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Classes & certificates

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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    Divorce and Family Mediation Training

    Comprehensive, in-depth training in divorce and family mediation to successfully mediate divorce, child custody and other family issues. The 40-hour schedule meets or exceeds the national mediation training standard and the 25-hour training required by Wisconsin Chapter 767.
    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.

    German 1

    Subject Area: LanguagesGerman
    Master the basics of German: numbers, the alphabet, introducing yourself, and having simple conversations while learning about German culture. We use an integrated approach that will quickly have you speaking and writing. No prerequisites.
    Upcoming Dates
    • Not scheduled at this time. See page for program description.

    German 3

    Subject Area: LanguagesGerman
    Continue to learn German conversation and grammar, the history and traditions of German-speaking people, and tips for travelers as you immerse yourself in a fun and relaxed environment. Prerequisites: German 2 or instructor's consent.
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    • 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.
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    • Not scheduled at this time. See page for program description.

    Guitar: Django Reinhardt Jazz Manouche Primer

    Learn to play the music of Django Reinhardt. Try your hand at techniques such as 'le pompe' rhythm. Explore melody, essential chords, arpeggios. Learn the unique characteristics of this genre of music. The last meeting will be a 'Djam' backed by a professional rhythm section.
    Upcoming Dates
    • Not scheduled at this time. See page for program description.

    Healing for Healers

    Subject Area: Behavioral HealthMental Health
    This workshop is designed to be a sanctuary for anyone who is on the front lines providing mental health care. Join us for two mornings of exploring concepts and practices that nourish wellbeing and promote emotional resilience. We will identify and experiment with evidence-based practices to nurture the healer within. Please be prepared to engage in a variety of relaxation practices throughout this workshop including gentle yoga and guided meditation. You will have opportunities to connect with colleagues and for personal reflection. Cameras are optional. No prior experience is required.
    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.

    Leadership

    Explore leadership characteristics and ways to strengthen your organization and support others' work. Learn about different leadership styles, public perceptions of leadership by sector and servant-leadership basics. Develop a personal leadership philosophy that contributes to your mission.
    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.

    Mastering Healthy Sleep Habits: An evidence-based approach to improving sleep

    Subject Area: Health & Wellness
    Whether sleep issues are chronic, stemming from ongoing, underlying issues or stress-induced, learn how to take control of the nightly challenge of unhealthy sleep patterns. This course empowers participants to create sustainable modifications through a deep understanding of sleep neuroscience and learning strategies of behavioral change to create a foundation for consistent healthy sleep. During this 6-week class, learners will participate in a blend of weekly self-paced online modules and interactive live lectures and workshops. The online modules will dive into sleep neuroscience and the accompanying evidence-based behavioral health science behind creating a healthy foundation for sleep.
    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.

    Nuts and Bolts of Returning to School

    Have you thought about going back to school? This free session provides information on options as you plan to continue your education. We cover undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs; becoming a nondegree special student; student support services; and financial assistance.
    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.