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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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French Intermediate Conversation

Subject Area: LanguagesFrench
This highly practical intermediate course will help you build your French vocabulary, review object pronouns and other useful grammatical structures while discussing articles from popular digital French news sources. Learn to converse about climate change, tourism, art and science in the Francophone world. Improve your French conversation skills while growing your knowledge of what is of interest to French people today. Prerequisite: French 4 or permission from the instructor. All materials will be provided in electronic format through the course platform. Sessions anticipated for spring 2023 (See Upcoming Dates for open sections and more Detail): Thursdays, March 23–April 27, 5:30–7 p.m. CT
Upcoming Dates
  • March 23, 2023–April 27, 2023
    Fee $149.00
    Live online

Mindfulness for Clinicians: An 8-Week Intensive Course

Subject Area: Behavioral HealthMental Health
This 8-week intensive course is for clinicians who want to incorporate mindfulness into their own lives to be more present, effective, and stable in their work as well as develop more confidence in applying mindfulness principles and tools with their patients (clients, students and staff). The course is appropriate for experienced practitioners as well as those with no experience in mindfulness or meditation.
Upcoming Dates
  • March 23, 2023–May 11, 2023
    $469
    Live online

E.I. for Groups: A Leader's Toolkit for Building Emotionally Intelligent Teams

This class will focus on the proactive approaches and tools for creating an EI culture that enables respectful, effective and creative collaboration even when the going gets tough. For this class, it will be assumed that participants are familiar with EI and want to lead or influence a team to become an extraordinary one. Participants will have the advantage of completing the EQi 2.0 self-assessment in advance of the class. The cost is included in the class fee.
Upcoming Dates
  • April 4–6, 2023
    $469; $369 gov't/nonprofit
    Live online

Fundamentals of Project Management

Gain foundational knowledge and explore best practices in project management to build the personal knowledge, skill and confidence you need to effectively lead projects. Whether you're leading your first project or looking for strategies to ensure project success, you will benefit from this class.
Upcoming Dates
  • April 5–12, 2023
    $589; $489* gov't/nonprofit *This rate is available to nonprofit and public sector organizations, government agencies and nonprofit educational institutions. For questions about eligibility, please contact the program director. 
    Live online

Beyond "Just Do It" - Integrating Motivational Interviewing into Cognitive Behavior Therapy and other Evidence-Based Practices

Subject Area: Behavioral HealthMental Health
Mental health providers have at their disposal an array of evidence-based practices (EBPs) for a variety of disorders (e.g., depression, PTSD, OCD, etc.), including effective Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) protocols. However, there is a significant proportion of clients who have difficulties engaging in those EBPs. A motivational interviewing approach (MI) may help resolve ambivalence related to EBP engagement. 5 Continuing Education Hours
Upcoming Dates
  • April 6, 2023–May 4, 2023
    $179
    Live online

Managing Time, Multiple Priorities and Interruptions

Identify behaviors, create strategies that help you manage multiple priorities and handle interruptions so you are more effective at work. Cover the myth of multitasking, how daily goals and objectives lead to success, strategies and best practices in putting out fires and doing more than one job.
Upcoming Dates
  • April 19, 2023
    $329; $229* gov't/nonprofit *This rate is available to nonprofit and public sector organizations, government agencies and nonprofit educational institutions.
    Live online

Managing Your Brain for Managers: The Neuroscience of Leading Self and Others

Learn of the recent neuroscience discoveries that reveal how our brain triggers stress and poor interpersonal reactions. Exploration and practice of multiple methods for managing your brain will greatly improve your ability to lead others in today's organizations.
Upcoming Dates
  • April 19, 2023–May 10, 2023
    $569; gov't/nonprofit $449
    Live online

Communication Skills for Challenging Conversations

Handle difficult conversations at work and to listen and be assertive without weakening relationships. Better understand the complex nature of interpersonal communication and explore why misunderstanding is so normal. Apply the skills learned to conflict resolution and giving performance feedback.
Upcoming Dates
  • April 26–28, 2023
    $589; $489 gov't/nonprofit
    Live online

