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Find your way forward. Whether you’re upskilling to advance your career, improve client/patient outcomes, pursuing a new passion or something in between, our flexible online, in-person and hybrid classes are designed to work with your schedule, here on the UW–Madison campus or wherever you are in the world. Use the search filters to find the class, badge or certificate that works best for you.

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Business Spanish Certificate Program

Subject Area: LanguagesSpanish
In as little as six months, greatly improve your professional proficiency in Spanish and gain the cultural knowledge you need to conduct business in Spain and Latin America. Learn to communicate professionally via email, telephone, video conferencing and in-person.
Upcoming Dates
  • Sep. 12, 2022–June 12, 2023
    $925; Groups of 2 or more, $810 each
    Group-paced

Motivational Interviewing: Advancing Skills Practice

Subject Area: Behavioral HealthMental Health
This 20-hour course is designed for learners who have intermediate knowledge and skills needed for the practice of Motivational Interviewing (MI) and want to strengthen their existing skillset. Participate in four, 3-hour, live online, instructor-led sessions that will include lecture, discussion and small group practice sessions. Enhance your learning with 6-hours of required independent coursework. Improve your MI practice through peer (one session) and instructor (two sessions) feedback from standardized client interviews. Course registration includes the textbook Building Motivational Interviewing Skills: A Practitioner Workbook by David B. Rosengren and access to an online learning management system.
Upcoming Dates
  • Oct. 6, 2022–Dec. 8, 2022
    Registration fee includes two practice sessions with a standardized client with instructor feedback, the textbook "Building Motivational Interviewing Skills: A Practitioner Workbook" and access to an online learning management system. $875.00 Public Discounts Early Bird Registration Discount $700.00 (-20%) Register on or before 09/08/2022.
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Communication Strategies for Women in the Workplace

Being understood as intended is inherently complex because of the fundamental nature of human perception and the influence of almost any difference between sender and receiver, including gender. We explore practical communication strategies for women to help them navigate today’s dynamic workplace.
Upcoming Dates
  • Not scheduled at this time. See page for program description.

Create Your Own Music

If you've ever wanted to compose your own music, this course is for you! Beginners: Complete six composition activities modeled after exercises assigned to great composers. Experienced composers: Stretch your ideas in new or already completed pieces. Prerequisite: basic music notation skills.
Upcoming Dates
  • Not scheduled at this time. See page for program description.

Critical Thinking : Complex Problem Solving & Decision Making Without Being Critical

You may know the moment:  Your team is discussing what to do about a difficult issue.  A solution has just been voiced with a tone of certainty and triumph but you somehow know it’s unworkable; a “bad idea.”  But you can’t say exactly what’s so bad about it. Your brain is tied in knots.  Although you’re able to stifle the impulse to say “that’s no good,” you’re not able to unpack the poor logic or impracticality of the solution.   This class will give you both the analysis and the communication tools to know what to do next. You’ll gain the applied skills of critical analysis, solution generation, risk assessment, behavior interpretation, communication, social influence, and decision making when issues are complex and there is disagreement about how to proceed. Both solutions and relationships are often at stake. Therefore in addition to learning methods for problem analysis and decision making, you will also gain an understanding of how to navigate difficult discussions when emotions and power differentials are impacting the dynamics.
Upcoming Dates
  • Not scheduled at this time. See page for program description.

Excel Skills 1: Fundamentals and Essentials

Learn Microsoft Excel essentials for formatting and organizing data. Gain a level of confidence and save time by creating spreadsheets to efficiently collect, organize, and track data and lists. You also gain the skills to format spreadsheets and create basic workbooks, enter and format data and insert formulas to perform calculations.
Upcoming Dates
  • Not scheduled at this time. See page for program description.

French 4

Subject Area: LanguagesFrench
Polish your skills as you discuss the culture and history of France and the Francophone world. Refine your knowledge of tense, lexicon and register while improving your reading and listening abilities.
Upcoming Dates
  • Not scheduled at this time. See page for program description.

Grief and Covid-19: Impact of the Pandemic on Mental Health

Subject Area: Behavioral HealthMental Health
Research indicates that societal and personal stressors associated with the COVID-19 pandemic have had a detrimental impact on our mental health. Health and human services providers need current information, strategies and resources to better meet the needs of their clients/patients. In this class you will acquire knowledge and skills to address the varieties of grief that have been manifesting themselves during the pandemic.
Upcoming Dates
  • Not scheduled at this time. See page for program description.

