiliates
Pre-Requisites: None

Understanding the I9 Process
(Central Harvard Payroll & CWD)
HTP course information/class registration
Central Payroll and CWD will be offering I-9 training courses for the Harvard Longwood Campus. In this lecture-style class, students will learn about the process for completing the I-9 form for new employees and the process of re-verifying employees with expired visas.  This class will cover both staff and academic employee types.  There will be in-class exercises to reinforce some of Harvard’s more common I-9 scenarios. The training is strongly recommended for new and existing staff members responsible for completing I-9 forms, and for those of you who may be new or would just like to get a better understanding of the I-9 Employment Verification process.

Year-end Assessments:  Helpful Tips for Staff and Managers (L. Miklas)
HTP course information/class registration for Managers
HTP course information/class registration for Staff
This one-hour workshop is designed to help you prepare for meaningful year-end assessments. From writing a clear summary, to giving and receiving feedback, we will explore useful tools and examples. Whether you are using the ePerformance Standard Form, Summary Form, or Exception Form, the content is relevant.
Audience for Managers class: Harvard Longwood Campus staff and faculty managers
Audience for Staff class: Harvard Longwood Campus staff, faculty, post docs and affiliates
Pre-Requisites: None

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MONTHLY CLASSES

Home Buying Seminar (Harvard University Housing)
Note: Register at
http://www.huhousing.harvard.edu/home-buying/seminars
This monthly course will help demystify the home buying process. The following topics will be covered:
*How much can I really afford to pay and what type of mortgage makes the most sense?
*What is a Purchase and Sale Agreement?
*How does the process, from offer to acceptance to closing, work?
*How can I best price my home and prepare it for sale?

Home Selling Seminar (Harvard University Housing)
Note:
To register please go to facultyrealestate.harvard.edu
Demystify the home selling process by attending a home selling seminar. This seminar is available to Harvard University faculty & staff and will include:
*Preparing your property for sale
*Hiring a real estate agent
*Pricing your home and understanding the real estate market
*Managing the process from receipt of an offer to close

Investment Property/Second Home Seminar (Harvard University Housing)
Note:
To register please go to facultyrealestate.harvard.edu
The following topics will be covered:
*Pros and cons of investing in a multi-family property
*Pros and cons of being a landlord
*What qualifies as a second home
*How to determine the best real estate investment for you
*Examples of tax savings and much more