Professional Writing: Effective Workplace Communication

Master the skills necessary to communicate effectively with internal and external audiences in today's professional environment. Learn techniques of document structure, grammar and style proven to enhance credibility and influence. Learn credibility-damaging errors and tips for avoiding them.
Upcoming Dates
  • April 26, 2023–May 3, 2023
    $329; gov't/nonprofit $229
    Live online

Untangling Grief

Subject Area: Behavioral HealthMental Health
We already know that grief is a complicated, multi-faceted process that affects all of us. Certain types of grief and loss can exacerbate these challenges. Explore disenfranchised grief, ambiguous loss, complicated grief and anticipatory grief, plus effective strategies to manage them.
Upcoming Dates
  • April 27–28, 2023
    $325
    Live online

The Manager's Role in Work Satisfaction and Engagement

There are many myths about what managers can and should do to support employee work performance, satisfaction and engagement. Learn what decades of real-world management experience reveal about best practices and tools, plus gain insights into today's diverse and fast-moving environments.
Upcoming Dates
  • May 4–11, 2023
    $579; gov't/nonprofit $459
    Live online

French for Reading and Translation

Subject Area: LanguagesFrench
We cover essential grammar and vocabulary that are especially useful for students preparing for the French graduate-level reading knowledge exam.
Upcoming Dates
  • May 10, 2023–Aug. 23, 2023
    $475; Graduate students $375
    Group-paced
  • Aug. 30, 2023–Dec. 13, 2023
    $475; Graduate students $375
    Group-paced

German for Reading and Translation

Subject Area: LanguagesGerman
You will develop the skills you need to read and accurately translate German texts to English. Using relevant scholarly texts and excerpts from modern literature, you learn the fundamentals of the German language and German-to-English translation.
Upcoming Dates
  • May 10, 2023–Aug. 23, 2023
    $475; Graduate students $375
    Group-paced
  • Aug. 30, 2023–Dec. 13, 2023
    $475; Graduate students $375
    Group-paced

Italian for Reading and Translation

Subject Area: LanguagesItalian
This course on Italian reading and translation covers the essential grammar and vocabulary to prepare you for your Italian graduate-level translation exam or other research. When you have completed this course, you will have a solid foundation in the Italian language.
Upcoming Dates
  • May 10, 2023–Aug. 23, 2023
    $475; Graduate students $375
    Group-paced
  • Aug. 30, 2023–Dec. 13, 2023
    $475; Graduate students $375
    Group-paced

Spanish for Reading and Translation: Basic

Subject Area: LanguagesSpanish
You will develop the skills you need to read and accurately translate Spanish texts to English. Using texts from various disciplines in the social sciences and humanities, you learn the fundamentals of the Spanish language and Spanish-to-English translation. Start with the basics and work your way through progressively more challenging grammatical concepts that appear in the scholarly texts you translate.
Upcoming Dates
  • May 10, 2023–Aug. 23, 2023
    $475; Graduate students $375
    Group-paced
  • Aug. 30, 2023–Dec. 13, 2023
    $475; graduate students $375
    Group-paced

Spanish for Reading and Translation: Comprehensive

Subject Area: LanguagesSpanish
You will develop the skills you need to take your Spanish-to-English reading and translation skills to the next level. Benefit from all of the materials in our basic course with additional interactive exercises, 60 percent more instructor-graded translations, more advanced readings and a final capstone project tailored to your academic or professional field.
Upcoming Dates
  • May 10, 2023–Aug. 30, 2023
    $585; graduate students $485
    Group-paced
  • Aug. 30, 2023–Dec. 20, 2023
    $585; graduate students $485
    Group-paced

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

This class will be a mix of self-directed learning through Canvas (UW Learning Management System), and a live online session with the instructor using the Zoom platform. The self-directed learning information will be open and downloadable through Canvas starting approximately two weeks before the live virtual session. 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
  • May 11, 2023
    $389; gov't/nonprofit $289
    Live online

Language Reading Knowledge Exam

These translation exams test reading knowledge of French, German, Italian or Spanish and meet the requirements of UW–Madison graduate programs. Register at least one week prior to your chosen exam date. No refunds after registration. Honorlock will proctor these exams.
Upcoming Dates
  • May 18, 2023
    $65
    Self-paced
  • Sep. 7, 2023
    $65
    Self-paced
  • Jan. 12, 2024
    $65
    Self-paced