Healing through Connection: Empathy Skills for Training Helping Professionals

Subject Area: Behavioral HealthMental Health
Through this ethnocultural empathy course, you will engage in guided critical self-reflection, interpersonal skills coaching and dialogue with peers to raise awareness of barriers to empathy and learn ways to mitigate them. This course will benefit mental health and human service providers who work directly with culturally diverse clients who aim to promote effectiveness and equity in client relationships across cultural differences. 
Upcoming Dates
  • Not scheduled at this time. See page for program description.

How Music Works: The Tools of Music Theory

This comprehensive study of music theory provides a complete set of tools handy for either a lifelong interest in music or preparing to take college entrance exams. Explore theoretical concepts in the context of real-world projects through the repertoires of famous composers.
Upcoming Dates
  • Not scheduled at this time. See page for program description.

Leading Out Loud: Using Story in Communication

Leaders at any level need to be able to persuade and inspire. There are many tools leaders can use to increase their impact, whether speaking formally or just discussing ideas in a meeting. We’ll explore one of them, how to use stories effectively, including how to avoid overuse and exaggeration.
Upcoming Dates
  • Not scheduled at this time. See page for program description.

Mediation Skills: 40-Hour General Training

Experience comprehensive, in-depth training in mediation skills. The 40-hour schedule meets or exceeds the national mediation training standard and the 25-hour training required by Wisconsin Chapter 767. Lectures, demonstrations, exercises and coaching teach the principles of mediation. This program has been approved by the Wisconsin State Bar for 40 CLE (Continuing Legal Education) hours, including 2 EPR (Ethics and Professional Responsibility) hours. 
Upcoming Dates
  • Not scheduled at this time. See page for program description.

Motivational Interviewing (MI) Competency Certificate

Subject Area: Behavioral HealthMental Health
Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a well-established, evidence-based practice for addressing a range of clinical problems across multiple settings and systems. This 40-hour certification course offers participants an opportunity to develop competencies in MI.
Upcoming Dates
  • Not scheduled at this time. See page for program description.

Online Professional Presence: Tips and Techniques for the Virtual You at Work

This special 1.5 hour class is offered live online. Projecting a professional virtual presence is a skill that has become essential in today’s world shaped by the pandemic. We must build relationships, lead teams and collaborate with colleagues to achieve organizational results — now entirely through electronic connections. Join us for this timely opportunity to learn tips and techniques for developing your professional presence on video conference platforms; whether you are doing meetings, instruction or just checking in. Learn how to lead and contribute with confidence, remain professionally engaged and visible, create a positive impression, minimize distractions, and avoid common and surprising mistakes that can derail your best intentions.
Upcoming Dates
  • Not scheduled at this time. See page for program description.

Practical Workplace Negotiation Skills for Everyday Issues

The ability to confidently and successfully negotiate is a critical skill. Explore different negotiation approaches and strategies for a range of everyday workplace issues such as salary changes, job responsibilities, and establishing deadlines, with the goal of strengthening relationships.
Upcoming Dates
  • Not scheduled at this time. See page for program description.

Presenting to Influence

Presenters present so that audiences will think or act differently when the presentation ends. This class will help you move audiences from where they are to where you want them to be. Establish credibility using 4 types of "influence power" and style your slides to hold your audience's attention.
Upcoming Dates
  • Not scheduled at this time. See page for program description.

Strengths Discovery: Building on Talents for Leadership and Team Success

When you know your unique set of these talents, you are empowered to succeed by doing what you naturally do best. People who use their CliftonStrengths are less likely to experience worry, stress, anger, sadness or physical pain, and are proven to be three times more engaged and happy at work.
Upcoming Dates
  • Not scheduled at this time. See page for program description.

Substance Use Disorders Counselor Certificate

Take your career to the next level while providing invaluable assistance to those struggling from addiction with the UW Flexible Option Substance Use Disorders Counselor certificate program. This program offers a more flexible alternative for fulfilling the specialized educational hours required for Wisconsin state substance abuse counselor certification through the Department of Safety and Professional Services.
Upcoming Dates
  • Not scheduled at this time. See page for program description.

Teaching Live Online: Keys to Virtual Classroom Instruction

Live online teaching is a flexible approach to teaching that enables face-to-face instructors to use the power of group discussion and class participation while leveraging Internet accessibility. Gain insights and techniques to make the virtual classroom a vibrant and effective learning platform.
Upcoming Dates
  • Not scheduled at this time. See page for program description.
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